Distractions can be a battle when learning an instrument. Whether you are a music instructor or practicing at home, you need to find methods to beat distractions in order to improve your playing skills.  

So how should you beat those distractions? 

Try following these steps: 

Many of those steps involve limiting visual distraction. This is because much of our learning depends on reading music. Reading music can be like learning a foreign language. It is important to be able to focus on every symbol on the page to succeed. 

Music teachers often use Focus Windows to prevent visual distractions. 

A Focus Window is a way of directing a student’s attention to a specific portion of the page. You can use Focus Windows to not only learn to read music but place attention only on a portion of a large picture, graph, map or chart.  

There are a few ways to construct the Focus Window. My favorite is to block out certain areas of the page using Post-It notes. This way, students can practice small pieces of the song at a time. As the student improves playing the song, you can expand the Focus Window to a larger section. 

A Focus Window also promotes curiosity. Students can be more motivated to learn sections of the song so they are able to discover more of the piece. 

Samuel Johnson says “Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.” Our natural tendency to be persuaded due to curiosity can improve practice sessions if used correctly. 

If you are a music instructor or learning an instrument, try incorporating a Focus Window into your practice routine. You could uncover the tricky problems that have been preventing you from improving your playing skills. 

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In November of 2015 I had decided to really start learning how to play the Guitar after years of just knowing a few Chords and Rhythm and playing the same old stuff over and over, and through a business relationship I found out about Music Flow Teaching and little did I know at that time what a huge impact this was going to have on my life. My goal in the beginning was to learn how to Solo and not just copy or mimic what other Guitar players had done but be able to create my own solos, I was shocked at how quickly my Instructor was able to get the basic scales needed to start this process going, and how fast I was able to absorb these techniques and forms to get started on my journey to my Goal. Now that I have been doing this for over a year and a half it seems like every lesson just provides a quicker learning experience as I get more and more of the capabilities in my hand. I really like how my Instructor is able to adapt quickly and change from lesson to lesson to work on a technique or form instead of just sticking to some plan that someone else has developed. What I have learned since starting with Music Flow has affected my life in more ways than just music alone, it has reignited a passion that had been gone for a long time as I look so forward to getting home and playing everyday, it has also helped every other part of my life as well. I now seem to focus on task better and and pay more attention to detail than before I started on this journey. From the deepest part of my Heart I would like to just say Thank You Music Flow Teaching and I cant wait to see what the next year holds because if it is anything like the last year my advancement will be exponential.

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