A Very Motivating Practice

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A Very Motivating Practice

As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively.

My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot.  My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week.

This has gone in waves over the years, but I tried to count the performances we were involved in a couple of years ago and I think it was around 200 for the year.  That is a combined number (since we often play together)… and I didn’t count church.

I have discovered that when we don’t have a coming-soon performance scheduled, we’re not quite as motivated to practice hard. Having another reason to practice really helps with certain skills like memorization and repetition of tricky spots.

Having another reason to practice really helps..

I personally don’t know many people who want to get caught performing unprepared. It is also a very rewarding day when a budding musician arrives at their lesson super prepared. The teacher smiles a lot and the next set of skills can be introduced. These kinds of lessons make the student skip home with a happy heart.

If I feel we are in a “lull” as far as learning or practicing, I simply make a phone call or two and schedule a performance.

Works every time. 🙂

What can you do to motivate your practicing if you are not a regularly paid musician? Well, that’s easy. All you have to do is prep a piece really, really, really well and declare to someone that you are ready to show it off. Believe me, you’ll get your first ‘gig’ right then and there.

It doesn’t matter at all who you are performing for. Haha, I remember one of my great mentors (professional flutist)

What helps you have a better practice?

Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.

Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller
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9 thoughts on “A Very Motivating Practice”

  1. Hi! this is Kayla Lloyd. I’m looking forward to learning how to play the flute. I’m just practicing my scales and I have test every Friday at school and I get nervous all the time. Is there anyway I cal learn how to control my breathing and slurring my notes properly. Hope that I can be able to learn quickly! Thank you. I’m so nervous about this test. Please Help me!.

    1. Hi Kayla, congratulations on your progress so far. And, good luck on what is coming. There is actually a trick I teach my students to control their breath when preparing for a test. Ready for it?? Ok. Take a quick run up and down about 6 stairs in your home and then pick up your flute and play your test material. You’ll feel your heart beat faster and your breath won’t work as you wish it would. PERFECT Practice for that test. Oh… and over learn that material. (that means practice it thousands of times before your test). You’ll be GRRREAT!! Rebecca

  2. I love the flute so much and want to practise every day but sometimes it’s not possible because it’s too late in the evening and I don’t want to disturb my neighbours. So do you know what I do when it’s too late to practise? I take my flute out of the case and have a good look at it and finger the keys – how sad am I!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Maria – haha I know just what you mean. I have had to figure out how to practice in hotel rooms before. It’s tricky! What you do is finger and blow, but only allow an “air” sound instead of the real tone. This isn’t a good way to practice “tone”, but it is a great way to practice posture and fingerings. 🙂

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