A Music Practice Routine That Will Transform You
Discover A New Artist
There is something special about finding your new favorite band. We’ve all been there. You're flipping through Spotify, trying to find that perfect song, and you take a chance on someone new. And then, bam! Your life is changed. If you're a musician, you can take it even further by learning how to actually play this amazing new music. Too often though, that doesn't happen. Our attention wanes and we miss an opportunity to develop a deeper connection to the music that we just fell in love with. It's a shame, but it happens all the time.
If You Love It, Learn It... All of It
Learning an album — all of it — is the way to go if you want to try a new practice routine. One song will teach you a lot, but an entire album will teach you exactly what makes your favorite musicians tick. You'll walk away with new inspiration, knowledge, and the tools that will lead you, someday, to make something truly great of your own. And you'll have a 40-60 minute practice routine made up entirely of music you love playing.
You'll walk away with new inspiration, knowledge, and the tools that will lead you, someday, to make something truly great of your own.
Become Great, like Your Idols
Did I mention that this is how a lot of famous musicians became as great as they are? Eric Clapton was so obsessed with Robert Johnson’s recordings that he learned them all note for note. Eddie Van Halen did the same with his favorite Clapton albums. Prince loved James Brown and Sly Stone so much he would give them shout outs on his records as the music itself paid tribute to their influence (check out the track “Musicology” to hear what I’m talking about).
Eric Clapton was so obsessed with Robert Johnson’s recordings he learned them all note for note.
Jimi Hendrix famously would learn the newest albums from Bob Dylan and the Beatles immediately after their releases. In fact, he even opened a show with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” the day it came out!
So if you feel stuck with your practice routine, or just want to emulate a musician you adore, I encourage you to dive into an album and see how your playing is transformed. You’ll make connections you never knew were there, you’ll practice like the greats, and you’ll have a great time every time you pick up your instrument.
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