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Why do I need to practise? Can't my teacher teach me to play the pieces?

1. Improvement: Regular practice is the key to improvement in playing an instrument. With consistent practice, you can master the techniques and skills required to play the instrument fluently and expressively.

2. Reinforcement: Practising reinforces what you learned during your lessons. It allows you to apply the concepts and techniques you've learned to your instrument, and it helps to solidify your understanding of the music theory.

3. Building muscle memory: Practising regularly helps to build muscle memory. Playing an instrument requires coordination and muscle memory development, which can only be achieved through consistent and focused practice.

4. Progress tracking: Regular practice allows you to track your progress over time. You can see how you're improving, identify areas where you need more practice, and set goals for yourself to work towards. Your teacher will play a big part in this.

5. Confidence: Practising regularly can also help to build your confidence. The more you practise, the more comfortable you become with your instrument, and the more confident you'll feel when playing in front of others.

Obviously, you only get better by actually playing your instrument, not just being told how to play it. We'll be looking at each of the above points in more detail in subsequent blogs.

Thanks for reading!

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