Practice Page #1

Practice Page is a name I give to certain little pages that I’ve developed to focus my practising.

Here’s how you can use it:

You think of a thing to work on and apply it to the page in some way.

There are many more Practice Pages that I use.

This example uses one to make sure you know your intervals.

Interval Exercise

Name (out loud) all the ascending major thirds from each note.

Starting at the A at the top left corner and going across the page would give you: C#, A#, F, G#, D, E#, Bb.

Measure your progress by saying the answers to a metronome.

Give yourself enough time to get it right – say, 4 clicks at 60 bpm for each answer.

Get it so you can do 1 click per answer. I’d say if you can do this at 100

I’d say if you can do this at 100 bpm, 1 click per answer, then I’d say you know your thirds (intellectually).

The quicker you can do it, the more you remove the thinking time to enable you to use that knowledge in some way, at least intellectually.

Do the exercise backwards, up and down the page, in random order.

Can you think of five other ways to use this Practice Page?

Share them in the comments bit below :)

Comments on Practice Page #1

  1. Mike Outram says:

    Hey Ruben,

    Thanks for this! Great idea :)


  2. rubken says:

    How about constructing a chord using two adjacent notes as a series? For example starting in the top LH corner, A6 (A and F#), F# (F# and Db/C#), Db min, Edim, etc.

    You could then iterate this into three note groups, A6 (A, F# and C#), F#7 (F#, C# and E), E half diminished 7 (Db, E and Bb), etc.

    You can run the grid in all possible directions to get more variation, and you could even try treating them as a progression.

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