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#354540 - 11/20/03 06:08 PM 1 Hour practice a day method
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
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Loc: Staffordshire,England
I can only get an hour of practice a day on the piano.I want to make good progress and utilise that hour has best possible.
I am doing the ABRSM grades and currently onto grade 5.

The first 15 minutes I do scales and arpeggios,then I do 10 minutes at sight reading,I then have 20 minutes practice at the 3 grade pieces and for the last 15 minutes I practice a piece of music that is somewhere between my sight reading and my grade level pieces.

Would you say that would be my best precedure for improvement for an hour a day practice?

Any comments please,

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#354541 - 11/20/03 08:34 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
virtuoso418 Offline
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Registered: 10/29/03
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Your schedule looks fine to me.

#354542 - 11/21/03 03:17 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
Alexbp Offline
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Registered: 11/18/03
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Loc: Boston
My practice schedule is very similar to that. I practice for about 1 to 1.5 hours a day with almost the same distribution. Although sometimes I practice scales and arpeggios not only during the beginning of the session, but in between pieces as well. I do not go by the ABRSM. I suppose my playing is improving. I am a beginner and started lessions about 6 or 7 weeks ago and now playing Fur Elise, Bach's WTC Prelude #1, Chopin opus 28. prelude #7 and learning Mozart's Rondo a la Turca.

#354543 - 11/21/03 03:25 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
JBryan Offline
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Gosh, I need to start taking lessions. What are they?
Better to light one small candle than to curse the %&#$@#! darkness.

#354544 - 11/21/03 03:27 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
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Registered: 06/23/01
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It depends what your goals are and just how much you want to improve. As a college student, I think that practicing no less than 4 hours a day is essential, for me anyway. If you plan to go to school for music or be a concert pianist, than you may need more time.

If you just want to play reasonably well and or have too many other activities to do, then that amount of time should be sufficient to improve, although at perhaps a slower pace than if you put more time into it.

#354545 - 11/21/03 04:17 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
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I am a beginner and started lessions about 6 or 7 weeks ago and now playing Fur Elise, Bach's WTC Prelude #1, Chopin opus 28. prelude #7 and learning Mozart's Rondo a la Turca.
I suggest you are careful of learning the fundamentals as well as the pieces.

WTC Prelude 1 is not an easy peace because it requires a perfect evenness of touch while the arpeggios are played with the two hands.

And as the same time, there is a bass line on the left hand.

Why do I know ?
I learnt it as an adult and it has given me incredible bad habits.

Be careful to learn the fundamentals : evenness of voices, playing not with the fingers but with the whole arms and back (even the legs are important because they give the support).

Of course, you are happy to play these beautiful works. It is OK as long as your teacher teaches you the basics.

I once saw a film about a Canadian guy who had gone to China to study kung fu with a master.

He showed the master what he could do from what he had learnt watching Bruce Lee's films a thousand times each.

The master just pushed him and the guy fell on his butt.

When the master accepted him as a disciple, he had to learn for months how to just stand on his feet.

Piano is not kung fu.
Kung fu was a metaphor.

All arts are rivers that lead to the same sea.

How do I know ?

I wish I knew \:D

#354546 - 11/21/03 04:47 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
Alexbp Offline
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Registered: 11/18/03
Posts: 40
Loc: Boston
I am aware that the WTC prelude #1 has 3 voices and i do try to play it as evenly as possible with all voices being heard at the same time. My teacher pays very careful attention to this and does not allow any part of technique to slip by. I am not trying to make any shortcuts while playing. I do try to learn correct technique and not just the notes of the piece. I think its very impportant.

#354547 - 11/22/03 11:52 AM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
Yang Kai Offline
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Registered: 11/22/03
Posts: 23
you can cut your sight reading time, remember you still have aural

#354548 - 11/22/03 02:44 PM Re: 1 Hour practice a day method
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
Posts: 243
Loc: Staffordshire,England
Cutting the sight reading I dont think would be a good idea,I hear some players say that the whole objective is to be able to sight read music just like reading a newspaper,afterall isn't that what it is all about.
I was actually expecting somebody to tell me that 10 minutes a day at sight reading is not enough.


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