Tag : practice

Rhythm Spinner Game

The Rhythm Spinner Game is an excellent tool for woodshedding difficult passages. Like the Articulation Game, the Rhythm Spinner adds an element of chance to spice up your practicing. For

Temptation Bundling in the Practice Room

What is “temptation bundling” and how can we use it in the practice room? Temptation bundling is when we take something that we’re not excited about doing and pair it

Game for scales- major, minor, and chromatic

Scales can be mindlessly boring… or scales can be tolerable. (If I said playing scales was the most exciting thing in the world, you would know I was lying and you

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

Maybe you’ve heard the joke. “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice.” As a punchline, this is unexpectedly cute. But as a musician, it also strikes me

Practice: The journey is the destination.

Practice leads to harmony. This picture hangs beside the door to my music studio. No one can leave without seeing it, including me. The text reads “Never Forget the Pleasure of

Woodshedding: The Articulation Game Woodshedding: The Articulation Game

“Woodshedding” is musician-speak for practicing, especially when working on difficult passages. Woodshedding is the process of isolating a hard section of the music and practicing it until the technical issues

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More: Quality is more important than quantity in practice. Feeling stressed-out and under-accomplished? Perhaps you need to reconsider how you’re doing the work that needs to be

Rhythm Silliness

Every lesson I teach is an adventure. I never know exactly what to expect when a student walks through the door. Flexibility and creativity are my best friends on lesson

The Music Parents’ Guide

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Anthony Mazzocchi’s book The Music Parents’ Guide: A Survival Kit for the New Music Parent. It’s available on Kindle on

Helping Kids Practice: Tips for Parents

5 Ways You Can Help Your Child Practice and 4 Tricks To Try At Home Neither of my parents were musicians. The only thing my dad ever said when I was