Build Your Practice Corner!
What's the biggest barrier to practicing? Taking your instrument out of the case! This is why you need a practice corner. A practice corner in essence is simple -- it's a comfortable place where your instrument and music are all ready to go so you can pick up and play whenever you want. Of course, you can make it as inviting and elaborate as you want, but all you really need it a place to get down to business.
So, let's get started!
First Thing's First... Leave Your Instrument Out
Find a safe place to leave your instrument out of its case whenever you're home. We always say, "A visible instrument is a played instrument!" Ideally, choose a wall hanger to keep your instrument seen, while also out of harm's way. If you don't feel like drilling into your wall, try a floor stand, or set your instrument safely on a shelf in an open case (well out of the way of the way of children and pets).
After trying many options, we recommend * the following options:
Multi-Instrumental Wall Hanger
(everything except violins)
Violin Wall Hanger
Guitar Floor Stand
Next, Display Your Music Books
It's not enough just to leave your instrument out, you also need a comfortable place to hold your music. This could simply be atop your piano, or on an adjustable and sturdy music stand. We suggest using a Manhasset Music Stand as it won't collapse under the weight of books like most wire stands.
Manhasset Music Stand
If you'd like, you can also add a pencil tray and a light like we use in our studio:
Manhasset Accessory Tray
Don't forget to keep fingernail clippers, a tuner, and a metronome close by (even if the tuner and metronome are on your cell phone). If you'd prefer something designated just for practicing, here's what we suggest:
Finally, Check Your Ergonomics
You won't want to practice if you're uncomfortable. Make sure you have a place where you can sit up straight or stand to play your instrument. Now, check your alignment... Piano players, are your wrists at the right hight to your keyboard? Guitarists, can you easily reach the fretboard? Violinists, do you have enough room to bow?
Many of our students like to sit on an adjustable stool to find the right position. A drum throne is often perfect for this purpose:
Spectrum Drum Throne
Most of our guitar, ukulele, and mandolin students like to prop a foot up on a rest to bring the instrument to the right height. Here's a solid one with some grip so your foot won't slip:
Neewer Foot Rest
Now, it's time to play! Set aside 5 minutes every day and make some music!
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