- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (March 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1457507757
- ISBN-13: 978-1457507755
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a good, easy read full of invaluable advice and tips to make your guitar practice more productive. While reading the book, I was constantly thinking to myself that these are really common-sense ideas to approach practice, yet I wasn't implementing any of this advice in my routine. My method of practicing has often been to turn the TV on and noodle away on the guitar. It was clear from the author's advice that I've been doing it wrong the whole time.
I'm the kind of the guy that doesn't believe anything anyone tells me without good reason and that's the great thing about this book. The author doesn't just say, "Do it this way," with no explanation. He says "Do it this way, and here's why..."
While there are many things to take away from this book, my biggest so far is to approach practice with a plan. Without a plan, you have no goals. And without goals, you're unlikely to achieve anything.
Now I'm confident that I can plan my practice more effectively and get a whole lot more out of it and achieve my goals.
The book is an easy read, total time about two hours. The writing style is practical and gets right to the point on how to practice with your instrument effectively. I found this book useful immediately.
The book introduces seven 'Big Ideas' and seven 'Good Habits', also the constant theme that practicing is not playing.
I would recommend 'First, Learn to Practice' to music teachers so they can pass on the methods and insights direct from author, Tom Heany, to their music aspiring students of any age or ability.