[The song played at the beginning of the lesson is an original tune I wrote called “Buttered Beans”. You can listen to it here.]
Hey everybody, Vi Wickam here with another [my] Talent Forge Quick Tip of the Week!
Today we are going to talk about practicing- just a little bit.
We’ve talked a little bit about the difference between practicing and playing. And playing is part of your practice session.
So when you have a practice session, there will be part of it that will be practicing. There’s part of it that’s warming up, there’s part of it that’s cooling down, and there’s part of it that’s playing.
And it’s really, really, really important that when you’re playing a tune- so when you’re practicing playing the tune- that you play it in time!
This is one of the things that I work with my students on that is super important… is that you don’t slow down when you get to the hard part.
You have to play the whole song at the same tempo and play the whole song in time.
So play the song in time, at the same tempo through the whole song. Don’t slow down at the ends of the phrases, don’t slow down when you get to the hard part. Play through the whole thing in time!
Then you can speed up the whole song a little bit at a time.
But when we’re playing the song, it is super critical that we play the whole song in time, so that we practice playing the song in time.
One of the useful tools you have for doing that is a metronome. Or a keyboard that has rhythms. Or some other sort of a beatbox that you can set a tempo underneath you that you can play along with.
But regardless of what tool you choose, practice playing your tunes in time.
Because if you don’t do that, no one will be able to play along with you, and no one will want to play along with you.
Have some fun! Practice playing your song in time. And everyone will want to play with you!
That’s your Quick Tip of the Week from myTalentForge.com. I’ll see you next week!
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