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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2743455
06/10/18 02:47 PM
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Thanks, good info. All I have to add are the dominant ones to be 'up to date' on this then.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2743456
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I usually practice about 1 hour per day, depending on how the arthritis is doing. Have only been back to piano for about 3 months. And by back, I mean plinked around on one as a kid, and had a few more serious moments about 20 years ago as a young adult. I have no ambitions other than to play as well as I can, have fun, and find some people to play with down the road. I do about 10 minutes of 2-octave scales/arps/chords and spend the rest on the current assigned piece and whatever fun stuff I want to do.

Back when I was learning fiddle, there was a stretch where I spent about 3 hours per day practicing. I made amazing progress compared to just one hour. But it is really hard for working adults to maintain that sort of regimen.

Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: PianoStartsAt33] #2743486
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Originally Posted by PianoStartsAt33
[quote=Ted]It can be so, I guess... I just follow my teachers recomendations. But it is possible that she just belive firmly in those "old-school methods" and doesn't wanna search for something new in piano pedagogy. Can you give a couple of examples of such a ways?


A pretty good one is demonstrated in the "How to sound like Bach" thread, except don't worry so much about imitating anybody. Use all those patterns, scales and so on by all means, but avoid playing them in the usual dull way. Invent phrases and rhythms for yourself, ones you like, staying within each scale or chord. Vary them from day to day and use all your fingers. Start with single notes in both hands, then after a while introduce double notes. Once all the scales and note combinations are in your brain, then start mixing them up. In short, build up your technique, ear, keyboard geography, and creativity all in the one activity. I once made little videos for people on another forum about this more enjoyable way of working with scales. Send me a private message and I shall email them to you.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: Ted] #2743498
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i put in about 2 - 2 1/2 hours per day split over several 30 - 40 minute sessions. i retired about a month ago so i don't feel the need to have to cram everything in to one long session after i got off work. feels much fresher to break it up.

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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2743662
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1-2 hours on an average day 2-3 hours on weekends. Want to do more, but full time job makes it harder. That and the fact that it is toughish to put in efficient thoughtful practice for too much longer at a time. This does not include "randomly playing through stuff" though, only thoughtful practice.


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Re: How much time do you practice? [Re: hyena] #2743667
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Something like an hour a day, more on the weekends. I adore playing so Saturday / Sunday I have to remind myself to do other things and be social. smile

But that aside, this is the best advice I've seen (recently):

Originally Posted by Nathan Milstein
“Practice as much as you feel you can accomplish with concentration. Once when I became concerned because others around me practiced all day long, I asked [my professor] how many hours I should practice, and he said, ‘It really doesn’t matter how long. If you practice with your fingers, no amount is enough. If you practice with your head, two hours is plenty.’”

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