Having a dedicated space in your house or apartment for your instrument and music is key to keeping a consistent practice schedule. In order to get the most out of your practice time, we are going to outline 4 steps to setup the perfect place to hone your craft.
Step One: Choose your practice space
Goal: Pick a spot in your home that is easily accessible, and reasonably quiet.
Find a space in your house or apartment that you spend a lot of time in. Don’t setup your space in the basement, garage, or spare bedroom. Studies have
shown that the more a person sees their instrument, the more inclined they are to pick it up and practice.
Make sure the space you choose is going to be quiet when you decide to sit down and practice. You want to minimize the amount of distractions around your area. Staying focused is crucial to seeing results.
Step Two: Setup a music stand
Goal: Have all materials out and ready to go
Setup a music stand and have any relevant practice materials out and ready. It only takes 10 seconds to get out your book or tablet and put it on the stand, right? You’d be surprised at how fast those seconds add up over time, and how a little task like that can kill your momentum.
You may be thinking, “What about just setting my book on my desk”? This works as a temporary solution to not having a music stand, but you’ll quickly notice the need for one once you wake up in the morning with a sore neck from staring down at a page for too long. Having a music stand puts the material at the optimum angle for comfortable viewing.
Step Three: setup and instrument stand
Get a stand for your instrument, and have it out and ready to play. Keeping your instrument in it’s case is great for traveling, but it can be a real pain to take it out and put it back every time you want to practice. Having it on a stand means it’s ready to go the second that you are. You’ll also find yourself picking up your instrument more because it’s ready to be played at all times.
Step Four: setup a system for music and backing tracks
Now that your instrument space is all ready to go, we need one last thing. Setup a couple of speakers to be able to play along to your favorite songs or backing tracks. Laptop and smartphone speakers aren’t enough, you need to be able to hear the full range of sound.