Practice Tips 1. Set up a regular time, and a good place, for practicing. The best place in your home to practice is a quiet place, away from the television, telephone, computer, and other disruptions. 2. Use a music stand which will allow you to sit or stand tall and hold your instrument correctly. 3. Fingers, hands and arms may tire easily because they are learning new movements and positions. If this happens, it’s good to take a few seconds to shake out the hands and arms, or wiggle the fingers, to relax the muscles. Take deep, full breaths when playing. 4. Each day, review the teacher’s instructions and assignments. 5. Practice the difficult measures over and over until you can play them correctly. Then, play the song all the way through. 6. Practice a song slowly before taking it at a fast tempo. 7. Before playing a new song for the first time, check the key signature, the time signature and look for measures with unusual rhythms or complicated note patterns, check the speed, and specific articulations, fingerings, and sticking patterns. 8. Be sure there is time in each practice session to play some favorite songs. 9. At the end of each practice session you should be able to answer two questions, “What improved today?” and “Which songs or skills need work tomorrow?” 10. RECORD YOUR DAILY PRACTICE!!!