I’ve always had the idea in the back of my mind that I’d like to write a book on practicing. I’ve read a number of books on the subject, some of them good and some of them not so good. As a doubler, I have had to really work on efficiently practicing, because my time is so limited with all the different instruments I have to get through. But I love practicing, and I think I’ve found some good ways to do it. I started my #dailypracticetips and that got the ideas going, but I never put my thoughts into book form. There may still be time for that, but in the meantime, I discovered a book that if I’d had the time to do the research, this is book I would have written. And I discovered it completely by accident.
In April of 2014, I donated to a Kickstarter campaign for a new practice book, being written by a friend of a friend. I didn’t really know what the book would look like in the end, but I had a good feeling. When I got back from my second summer at Capital University in Columbus, OH (where I’m working on my Masters) the book was waiting for me.
I loved it immediately. The short, digestible chapters, the clear and useful language. The ideas were pretty “out of the box” from traditional classical practice techniques and I liked that alot. I felt like the book not only talked about ways to practice, but also ways to love practicing music. I found myself inspired and curious after each chapter. It has now moved to the top of my recommendation list for my students and now I’m recommending it to you. Even if you have 30 books on practicing, it’s worth adding this one. There’s even an e-book which is awesome. Plus, there’s a wonderful website to go with it (where you can also purchase the book)
The Practice of Practice Website: http://thepracticeofpractice.com/
Let me know what you think about the book, or any other books on practicing, in the comments below. Thanks!