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#1008455 - 07/22/08 09:06 AM How long do you practice daily?
angelojf Offline
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How many minutes, approximately, do you practice each day?

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#1008456 - 07/22/08 09:12 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Vincent L. Offline
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Loc: Austin, TX
I try to practice/play 30 minutes per day during the week and 2 to 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday.
I stick to my plan about 75% of the time.
Sometime I can't play at all (when I travel), sometime I can only play 15 minutes, which is better than nothing.

#1008457 - 07/22/08 09:30 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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Registered: 06/27/08
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Loc: Raleigh, NC
Until my brain fills up. Doesn't take long.

#1008458 - 07/22/08 09:35 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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It's not the length, it's how you use it!
snobbyish, yet maybe helpful.

#1008459 - 07/22/08 09:54 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
angelojf Offline
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OK, how many quality minutes approximately do you practice daily?

#1008460 - 07/22/08 09:56 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Always Wanted to Play Piano Offline
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I probably log about 30 quality (albeit usually not continuous) minutes every other day.

That's about 1/3 the amount of practice time I would like to put in.

Casio Ap-200
Almost midway thru Alfred's All-In-One Book Two
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#1008461 - 07/22/08 10:41 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
alleon Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
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my keyboard is right beside my working desk, so whenever i feel like it, ill turn my chair around and ill play some stuff.

so i dont keep track. I play when i feel like it. Isnt that what a hobby should be about?

#1008462 - 07/22/08 10:47 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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2-6 hours, it usually averages out to about 3 a day
Slow down and do it right.

#1008463 - 07/22/08 10:54 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
wj3 Offline
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I try to get in at least an hour a day. Most of the time its a little over. Sometimes I take off Sunday. My lesson is usually on Saturday so I work up to it each week.

2010 Roland KR-115m, Yamaha clp-430
Working on Alfred Adult AIO 3 Super Special sorta song,Simply Joplin Bethena,Solace,Burgmuller, Stardust

#1008464 - 07/22/08 10:54 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
hopinmad Offline
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Same as Frycek I believe, but more extreme; 0 - 10.
Patience's the best teacher, and time the best critic. - F.F.Chopin

#1008465 - 07/22/08 10:58 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Boira Offline
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Registered: 07/09/07
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Loc: Barcelona
90 minutes/day on week days. About 3 hours/day on weekends.

I'd love to practice more but with my job it's impossible. I only work the usual 40 hours/week, but ridiculously distributed!

#1008466 - 07/22/08 11:19 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Khory Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 21
Loc: Toronto
I can usually get at least one twenty minute session in per day. I try for two twenty minute ones per day though. I've just started lessons.

#1008467 - 07/22/08 11:32 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
bluekeys Offline
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3 hours. My playing doesn't really reflect it, but that's how long I do it. Maybe that "quality" thing is getting in the way! \:\)

#1008468 - 07/22/08 11:35 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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Registered: 06/08/08
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Loc: Seattle area, WA
That depends on how much time I have. During the school year (I teach high school science) I'm lucky if I get an hour a day. Weekends, maybe 2 hours.

During the summer - anywhere from 1 to 5 hours.
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#1008469 - 07/22/08 12:42 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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Every minute on the piano is a quality minute for me, with the possible exception of the 647th showdown with the Red Dot. :rolleyes:

During the week, depending on kids' homework and sports activities, I may get in as little as 10 minutes and a maximum of an hour. On weekends I try to play 2-3 hours a day, spread across several sessions.
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#1008470 - 07/22/08 01:20 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
knotty Offline
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As far as quantity, I can usually find at least an hour. I never count or log or anything like that. I force myself to play even if I'm tired at least 30 minutes each day. I use digital if it's late.

On average, it's usually 90-120 minutes during the week. Weekends are harder, I get 90 minutes max.

#1008471 - 07/22/08 03:14 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
mr_super-hunky Offline
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I'm a snacker when it comes to practicing as I play constantly throughout the day but only for 5-10 minutes at a time.

Still, this DOES add up and I will do this literally all day long. When I wake up, before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, potty breaks, after lunch etc, etc.

I've been told that short spurts throughout the day can keep your mind and fingers warmed up and ready but who knows.

#1008472 - 07/22/08 03:41 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
TrapperJohn Offline
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Registered: 02/11/08
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Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
3 to 4 hours daily in 2 or 3 separate sessions - 7 days a week - early morning session usually the longest and most productive.

