Practicing Ensemble Music on Your Own!
Reed Testing and the Importance of Reeds!
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Practice Tips (For Beginners)
- Try to encourage regular practicing multiple times throughout the week, even if each session is only 10 or 15 minutes. This is better than going several days in a row without practicing, and doing one "big" practice session.
- Create a quiet space free from distractions.
- Have a goal for each session. If there are are four songs to learn for homework, maybe concentrate on just one song per session. Then, next time, review that one and concentrate on a second song.
- Take the song and break it into smaller pieces. For example, if there are eight measures of music, just concentrate on two at a time. If that's too much, work on one measure at a time.
- For each measure, first be able to read the music notes out loud. Do this several times. (In class, we call this "letters only" or "say the note names.") Most students who struggle with playing on their instrument have a hard time with this step, remembering how to read the music notes. So, it's important to be able to do this first before moving on with the instrument.
- Then, read each note and push down the corresponding buttons on the instrument. (In class, we call this "letters and fingers.") Do this several times.
- Finally, play the notes in the measure. Try it several times before moving on to the next measure and repeating these steps.
- Review measures in bigger groups before trying to play the whole song. Maybe try to play two measures at a time, then maybe four measures at a time. Then, try to play the whole song several times.
- If we are forgetting how to read any notes or how to play any notes on the instrument, please pull out your student's fingering charts that were given to them early on in the year.
- Link to fingering charts for anyone who lost them: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SGeeO7DqXH7bwPsITGqKeiKb1jAXJsEM?usp=sharing