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Weedon's Wanderings: 16th December 2019

The cover

PRACTICE HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE HERE!

You can now purchase the Practice Handbook direct from this website by clicking here, so you can download it at once as a PDF rather than as a Kindle ebook. This makes it more versatile - you can read it on any device!

ABOUT THE BOOK

As I found to my cost, playing and practice are two very different things. Simply playing a piece over and over again is boring, and does nothing to cure bad habits and mistakes. Quite the opposite, in fact. But perfect practice is fun, efficient and produces great results!

In this book, which is fully illustrated, you'll discover (whatever your instrument) how often and how long to practice; how to improve your technique, reading and listening; co-ordination; theory knowledge; and interpretation. Penny shows you how to become your own best teacher, able to identify and correct...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 6th December 2019

Front cover

MY FIRST BOOK ON KINDLE

Well: I said I’d do it, and I’ve started - making products available on-line, that is. One of my best-selling books has been The Practice Handbook, which explains the difference between playing and practice. Playing a piece through, even repeatedly, can be fun but does little to eliminate errors from a performance or improve ones technique. Only perfect practice makes perfect performances. And it can be exciting, efficient and highly beneficial. 

Like many things, I learned how to practice effectively by teaching others to do so. I’ve experienced all the pitfalls, and worked out ways of overcoming them. By sharpening our reading, listening, theory and problem-solving skills, we can all make progress as musicians which we only dreamed of before. We can pinpoint our problems and work out little exercises to overcome them. In fact, we can be our own teachers, and achieve huge satisfaction from our...

Weedon’s Wanderings: 29th April 2019

Kit Kat ad

THE VALUE OF HAVING A BREAK

D’you remember that ad? Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. And to my mind, having a break is good policy.

Golf fans will probably have been amazed by the recent come-back of Tiger Woods, winning the Masters Tournament after a fallow patch of several years. Admittedly, he had been out of action with a bad back, but his flair on his return seemed even greater than before his injury.

Meanwhile, we’re being told to forget gruelling long exercise routines. These days, the fitness buzz-word is HIIT - high intensity interval training. The idea is that we go at our given exercise (cycling, press-ups or whatever) hell-for-leather for 30 seconds, then take it slowly for 4 or 5 minutes before another burst. The benefits, they insist, are immense. 

I’m a great fan of having a break. I’ve applied it...

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