If you're like most people, you don't have a lot of extra time to spend on your cello studies. You may be wondering how you can progress quickly and still fit practice into your busy schedule.
Normally, you'd rely on your cello instructor to give you tips and feedback when it comes to your practice routine and time management. However, since today's cello students may be learning the instrument via a variety of different formats, including YouTube, some helpful advice to enable you to get the most out of your practice time is in order.
The consistency of your practice determines how much you will improve on the cello, or almost any other musical instrument for that matter. Ideally, you want to practice almost every day.
It's typically recommended that beginning students practice for about 30 minutes each day, while more experienced players should aim for slightly longer sessions or multiple sessions per day.
In addition to quantity, focus is also key. During each practice session, be sure to warm up with some simple exercises, then work on several different tasks such as scales, arpeggios, and melodies.
By breaking up your practice session into smaller chunks and working on a variety of different things, you can more effectively improve your skill level and avoid frustration. This also helps you to maintain your focus, thereby increasing your practice consistency.
Finding a Time and Place to Practice
When you're busy with school, work, and a social life, it can be tough to find the time to practice. So when is the best time to fit in a practice session? And how can you make sure you won't be interrupted?
The answer to the first question depends on what works best for you. Some people find that they have more energy in the morning and prefer to get their practice in then. Others find that they have more focus later in the day and prefer to practice in the evening.
There's no right or wrong answer. Although, it generally seems that the beginnings or endings of the day tend to work best for most people.
As for finding a place to practice, quiet is key. If you live with family or roommates, try practicing during a time when everyone is out of the house. The bottom line is that it's important to find a place where you can focus on your playing and really get the most out of your practice sessions.
For more information, contact a local teacher that offers cello classes.