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The Difference Between Playing and Practicing




This article, 1996 by Douglas Yeo, originally appeared in Windplayer, Number 54 (Summer 1996)

Sooner or later, the successful musicians must learn the difference between playing and practicing. No matter how much you play your instrument, you will never reach your full potential unless you develop productive practice habits. Here are my recommendations for making the most of your hours in the practice room:

For additional ideas about how to improve the quality of your practice, I recommend Roger Bobo's book, Mastering the Tuba: Volume 1 (published by Editon BIM). Don't be put off by the title - his insights apply equally to all brass instruments. I also maintain a page on the Internet dedicated to trombone practice.


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