Book review: First, Learn to Practice

First, Learn To Practice: a review.

I cannot remember how many times I have told my students: you have to practice slowly, really slowly (meaning: play/ study the piece at a slower pace/ bpm). Second thing I tend to say: don’t “play the piece from start to finish”, but practice the licks and musicale sentences one by one…

If you just want to noodle away on your instrument and are happy with that, you don’t need this book. If you are not really happy about your progress or frustrated with the results of your efforts, read on (and maybe buy the book)…

Great players are not born, they are made

Really great players like Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai or “put the name of a great player here” are not born. They are made (or made themselves) by being thorough…Besides being talented, they know how to study. Or maybe that’s their talent: knowing how to study…

This book, First, Learn to Practice, tells you the how and why of good studying habitsĀ and much more, like how to plan your practice schedule, use a metronome etc…

Recommended reading for anyone who is serious about their playing, in Kindle format it is really a bargain!

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