by Linda Ratcliff
The effort you put into your practice time will either
advance your skills quickly, or drag you down gradually.
– Linda Ratcliff
In a survey taken in May of 2016, 75% of Americans claimed that they are eating properly. But when they completed the questionnaire, the truth came out. The fact is, 80% of Americans actually fail to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and too many Americans overeat refined grains and sugar.
But if your system of practicing is to quickly play through each jam tune a time or two, you may not improve as quickly as you would if you focused on what you want to achieve or improve in each song, one by one.
- Do you need to pick up the tempo?
- Are you rushing? Do you need to slow it down?
- Are you too dependent on the tabs? Should you memorize the tune?
- Are you making too many errors? Should you slow it down to improve accuracy?
If you’re having fun practicing, but making a lot of mistakes, you could significantly improve your playing by considering these questions. Practice intentionally, with a goal in mind for each tune you review.