I’m going to give you one of my top strategies in this blog post. It’s a huge part of my success as a performer and teacher. It’s gold!
Why would I give away one of my top strategies? It’s simple. It works and I want you to succeed. In addition, it’s the foundation for all my online and offline lessons.
What’s The Secret?
Knowing how to practice. Sounds simple, right? It is simple, but it can be difficult to put together in a nice package when you’re starting out. No worries, I will do that for you here. But first, let me ask you a question. Has it ever been difficult to sit down and practice for any of the following reasons?
- I don’t know where to begin
- I ran out of things to practice
- I couldn’t figure out what to practice next
- I’m tired of practicing the same music
If yes, then the following 5 step process will keep, or even increase your desire to practice. Let’s get started!
- Plan It Out
- Get The Best Technique
- Get On The Right Track With A Good Method Book
- Play Real Music
- Train Your Ear
Plan It Out
If you write it down, you are more likely to succeed. This really works! Plan out your practice sessions and write it down:
- Plan out a full week
- Schedule specific days to practice
- Set the time to begin your practice session
- Set the length of your practice session
Once you’ve made your schedule, treat it like a class. Don’t skip class. Don’t be late!
Get The Best Technique
Technique can sound a little intimidating at first, but getting it down will provide the necessary tools so you can play effortlessly.
What do I mean by technique? It’s getting your fingers to work evenly, quickly, and together. Here’s how you do it:
- Practice scales (start with majors)
- Practice your arpeggios (start with majors)
- Practice your chromatic scale
Why have I chosen these three technical exercises? They are an essential part of getting comfortable with music. Get these patterns under your fingers and you’ll be on your way.
Get On The Right Track With A Good Method Book
This is super important to have. Why? Because method books guide you through the most important aspects of playing (you don’t want to miss out on this). They provide the necessary exercises to succeed. You’ll be challenged with the necessary rhythms, technique, and articulation to help you play the saxophone well. Get a method book. It’s an important step to playing the music you want to play.
Play Real Music
If we played scales and exercises all the time, I think we would get tired of playing. We want to play the saxophone because we heard it somewhere, and it impressed us. I’m sure the person we heard wasn’t playing scales or a method book. Choosing music is a fun part of the experience, so get some music that is appropriate for your level and have fun!
Train Your Ear
No need to be intimidated here. You already have the skills and tools to be successful. In fact, you’ve been using these tools since you were born. What tools am I talking about? The the ability to hear something, and copy it.
If you speak a language, then you’ve already been successful using your ear. We all learned to speak by listening and copying. Take these tools and use them in music. Learn your favorite song off the radio. Learn whatever song you want. You can do it! Of course you want to start off with something easy, but you will be surprised at what you can do.
Get Started Today
Yep, its time! Let’s get started. You now have one of the top strategies for success. So pick a time to practice, work on your technique, get a method book, choose some fun music, and learn something off the radio. Take 1 day at a time and you will do great!
Need More Help?
If you need a little more direction getting started, jump into the free lessons. They are designed using this proven strategy. I have everything laid out for you step by step. You don’t need to worry about organizing all the information because I’ve done that for you.
I provide all the scales you need (at the right time and order), I provide the method book for you, I give you a new piece of music to learn nearly every week, and I will teach you how to learn music by ear. In addition, you won’t run out of things to practice!
If you would like this additional assistance (remember, it’s free) then click the following link to sign up for our free lessons and email tips. You’ll be directed to a new page. Fill out the sign up form in the middle of the page and you’re in!
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