I’ve had a few questions from parents over the past few weeks about what students should be practicing if they are taking a break from lessons in line with their school holidays.
Practicing guitar is not like other school subjects. For young students, things like reading, writing and numeracy are skills that they will continue to use in every day life. Music and guitar playing are skills that need to be practiced if you want to keep up the benefit of all the lessons taken over the past months.
It’s one of those things that if you dont use it; you lose it!
So definitely don’t put the guitar away at the end of June and only take it out again at the start of September. It is important to keep some regular practice going, at least 3 times a week. So lets keep it to three simple ideas –
● Scales – keep practicing scales and arpeggios. These are the basic elements from which music is created. They keep the finger coordination developing and they maintain the theory knowledge your child needs to remember most of all.
● Pieces / Songs – pick 4 pieces that they like to play most. Depending on the style of pieces they’ve covered try to choose maybe 2 melody pieces and 2 with chords in.
● Performance – use every chance you can to have your child play music for other people. A visit from Aunts, Uncles or Grandparents is a great way for them to show off everything they’ve learned over the last year. It will also be very beneficial when it comes to future exams, there wont be any nerves from having to play for new people.