What is the predominant way that you set up your practicing?
This was the topic of a blog this week by Paul Stein, called Practicing or Wasting Time: Learning the Art of Teaching Yourself.
Some students and musicians thrive by having a set and consistent period of time in which they practice. Others go by the the tasks they need to accomplish, such as repeating passages, without so much attention the clock.
Either way, Stein argued that it's important to engage the mind in the process, not to simply set the clock or to go through a set of tasks mindlessly. Practice works best when you are engaged in providing yourself the musical and technical tools you need to play well, whether you are working to accomplish goals set by yourself or by a teacher. Ultimately, you must find your own goals in practicing.
When you practice, do you mostly go by the clock or by the task? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts on how your practice has evolved, what is most effective for you and why you feel that it works.
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