On practicing

The leaves are beginning to change and summer is starting to wane. This is the perfect time to renew our commitment to our instruments. With the weather cooling down and the nights creeping in, pretty soon we’ll be spending more and more time inside. So instead of binge-watching shows on Netflix, let’s enhance our technique or perfect our intonation and timing. Let’s learn those scales and work on those trouble spots we’ve been avoiding. All in the name of becoming a better musician.

Last week I joined a 5-day practice challenge by fiddler, Lissa Schneckenberger, and it motivated me to create a solid practice regime. I have since scheduled time into my week to practice, I’ve created a practice space and made a list of things I want to work on in the coming weeks. I find with having a plan and making a task list I’m more apt to make it happen. Plus, it’s just so satisfying crossing things off my list.

So, aside from continuing on my quest to learn a tune a week, I am going to be working on a whole slew of other things to enhance my playing. I hope you’ll join me.

Speaking of, here is this week’s tune of the week. It’s another hornpipe called the Hills or Coore. And it goes really well in a set after last week’s tune, Last House in Ballymakea. I hope you enjoy.

The Hills of Coore: Tune 40 of 52

Join me next week for tune #41 from A Tune A Week. And if you have a tune that you’d like me to learn, please feel free to drop me a line or a note in the comments section.


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