one hour at a time

Again, I am working on being productive with shorter practice sessions that are disrupted by other daily activities…


Rip Tide

Warmup – chromatic exercises (full instrument, and within range of piece), incorporating all cymbals into 8th note patterns within chromatic scales (learning the instrument with the cymbals included) = 120-130bpm

Work with cymbals – read through all including cymbal parts… not too difficult to read, though tempo was about 90bpm. My plan is to incorporate cymbals into each section once I can play 120bpm mallets only.

Mm. 153-end – mallets only at 115bpm

Mm. 94-152 – mallets only at 120bpm; with cymbals at 100bpm

Mm. 1-42 –  all at 130bpm

Mm. 43-93 – mallets only at 120bpm; with cymbals at 110bpm

Everything above was done over the course of two 1-hour timed practice sessions (each hour was separated by numerous household chores and errands, etc.). I am so used to practicing for 3 or 4 hours straight (with many short breaks) that this feels wrong… like I am not practicing, or I am not really digging in. BUT, looking back at this list, I did accomplish a lot and felt good while doing it. I’ve just got to get used to this method of practicing.

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