How much do you remember about your practicing day to day?  If you’re like most musicians, the answer is:

Not much.

There are two crucial places you need to be writing notes to yourself: in your sheet music and in a practice diary.

In your music, you can write out specific techniques that you know are working to help you play accurately.  Depending on your instrument, you’ll want to write in fingerings, breath marks, shifts, positions, dynamics and anything else you need to remind you what to do.

It’s important to take notes.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will remember all of the details you worked out during today’s practice session. When tomorrow rolls around, you will probably forget some of what you worked out today.  So, be sure to write it in the music.

In addition to writing in your music, you’ll find that keeping a practice diary will help you perform better and learn faster.  With a notebook like the Musician’s Practice Planner, you have a place to write down your thoughts, musings, emotions, and attitude about what you’re doing.

There is room on the Daily Practice Log page (the right page) in the Musician’s Practice Planner for this type of writing.  That’s why there’s an entire page devoted just to what happens during the week while you’re practicing.  This gives you space to write much more than just what you practiced.

Remember, these notes you’re writing to yourself are only for you.   So, you can write encouraging words to yourself.  Your Musician’s Practice Planner becomes your music diary, a chronicle of your journey as you master your instrument.

Taking the time to write notes to yourself is time well spent.  You’ll have a boost in both morale and memory by keeping a written log of your practicing.

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