Helpful Practice Tips!

Quiet on the set! Find a quiet place to practice.

Lights! Keep a lamp near your practice area, so the light shines on your music. Violinists and violists should stand while practicing. Cellists, find a bench, stool or chair without arms to sit on while you practice. Bassists may want to stand or sit on a tall stool. Always adjust your music stand to eye-level to avoid developing bad posture habits. Keep a pencil and eraser handy for making notes.

Camera! You may find it helpful to occasionally record yourself on a cassette or video recorder while you practice. When you listen to it, you can self-critique and learn from your mistakes. Your book comes with a Play-Along CD and DVD. These help make practice fun!

Action! Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. To help, try to practice at the same time each day. Please note, practicing does not mean playing only your favorite pieces, or the easiest parts of your assigned work. Learn the hardest parts first, then work on the easiest parts. As a reward for your effort, play the entire piece from the beginning to the end, or review your favorite pieces. Practicing may be hard work, but the rewards are worth it!

DURING EACH PRACTICE SESSION YOU SHOULD:

**Set goals that you want to accomplish during your practice session

    **Warm-up (Play a scale, bow open strings etc.)

        **Play a fun, familial piece

            **Work on the exercises in your lesson book and on your orchestra songs:

                        Work on the most challenging spots first

                        Break the music down into small sections (How do you eat an elephant? - One bite at a time!)

                        Repeat the passage many times AFTER you get it right

                        Play the entire piece, and enjoy!

**Reward yourself by playing something fun at the end of your practice session!