Some Tips Toward More Effective PracticeBy Mike MyersMODERN DRUMMER, JULY 1988 At one time or another, we& 39;ve
Some Tips Toward More Effective Practice
By Mike Myers
MODERN DRUMMER, JULY 1988
At one time or another, we've all heard that ageless expression: "Practice makes perfect."
But does it really? If so, why do some drummers practice almost endlessly, only to achieve
Limited results, while others practice a minimum amount of time and advance rapidly?
Setting aside natural-born musical abilities, the answer lies in individual practice methods.
There are almost as many different practice methods as there are drummers. Some practice routines are conducive to improvement, while others actually restrict it. Practicing just for the sake of practicing cannot ensure progress, and neither can poorly organized, occasional practice.
Since practice methods vary significantly from person to person, it would be difficult, if
not impossible, to prescribe a"correct" way to practice. However, there are some successful practice methods that I have observed and also recommended as a teacher, which bear offering in an attempt to make your practice time more beneficial.
1. Locate a practice space. The first procedure should be the location of a suitable practice facility. Where it is located is not really important. (I have practiced in bedrooms, band halls, practice rooms, and even a storage closet in an unused corner or a church.) The important thing is to make sure that the area has adequate lighting and ventilation, and can be securely locked. Places where equipment can be left for extended periods of time usually work best.
Next, check with everyone within earshot of your practice area. Make sure it is okay with them if you practice, and agree on what hours of the day it will be tolerated. A method I always use is to approach neighbors, friends, etc., explain that I am going to be practicing drums nearby, and promise not to practice past 10:00 P.M. I also ask them to call if the practicing ever becomes too loud. (So far, no one ever has.)
2. Plan practice sessions in advance. Planning is one of the most crucial elements of effective practice. An enormous amount of practice time is often wasted due to poor planning and organization. A person who boasts of practicing an hour a day may in fact be wasting as much as 30minutes sorting through materials and deciding what to work on, or playing over material that is already mastered. Know what you want to accomplish before each practice session. Simply going in to the drums thinking that you will become better just because you are practicing anything won't do.
3.Long-range/short-range goals. Plan long-range as well as short-range goals. Long-range goals are self-set goals for six months or a year from now, such as "I want to be able to play a good samba groove" Short-range goals are for today, like "I am going to learn samba exercises1 to 10 on page 30." Map out beforehand realistic/obtainable long-range and short-range practice goals, and set out to achieve them.
第三，设定长期、短期目标。计划长期目标和短期目标，长期目标可以是长达六个月或是一年，比如：我要在这段时间内要学会敲打samba groove这首歌曲。短期目标可以是今天，比如：今天我要学会samba 30页的1-10行。提前设定好比较现实的短期与长期目标，并且一定要下定决心达到这些目标。