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How Often Should I Practice My Musical Instrument?

No matter what sort of level you play at, whether it’s beginner, intermediate or advanced, it can be hard knowing how regularly you should be practicing your musical instrument. When it comes to musical instruments, you can never have too much practice, however it all comes down to what sort of pace you work at, as well as your own personal goals. Furthermore, it can also differ depending on which instrument you play, too.

 

Beginners

When you start learning how to play a musical instrument, it can be quite difficult and a lot to take in. There is all sorts of different information for you to absorb, and so we don’t recommend overdoing it and making it too complicated. Usually, beginners take music lessons from a tutor, and if that is the case for you, it’s good to have a session with your tutor around once a week. This is great for monitoring progress and skills, and getting help with anything you’re struggling with, as well as setting you weekly goals. Outside of lessons you should practice daily, for around 20-30 minutes. Of course, you can practice more if you feel confident enough, but sometimes this can make it harder to retain information such as chords.

 

Intermediate

When you play a musical instrument at an intermediate level, this is arguably when you should try and spend more time practicing. Target areas that you need to work on more, in order to perfect them. Again, you should be practicing daily, but trying to do at least 45 minutes each day. This doesn’t necessarily have to be all at once, as long as you allocate yourself that amount of time throughout the day. Sometimes if you try to do too much, it can set you back as you won’t be as switched on and able to focus, so it is important to stop when you feel as though you need to.

 

Advanced

Whatever level and instrument you play, it is important that you try to practice every single day. Even if you are very advanced and highly skilled with the musical instrument you play, you need practice in order to keep consistent and remain at the same standard as well as learn to improve. If anything, the better you become at playing your musical instrument, the more time you should spend playing it and staying in practice. Consistency is key, and so you must practice every day in order to prevent you from losing touch with any skills and having your standards suffer. Fine tune certain areas and challenge yourself, as this is the best way to keep improving and maintaining your high level of skills. At this level, we would recommend spending at least an hour per day practicing your musical instrument. Again, this can be split up throughout the day, but it is imperative that you don’t fall out of practice and stay at the top of your game.

 

Why it’s important to practice every day

Playing your musical instrument every day means you remain very familiar with your instrument and techniques and keep things fresh in your mind all the time. It also pushes you to focus on weaker areas and try to perfect your skills. If you played a musical instrument, but only practiced once a week for example, it would be difficult to improve and you would make pretty slow progress. Weekly lessons are great of course, but you still need to practice throughout the week in your own time. It gives you focus and can also encourage you to want to do better and keep improving.

Another thing to always bare in mind when practicing your musical instrument, is to go at your own pace. This applies with whatever standard you play at. For example, if you’re trying to work too fast and make unrealistic progress, you will make it too hard for yourself and end up feeling disappointed and unmotivated. Always take your time and go at your own pace, as this is the best way to improve and keep making progress.

For any other tips and advice or if you would like to book some music lessons, simply get in touch via the contact page and we will be more than happy to help!

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