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!
Great tips…. have used the first 6 day lessons.
Ho man, I should have called them hourly practice videos! I’ll be making more next week–wish I had all 30 ready for you now.
Glad you found them helpful.