Are You Using The 3 P’s of Practice?

The 3 P’s to improving your flute practice session:

We all wish we could push a magic button (insert sparkly music here) and suddenly know how to play the flute music we desire perfectly.

Well, we wish it happened this way, but I’m here today to tell you that it CAN happen more quickly than you think by following my 3 P’s of practicing.

"It's totally impossible to go somewhere if you don't get on the path.."

Here they are, listen up:

1. Plan

It’s totally impossible to go somewhere if you don’t get on the path to getting there.P is for planning in practice

We need to bring our flutes out with a “plan” of what we are going to improve.

I have already organized and broken up the lessons into sections for you. If you are above module #5 you’ll have progress sheets printed and filled out for each little skill I teach.  All you have to do is apply these 3 P’s to each skill.

If there is no plan, you’ll probably play aimlessly and wonder if you’ve improved.  Sometimes it’s fun to play aimlessly, but of course this can’t happen every time we pull out our instrument or we will never advance into the flutist we wish to be.  So, get a PLAN before you start.

Now that we’ve “planned what to practice”, we come to the next P:

2. Patience

Aye, there’s the rub.P is for patience in practicing

You have to keep at it even though it is near impossible to see the small increments of improvement.  They are there, and with patience more results will come.

I once heard it said something like this: We often see another musician’s “glory” without realizing their whole “story”.

This story is actually probably filled with an amazing amount of patience an persistence.  Which brings us to the next P:

3. Persistence

Ah ok.  This one is easy to remember, harder to implement.P is for persistence

You can’t win the game if you don’t stay on the field, right?

You have a PLAN, you have PATIENCE, now you just have to stay the course.

Magic (insert same sparkly music here) happens and supernatural skills are acquired with you stick to exercising a skill for 100+ days in a row.

Can you hear me chanting your name? “Do It” “Do It” “Do It” “Do It”

What have you learned in your practicing? Leave a comment below.

Rebecca Fuller Flute TeacherRebecca Fuller



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  • Oliver Pinto

    Reply Reply December 23, 2015

    it is so correct. I totally agree with you on the fact that if you don’t plan you just can’t see the improvement.

    it is so rewarding when you look back, or play again that piece that you practice for a while, and finally it seems so easy to play!

    I have enjoyed your lessons immensely. thanks you.

    wishing you happy holidays.


  • Jane Edwards

    Reply Reply January 5, 2016

    Had the joy of playing to my 18m grandson Ben and he laughed and danced. Thanks for your encouragement! Jane

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 13, 2016

      Oh what a joy!

  • MIKE

    Reply Reply January 7, 2016

    Such a good article. Simple yet so true. You said in three words what most
    have eventually wound up doing, but the now we can use the three P’s as the template for our practices. Well done. And thanks.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 13, 2016

      Glad you like this. There are always times we can improve our efficiency in practicing. 😛

  • rufus williams

    Reply Reply February 22, 2016

    hi mrs fuller
    the 3 p’s are things i was doing and not knowing that i was it is so good that you bring it up know am gonna make sure that i do them

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 27, 2016

      I’m glad you read this Rufus. You’re doing so well. 🙂 Rebecca

  • Molefi Manoto

    Reply Reply August 31, 2016

    For many years I’ve had patience and persistence, but not much of a PLAN. Thanks for your advice Rebecca, I’ll be working on A PLAN next time I pull my flute out to practice.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 31, 2016

      Perfect, Molefi! I’m glad you are making a ‘plan’. I’ll show you exactly what to do daily in the lesson modules. See you soon! Rebecca

  • Rose hill

    Reply Reply December 6, 2016

    I like the 3 p will try to practice that lately some days i dont get to do it because i am so tired from work which we as adults spend of great deal of time on the job with limited time to pratice my best times r weekends i am not excusing it but in the future i need to pratice more hoping someday to get better thnx 4 listening

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 8, 2016

      You’re definitely on the right track, Rose. Keep it up! ~Rebecca

  • Margaret Neves

    Reply Reply August 22, 2018

    Hi! I am still here, in Colorado, though my flute-playing has had to take a backseat this summer. I like your 3 P’s and will strive to follow them. I’m working on “performing” (or playing) in front of family and friends. Or just in front of the “record” button on the computer. Yep, you go back 10 years in experience and turn into a klutz!! Hahaha. But with practice on that skill of performing, and on all the many many others, I hope to keep improving.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 23, 2018

      Hi Margaret, you’re so awesome to continue working on this fun skill. The 3 P’s are incredible to follow. The ‘record’ button is so so so so effective. Especially if you’re planning on placing it in front of some other flute learners – they’re like cheerleaders of the best kind. Come join us. Have a great week improving. 🙂 ~Rebecca

  • Catalina

    Reply Reply January 17, 2019

    Thanks Rebeca, that is the best piece of advise for me at the moment. The flute playing had taken a back seat but the plan is start in March and I’ll join your course. I am going to summer holiday next month. Last year “my habby” had heart surgery which put all my personal plans to the back seat. I definitely need the first P to start, that was something that was missing in my practice last year. Thank you for your mails and encouragement . 🙂

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 18, 2019

      Hi Catalina, so glad you’re back to playing the flute. I hope your habby is feeling well now. 🙂 ~R

  • Alexandrea Rossing

    Reply Reply February 14, 2019

    Hello Rebecca,
    I sure do appreciate all these lessons, modules, and advice! Lately, I have been stuck around the beginning modules 16, 17 and 18 because I think that I learn a lot slower than most people! However, your Three P’s article made me think that maybe I don’t learn as slowly as I think but rather I haven’t really had a plan for each practice session which, in turn, makes me lose patience and persistence.
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I will be changing the way I do things now and see if it makes a difference!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 19, 2019

      Awesome insight, Alexandrea. You can sure move along when you have some focused purpose. Although… there’s no such thing as a slow learner.. unless you’ve given up learning or working on it. No worries- you’re doing just great! ~Rebecca

  • Mary Beth

    Reply Reply March 14, 2019

    Hi Rebecca,

    I wish I could practice every day, but I work nine and a half days. Not only am I too tired, but I would be playing at like eleven o’clock at night. I do practice for at least an hour or more on the days I don’t work. I like the idea of the “plan” but with limited practice time what do you suggest I focus on the most? I feel like I’m getting kind of stuck in one place and not moving forward. Thanks for your help!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 16, 2019

      Hi Mary Beth, great points here. Sometimes our lives are so pre-scheduled. It’s nice to be able to let loose and just play our instrument for fun often. You can always focus on tone and scales first for finger patterns and memory. This will ensure that you can sound good on anything you choose to play at any time. Fill the rest of your precious time with a piece to work on as well as a fun oldie-but-goodie to enjoy. 🙂 -Rebecca

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