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The Practice of Practice by [Harnum, Jonathan]
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Talent means nothing when it comes to getting better. Practice is everything. But exactly what is good practice? How does good practice create talent? And what in the world does a pinwheel have to do with practice? The focus of this book is music practice, but these techniques and mindsets can be applied to any skill you want to improve.

This book covers essential practice strategies and mindsets you won’t find in any other book. Drawn from in-depth interviews with world-class professional musicians across several genres of music, published research, and personal experience with practice. You’ll learn the What, Why, When, Where, Who, and especially the How of great music practice. You’ll learn what research tells us about practice, but more importantly, you’ll learn how great musicians in many genres of music think about practice, and you’ll learn the strategies and techniques they use to improve. This book will help you get better faster, whether you play rock, Bach, or any other kind of music.

Whatever instrument you want to play, The Practice of Practice will help you get the most out of your practice. This book will help you become more savvy about getting better. It will also help you be a more informed teacher or a more effective parent of a young learner. Don’t practice longer, practice smarter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3280 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Sol Ut Press (8 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KVP372M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This book is all about practice, it provides various strategies you can use to maximise your practice time. It also delves into the psychological aspect of practice and how the brain deals with the time we spend in the practice room. This book is a title that you will keep re reading as you become a better musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and inspirational and will transform the way I practice 27 May 2015
By Jay Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a comprehensive and inspirational treatment of the nature of learning and mastering music, sharing many examples of techniques and approaches of accomplished masters. It explains how the brain learns, and how the mind influences success. There are lots of extras, including web-based material for more inspiration and insights.

It's a must read for anyone who is seriously pursuing learning to play a musical instrument (or voice), and worried about whether they're talented enough to master it, or frustrated by a lack of motivation to practice, or fearful of playing before an audience.

It will transform the way I practice. Many of its key recommendations are strategies I have been using over the past dozen years learning to play the mandolin, including: playing with others often at meet-ups, jams, and music camps; listening to recorded performances; watching live music; performing frequently as possible; learning from masters; and using tools like iReal pro, garage band, amazing slow-downer, band-in-a-box, and guitar pro. The book affirms that my own approaches are indeed proven and useful practice techniques, motivates me to continue exploring and finding my own way, and provides lots of valuable guidance for making my formal practice time much more effective.

I'm going to start using its strategies and approaches right now, and will often refer back to the Kindle version on my iPad for encouragement and guidance.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, useful, entertaining and highly recommended. 31 October 2014
By David R - Published on Amazon.com
First, let me say I have been a musician, performer, band leader, and private music teacher all my life (now in my 50s). I've had many teachers over the years, and have a huge library of music teaching and method books. I have a college music degree, and have studied with some wonderful teachers--and some not-so-wonderful ones, too. ;-) I'm always looking for ways to improve my own playing and to help my students with their own practice. I was turned onto this book by a guy in one of my bands who sat in with the author at a master class. He was impressed with his teaching style and had signed on to the crowd sourcing which got this book published. His enthusiastic endorsement led me to do the same. I'm glad I did...

This is both a practical guide to new ways to practice and a fascinating look at the psychological and physiological processes involved. That is, not just WHAT to do in the practice room, but WHY and HOW it works. Lots of short, easily absorbed chapters written in a clear, entertaining style. This is the first book I've purchased which takes advantage of the ebook format to a full advantage in that there are many links to articles, videos, and other resources which are available in context. So, if you read on a tablet or PC you can click through as you read and see or hear the author's references on the fly. For that reason, I'd say the electronic version is superior to the printed copy, though you can enter the links manually if you like.

I read through it quickly the first time, and will now read again more slowly to get the "meat" out of this truly valuable resource. I recommend it to all my adult students, and use the material in all my teaching. I look forward to diving deeper into the material in this fine addition to my library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!! 29 October 2016
By Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book no doubt about it. Having taken up the guitar at 50 I've been overwhelmed by the "what to" learn books, and underwhelmed by the "how to" learn books. Very frustrating!!! This is the best "how to learn" book I've found so far. Lots of great practice and thought provoking ideas. I loved it so much I bought a hardcover edition to replace my softcover copy (which I gave to my teacher). Recommended!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smarter, not harder. 21 July 2015
By Terrance Church - Published on Amazon.com
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Jonathan Harnum has written a great exposition on the many facets of what it means to be a practicing musician. His ideas can apply to improving any skill. I particularly appreciate his explanation of the value of s-l-o-w practice. His book has inspired me to practice smarter, not harder, to receive a higher return on my considerable investment in practice time. As I seek to expand my skill set into as yet uncharted territories, I anticipate more efficient use of my time in gaining and mastering these new skills. A perfect companion and complement to Jonathan Harnum's book is Effortless Mastery, by Kenny Werner. Together, they present a complete picture of the way to achieve true mastery, not just over a musical instrument or, indeed over any specific individual discipline, but over oneself, which is the true mastery.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent encyclopedic readable discussion of musical practice 17 April 2016
By gt surber - Published on Amazon.com
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Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is a tour de force on the subject of how, when, why and if not, really how, musicians actually practice. The book is full of quotes and ideas from master musicians from Leo Kottke to concert masters to pop divas. The 40 chapters are each short and to the point. The “extensions” at the end of each chapter give access to excellent resources and performances.

Jonathan draws from neuroanatomy, learning theories, experts, his own experience, giving us a wonderful collection of anecdotes, theories, approaches, techniques, and approaches to practice. Jonathan is encyclopedic, without being pedantic, informative but entertaining is his writing. If you have heard a concept or approach applied to practice, or the theory behind learning theory, Jonathan, anticipating, has included if for our education and improvement in our personal practice. There are even suggestions for “guerrilla” practice and for quick tricks. ‘

Jonathan is not a big fan of practice rooms, nor of long hours of scales and arpeggios. His suggestions vary from alternating half and full speed to get passages up to speed, to chaining and back chaining to memorize, to short burst practice sessions called guerrilla sessions, to group participation. He recommends trying out the many ideas and selecting those which work for each student. It’s a very refreshing approach to an age old problem, solving the mystery of how to get students to practice. Jonathan feels practice should be fun intriguing the student to partake.

The book is very well written and edited. The images are few but fill out the text they relate to very well. The notes are at the end of each chapter and while not huge in number are very large in interest and applicability. The extensions are onto the web and add greatly to the book. At about 250 pages, this is not a small book, but is very approachable and useful.

I recommend the book for any and all music educators and all serious students of music. In fact, I have ordered copies for my current two major mentors and my musically inclined son. I read it in e-book format, but the book is so good I have ordered a hard copy for reference.