Sunday, October 07, 2007

Practice Links

Here is a selection of links to practice-related articles from around the web and blogosphere.

Josh Nemith writes about a study at Northwestern University measuring the positive effects on speech activated by practicing an instrument.

Ben Clapton looks at ways of cementing what you have correctly learned into a reliable performance. If you're interested in developing good practice habits you should also read Ben's Music Practice Tips blog cover-to-cover.

Rhona-Mae Arca examines why we should practice scales, chords, and arpeggios.

If you're still not convinced, read saxophonist Zac Johnson's comprehensive article on the importance of practicing scales.

Leo Babauta at Freelance Switch talks about how to continually sharpen your skills at anything.

Still working at the memorization? Dumb Little Man has a list of 5 quick and easy memory tricks.

Jon Ensminger's concise list of basic piano technique elements is a useful resource to check from time to time.

Finally, everyone should read Martha Beth Lewis' linked-out article on ensuring successful practicing.

If anyone has any other useful articles on practicing, they can email me at collaborative piano [at] gmail dot com.

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  1. Ah, now I understand why my site stats have shown traffic to my article. ;-)

    Thanks for these links. I'll have to check these out more thoroughly.

  2. Hanna8:41 PM

    Thank you for the links. I'd just like to tell you that a few are broken. Maybe you'd like to recheck?

  3. You may like my "learning music Effectively" article and podcast at