1. First Things First.
Preparing your space, your instrument, and your mind, are the foundations of great practice session.
Is your space comfortable, free of distractions, and have everything you’ll need to stay put and focus?
Is your instrument functional, tuned, and properly amplified?
Is your mind ready to stay focused?
2. Create Your Path.
Music making is a creative, intellectual, and physical process. Understanding a hierarchy of goals will let you know which approach to use and when. Here is a visual representation.
This fractal, representing a hierarchy of goals, was compiled by Jonathan Harnum, author of The Practice of Practice.
● We must focus on an ultimate goal because it is our “north star” in making decisions down the flow of the triangle.
● Notice the Single Practice Session Goals. The immediate goal is the determining factor for the actual tasks we do during practice.