Research-Tested Practice Strategies That Will Help You Learn New Pieces Faster

Research-Tested Practice Strategies That Will Help You Learn New Pieces Faster

When time is short and we have lots of repertoire to learn, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and simply plow through as much as we can in a frenetic, bulldozer-y sort of way.

None of this feels particularly smart or effective as we’re doing it, but in the moment, the desperation kind of compels us to abandon any semblance of practice strategery and simply hunker down and keep our fingers moving, which feels more productive than stopping to engage in practice planning.

But is there a better way of learning music when time is limited?

Does Perfectionism Really “Kill” Creativity? If So, What’s the Alternative?

Does Perfectionism Really “Kill” Creativity? If So, What’s the Alternative?

If you do a Google search for perfectionism and creativity, you’ll notice that there are an awful lot of articles out there suggesting that perfectionism “kills” creativity (who knew perfectionism was so homicidal…).

I think we probably all know on some level that pursuing excellence is better (at least healthier) than pursuing perfection. But you might be hard pressed to convince a perfectionist that excellence is good enough. At least, I certainly remember a time in my life when excellence felt like settling, and perfect was the only acceptable standard to aim for.