Random Practice doesn't mean Random Practice, if you know what I mean

Before you think that I'm advocating that everyday you practice at different times, (which goes against my whole philosophy of practice times) relax!  I'm not saying that at all.  Keep your routine but change up WHAT you do while you practice - change it up every day if you like - and see what happens!

Students who choose a few choice areas to work on and rotate through them often work through material faster than students who choose to play the piece from start to finish every time for their allocated practice time.  We already know that.  But I'm going to share with you something that the Bulletproof Musician shared with us on his blog - an ACTUAL schedule.

He suggests 3 minute time chunks 

  1. 3 minutes of spot A

  2. 3 minutes of spot B

  3. 3 minutes of spot C

  4. 3 minutes of spot A again

  5. 3 minutes of spot B again

  6. 3 minutes of spot C again

  7. etc

Trying out a different way to practice can make practicing seem less like drudgery and more like an exploration of the music.  What are your best practice tips?

PS - thanks to the bulletproof musician for his post