“Leaving your troubles behind, enter the exquisite realm of music making.”
The Musician’s Way,
 p. 6

The beginnings of practice sessions set in motion everything that follows.

When we start with clear intentions, we accomplish more in the shortest time.

Here are 4 ideas for launching every practice stint with optimal focus.

1. Specify Goals in the 5 Practice Zones
Pinpoint objectives for repertoire in your New, Developing, and Performance Material Zones. Also identify aims in the Technique and Musicianship Zones. See “The Power of Specific Goals” and Chapter 1 of The Musician’s Way for more about my concept of 5 practice zones.

Many music students organize their materials into 5 zones with the aid of the Practice Sheet described in Chap. 1 of The Musician’s Way – a blank sheet is also free to view and save via the downloads page at MusiciansWay.com.

2. Warm Up Wholeheartedly
Take about 10-15 minutes to center yourself and then bring all of your mental, physical, and musical faculties into alignment.

In “The Total Warm-Up,” I spell out a 6-part framework to structure our warm-up routines.

3. Tackle Small Tasks
Move from one manageable task to another, solving problems, and limiting repetition.

From the first minutes that you practice, pick small enough goals so that you instill feelings of accomplishment.

4. Honor the Creative Process
Embrace any challenges as portals to growth, recognizing that creativity involves going beyond the realms of comfort.

Most of all, adopt an attitude of love and reverence for music – infuse every musical gesture will spirit.

The Musician’s Way articulates inclusive practice guidelines for musicians of diverse interests and abilities. It’s now on sale at Amazon.com with the e-book costing as little as $2.99!

Related posts
10 Affirmations that Energize Music Practice
Bringing Joy to Practice

Optimizing Practice Time
The Power of Specific Goals
The Total Warm-Up

© 2014 Gerald Klickstein
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