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How to make the most of your music practice time

Frederik Nielsen, in Community news
Oct 27, 2023 | 5 min read

Ever felt like your music practice time was slipping through your fingers faster than your favorite guitar riff? Trust us, we’ve all been there. 

Here’s the lowdown on how to make every minute count:

1. Set the mood

Before we even start with the notes and scales, let’s talk environment. Your music practice setting can make or break your session!

  • Choose the right space: This could be anywhere from a cozy corner in your bedroom to that sunlit spot in your living room.
  • Eliminate distractions: Yep, this means muting those pesky notifications on your phone. Unless, of course, you’re using the Soundbrenner app for guidance!
  • Get comfy: Find a chair or cushion that supports your posture because, let’s face it, nobody wants a sore back from rocking out.
girl doing music practice in bedroom

2. Goals, goals, goals!

It’s simple. Know what you want, and go get it! Aimlessly strumming away might be therapeutic, but it’s not necessarily productive.

Break it down:

  • Weekly targets: Maybe it’s mastering that tricky bridge section or getting that rhythm just right.
  • Daily focus: Dedicate each day to a specific music practice task, like technique on Mondays and improvisation on Tuesdays.

3. It’s all about timing

Look, I love getting lost in the music as much as the next person. But let’s be honest, it’s super easy to lose track of time during music practice sessions. 

Get the Soundbrenner Core, a wearable metronome that vibes to your music. It also acts as a smartwatch helping you stay on track. Pretty rad, right?

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Take regular breaks

Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It’s basically working in short, focused bursts with breaks in between. Science says it works, and who are we to argue with science? Apply this technique in your music practice sessions to improve your results.

Here’s a simple routine:

  • 25 minutes of focused practice
  • 5-minute break (Stretch, hydrate, air guitar solos… you do you!)
  • Repeat!

4. Mix it up

Repetition is essential, but monotony? Not so much. When it comes to music practice, a fresh approach can do wonders for your motivation and creativity!

Explore different genres

Venture outside your comfort zone. If you’re a classic rock aficionado, why not dip your toes in jazz, blues, or even flamenco? 

Playing around with various genres not only broadens your musical horizons. It also introduces you to different playing techniques and rhythms that can elevate your music practice game.

Swap your instrument

Been loyal to your guitar? Maybe give the keyboard or ukulele a shot. Learning a new instrument can be both fun and challenging, offering a fresh perspective on music. 

Besides, understanding multiple instruments can improve your music comprehension overall.

multiple music instruments

5. Reflect and review

Progress is rarely a straight path. It’s a mix of highs, lows, and plateaus. The key is to be aware of where you stand and where you need to go.

Journal your journey

At the end of each music practice session, take a few moments to jot down your thoughts. What did you nail? What was challenging? 

Record your sessions

Thanks to smartphones, it’s super easy to hit record and capture your practice. Listening back can be an eye-opener, highlighting areas that need more attention.

Seek feedback

Practice and share your music with friends, family, or fellow musicians. Fresh ears can offer invaluable insights and constructive criticism. Embrace it! 

man doing music practice with friend

Set monthly milestones

While daily goals are fantastic, it’s also crucial to have a broader vision. At the start of each month, set a significant music practice milestone you’d like to achieve. It could be mastering a complete song, improvising a solo, or even performing in front of a small group. 

And finally, have fun!

The joy of music is in the journey, not just the destination. Enjoy every chord, every note, and every magical moment. The key to rocking your music practice is to stay mindful, focused and inspired. With these tips, you’ll be belting out tunes and dazzling listeners in no time!

If you would further like to streamline your music practice by setting practical and achievable milestones then check out our blog for tips to set realistic music practice goals.

Thanks for reading our article “How to make the most of your music practice time.” We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

Do you have a question about Soundbrenner products? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

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