Group Practice Journals for all Musicians.

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July 6 Update: If you want to start writing your practice journal, or respond to someone elses, please join the Musician-Practice-Group. To do so, please find Create an Account in the sidebar at right. After you register, login with your new username and password, click on Groups in the menu above, then click on Practice Journals All. Then click Join Group. That's it. Did you practice today? Tell us more, please...

I spent the better part of the day yesterday setting up this blog to feature social networking and group discussions. This is an experiment. My hope is to encourage clarinetists, or any musician, to journalize their practice sessions. The idea is to share and learn from each other. I have set up three groups. And I will add instruments as people request them. I think you may also be able to create groups yourself. Let me know if you can.

Social media and social networking are relatively new for classical musicians, who tend to practice alone and rarely get much feedback, unless it is from a teacher or a friend. Here, clarinet players and musicians of any level can enrich their practice by connecting with other players.

Facebook offers similar features, but is more general in scope. The clarinet BBoards, which some clarinetists may know, offer mainly discussions of specific questions. While they are a fantastic resource for clarinetists, they tend to be less friendly for connecting a sharing ongoing ideas.

Any user can easily register and join the group "Clarinetist Practice Journals All" and start writing about your practice sessions. I will add a daily note about my own practice. Other instruments can either make your own group or request I create one. I intend the Groups to be for practice journals. At least that is what I envision. Always open to suggestions.

There are also forums, intended for in depth discussions of specific problems and techniques.

I had to set up a new theme to accommodate the new features, including a hastily assembled header photo. The layout is somewhat temporary. My designer is taking forever to finish the new website layout. The hope is to have it up and running in the next month or so.

In the meantime, the social features are ready to go. Stop by and give it a try.

Thanks to Art by Wicks for the fun painting. Got check it out.

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6 comments for “Group Practice Journals for all Musicians.

  1. July 7, 2010 at

    I practiced ..

    me, being a hip hop artist who listens to a lot of NPR Classical, I see where practice everyday, even for minutes can excel your skill .. being that nowadays I feel like time is slipping away, I find myself writing more, trying out new patterns, styles, and concepts .
    I also read a few things on writer's block, which I chronically suffer from at times, lol .. it spoke of practicing, practicing and practicing ..

    I experience discomfort only when it didn't come out the way it sounded in my head, and that comes only from rushing or not practicing, honestly, because if it can be thought, it can be brought (to life)

    • July 7, 2010 at

      Great comment Prince. I hope you will join the group called Practice Journals All, and start a regular note like this one.

  2. Suzanne Newcomb
    July 5, 2010 at

    Interesting timing – I just started a huge "practice unit" with my piano students. I observed one practice session and took notes one week, had them all review an article about practicing, and then asked them to complete a practice journal last week. I plan to create a huge "practice tips" handout. It's been a mushrooming project, as I collect all the literature I own about practicing. I can't believe how much I disagree with! It's been an eye-opener for me, too. Has anyone else done this? Does anyone have books and/or articles to recommend? -Suzanne

    • July 6, 2010 at

      Hey Suzanne!! How cool you are on a similar path of thinking. I don't think there are any other practice groups.

      I just did a search and found one iPhone App for organizing practice. I found no music practice groups listed. We'll see. I may need to help it along and offer some specific questions to inspire discussion.

      1- Did you practice today? Why or why not?
      1a- Were their time restrictions on your practice?
      2- How did you feel about your practice session today? Give some details.
      2a- Were you able to stay focused and playful?
      3- Did you take on a new challenge? Reface an old one? Progress on either of those fronts?
      4- Did you experience any discomfort (that you noticed) while playing? Where? Do you have a plan to unravel the misuse or habit which may be causing it?
      5- What would you do differently tomorrow over today? What would you do the same?

      Or something along those lines.


  3. July 5, 2010 at

    I am in a virtual writing group that shares and comments on the reports we write on our writing sessions. It would be cool to do something similar with horn practice. I found the link to this blog on Happy to network with others in the practice!

    • July 5, 2010 at

      Great!! I'll set up a horn group.

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