Category Archives for "Practicing"

We Don’t WORK Piano … We PLAY Piano!

A seven-year-old sits down, plods straight through his five-line song three times, and jumps up, shouting “Done!” To his best knowledge, he’s practiced. He forgot a fun element of playing piano: the playing part! Sometimes it seems faster or more fun to simply glide through each piece, but in doing so, we leave true improvement, […]

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Piano Practice vs. Piano Performance

When many people start off, they treat piano practice and piano performance the same way: we run through the piece trying to hit all the notes and rhythms. While there is a place for this, we can make a clearer distinction between our regular practice and our performance mindset. Performance can be improved the same […]

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Overcoming Obstacles in Piano Practice

Sometimes students feel, validly, that they simply cannot practice. This can be for a number of reasons. Not having time is a huge one. Others are losing books or being apart from our home piano. Overcoming obstacles like this can seem impossible! But you might have more options than you think when it comes to […]

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A Great Example of Persistence… Vivian F.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” This month’s Virtue for Virtuosos is persistence. The dictionary defines persistence as “continuing in a course of action despite difficulty […]

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