Regards, JF
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

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#1008473 - 07/22/08 04:45 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
dontquityourdayjob Offline
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Registered: 07/01/05
Posts: 24
Loc: midwest
45 minutes in the morning before work and about an hour at night that seems to be enough for my limited attention span

#1008474 - 07/22/08 04:49 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Ted Offline
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
I do very little that could be termed "practice"; I prefer "real" playing. I have five to ten minutes in the morning on my silent practice clavier most days, which activity is sufficient to keep my physical technique at an operative level. Once at the piano I like to make music.
"It is inadvisable to decline a dinner invitation from a plump woman." - Fred Hollows

#1008475 - 07/22/08 05:03 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
KaylaX Offline
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That would depend on how long it takes my daughter to realize I am playing, run over,and start pounding on the keys ( she doesnt pound, but she tries to copy my playing). At that point I go do something else till she is occupied and then I resume my practice. So usually about 15 min here and there throughout the day. Probably adds up to maybe 45 min a day if im lucky. ON the weekends I get more because my husband takes the kids outside.

Its all good!!!!! AspenX
1978 Lowery Its not fancy but its unique to me and it plays..

#1008476 - 07/23/08 07:16 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Peyton Offline
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Posts: 2733
Loc: Maine
Two hours usually
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."- Oscar Wilde

#1008477 - 07/23/08 09:32 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
MVB Offline
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Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 89
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I haven't timed myself but it's almost obsessive. If I'm watching a program on TV, I'll even play during commercials! There are days, however, that my work will take up most of my time and end up playing for just a few minutes.

#1008478 - 07/23/08 12:57 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Coolkid70 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
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Loc: Irvine, CA
It takes about an hour to do technical exercises and two to three hours to work on my three pieces in progress: La Caroline (C.P.E. Bach), Tarantella (Prokofiev), and Sonatina in G Op. 20 No. 2 (Kuhlau).

So I spend about three to four hours each day.
Kawai K-3 (2008)

#1008479 - 07/23/08 01:32 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
SantaFe_Player Offline
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Loc: New Mexico
On the days that I actually CAN make time to practice, I try to put in 2-3 hours. On the days that I cannot practice, I usually get about 20 minutes (enough to run through the memorized pieces w/ the metronome just to make sure I keep them memorized, and maybe work through one or two Dohnanyi exercises). So all in all this probably averages out to a little over an hour a day, but it's really uneven!
Heels down, and tickle the bit.

#1008480 - 07/23/08 01:34 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
melissa d Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 113
Loc: Cibolo, Texas
During the summer I need to keep my daughter occupied so I usually don't get as much time in. I usually practice about 30 min to an hour.
My blog such as it is http://melissasjourneys.blogspot.com

#1008481 - 07/23/08 01:38 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
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Loc: The Netherlands, Grootegast-Gr...
Normally when I'm working about 1 - 2 hours per day.

In weekend and freetime, holidays.....more....various.....
Yamaha clp320PE(sold) Kawai CA95SB

My two mottos:
'Music is a way of living' & 'Nil volentibus arduum'

#1008482 - 07/25/08 10:55 AM Re: How long do you practice daily?
Luke Cage Offline
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Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 27
Loc: Queens
4 hours a day, when i get home from work i usually go straight to the piano and play from 5:30pm to 10:00pm and the only reason i stop then is because i go to the gym to work out. i guess it depends on how bad you want to get better or if you get caught up in the music and do not watch the time. right now i am studiyng 2 pieces and i am learning my harmonic minor scale and every day i read a piece of sheet music i have never saw before just for sight reading practice.

#1008483 - 07/25/08 01:08 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
nitekatt2008z Offline
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Sometimes I get into "marathon" practice sessions that can go 8-12 hours, with lunch/dinner breaks of course and go through a variety of stuff. this could include technical exercises, Dohnanyi, Bach WTC, transcribing off CD's, sight reading, reharmonization standard tunes, etc. Sometimes I only get in 30 minutes. Sometimes not much practice for a month. But this week, I played 4 continuos nights in a bar with a jazz group, so no real time to practice


#1008484 - 07/25/08 02:21 PM Re: How long do you practice daily?
JonBrom Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 123
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
I dedicate two hours before I go to bed at 11:00 pm. I'm told practice before sleep helps retention.

I also take every opportunity I have to snatch 5-10 minutes during the day. I'm fortunate to work from my home office where I have my new Roland 207 next to my drafting table, which makes this possible.

While watching TV I'll have my 61-key midi-controller keyboard set up so I can work fingerings into muscle memory. I understand List recommended practicing while reading. TV watching is the modern equivalent.

All this seems to be working. I'm concentrating on Bach's Invention No. 1, a piece I never thought I'd be able to play, and -- to my amazement -- I can. Slowly, hesitantly, but with hands together. Speed and smoothness will come. What a joy!

To paraphrase Archimedes: as with geometry, there is no Royal Road to piano playing. Practice, practice, practice.

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