This helpful book covers essential practice strategies and mindsets you won’t find in any other book. You’ll learn the What, Why, When, Where, Who, and especially the How of great music practice. This information comes from hundreds of research studies of practice, as well as first-hand conversations with world-class musicians in several genres of music.
Most writing about music practice is geared towards a classical music audience (band, orchestra, piano, etc.). This book is for musicians, parents and teachers in any genre of music. The author interviewed over 20 superb professional musicians from from jazz cats, to singer-sonwriters, to djembe and masters, to Indian classical musicians. With this book, you'll learn what works whether you want to play rock, Bach, or any other kind of music.
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The book is as valuable neural-psychologically, as it is musically. There are many useful tips regardless of what instrument one plays. Many Apps, and various other on-line supplements are provided for those wishing to expand outwards from the book. Supporting studies back up everything Harnum recommends. Reading this will give you many new and interesting ideas to include when you practice. Your overall musicianship will improve and practicing will be more fun.
Practical, Well-written, Easy Read with concise practical guidance., June 26, 2014
I read "The Practice of Practice" on the plane & I loved it. It's witty, well-organized, and fun to read (and I usually don't like reading).
Short, direct, well-researched chapters are practical and accessible.
Great resource for all musicians, teachers, and ANYONE who WANTS TO IMPROVE at ANYTHING. Great book!