Piano Practice Tips: How to get the most from your practice sessions

1. Set Goals
2. Practice at Various Speeds
3. Select parts of the piece to play separately
4. Play through
5. Don’t always start at the beginning.
6. Read about music theory, piano technique, and the pieces you’re playing
7. Make mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes. Focus on one thing at a time. Perhaps play a few bars with improved rhythm, even if notes are missed. Play through and let anything happen. Notice the errors without beating yourself up about it. Just make a mental or written note to practice that piece
8. Isolate
9. Keep a journal, tracking sheet, or notebook. Take notes in it while you’re at the piano. You can track practice time, pieces played, and accomplishments.
10. Listen to music. Listen to pieces you’re playing, other pieces by the same composer, and various interpretations. Pay attention. What did you like about it?
12. Focus on a single piece or a select few pieces.
13. Sight read easier pieces. Every few weeks, spend a session playing with brand new music. It’s a great way to break the monotony of your repertoire. The better you become at sight reading, the easier it will be to start and work on music
14. Short practice sessions are okay!

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Brian E. Young

I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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