Posted by jrjenks on Sunday, July 5, 2009
We're almost to the end of my continued celebration of my 2nd banjoversary. Today I'm continuing my discussion of my next year's plans by thinking through the second of my three new plans for the next year: "I will create a terrific banjo practice area."
I'm drawing a lot of this idea from the sessions at Midwest Banjo Camp.
Janet Beazley had this advice in her "Productive Practice Tools and Tips" session...
Set a locale — a room or corner of a room that stays set up for practicing and nothing else
From James McKinney, who taught the "Developing Speed" session at camp, comes a very good point that I hadn't considered before but which really struck home when I heard it:
The importance of privacy
One of many players greatest mental barriers to getting quality practice is the fear of annoying others with my endless repetition of scales, arpeggios and other technical exercises. I have found that the ONLY way for many people to do any extended practice is to ensure that they have complete privacy so that nobody will hear them. Even if the others in your surroundings repeatedly assure you that they dont mind hearing me practice, it still bothers you. You just cant relax if someone is listening.
If you also feel inhibited by people listening to you practice, you owe it to yourself to arrange a private space for yourself where you can tap, pluck and roll to your hearts content without feeling as if you are annoying others.
Which brings me to: "I will create a terrific banjo practice area."
And I shall call my practice area...the Fortress of Banjotude.
The Fortress will have:
Coming up: The last stop on the 2nd banjoversary tour: "I will be deliberate about learning songs."
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