Monday, January 14, 2013
Seven Questions About Practicing
While taking a break from the guitar tonight, I was bringing order to the piles of books, music, and scraps of paper that are my life. I found the following on one such scrap of paper, written at an unknown time in my life, but I sense that it was within the past year.
Am I aware of my head, my hands, and my heart?
Am I adding any unnecessary tension to my action?
Am I practicing in such a way that I am improving the piece I am working or am I practicing the same mistakes?
Am I listening to the notes I am playing?
Can I play the part slower?
Can I visualize what I intend to play?
Am I breathing?