Benjamin Coy



Long tones

April 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

In my last post, I mentioned long tones as an example of the kind of thing that can benefit from practice with a drone. I did so with some amount of resignation: I’ve never liked long tones. They may be the most boring part of my practice. By definition long tones are slow to get […]

Recording practice

April 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

In my current practice schedule, I record myself playing at least one mock audition six days a week. Recording myself is an important element of my practice methodology for two major reasons. Most obviously, listening back to a recording allows me to objectively critique my own playing. By completely separating the processes of performance and […]

Building a practice schedule

April 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

Analogies between musicians and athletes are common, and for obvious reasons: both musicians and athletes perform difficult physical tasks with a high degree of precision. Throughout school, most of these analogies were completely lost on me. I was always the geek and had very little interest or aptitude in sports. A few years ago, though, […]

Hello World

April 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

It is difficult for many students to learn effective practice habits. As teachers, we might help a student work through a particular technical challenge or assign a routine to create a structure for working on fundamentals, but I think it’s hard to convey the philosophy and discipline of good practice through a traditional lesson format. […]