Setting the Stage for Practice…

What you are looking at above is a photo of my new improved practice space. My goal is to do a short  practice that uses:

  • A time limit (7 minutes)
  • Focus on one thing (the tab on the page in the practice journal)
  •  A metronome (using the metronome for the backbeat on 2 and 4) I also keep track of the beats per minute by writing them in the journal when I am done
  •  A way to force me to play standing up tall. The journal and metronome are on top of a 4 drawer file cabinet, so I have to look up to see them.

I leave the journal on the stand and every time I walk past the file cabinet it reminds me to practice if I have not, or makes me feel good because I did practice.

If you don’t have a particular space set up for practice, maybe this will give you some ideas.

Harpe Diem!




  1. George Miklas

    May 25, 2013 - 2:03 am

    Richard, your blog and emails are always an inspiration. Thank you!

  2. Denis Green

    May 25, 2013 - 8:01 am

    What a great idea!!

  3. Roger

    May 26, 2013 - 7:44 am

    I sometime practice while driving – but like your idea

  4. Aongus Mac Cana

    May 26, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Hi Richard,
    When I remarked to Rick Epping once that I was not practicing enough, he said why not forget about practice and just play?
    By the way what happened to Psycho Cybernetics?

  5. Richard

    May 30, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Nice. Check out ” the practicing mind “. A good read and Great advice for practicing in the moment.

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