Some of the greatest pieces of advice from the famous Welsh musician Cerdd Dant will help you attain great heights. He has explains how you can learn an instrument in lesser time by practicing in a strategic manner. He calls this practice as the “proper cultivation” of your abilities.
According to Cerdd, when you practice to play an instrument, begin with a short selection. The practice should be done at a steady pace- neither too slow nor too fast. You have to ensure that the character of the tune remains unchanged while simultaneously keeping an eye on the following factors:
1. Keeping a hold on your technique
3. Performing consistently
So what does choosing a short selection actually mean? It means using a few notes up to eight measures which will aid you to monitor your progress while you continue with your practice. Other than this, “perfect technique” means the technical way of operating an instrument.
For instance, maintaining the right posture and holding the instrument in the right manner. By “accuracy”, Cerdd is trying to say that you should play the instrument in the way you would want it to be heard by others. This is in terms of both tempo and intonation.
And “consistency” stands for being able to apply all the above techniques while making the least possible mistakes. So, when you practice, these are the three most important areas that you should consider according to Cerdd.
You may not get the results instantly but eventually, you will reap the benefits sooner than later. You will notice that you are actually improving during the rest periods.
Keep in mind the factors mentioned above and repeat the short selection. Make sure you maintain a steady pace and if necessary, you can make use of a metronome to lower down the tempo. You will not need a lot of repetition sessions if you concentrate properly and focus. Within a couple of days, you will notice a notable change in your playing skills. Interestingly, the maximum progress will come in the rest period that you take between the practice sessions. With due course of time, your technique will improve. All you need to do is hang on and not give up on yourself!