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Biofeedback is a therapy used by some musicians to help control performance anxiety and the effects of nerves when performing.
Only effective music practice makes perfect. This site shows you how to practice more efficiently and effectively and make more progress in less time.
This is a great article by David Stanley on DadsRT about missing classes for music lessons. This is an issue that often crops up in schools and I believe he has hit the nail on the head! Please read this whether you are a parent, a teacher who has students leaving their lesson for an instrumental lesson, or on the school management team!
This is very funny, but often true! If it is you, you need to read Practice Makes Perfect!
The other pictures are also very funny... I particularly like "Animals that may safely graze" and "Parry's emotional state when entering the House of the Lord!"
Thank you Classic FM!
Click the link below to see all of the cartoons!
Encourage performance of music students at every opportunity. It doesn’t always have to be a big concert. In fact, smaller, informal concerts can be extremely beneficial to all students.
Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time.
There is more sheet music available than ever before both online and in traditional printed formats. Here is some information on the best places to buy and download free sheet music.
Zoom digital recorder reviews. A digital audio recorder can be a huge asset to your music practice. Here's an overview of the zoom digital recorder range: zoom h2; zoom h4 & h4n; zoom h6.
This is the story of how I built the Essential Music Practice website.
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Here are some practice planning charts to help with planning practice and setting musical goals. Each practice sheet is designed to be easy to use and quick to complete.
Misunderstandings between teacher and student about what is required next lesson are common. We look at things from very different perspectives. This sheet for music lesson notes reduces these.
Bought this a month ago and am very impressed so far. I will come back and leave a longer review once I have had a chance to get more into it. FYI I am
To me, music is poetry and poetry is music.
There is plenty of software to support your music practice, even though it isn't advertised as music practice software as such. Here are some reviews of the best software for music practice
The question of "When should my child start learning a musical instrument?" is often asked by parents and the answer is "Whenever the child is ready." Here is some guidance to help with the process.
It is important to stay motivated when learning a musical instrument, even when you seem to have reached a plateau and feel you are going nowhere.
General music practice books on how to practice as well as books focusing on specific areas of practice such as sight reading, group practice, improvisation and memorization.
Planning practice is essential to making efficient progress on your musical instrument. Here are some hints on how to do this effectively.
Practice Makes Perfect is the book that teaches you how to practice. This book is all you need to stop working hard and start working smart.
Frustrated with your practice? Read Practice Makes Perfect and hack the 10,000 hour rule. Cut your practice time by up to 25%! Make faster progress, learn scales, memorize pieces more easily and much more. "If you play an instrument you need this book!"
Learn more about my ebook Practice Makes Perfect here. Also available on iBookstore and Amazon.
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