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Have a plan:
know what you are going to practice and how long you will spend on each item. Don’t just plan one day at a time. Set goals for each week, month, and year. Write those goals down and put them somewhere you will see them often.

Avoid distractions: practice in a quiet place so you can focus. Try not to practice while watching TV or listening to the radio.

When and for how long: Practice time should be a minimum of twenty minutes per day, even on weekends. If you’re still not tired after twenty minutes, push yourself, see how long you can go.

Other suggestions:
  • Always use correct posture.
  • Use a mirror so you can see your embouchure and correct any bad habits quickly.
  • Have your written plan nearby and check off things as you accomplish them.
  • It is highly recommended that all students purchase a metronome and use it every time you practice. Use a metronome to keep tempo.