technique focus Practising
A completely different approach to playing, practise should be an organised way of reaching a goal. Once the initial excitement of getting to grips with some of the featured techniques has faded, it’s easy to become stuck in a rut with a few go-to phrases that can feel stale after a while. A good way of breaking free of this is to record yourself playing and listen with a critical ear. This is a process best done in private, so you can really listen and decide what changes, if any, need to be made. It’s usually a good idea to leave a couple of days between recording and listening, so you can be objective. You may be surprised how much you like what you hear! If you don’t, make a mental (or physical) list of what the problems are and work through them methodically, applying logic and rehearsing the movements slowly. Remember, though – having personality in your playing is more important than flawless technique to most listeners, so while it can be a great way to further musical expression, at the end of the day it’s simply another tool in the musical box.