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How to make your own Abacus:
How to use the Abacus for Practicing:
For students that are a little farther a long I give them more of a challenge. You can assign certain sections of a piece and tell them that they can’t move the bead over until the section is played correctly. For example if their rhythm in that section isn’t quite right I tell them that they need to practice the rhythm correctly (which we cover in the lesson) then go home and practice it just like that 5 times each day they practice. Every time they play it correctly they get to move a bead over to the other side.
For students that really like a challenge I challenge them to play it correctly 5 times in a row. If they mess up, they have to move a bead back over to the starter side (I like the start side to be the left side). This may be a bit frustrating for some, so I don’t tell all my students to do that, but it can be a good way to make sure a piece, or a section of a piece, is learned the right way. It makes my students more aware of what they are doing when they are practicing as well, to ensure a more focused practice session. If there is any other way you can think of to use an Abacus, you may post in the comments bellow!