Practical Practice Tips

Subscribe to the Practical Practice newsletter and get up to date practice tips in your email once a month. Articles in the e-zine focus on practice technique for all instruments, as well as having a specific instrument focus in some issues. New software packages and books are also reviewed when appropriate.

Whether you are a student, teacher or parent, this is a light, but informative and indispensable read.

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Didn't this used to be called 'perfect practice'?

Yes, it did! But I decided when I was redesigning the website an looking through my articles that most of them give practical music practice advice, and achieving 'perfection' isn't really possible - there is always some small thing that can be improved - so I decided to move to Practical Practice instead. I hope you enjoy the tips!


Do you have something to say about music practice?

Why not write an article for Practical PracticeI am always looking for good, original content. You don´t have to be a professional writer... just have something to say! Articles can be from any perspective: young student, older student, beginner, advanced, teacher, parent, a friend who wishes you didn't have to do quite so much practice.... You can even submit articles based on how you went, or intend to go about practicing a certain piece of music, so get thinking and get writing! 

I am always looking for

  • music practice game ideas
  • specific practice techniques for different instruments
  • creative uses of the metronome
  • new methods for learning (and remembering) scales
  • any iOS or Android Apps you find particularly useful
  • any recording device or other equipment you feel your students can't (and shouldn't) live without
  • ideas for preparing for concerts and exams
  • particular challenges you or your students have overcome
  • a student's perspective as to what does and doesn't work for you
  • your general philosophy on music practice
  • anything else you think is relevant to the site!

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