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Musician Practice Essentials

Practice Makes Perfect.

While the traditional saying holds a lot of truth, it’s important to take all aspects of work and practice into consideration. One ten-minute session of quality learning can be a lot more valuable than an hour of endless repetition.

That’s not to say repetition isn’t crucial, however, it’s how accurately and precisely you improve your control as you go through the same motions over and over. Luckily for musicians, there’s a world of options to choose from when it comes to improvement.

While our own robust platform, AMPS, can serve many of a musician’s needs in one place, it’s good to know what your options are. Here are a bunch of essential tools to incorporate into your practice sessions as a musician:

1 | METRONOME

Almost a requirement for any musician looking to improve their skills, a metronome is one of the best ways of improving a sense of rhythm and tempo. An effective approach to practice involves progressively increasing the beat your metronome as you adapt to higher speeds of playing. Using a real metronome will ultimately improve your internal metronome, as you become more accustomed to rhythms and tempos across many pieces.

2 | TUNER OR TUNER FORK

Depending on the instrument you use, tuning may or may not be one of your biggest priorities. In string instruments, using a tuner fork (or tuner software) to emit a constant frequency can help ensure all strings are adjusted to the appropriate pitches. Regardless of skill level, no musician can play their best if their instrument is out of tune, or if they’ve practiced with strings that are not in the right shape. If you’re looking to sway your audience, you gotta do it in the right key; there’s no way around using a tuner.

3 | PRACTICE LOGGER

Self-discipline and accountability are crucial in pushing yourself to practice every day. While it’s important to push yourself, it’s more important to remind yourself why you do what you do, and just how much you get out of it. Using a practice logger, you can track your progress over time, and reflect on how you’re doing. Looking at your improvement and achievements can be hugely self-motivating. Practicing will become less of a chore, and more of something you look forward to every time you pick up your instrument.

4 | AUDIO RECORDING & FEEDBACK

Sometimes when we’re playing music, a lot of our own sound can go right over our heads. Having an organized system to record and play music can give you a way to reflect on your own playing, and to listen to other recordings. You can incorporate audio into your practice sessions in many ways:

  • Recording & saving your practice in audio clips
  • Playing accompanying tracks for your piece as a reference
  • Playing a custom beat (e.g drums, claps) during practice to improve rhythm
  • Surround sound system consisting of the above

5 | MUSIC STAND / WORKSPACE

Unless you’re a musical genius who can memorize a tune like Mozart, having a music stand goes without saying. Using an efficient environment for your music can help you read better and maintain performing posture. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit of money; a strong stand might cost more, but a cheap flimsy one can give you a headache.

Where We Come In

Being practicing musicians ourselves, we realize the importance of accessibility when it comes to all these tools. That’s why we created a space with many musician practice tools, while retaining the flexibility of real devices. The Accel Music Practice Studio – or just AMPS, because yikes – offers a metronome, tuner, recording studio, progress tracking, sheet music display, and more in a PC application. Try it for free, today.

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