I get a lot of really fun questions here at Learn Flute Online.
How long should I practice my flute each day?
Today’s comes from a 27 year old cutie from Mexico:
“I have listened that a lot musicians practice a lot of hours in a day (ex. 7 hours for perfect his art). However, i practice 1 hour a day. My question is: Should i practice more hours a day? ¿will be good that I practice 3 or 2 hours a day?”
My answer to her is:
“What a great question you have. I have many students who ask how long to practice the flute.
Some have practiced many hours per day. They are the ones who are now at Julliard and Manhattan School of Music. They have been very careful students. Careful to practice only good technique.
It does no good to practice bad technique several hours per day, right?
My suggestion for my online students who are wanting to really excel, is to make sure and take regular private lessons from me so I can check technique and go over important points – especially tone and position. I also invite these type of students to come to masterclass if at all possible once or twice a year.
Practicing for hours at a time with bad technique does one or both of these two things:
1. creates bad habits that cannot be easily fixed – this hinders playing on every level.
2. creates improper tension in muscles that can end up giving the player tendonitis or carpel-tunnel syndrome, etc.
Practicing for hours at a time with bad technique… does what for your playing ability?
After I have worked one-on-one with a student for a while, I can easily tell how much to recommend they practice each day.
p.s. a “casual” learner should practice 20 – 40 minutes per day. A more serious student should practice an hour. I don’t recommend more than that unless I can see what is really happening and check technique often.”