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Practice tips for beginners - video #2920152 12/05/19 11:29 AM
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I noticed there are a ton of great videos on how to practice when you're playing at the level Beethoven sonata, or even AMB Bach Notebook levels, but there's not really anything for a beginner except repetition. But that's not necessarily a good strategy, because you begin to think that's all there is to practicing, and it develops some bad/mindless practice habits that you have to break when the music becomes more difficult.

So how do you practice mindfully when playing a simple melody, or easy pieces in the beginner's repertoire? This video will be in 2 parts, so here's the first 5 tips of 10 that I think will help those in their first 6 months (or so) of study:



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Re: Practice tips for beginners - video [Re: Morodiene] #2920228 12/05/19 02:21 PM
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I knew about the first 4 tips but number 5 is interesting.



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Great tips! I wish I would have known these when I started piano


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Nice video smile I know'em too, but I wish I had when I first started out. Well, maybe I should say, I wish I'd listened earlier LOL


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Originally Posted by Jytte
Nice video smile I know'em too, but I wish I had when I first started out. Well, maybe I should say, I wish I'd listened earlier LOL

Ya, I'm not sure what it is, but for some reason it's so easy to think when you're starting out, "Does it really make *that* much of a difference?" and then later you realize, yes, it does. laugh


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Nicely done Erin. The quality of your videos is steadily improving. I think the content was alway good, what I mean by imporvement is that you seem to be getting more comfortable in front of the camera. I'm looking forward to your next video.


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Good words, well spoken. Thanks.

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Thank you so much for the tips. We beginners find them very useful.



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Originally Posted by John305
Nicely done Erin. The quality of your videos is steadily improving. I think the content was alway good, what I mean by imporvement is that you seem to be getting more comfortable in front of the camera. I'm looking forward to your next video.

Thanks - my first attempts I had to use a script because I kept saying "um" and going off on tangents, so I though now I'd try speaking more off-the-cuff and it wasn't as bad (but I still had to edit out some tangents LOL)


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Re: Practice tips for beginners - video [Re: Morodiene] #2923923 12/17/19 12:20 PM
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FYI I recently uploaded the remaining 5 tips of practicing here. Here I go into trouble shooting steps in the learning process. Enjoy! laugh



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Originally Posted by Morodiene
FYI I recently uploaded the remaining 5 tips of practicing here. Here I go into trouble shooting steps in the learning process. Enjoy! laugh

All good. I thought "problem solving" is the most critical in the sense it's there no matter what one's level is.


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
All good. I thought "problem solving" is the most critical in the sense it's there no matter what one's level is.


Yes, and I think that is often where people run into brick walls with their progress. Having a step-by-step way to tackle an issue head-on can really help break through.


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Thanks for posting these. You done well explaining these and it’s all helpful information. Not seeing a break in each measure makes the flow so much better.


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I really love watching these. Thanks!



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Excellent. The "layers" is one I learned later and and found it super helpful. Two that I jotted down: "talking through" - I was skeptical when this was first proposed to me, but there seems to be some kind of connection between the mind and body that gets created through verbalizing so now I do. It could be the name of the finger, or count, or interval I'm jumping - anything really.
"same/different" .... I pick up patterns fast, and that can be a hangup. For example, a combo of line & space note a 4th followed by some chain of notes: then I see that "same" combo further on - it's EA, but GC (line space) and I'm seeing the sameness but not the difference. This seems to happen especially with ledger lines. I don't seem to actually see how many lines there are, which is odd.

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All good. I thought "problem solving" is the most critical in the sense it's there no matter what one's level is.


Yes, and I think that is often where people run into brick walls with their progress. Having a step-by-step way to tackle an issue head-on can really help break through.

I'm thinking that if one works along the kinds of lines that you set out, and turn them into habit, this becomes problem prevention to a fair degree. I always shudder when someone writes about the practice process being a matter of gradually eliminating the mistakes you started with. Then, with problem solving, I think you first need to have the tools for problem solving, so you know whether you need a screwdriver or hammer. Would you say that these things you are presenting help fill that toolbox, Morodiene?

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All good. I thought "problem solving" is the most critical in the sense it's there no matter what one's level is.


Yes, and I think that is often where people run into brick walls with their progress. Having a step-by-step way to tackle an issue head-on can really help break through.

I'm thinking that if one works along the kinds of lines that you set out, and turn them into habit, this becomes problem prevention to a fair degree. I always shudder when someone writes about the practice process being a matter of gradually eliminating the mistakes you started with. Then, with problem solving, I think you first need to have the tools for problem solving, so you know whether you need a screwdriver or hammer. Would you say that these things you are presenting help fill that toolbox, Morodiene?

I think some of what I've provided are tools, and some are the toolbox. As you encounter different issues and find solutions, those solutions become the tolls you can pull out the next time you have a similar problem.

A lot of the tools, however, come as you get into intermediate and advance repertoire, so I didn't want to throw them in with a beginner tips video. It's enough to have the toolbox of problem-solving and some good practice habits at this stage.


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@Morodiene, your top 10 myths are great too and 10 breaks my heart. I was hoping to keep putting things off and make up for it “one day”. I’m joking of course, it’s all great info.


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