Duncan Haynes

ANTHOLOGY OF PRACTICE METHODS

• This is a collection of assorted resources - not a complete, step-by-step system!
• Free for personal use (if you share please attribute me).
• The key is to explore & internalise the ideas before applying them to your instrument.
• Any questions or comments welcome. Contact me by email or on Facebook.

There came a moment a couple of years ago when I became conscious of the fact that even my good students, the ones that were both talented and diligently practising, really weren't showing the rate of improvement I expected they were capable of. It became clear to me that sending them away with A, B and C to work on for the next class may be all very well, but if they didn't have effective tools with which to do that work they could be primarily treading water. I realised that in all my years of studying I didn't recall any of my teachers ever talking to me about  how  to practise (the possibility can't be ruled out that I just never listened!).

I determined to tackle the issue by reflecting on my own processes, augmenting these ideas with further reading on the subject and distilling down to a form those students might find digestible. The net result is this anthology, which formed the basis of a series of seminars I delivered in Lima through 2013 (including at PUCP and Británico). I sincerely hope you find something within that surprises and inspires you - and ultimately makes your practice more productive, more rewarding, more enjoyable.

ANTHOLOGY OF PRACTICE METHODS
Improve your practice

GENERAL CONCEPTS
First principles

VOCAB 1
Working forwards

VOCAB 2
Working backwards

STRUCTURE
Architecture of tunes & solos

PIANO
Voicings & comping