Musicians need to play their instrument at home!Playing time in class is not enough to train and strengthen muscles required for:
- Good sound quality
- Proper fingerings
- Accurate timing
- Playing with feeling
Tips for success:
-Always strive to play your best!A sample practice routine would look like this:
- Schedule your practice sessions (easier to remember if you make it a routine).
- Make sure you are prepared to play assigned music correctly before the next rehearsal.
- Remember that band is a TEAM activity.
- Everyone is depending on one another to make the rehearsal fun!
25-35 Minute Practice Session:
Warm up for 5 Minutes
- Brass and Woodwinds-
- Play some long notes to find a good sound quality (use almost all of your breath for each note).
- After you feel you have the sound under control then start playing some of the other notes we learned in class.
Practice full strokes on your drum pad.
- Hold the stick between your thumb and first knuckle of your pointer finger.
- Make sure you make a "volcano" with your sticks.
- Using one stick as a guide: start with the stick up, bend at the wrist only and make sure you return to the up position after every note.
Scale and technical review - 10-15 Minutes
- Focus on the scales which you need to improve the most, then review the easy ones.
- Percussionists- also review basic rudiments (single stroke roll, double strokes, paradiddles, triplets, etc…)
- Review/improve assigned lines from the method book- 5-10 Minutes
- Play each line and analyze your performance
- Focus on measures which need improvement
- Play the line again with corrections
- Repeat the process until each line improves
Review concert music - 10-15 Minutes
- Check that you are playing all notes and rhythms correctly
- Plan your breathing, and dynamics
- Improve on small pieces first and then play larger pieces.