Learning Tunes Efficiently and Tracking Progress
So right now the majority of my practice is preparing for my grad audition in the upcoming year. At one school I am planning on auditioning at the requires you to prepare and memorize a list of 23 tunes. What is nice about this challenge is that it has forced me to develop a practice system that encourages me to learn and review tunes quickly, efficiently. One of the main ideas that every great teacher says in regards to practicing is to have goals and track your progress. I have tried the practice journal so many times and have failed just as many. The problem that kept happening was that I would not want to fill it out, or I would get too detailed for my own good and it would get overwhelming. So I had to find a way to track my progress in a way that was fast but I also knew what I need to work on next.
In the beginning, it was a lot of trial and error but after about I have found a system that is fairly effective for me right now.
Tune Review Report
The basic idea of the google form is that I usually practice the same exercises to learn tunes and my comfortability with tunes evolve in the same way. So I streamed lined the way I recorded that information. The second part of the form helps me track what went well and what to focus on next time. All the info gets charted and graphed into an excel document curiosity of google.
The report is super helpful for me to see where the majority of my practice time is dedicated to when learning tunes. To see how the report results look check out the link below:
Anyway, this is a system that has been working for me. I am curious though how other people track their practice or tricks people use to keep tunes in a rotation and fresh.