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Re: How long to practice... [Re: barbaram] #2841674 04/23/19 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by barbaram

+1 to the above
I have fallen into the trap more than once of trying to be too "optimal", and I've ended up losing motivation.
My philosophy these days is much like Kevin's. I do work to improve, but enjoying the process is vital..

My biggest problem is when there has been that step change in improvement. I want to repeat that experience and start focusing on trying harder to improve. I then have to remind myself to step back and reflect. I need to remind myself to be mindful of why I am doing this and what will maintain my desire to practise and play.

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Re: How long to practice... [Re: Jitin] #2841702 04/23/19 01:27 PM
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It never even occurred to me to use a set time period for my piano practice, other than a brief period when I did some practice before leaving for work and thus had a set time at which I had to stop and get myself to work. But that wasn't the question.....

Originally Posted by Jitin
I am just wondering in your practice routine how long do you keep practicing the same thing before moving to the next , i.e repeating the same hand movements...
I am curious, because I feel like there must be an optimum time, because to little you won't master it quick it enough, but to much of the same thing can hurt the hands
The amount of time I spend on a piece or task will vary widely, depending on the stage it's at. If the piece is brand new, I might spend half an hour on slowly reading through the piece and then going through hands separately to establish a starting point for fingering. The next day I might spend just as much time, perhaps picking out "chunks" and getting a start on one or two. Or if a piece is (relatively) mature, I might work on a phrase or on getting rid of a hesitation at some particular spot and that might only take five minutes. In the end, what sets the amount of time is when my attention and focus start to flag, it's time to take a short break and move on to something else.

I don't do endless repetitions of anything to the point of causing harm. Better to err on the side of taking a little longer to master the task than to overdo it and hurt yourself.

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