Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

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Does practice really make perfect?

This is an age-old question with many different viewpoints.

I am going to give you my take on this subject according to my own experience as a musician and teacher.

Practice = Repetition

We do know that practice is nothing more than repeating something several times.  The more you play something, the more it becomes solidified into your long-term memory.

The problem is that we can repeat something over and over only to find that we were practicing it wrong.

Now what are you going to do?  You just learned your music completely wrong!

Well, your only option at this point is to practice it some more, trying to unlearn everything you just did and relearn how to do it again the right way.  Ugh!

Why couldn’t I have done it right in the first place?

Truth to Remember: However You Practice is How You Learn it

My Advice to You

1.  Force yourself to slow down and concentrate on playing as accurately as possible.  This requires intense focus on the task at hand.

You cannot be in a hurry, and no, things are not going to happen instantly.

2.  Quality is more important than quantity.  The last thing you want to do is have to go back and redo all of you mistakes.

3.  Have a mindset of trying to do things right the first time.  It will save you a lot of time and frustration in the end.

The next time you ask yourself, “Does practice really make perfect”?  Think about what your ultimate goal is.

Are you trying to set a timer and make noise for a certain amount of time or are you trying to really learn something here.

The right attitude can make all the difference in the world…

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