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Instrument
Music
Tuner
Pencil
Metronome
Recording Device
Journal or Checklist
Water
and…
Kitchen Timer

That’s right, a kitchen timer. Preferably not a wind up, tick-tocking timer but an inexpensive, easy to use digital timer. The kind available at the dollar store for, well, a dollar.

When you start your practice session, you usually have goals to accomplish within a fixed amount of time. Set the goals, set the timer. As you practice, set micro goals and set the timer. You’ll be amazed with the increased efficiency of your practice time and the focus you can keep throughout.

As a side note, set the timer for breaks as well.

Kitchen timer… trust me, you’ll love it and it will revolutionize your practice sessions.

What are your practice room essentials? Do you have any revolutionary practice habits to share with the community? Talk about it in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on September 19, 2010.

The photo in this post is used under the Creative Commons License: Attribution – NonCommercial – No Derivs 2.0 by saschaludwigphoto on Flickr.com.

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
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