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Red Button Practice

Red button practice is our simple three step method that helps you learn faster. While simple, it is rooted in the psychology of learning. Here we'll show you how to start and structure a practice session with Clair.

Step 1. Divide

Why it works

Defining sections leverages something called the generation effect.  This states that information is better remembered if it is generated from one's own mind rather than simply read. In the context of Clair, every time you section your music you are mentally creating a goal. In turn, this conditions a deeper investment towards practice.  Studies have shown that you are 42% more likely to achieve the goal (source) when leveraging the generation effect.

How it works

  1. Tap on the "new section" icon.
  2. Give your goal a name (section name).
  3. Tap ‘Select measures’ which takes you to the sheet music where you can drag the box to the desired section in the sheet music.

…and viola! A new goal has now been created! It lives independently within your project’s home as well as the practice centre! All that’s left to do is move onto step 2…


Step 2. Focus

Why it works

Setting short intervals of practice is defined as ‘distributed learning’ i.e. the opposite of cramming.  Distributed practice is not only more effective but less stressful. Studies have shown that the same amount of practice when learning a new skill distributed over several sessions vs just one produces 58% better memory retention in motor skills. Clair’s practice method is predicated on the idea that you only need to practice for 15 minutes at a time to learn best.

How it works

  1. Tap the red button. 
  2. Select a piece and a section (created using ‘Step 1. Divide’)
  3. Set a short practice timer. (No longer than 30 mins; we think 10/15mins is the sweet spot!). 
  4. Press ‘Practice’.

… and viola! You’ve defined a clear task and an endpoint. You can now focus as hard as you can knowing that in a short amount of time, you can relax!


Step 3. Perform

Why it works

Performing has been long regarded as the best habit for learning. In fact,  practicing with the knowledge that you’ll soon be tested heightens your focus in the practice session itself. We prompt you to perform right after the focus session because that’s when the effect is at it strongest. Studies have shown 13% better memory recall (source) when testing oneself. 

How it works

This step actively challenges you to recall what you’ve just learned. This is hard! But it gets easier (we promise)!

  1. After the timer’s up, you’ll be prompted to ‘Go to test ->’
  2. Once in the camera page you have 3 tries to do the best you can.
  3. Record up to 3 videos of the goal you selected in the initial practice screen. If you do well, great! If you mess up, even better!
  4. Select one by tapping on the side bar and upload it to the timeline.

Remember, no matter how bad you think a performance is, “the expert in anything was once a beginner.” The more often you go through the motions with determination and purpose, the better you’ll become!

Note* You can always skip the performance or delete the practice session all together.  So if the performance is too stressful, you can always skip it and still watch your timeline grow!


People also ask:

How do you get sections to appear in your practice center?
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Do you have to post a recording to the timeline to have your practice time saved?
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Can I use this without uploading sheet music?