Efficient Practicing & Making Practicing Fun – Part One

First of all I would like to make a distinction between two basic terms and concepts: Practicing and Playing:

Practicing is usually working on something you haven’t done before or something you (still) need to perfect. Most of the time, Practicing does not sound nice; it is difficult and challenging; it needs concentration, patience and a lot of effort.

Playing on the other hand sounds good, is fun and does not require as much concentration. To put it in a nutshell: You usually play what you practiced before.
Progress is the result of facing and combating new challenges which seem very difficult or even impossible sometimes. Progress is often achieved by defeating the habitual impatience.

In my opinion practice sessions should reflect a good balance between Playing and Practicing.

To get started I recommend to Listen to some music first. Listen to something that inspires you and wants you to get better and play. Then continue with the Playing part of your session. Last but not least, enjoy some focused Practicing. In case you also like composing music you could give the practice session a creative finish by Writing some music.

Preview: Next time we will have a closer look into how to structure your practice session…

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Bio: Dublin based guitarist Mathias Baumann is originally from Nassau, Germany and moved to Ireland in 2005. With more than 15 years of gig and band experience in different countries he has been working in Dublin as a session guitarist, composer, producer and guitar teacher for the last seven years. Mathias studied Jazz at Blackrock’s Newpark Music Centre and finished his degree as a ‘Bachelor Of Arts In Jazz Performance’. He is currently working with his own bands ‘Mathias Baumann Quartet’ and ‘Mathias Baumann Group’. As a composer Mathias always searches for new harmonic and rhythmic textures with interesting melodic movement and powerful grooves. Extended arrangements are complimented by open improvisations so that interaction between the band members always drives his songs to new horizons. Artist Statement ‘Over the last 20 years I have gathered a lot of experience in playing with different bands and musicians of various musical genres. I have always been exploring new rhythmic, harmonic, as well as stylistic ways to express my own way of playing and writing music. ‘The World Is Coming Together’ is the result of a growing international community in Ireland of which I am also part of. In my project this is reflected in mainly two ways: Firstly, the multi-cultural mix in my group which features musicians from Ireland, Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic and Germany; and secondly, an interdisciplinary musical approach of combining improvised contemporary Jazz, Classical music, Rock riffs and Turkish rhythms in my compositions.’