I have decided to set myself a new challenge. A practice challenge.
For the best part of a year, my practice sessions have consisted of me doing a brief warm-up (when I remember), my scales, and then one or more of my exam pieces. That’s it.
But after my private clarinet lesson last week, it struck me that I’m not challenging myself enough, I am certainly not improving my sight reading. I do the same thing week in, week out in my practice sessions.
And a change is long overdue.
The new challenge is to play a new piece I have never seen before each time I practice.
Over the weekend, I made a start on my new challenge. I did my warm-up and scales as usual followed by one of my three exam pieces, and then a number of new, previously unseen sight-reading pieces.
The beauty of the sight-reading pieces is that they are short and therefore lend themselves very nicely to the almost-one-a-day approach.
It was quite exhilarating doing this new-style practice session, and I hope that I will continue with it, and reap the benefits as my sight reading improves. I have already ‘rediscovered’ notes that I thought I didn’t know; these turned out to be notes that I used to know well but had simply forgotten!
I plan to follow this new approach every time I practice playing the clarinet.
As I have limited time, my new-style practice sessions are the next best thing to going to a weekly two-hour orchestra (which I tried last year).
And I will share more about playing in an orchestra, and how I got on with that particular challenge next week…
Vibrating Reed – for adult learners of the clarinet