- Problem solve – unless you have something down perfectly, there is work to be done – the trick is to determine what needs to be done and to suss out the best way to get that work done
- Define the work – do you partition your practice time to spend time on the aspects of playing that are important? Warming up, technique and exercises, detail on tunes you are learning, development of music you have in work, polishing and tweaking music that is learned are phases to include in your practice times.
- Check your attitude – if you think practicing is a waste of time, it likely will be…so make sure you set your attitude to get something from the time.
- Pay attention – be engaged with your practice and expect good performance from yourself.
- Have a plan – know what you want to do with your practice session.
- Work the plan – don’t just make a plan, use the plan to achieve your goals.
Be sure to stay engaged with your practice - don't check out when you're on your bench!