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|Jazz Practice focuses on the practice
needed to become a better musician.
There is no doubt that
to become a better musician, you need to practice. What you practice will indeed influence
what kind of musician you become, infact, whatever you do with your time will influence
what kind of musician you become.
Over the years we at notz.com have tried numerous approaches to practice,
some with great results others have failed to produce any results.
There is no one method that is best for all, but here are a few gudelines
which you may find useful in your daily practice:
|If you really don't feel like practicing at that moment - stop, don't
practice, take a break, get some fresh air and don't beat yourself up about it !|
|Repetition creates boredom, boredom decreases motivation therefore work on
a wide variety of things, in different orders at different times ( No, I must do 1/2 hour
of scales and arpeggios to warm up ! )|
|Decide what your practice goal for the session is, determine how you are
going to achieve that goal, define the obstacles and then set about removing those
|You are not a machine you are a human being and therefore cannot always
practice to order, don't beat yourself up !|
|Break your practice time up into numerous areas:|
|Scales and Arpeggios|
|Patterns and Licks|
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Notz Recommended Reading
of Practicing : A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser, Yehudi
Madeline Bruser, a New York based musician looks at the art of practicing.
Her approach is from a "Classical" music perspective and focuses on the need for
correct posture and right mental attitude Sections of the book look at therapys such as
the Alexander Technique and the physical strains practicing and playing an instrument.
Although the approach is from a "Classical" perspective, the book is extremely
relevant to all musicians. A Must read.
|The Inner Game of Music
by Barry Green, W. Timothy Gallwey
First published in 1987, "the point of the inner gamne of music is ...
to reduce mental interferances that inhibit the full expression of human potential. What
this book offers is a way to acknowledge and overcome these obstacles in order to bring a
new quality to the experience and learning of music". This was one of the first book
to examine what it means to be a musician, a classic, and should be in everyone's music
|With Your Own Two Hands :
Self-Discovery Through Music/50482589 by Seymour Bernstein
This is a new Hal Leonard publication which has received great reviews. Focused mainly for
the pianist, it is of use to us all. ( Any way who doesn't play piano - Chopsticks anyone
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