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My Top Eleven Practice Tip Tweets of All Time Forever and Ever Up to Now Amen

My Top Eleven Practice Tip Tweets of All Time Forever and Ever Up to Now Amen


About six months ago, I decided to start writing daily practice tips and posting them to Twitter. The original idea came out of my plans for expanding the reach of my book, Music Practice Coach. I had toyed with the idea for some time, but never took the plunge. The inspiration for my first tip came out of something I said to one of my students regarding soft dynamics. Frankly, I was frustrated with him and decided to take it out on the Twitterverse. 

Here is that original tweet, from April 16, 2013:

Piano=as softly as you can play w/a good sound. It will change every day. Sound first, then volume, Please? Pretty please?

From those inauspicious beginnings came the rest of my inauspicious offerings. I have tweeted nearly every day since then and have shared my thoughts on a variety of subjects related to playing and practicing. I have been surprised and encouraged by the feedback I have received. Mine is far from the most visited, subscribed, favorited or retweeted Twitter feed but it seems I have struck a chord with some folks, which has been my goal from the start.

I thought I would share the eleven most popular (in terms of favorites and retweets). Why eleven? It’s a strange number. And one more than ten. And a Spinal Tap reference. And the number of toes my crazy Aunt Phoebe had. And there was a natural cut off point at eleven.

Anyway, one of the most interesting parts of this experiment/experience has been seeing which posts inspired the most activity. They are presented in descending order, ending with the most popular of my tweets. 

I hope you enjoy these. If you do, feel free to subscribe yo my feed (@lalaladuke). If not, suggest it to people you don’t like. 

#11, August 31, 2013:

When in doubt, act. Try something. Change something. Learning happens through action. Do. Fix. Redo. Shoobeedoobeedoo.

#10, August 22, 2013:

1. Bracket the measures you can’t play. 

2. Work on those measures 80% of the time. 

3. Improve.

#9, July 11, 2013:

You know what? Just go practice. You're never gonna feel like it. Just go do it. Yes, right now. Go. 

#8, July 6, 2013:

Go for it! If you miss a note, miss it BIG! Commit! Strong and wrong! Give 100%. Take a chance! Grunt a lot!

#7, September 1, 2013:

Sit down in the practice room with an attitude of curiosity & optimism. Be open to discovering how far you can go. 

#6, August 15, 2013:

You don’t have to practice in one big  time chunk. Try 15 min. “mini-chunks” throughout the day, each w/a specific focus.

#5, July 9, 2013:

Reconnect w/the reason you started playing music in the first place. Unless it was to get rich. That was just silly.

#4, August 26, 2013:

Things won’t go according to plan. Expect that. Roll with the punches. Adapt. Keep a positive attitude. Persevere.

#3, July 22, 2013:

Practice isn’t about hours logged. It is about honestly and earnestly facing your challenges and striving to meet your goals. #PracticeTips 

#2, April 27, 2013:

1. Record yourself

2. Listen

3. Adjust

4. Repeat 1-3 a whole bunch of times


#1, August 21, 2013:

Psst! Practicing is working out your parts on your own. Rehearsing is coordinating with others. Pass it on!

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