Archive for Practice Tips
In this section I have some encouraging news. It is within your reach to set some short term goals that not only will lay a solid foundation, but also be extremely satisfying musically. Within days, or a few weeks, depending on your practice schedule, you can make giant progress if you focus on a few strategically designed short term goals.
Chord Charts, Lead Sheets, Fake Books
All of these titles are really describing the same thing. All kinds of music, even classical music, can be purchased with a single note melody, written for the right hand, and the chord symbols written right above this melodic line. (more…)
There are different ways to divide your practice time. Sitting at the piano reading music is only one of the various aspects of piano practice. The division I believe to be both complete and practical involves five different areas. The thing that has helped me improve the most over the years is a flexible approach toward each of these areas. In this session we will describe all five in general for a basic understanding of each. Although some personality types need and even enjoy regimentation and consistency in scheduling their practice, others need a flexible system that allows them to really immerse themselves in different areas of practice at different times. (more…)
Our goal is to know for sure that we are making efficient progress when we spend time practicing the piano. There are a few things that can prevent us from reaching this goal before we even get started. First on the list is our understanding of the thing we call “talent.” What really is the number one key element in talent, even when we consider the long history of those who have accomplished the most at the piano? (more…)
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