The Practice of Practice: How to Boost Your Music Skills (Anglais) Broché – 31 mai 2014
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Talent means nothing when it comes to getting better. Practice is everything. But exactly what is good practice? How does good practice create talent? And what in the world does a pinwheel have to do with practice? The focus of this book is music practice, but these techniques and mindsets can be applied to any skill you want to improve.
This book covers essential practice strategies and mindsets you won’t find in any other book. You’ll learn the What, Why, When, Where, Who, and especially the How of great music practice. You’ll learn what research tells us about practice, but more importantly, you’ll learn how great musicians in many genres of music think about practice, and you’ll learn the strategies and techniques they use to improve. This book will help you get better faster, whether you play rock, Bach, or any other kind of music.
Whatever instrument you want to play, The Practice of Practice will help you get the most out of your practice. This book will help you become more savvy about getting better. It will also help you be a more informed teacher or a more effective parent of a young learner. Don’t practice longer, practice smarter.
The book covers 6 aspects of practice:
What: Definitions, and what music practice does to your brain.
Why: Motivation is crucial. Learn ways of keeping the flame lit in this section
Who: A lot of people including yourself will impact your practice. Learn to use them to your advantage.
When: This section covers how much, and what times of the day are best for practice. Also covers the development of practice over time.
Where: Where you practice affects how well you practice. Learn to harness the place of your practice.
How: The longest section of the book includes information about goals, structuring your practice, as well as specific techniques tested by researchers, and specific strategies pros use to get better.
Get better faster. Don’t practice longer, practice smarter.
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It's a must read for anyone who is seriously pursuing learning to play a musical instrument (or voice), and worried about whether they're talented enough to master it, or frustrated by a lack of motivation to practice, or fearful of playing before an audience.
It will transform the way I practice. Many of its key recommendations are strategies I have been using over the past dozen years learning to play the mandolin, including: playing with others often at meet-ups, jams, and music camps; listening to recorded performances; watching live music; performing frequently as possible; learning from masters; and using tools like iReal pro, garage band, amazing slow-downer, band-in-a-box, and guitar pro. The book affirms that my own approaches are indeed proven and useful practice techniques, motivates me to continue exploring and finding my own way, and provides lots of valuable guidance for making my formal practice time much more effective.
I'm going to start using its strategies and approaches right now, and will often refer back to the Kindle version on my iPad for encouragement and guidance.
Jonathan draws from neuroanatomy, learning theories, experts, his own experience, giving us a wonderful collection of anecdotes, theories, approaches, techniques, and approaches to practice. Jonathan is encyclopedic, without being pedantic, informative but entertaining is his writing. If you have heard a concept or approach applied to practice, or the theory behind learning theory, Jonathan, anticipating, has included if for our education and improvement in our personal practice. There are even suggestions for “guerrilla” practice and for quick tricks. ‘
Jonathan is not a big fan of practice rooms, nor of long hours of scales and arpeggios. His suggestions vary from alternating half and full speed to get passages up to speed, to chaining and back chaining to memorize, to short burst practice sessions called guerrilla sessions, to group participation. He recommends trying out the many ideas and selecting those which work for each student. It’s a very refreshing approach to an age old problem, solving the mystery of how to get students to practice. Jonathan feels practice should be fun intriguing the student to partake.
The book is very well written and edited. The images are few but fill out the text they relate to very well. The notes are at the end of each chapter and while not huge in number are very large in interest and applicability. The extensions are onto the web and add greatly to the book. At about 250 pages, this is not a small book, but is very approachable and useful.
I recommend the book for any and all music educators and all serious students of music. In fact, I have ordered copies for my current two major mentors and my musically inclined son. I read it in e-book format, but the book is so good I have ordered a hard copy for reference.