Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goal Setting checklist//Classes starting next week

I've got new classes starting next week at Dusty Strings.  There's a beginning banjo class that meets at 12pm and 6:30pm and beginning Bluegrass rhythm guitar that meets at 7:45pm every Wednesday.  Here's a link to the class descriptions.

Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions.

Here's a checklist from my book about practicing.
Checklist for goal setting

  1. If you’re not setting a goal you’re not practicing.  Set goals every practice session and you’ll always improve.
  2. Be very specific about what you’re trying to accomplish in a given practice session.
  3. Focus on aspects of your playing that need the most work.  These are spots where you’re most likely to mess up.  Go after those spots.
  4. You might practice only a couple of notes or you might practice an entire piece of music.  Be aware of where you’re at in your musical development. 
  5. Set small manageable goals.  You should start to see improvement in 5 minutes or so depending on the goal.
  6. You may have several “5 minute” goals in a given practice session.
  7. Build your goals on each other.  Try to build on what you did the day before.  Be aware of where you are and where you need to go.
  8. Be realistic.  You may need to get serious about only a couple of especially difficult notes before you’re ready to play them in the context of the larger piece of music.

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