Practice Journal: The best way to enhance your practice

Tracking your progress is important if you want to improve your skill with playing the ocarina, because it lets you to make sure that you move in the right direction. It’s easy to forget what you are doing in practice, with many things to keep track of.

Setting goals for practice and following them is a proven way to succeed in anything. Practice journal will help you do that. It gives you structured pages so you can track your progress through the time. It also contains some simple theory about how to practice the ocarina.

Practice journal is a convenient tool to hold all your progress in one place:

  • It lets you to set clear goals and see how well you are doing with them.
  • It helps you to stay motivated.
  • It contains lots of quotes about practice and music to keep your motivation high.

Buy the Practice Journal now and start enhancing your skill today.

Why did I create practice journal?

As with my other book, Interval Book, Practice Journal is a tool I created to solve my own problems. I can never remember what I have practiced and what I haven‘t. I constantly forget melodies that I want to learn and that I’ve learned already, and which basic ocarina skills I haven’t trained for a long time.

So practice journal solves all these problems for me. I have been using it for months already and it has helped me to analyze and see if I’m progressing effectively. And I think it will help other people too.

I take the ocarina seriously. I want to progress with it myself and I want to make this task easier for other people. I would really want to see people reaching interesting heights with this instruments, as it is for violins now. I want to see ocarina as often as you can see guitar today.

That’s my goal. And I believe that my practice journal is just one of the steps towards this goal.

How to use my practice journal?

Practice journal is a tool. It can’t make the whole work for you but it can significantly help in it:

  • Plan your practice beforehand. Consider when you’ll have time for it and how long you can practice. Note that it’s better to practice in shorter sessions more often, it’ll be more useful for you than a really long practice session just once a week.
  • Set your goals at the beginning of your session. Don’t try to practice everything at

    once. Just three goals should be enough for one practice. Be as specific as you can.

    ‘Play the song’ isn’t a good goal, but ‘work on the tempo of bars 4-12 of the song’ is

    way better. Being specific is way more useful for your progress.

  • Make notes during the practice session. If you’ve found an interesting breath curve detail, write it down. If you come up with a question in the middle of your practice, write it down and ask someone later, so as not to break your flow. The worst pencil is better than the sharpest memory.
  • Don’t practice mindlessly. Deliberate practice with all of your notes about your practice sessions organized in one place is way more useful for you, and will prevent losing them.
  • Take time to reflect on your practice session after you’ve finished it. What did you like in your playing? What are you proud of? What you would want to improve?

All of the tools that you’ll need for that, you’ll find in my practice journal.