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How much time do you practice? #2681717
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I practice about 2/3 hours a day, trying to do 5 days a week. But some weeks I can only do 4 days, but this week I can luckily do all 7 days. This practice isn't always as qualitative as I'd like, since concentration can be an issue sometimes.

I don't really want to go professional, since I think piano will be more fun as a hobby (I'm a Design student) Still I want to be able to play the most difficult music, for no other reason than that I love progressing. Love having goals, etc.

How much do you usually practice?


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681724
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An average of two hours every day, occasionally taking a Tuesday off.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681730
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The straightforward answer is - as much time as I can while still getting on with other essential stuff, like working for a living, eating, sleeping, socializing, relaxing (to music, of course), exercising (sometimes to music), keeping myself fit and healthy: a pianist needs to live long - like Artur Rubinstein or Miecyslaw Horszowski - to reap all the benefits of his/her long years of daily practice. Look at Argerich, playing better at 76 than she did at 20 thumb.

I did the same when I was a student in my teens, in a boarding school: most of the time, I could only practice 6 days a week (for two to three hours between end of school classes to tea-time), because the Music Department was closed on Sundays. But occasionally, it would be opened up for rehearsals etc, in which case, I'd sneak in and spend the whole day in the practice room with the best piano, emerging only for meals (compulsory attendance, or the school will tick me off their list as "missing, presumed....." wink ).

During my practice time, I always build in 'relaxation time' where I'm just playing for fun - improvising & playing pop songs by ear, sight-reading through a volume of piano music I'd borrowed from the school music library (and not worrying how many dropped or wrong notes I played, leaving out inconvenient notes as required.....), doing the same with a violinist friend whenever he turns up etc. I never regarded my relaxation time as part of my 'practice time'. The practice time was spent working on what my teacher has taught me and whatever she has asked me to practice specifically for the next week (which could be just a small but technically difficult section of a piece, or scales in thirds etc).

These days, without a teacher, my practice time and relaxation time at the piano has been somewhat blurred - I might be learning a new piece, then suddenly decide to use a tune in the piece to improvise on; or maybe something jolts in my memory and I remember something I once played and want to play it again, and so try to play it by ear, or maybe look for the score......


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681742
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I average between two and three hours a day, some days a lot more. I am fortunate that my husband is a programmer even in retirement, so he is happy to spend a similar amount of time at the computer. I play everyday unless I am traveling. After all, I am the Mom of the MOYD thread! grin

Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681760
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I get in about 1 hour per day, 2 hrs on weekends. I would love to do more, but work and family obligations get in the way! I work from 6:45-6:00 most days except Tuesday, which is 6:45-12:30. I also have two teenagers and a wife! This practice time is sufficient for me but if I could get in 2-3 hours I'd be happy to spend it at the piano. I'm on the forum during the day in breaks in the action at work.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681780
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Like Argerich I am playing better at 75 than at 20, but only because I am now practising at least an hour a day, And making sure that it is quality practice.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681786
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I think a good amount is 1.618 hours per day.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681789
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2-3 hours to complete all the things I want to do, but I break it down into 20 minute sections with breaks.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681799
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Wow. I'll chime in for those with more humble practice routines. About half an hour a day average. Some days two hours, some days a quick 10-minute run-through of whatever I'm working on. I guess that's life with a four-year-old and full-time teaching job (including grading and class prep in the evenings/weekends).

I may also be speaking for others on the forum for whom piano is a secondary interest or artistic outlet. I'm a fiction writer (first book coming out next year), and so piano competes with that. I would love to spend more time at the piano, but honestly sometimes I spend too much as I procrastinate my writing . . .

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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: bSharp(C)yclist] #2681802
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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I think a good amount is 1.618 hours per day.
Haha!


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: unkabin] #2681807
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Children seem to be the most time consuming thing it seems!

Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681831
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I do 20 minute chunks. Between other jobs/"requests" from 'Er who must be obeyed. . .and between nocturnal bouts of sleeping. I'd be stumped without the headphones! Probably amounts to a couple of hours total on a good day. Always playing the same two, sometimes achieving microscopic improvements along this dusty road . . . Love it!


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: bSharp(C)yclist] #2681838
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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I think a good amount is 1.618 hours per day.


Shucks I need to spend more time at the piano. I'm only up to 1.617 hours per day smile


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I usually practice 2 to 2/12 hours a day every day unless I am away. I could not have done that when I was younger and had children and a full time job. I admire those of you who manage to do it with jobs and families. My children are all grown and I only work 20 hours a week now mostly to pay for my piano lessons and vacations.
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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681880
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I like to do 2 hours a day, every day but lesson day, but what I like and what actually happens because of reality is not always the same. I usually wind up skipping and day or two and doing an hour to an hour and a half most days.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681917
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My base time is an hour. I work at home, so many days I'll use 20-30 minutes of my lunch hour for some extra practice. Occasionally, if I can't use the lunch period, I'll take shorter 10 minutes stints as a break. Weekends, it's about two hours spread out over the day. Sometime it'll be longer if I'm obsessed about a particular piece.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681929
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No guessing - for the last 66 days I have averaged 2 hours 17 minutes 12 seconds a day. I keep track of my time with the "Hours" app on my phone.

I could never do that much if I wasn't retired...

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Originally Posted by EPW
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I think a good amount is 1.618 hours per day.


Shucks I need to spend more time at the piano. I'm only up to 1.617 hours per day smile




Slacker, haha. You need to put in that extra 1000th of an hour, or 3.6 seconds and then you will have reached the golden number.

Seriously though, I couldn't give an exact number. During the week less, on weekends a little bit more. I don't log time for practicing. But if I were to add up all the practice hours and lesson time in month and take the daily average ... it could very well be close to 1.618 hours ;0


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2681937
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I practice about a half hour every day. More on weekends. My practice sessions are often short spurts but I get to the piano multiple times a day. Right before leaving for work in the morning, as soon as I come home from work, after dinner, again before bed. It adds up faster than you think. I find I really retain what I'm working on this way. I am always isolating what I want to focus on.

I'm practicing much better now than I used to when I was younger.

I work full time, am an avid reader of books, write fiction, and also help my elderly dad. I'm pretty busy. But piano has been such a joy. I'm so happy that I've found a practice regimen that is working for me and my schedule. It's so important to have a sustainable practice regimen. I think I really missed the boat on this in the past.

Joining MOYD was the best thing I could have ever done. I'm very early in but I can't wait to start next year's MOYD in January.

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