I’ve come up with a new way of practicing that I’ll think you’ll love.
They’re 15-minute videos that start with me briefly teaching a principle of effective practice, like slowing down to avoid mistakes or relaxing your body. Then I start a 10-minute countdown timer, and while you practice a piece of music of your choosing–it can really be anything as long as it’s challenging–I occasionally give you gentle reminders to apply the principle we’re working on.
I got this idea doing daily meditations using the headspace app. Even though I usually struggle to create new habits (well, good ones anyway), I found it super easy to do these daily 10-minute meditations. I loved how they taught just a simple principle, and then reinforced it over several days or more until I really internalized it. And I really got the sense that the teacher was there with me, coaching me, encouraging me, even though it was just a recording.
Of course, as a teacher who’s constantly looking for new ways to help my Heartwood Guitar members, I thought, “I wonder if I could take the things I love about these meditations and apply them to guitar practice videos?
Here’s my first video. The rest are available to members of Heartwood Guitar. Come join us!