5 Tips for Quickly Organizing Your Practice!
- Use a durable folder. Your practice folder is a critical tool for your High Intensity Interval Practice. The first step is to find a high-quality practice folder. Personally, I use a 2” three-ring binder with plastic sheets for papers. You may want to use tabs to divide 5-week sessions.
- Print out a 5-week schedule. Because you will be working in 5-week sessions, it’s important to track your goals and progress. Figure out a calendar format with information for each practice day. Be sure to list your practice goal somewhere on your schedule. If you’re working on an 8-, 10-, or 12- week practice schedule, adjust your calendar format.
- Print out leadsheets for each tune. Even if you aren’t working on the melody in your practice, it’s important to have leadsheets for each tune. If you’re only practicing one tune, file the leadsheet after your schedule (see above). If you’re practicing more than one tune, place leadsheets in the order that you will practice (or perform) them. As you learn more repertoire, you should include a list of tunes you’ve learned at the front or back of your practice folder.
- Write out your practice etudes. While we’ll go more into this in Week 3, for now, it’s important to know that you need to create practice materials. An etude is any piece of music used for learning purposes. In addition to the melody (which is written on the leadsheet), other types of etudes include basslines, arpeggios (of each chord), chord-scales, and written or transcribed solos. If you’re new to practice, you should consult with an instructor for etude ideas.
- Make technical notes. To optimize your practice, write out any notes about technique. This could include rhythmic subdivisions, fingering numbers, and bowing patterns. As with practice etudes, you may want to consult with an instructor for help with this step. Once you have your practice folder ready, you’re ready to move onto HIIP workouts – which will cover in next week’s posts!