Benefits Of Practicing Outdoors

Hi everyone. Are you like me and just tired of practicing indoors? Do you feel like you need a change of pace because the “oompf” factor is gone? Well, I wanted to spice things up. What did I find? Here are some important benefits of practicing outdoors.

Fresh air.
There really is no explanation needed for this. It just needs to be said in case we forget about the air we breathe.

Meet new people.
When practicing in public places, I marvel at how far my music carries. People from across the park approach me. Those not in my eyesight approach me. It’s always fun to hear from people who listen to my practice sessions.

New opportunities.
One never knows who is listening. I have had listeners approach me and offer me new opportunities. Opportunities that otherwise would have not happened.

Stimulates others.
There have been many times when small kids walk up to me and just watch. I like to think that they may be a future musician. One never knows.

Then there are the dogs. It’s fun seeing a dog approach me and sit down. He may or not tilt his/her head. One owner mentioned how her bulldog loved music. Fun…

Birds love the flute. Many a songbird joins in. I even had some crows join in one time. Yikes..

New scenery.
It can be tiring looking at the same four walls everyday. Even though I may have different setup sites throughout my house, it started to get old quick.

Getting outdoors provides a fresh outlook on things. Being able to look up from music sheets to different surroundings is magical and refreshing.

Improves foul weather playing skills.
Whether it is wind, sun, cold, or other weather condition – practicing outdoors improves playing abilities.

It reminds us that clothes pins come in handy for holding sheet music in place during windy weather.

It reminds us that plastic sheet covers come in handy during wet weather.

It helps us realize the importance of gauging shady areas. Knowing we can pick up our stands and setup to move it to appropriate, more user-friendly areas is crucial for playing success.

It reminds us that hot weather expands instrument sizes. For instance, I completely forgot that flutes become flat when warmer weather sets in. Heat causes the instrument to expand, making it larger. The larger an item, the harder it is to be in tune.

On the opposite side, cold weather contracts an instrument – making it smaller. The instrument takes on a sharper tone. The keys are more difficult to maneuver, also. How interesting is that?

Outdoor gig preparation.
Nothing prepares a musician better for an outdoor gig than practicing outdoors. In addition to the above-mentioned foul weather situations, outdoor practicing improves player confidence, tone recognition, and overall musicianship.

Improves confidence.
This is a surprising one to me. Sometimes I am hesitant to practice scales and other studies within earshot of anyone. It is marveling to me that people don’t seem to notice that. I still get compliments about how lovely the music is. That improves my confidence.

Well, that’s about all for now. Can you think of any other than these key benefits of taking practices outdoors you want to share?

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.

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Four Powerful Reasons To Practice

Hi everyone. Some of you have been contacting me wondering the importance of regular practicing. There are many to consider. Below are four reasons to practice your musical instrument.

Keep embouchure fit.
This applies to wind instrument players. Practicing regularly will keep your mouth/facial muscles in shape and/or taut. This will lower your airiness sound (if playing a flute or piccolo).

For myself, I notice that if I do not practice at least every other day, my tone is hindered. The sound of excess air is obvious.

Keeping your embouchure fit lets you play for longer periods of time. It increases your endurance. Your muscles will be in shape. Like any muscle, the more you use it, the more you benefit.

Improve your mood.
There will be times when feeling down is part of the day. Bringing out your instrument and playing a tune or two will change your mood. The hardest part is getting motivated to bring it out. You can do it!

Improve your technical skills.
Every musician needs to work on technical skills to play/perform efficiently. Practicing makes this possible. You will find better fingering, hand positioning, mouth positioning, and other attributes.

Build self confidence.
Every musical piece, whether new or old, offers something that will help build your self confidence. Practicing involves working on challenges, enhancing discipline, and learning new things.

All of the above factors play a role in building self confidence. The better you play, the more confident you will become. You will feel comfortable performing for others.

These four powerful reasons for practicing are all I can think of for now. I am certain there are more. Make practicing a part of your lifestyle to reap the best musical benefits.

Good luck!

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