Guitar Lessons In Tulsa | Practice Strategies

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All right. In this topic, I’m going to be discussing a practice strategies for instructors, for students, mainly students at Curtis music Academy and in general. So this topic is just going to be about just a few different ways that will be of use to you when it comes to practicing at home. Whether you’re a student and you’re trying to, you know, nail down some, a song or nailed down a scale or you know, things like that. Or if you’re an instructor and you’re trying to create these, strategies for them, here’s going to be a few, excuse me, a few topics, a few methods that will work and be of use to you. So, ah, practice strategies. 


I’m going to talk first from the student’s perspective and as a student. Some practice strategies, some things that you’re going to be wanting to do is you’re wanting, you’re going to want to, definitely schedule a time to practice. Even actually before that, you want to decide on how long you want to practice each week, which will in turn, give you the amounts of time you can practice per day. Ideally. So first place I would start is deciding how much time do I actually have to practice during the week. Everyone has different amounts of time. Some students have 30 minutes, some students have an hour, and their entire week. 


Some students have five hours in there and total total week. And so, you know, during the seasons, you know, school year, not the school year, you know, when you’re in the school year you kinda don’t have as much time. You might have an hour to two hours, which is plenty of time actually to go about, you know, practicing your songs for your guitar lessons in Tulsa. And you know, really honing your guitar lessons in Tulsa skills in other areas. And so first step would be to decide on a specific amount of time that you are able to practice the guitar lessons in Tulsa. Is that 10 minutes a week, which is really, really low. Is it an hour a week? Is it a, you know, two hours a week? 


Is it three hours, five hours, 10 hours? Decide on the amount of time that you actually have after you’ve looked at your calendar and seeing the spots where you could best practice. And then I would go and from there begin to say you have two hours for ease. Let’s say you just have an hour, an hour in your entire week as a student. You go to school a lot, your plans to different sports. It’s kind of a busy life you have right? As a student, as an athlete. So you know you’ve taken up guitar lessons in Tulsa on top of two other sports and which is very common for a lot of our students. You know, and you’re trying to make this work, you’re trying to get really good at guitar lessons in Tulsa. 


And your guitar lessons in Tulsa teachers is asking you to do this and, and then you go and break down the amount of time you have in the whole week. You have an hour after the hour you ask yourself, Hmm, okay, out of the hour I’ve got, I can do 10 minutes this day, 10 minutes the next day. And you know, you’ve got five, you’ve got five days. So I’d say the first day, Monday you can do 10 minutes, right? The next day. Tuesday you can do 10 minutes. Thursday you can do 10 minutes, I’m sorry, Wednesday you can do 10 minutes. Thursday and Friday you can do 15 minutes. There you go. 


That’s your hour for the entire week. And even if you get time on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, I know that you pretty much have sports going on during the weekends. So it’s not really maybe an option for you, but that would be a good thing to do. So just break down first assess how much time do I have in my entire week to practice guitar and then break that down into how many, how many days you’re available to practice. And so just treat like that. And then third step would be set in alarm on those specific days.


 You know on our iPhone is now we can set a custom custom alarms for for specific days and we can make those recurring. So they haven’t every week you can do it from year two years, 10 years, as long as you know, unlimited never ending. And that is one way you can practice as, as practice strategy, as a student. My second practice strategy for the students is, you know, say you have 30 minutes a day and you’re a student who doesn’t really do much other than school and then guitar lessons in Tulsa, you know, and your guitar teacher says, Hey, how much time do you have to practice guitar? 


And you’re like, yeah, I only do, I only have school. And after my homework I’m free to do anything other than play video games. I have about 30 minutes to an hour. Okay? And then your instructor says, Hey, let’s do 30 minutes, 30 to 45 minutes, but minimum 30 minutes. Okay, you practice 30 minutes Monday through Friday. That is a great amount of time. You’re going to see quick progress. You’re going to see callouses build up over a very, very small amount of time, say three to four weeks. If you’re planning that often, it’ll be awesome. 


You’ll be able to, you’ll see real progress. And then one strategy I would say if you’ve got 30 minutes a day, Monday through Friday, I’d do five 10 ten five which is do five, five minute warmup, 10 minutes on a scale or song piece such as a verse or a chorus, and then 10 minutes on another verse or course or another scale or element of music that you’ve learned recently from your guitar lessons in Tulsa. And then lastly, five minutes. Do that warm up again. The first warm up you started with in the first five minutes, so five, 10 ten five that’s going to be really great. All right. Next topic is it’s practice strategies for instructors. 


It’ll be very helpful for teachers to know a few different methods of even teaching, but just some strategies that can give them their own students. The first method I would highly encourage is the edge method. Edge method comes from the boy Scouts and it is E D, G, E, and that is an acronym for the method of explaining, demonstrating, guiding, and then enabling. Again, that was explaining, demonstrating, guiding, and enabling. So what you would do as a, you’re the instructors, you would explain what it is that you’re going to be teaching, demonstrate what it is you’re going to be teaching. 


And then showing them, doing it together with your student, what you just told them and what you just demonstrated. And then leaving it up for the student. Lastly too, which is enabling them to do it on their own. You know, through that guiding process, you guide them from step a to B and then you have them apply that a to B on their own that’s going to really help them. The next strategy is giving them, the practice kind of a, a brief practice schedule, 30 minute practice schedule, which is five, 10, 10, five or another, practice strategy would be 10, 10, 10, just practice for 10 minutes, 10 minutes and then 10 minutes. 


This can be in literally like 10 minute warmup, 10 minute, exercise and then 10 minutes song or you can break it up, intent, intent in the entire day in 24 hours, 10 minutes in the morning, you play something. Then you go to school, well, after school, you play 10 minutes of something else after your homework, and then you get to play some video games, right, and then right before bed play for 10 more minutes. These are a few different strategies that would be very helpful for your students. It, the purpose is to really just help break down that practicing regimen or the practicing at home. It just kind of creates an ease and a simplicity to the students and it gives them pretty clear amounts of time to practice for, because it’s hard for people to understand what to do.