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