How to Practice Your Instrument

Even the most accomplished, talented musician in the world has to practice! Hard to imagine, isn’t it, but these top-notch people wouldn’t be as wonderful to listen to as they are apart from all their plain, old hard work.


One such celebrated artist is Wynton Marsalis, one of the world’s most accomplished trumpet players. He is well acclaimed for being a leading player of both jazz and classical music, having received numerous Grammy Awards for his recording. His list of awards and performances with classical and jazz greats is long.

Here are some his thoughts on how to practice from his book, Marsalis on Music.

Part 1  Seek Out Instruction

Part 2  Write Out a Schedule

Part 3   Set Goals

Part 4  Concentrate

Part 5  Practice Hard Parts Longer

Part 6  Play with Expression

Part 7  Learn from Your Mistakes