Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things. - Byron Dorgan
Now that you have brought your groceries home, the fun can begin! You have the ingredients, and all you need is a good recipe to prepare a delicious meal.
Here is one of the many ways you can break down your “cooking” session. As you get closer to performance dates, the ratio might change a little bit to include more performance practice, but proper planning and consistency will allow you to stay relatively stable in your routine.
The fractions are based on an hour of practicing, i.e. 1/12 of 60 minutes = 5 minutes. A student practicing 4 hours a day can therefore multiple by 4 to know the approximate ratio (i.e. 1/12 = 20 minutes).
Be thorough and mindful! If you feel that your practice sessions are not as productive as they could be, what better time than now to begin making the most out of them? After all, how can you expect different results if you are doing the same old thing? As Henry Ford so perfectly put it: if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.