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All About Practice
Most important - Keep it fun!
Music in an enjoyable activity. Practice should never be a chore.
Attempt to practice at the same time every day. You will learn best by consistent daily exposure. Even minimal daily practice will prove beneficial over the long term.
Discipline yourself to complete each practice goal before moving on to the next.
Always warm up your hands with scales, arpeggios and cadences. Warming up your hands will allow you to achieve speed, accuracy and the physical demands of a complicated piece.
Only practice with your full concentration. If you find your mind wandering and your fingers are simply running over the keyboard, your practice time will not be worth your time. Even fifteen minutes with full concentration is more valuable than thirty or forty minutes of running your fingers around as your mind wanders.
Practice slowly. Racing through repertoire will waste your time. Slow and careful practicing promises optimal results.
Get it right. Once you have practiced something incorrectly, it is often difficult and time consuming to correct the problem. Practice carefully.
Divide your pieces into short phrases. Practice those phrases until you have it right. Then combine the phrases until you completed the entire piece.
Practice with your metronome for an even and consistent tempo.
Practice with your hands apart at first, but do limit hand-apart time. Your brain needs to coordinate the two hands together.
Practice all notations. Piano music is filled with notations such as: dynamics (p,f), tempo (timing), fingering, accidentals (sharps, flats, naturals), pedaling, repeat signs and so on.
Practice what you don't know. Getting the most out of your practice time means working on material that is challenging.
Practice right after your lesson while everything you just learned is still fresh.
Keep practicing your performance pieces. You will always have repertoire ready to perform.
Practice time guidelines: First year students should practice approximately 15 minutes daily, gradually increasing to 30 minutes. Intermediate students: 45-60 minutes daily. Advanced students 1-2 hours daily.
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Music and Your Brain