Practicing is most effective when it happens regularly. It is far better to practice 4-6 days a week for shorter periods of time than it is to practice once or twice a week for longer times. This is because your body and brain need time to recover and process the intricate movements that are part of cello playing.
Ideal practice times are as follows:
- True beginners (playing less than 3 months)- 10-20 minutes a day, 4-6 days a week.
- Beginners- 20-30 minutes a day, 4-6 days a week.
- Intermediate to Advanced- minimum practice time should equal your lesson time. For example, if you take a 45 minute lesson, you should practice for at least 45 minutes a day, 4-6 days a week.
- It is recommended that you plan in some rest days – just as with conventional athletes, musicians use and work their muscles intensely. Your body will benefit from an occasional day off, which is why my ideal practice routines don’t exceed 6 days a week, even for me!
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