1) Start Small. 5 minutes a couple of times a week will organically turn into 15 minutes 5 times a week.
2) Practise the hard stuff first. Use a pencil, draw a fun character over the tough spots in a piece, then play those 5 times each before doing anything else.
3) Keep the instrument in plain sight – not tucked away or in it’s case.
4) Reward early on. Use the Forte Cash program or your own to incentivise the early years of practise.
5) Make it a habit. Pick a time of the day that works, and try to stick to it.
6) Practise sight reading. Developing this skill means getting through new music quicker, which makes music more fun!
7) Slow down! Give your brain and your fingers a chance to get it right before playing at tempo. Otherwise you’re just reinforcing bad habits. Play slow!