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The 5 W’s of Practicing.


The 5 W’s of Practicing.

by Ross

The 5 W’s of Practicing.

If you’re like me then you understand the plight of finding the proper motivation to practice. It’s easy from a teacher or parent’s perspective to tell your student or child to practice. My goal here is to start a conversation about what and why we practice. In college, most of my professors impressed upon me that perfect practice makes perfect. After years of practicing many different instruments I’m beginning to think that without the perfect motivation than perfect practicing is just out of the question.

I think we all remember those 5 W questions we had to ask ourselves back in middle school English class to put together that complete story:  the who, what, where, when and why. So, I thought to myself why not apply these same questions to our practicing to help us focus in on our motivations for practicing?  I recently sat down and put my theory to the test, which I’ve listed below, and for me it was the most connected to my practicing I’ve felt in a while. I can’t wait to see how this technique effects everyone else’s practicing!


Who: Ross Brennan

What: “Sally’s Song” (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

Where: My Office

When: Early Afternoon

Why: It’s a movie that I’ve liked for a long time now and was extremely excited to learn vocally. The challenge for me was to realize a simple guitar part to sing along to. Since this was music I was already very familiar with, I thought why not learn to perform it by myself!