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Re: How long do you practice a day?
RandomPianist #1874073 04/05/12 08:55 AM
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These days I practice 1.5 to 2 hours but can do more if I have more time. I spend about 30 minutes on some simple exercises and hands-separate scales (prescribed by new teacher) and then the rest of the time on the pieces I'm working on. The time flies by and I usually have to stop rather than want to stop. I'm kind of reworking my technique right now, so all of the pieces are short because I'm trying to apply what I'm learning more than learn repertoire. I'm also needing to spend an hour or so a day on my other instrument because I have a solo piece on the next orchestra concert in a couple of months and the fear factor has kicked in.

But for the OP, 2 hours per day on scales and exercises, half of your total practice time, sounds like too much to me. Seems like it would be counterproductive.


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48 on 24 h per day :P

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3-6 hours. By the way, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to use up a whole hour on scales. I'd give that like 20 minutes.

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pianoyutube #1883174 04/20/12 06:08 PM
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Also,I am wondering, what made you go anti-Hanon?


I used to play the Hanon exercises 2 or 3 days per week.

I read the "Fundamentals of piano practice" of Chuan Chang. He is so critic with Hanon that I decided to leave it for a while. Just trying to do things differently.

I had always heard the best opinions about the Hanon exercises.
To hear such a detailed negative opinion about this matter, was shocking for me.

After leaving these exercises, and following some advice of Mr Chang's book, I improved a lot, and faster than I expected. That's my experience. That's why I dislike this kind of exercises.

Of course is my personal opinion, and you can find lots of teachers saying just the opposite. You'll have to find your way with your own experiences.

That book has a lot of stuff that just doesn't make any sense, grab a teacher who actually plays instead of reading that book. His advice on playing scales is totally wrong!

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anywhere between 4-7 hours. A few months ago I was doing 8 almost daily (trying to replace old habits, pianistically speaking, takes a long time). I take 5 minute breaks every hour - your brain needs it. But you need to know how to practice, be it for 2 or 6 hours, or you're wasting your time.

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I've heard that it's a good idea to take breaks often.

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Beginner here ... less than a year of lessons

I practice for ten minutes twice an hour for most of the day ... so added up about two hours a day ... I'm 62 so my joints need a lot of time outs ...

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Originally Posted by Quaver Pyjama

That book has a lot of stuff that just doesn't make any sense, grab a teacher who actually plays instead of reading that book. His advice on playing scales is totally wrong!


Constructive criticism!
The reasons given by the "nonsense" book:
http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.III.7.8

The reasons given are questionable, can not be thrown away without further consideration.

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A good teacher is infinitely preferable to a book. Even if the advice in the book is right its very difficult to tell if you're doing it properly.

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Originally Posted by debrucey
A good teacher is infinitely preferable to a book. Even if the advice in the book is right its very difficult to tell if you're doing it properly.


I agree, a good teacher is better than a book, but anyway... the point I was asked for was: why not Hanon? I subscribe to Chang's considerations about this subject, as presented in his book.

The response to the question "why Hanon, or not Hanon exercises?" cannot be "a book is worse than a teacher", or "that book is not good", I think.

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I don't think you should or shouldn't do Hanon exercises. There are plenty of good and bad ways that they can be used.

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During the school year I can practice as little as an hour a day (I know, yikes! that's nothing!!) which is kind of scary, but now that summer's approaching, I will start practicing upwards of 4-6 hours again (yay!). However, I've found that I can be very, very efficient in an hour with certain practice methods.

And BTW, you seem to spend a lot of time on technique. Don't you get bored? I used to spend an hour a day doing Hanon and it drove me crazy. Now I warm up for about 15min max and I think I'm doing fine. If I were you, I'd spend more time on my pieces. Good technique doesn't ONLY come from playing Hanon and scales.

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We just took a survey over in the Adult Beginners Forum and this was one of the questions. 44% of the respondents practice 7 days a week, while a whopping 85% practice at least 5 days a week. About half practice 1-2 hours a day.

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I should practice as much as I don't practice frown

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The appropriate total amount of practice time depends on many factors which I don't think the OP has given: one's goals, age, amount of time available, priorities, current skill level etc.

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About an hour a day. I use a clock and a metronome.


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I always practise, even when not at the piano, and i never play Hanon, in my sleep I practise, in conversations i practise, that causes some people to think i'm absent-minded( to say the least..) and I do not, DO NOT, spend hours doing scales, only the horrible thought of that...


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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
I always practise, even when not at the piano, and i never play Hanon, in my sleep I practise, in conversations i practise, that causes some people to think i'm absent-minded( to say the least..)


Me too. But it is good after all. I think Rubinstein said practice in the mind is more important than practice withe the fingers.



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