Tip 28: Use “Dry Practising” to Squeeze in Extra Practice

If you’re short of time to practice, or spend periods of time waiting around with nothing to do (on the bus, for example), you could try ‘Dry Practising’.

Let your fingers move around on an imaginary instrument, and try to imagine the notes in your head. If you’re a singer, you can also do this by imagining that you are pitching notes but not actually singing them. Try it now – imagine yourself humming ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ – you should actually be able to feel your voice box alter position as you aim for the higher notes in the second ‘Twinkle’!

Doing this can help your aural skills, your memory skills and your finger memory skills. Also when your teacher asks if you’ve practised today, you can tell them ‘Yes – at the bus stop!’

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