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Practice Strategy


Ignace Paderewski

There’s a story about Paderewski who said, ” If I don’t practice for one day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, my friends know it. If I don’t practice for three days, EVERYBODY knows it…

Even the great composers and pianists needed to practice. That is our key word this year.

Here are simple steps to help you practice:

1. Decide on a time each day that you will practice your assignment. Each day you may need to practice at a different time.  Then carry out your plan!

2. Make sure your practice area is without distractions, like visits from pets and friends, for at least 20 minutes or more.

3. Begin with your finger exercise warm-ups, and play until they are smooth. Use Finger Power or Hanon and scales.

4. Play a piece that you know well.

5. Now begin with your new pieces. Practice the difficult measures first. Repeat each trouble spot until you can play it perfectly 3 times.

6. Make sure you count aloud a few times for each piece and observe the dynamics, like f, mf, rit.,  etc.

7. If pedal is required, is it clear or muddy ?

By this time 30 minutes is up, and you have followed your plan.  Didn’t that time go by quickly? 

Please comment here on our blog about your practice sessions!

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