repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.

Each week I will be writing a little about my “Word of the Week” (WOW), these are words which crop up repeatedly or highlight an important aspect of what I teach.

WOW #1 – Practice

Practice (Verb)

To perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to acquire, improve or maintain proficiency in it.

It’s an old saying, but  it’s absolutely, 100% true (ok so as a perfectionist I am well aware that there is no such thing as “perfect” but there is certainly pretty close to!) Any teacher will tell you the same thing – there’s no point in turning up to a lesson if you haven’t done ANY practise at home. Yes, you will always learn things in your lessons but there is no point in learning those lessons if you cannot commit to continue your learning outside of the lessons with your teacher. The reasons you are encouraged to practise at home? It’s right there in the definition of the word!

  1. You are regularly exercising your skill to continue improving.
  2. You are repeatedly exercising your skill to keep up the improvements you have already made.
  3. You are regularly repeating the process so that sufficient improvements have been made before you can move on to learn about new aspects or skills.

Practising is the one thing your teacher can’t do for you. I can show you new techniques, new aspects of theory, new history lessons, and much more but YOU have to put it all together – therein lies the hard work bit to learning any instrument or how to sing!