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First, think that you only have half an hour to practise. Then, find out that you have half an hour more.

Boy, did I practise during those two half hours! thumb ha

Now, on my way to help my stepdaughter move house, half an hour delayed. wink


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This is why I have several keyboards/pianos strategically scattered around my house. I always think "okay I'll just practice for 2-3 minutes", always seems to turn into 30 minutes at a time. Go upstairs and another 2-3 min turns into 30 minutes. Go eat dinner another 2-3 then 30 minutes. Waiting for people to get ready before heading out ... etc.


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If I only have a short amount of time, say 15 minutes to a half hour, I'm apt to skip scales & etudes (my warm up) and go right to the real deal of working on a piece in progress. I'd like to have at least a half hour to tempt me to the bench.

Groove On - you inspire me. I wouldn't normally consider 2-3 minutes a usable amount of time, but it would be perfect for getting in a play-through of a short repertoire piece (mine are all 5 minutes or less).

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With the lockdown in many places over a year ago, we're naturally spending more time indoors. Depending on the circumstance some people still feel they're busy all the time while others are finding more free time. My music lessons was in person 2 years ago to Zoom and recently back to in person again. The extra hour that I did not have to travel to my teacher and the time many of us saved not having to travel to the office added up to hours for music practice.

Many people spend more time in front of their computers or on a screen online. It's the matter of scheduling your time to do the things that matter to you the most.

I have 2 reasonable quality 88 keyboards at home. 1 with light touch and the other with weighted keys. The reason I've been practicing consistently an hour a day for the past decade is the interesting pieces that I'm playing from repertoire books, online downloads and a piece that I arranged recently. And I started finding & recording pieces for the "Beginner Pieces" recital. Perfecting a piece including learning the notes & the dynamics keep me motivated. I considered myself an intermediate but still want to submit a few pieces.

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You would be surprised how much you can accomplished in under 15 minutes. Here are my criteria: have a specific goal in mind before you sit down: I.e. LH rhythm in measure 5, phrasing in measures 8-9 or LH jump in measure 12. Focus on only the specific issue. When finished evaluate the status and next steps for the specific problem.

… and yes, skip the warmup. 😄


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… and yes, skip the warmup. 😄

I never do warmups. The pieces I play don't require warmups (yet) and my mind is best early in the morning. I can do scales later, when I am a bit tired and more prone to make more mistakes.


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I have, on Amazon, for today, a free kindle version of Mozart's 23rd K488 (introduction only) written out by li'l ole me for Intermediate graders. Grab it whilst you can; might be useful to some here.


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I warm up with doing slow practice. I am also a morning person. I try to do most of my piano practice and exams in the morning. Some busy days, I will be happy to grab 10 minutes at the piano focused on just one area. I am using a journal for first time, and in the last practice - I may add I need to quarantine some bars: and if 10 minutes is all I have next day: I just focus on the quarantine area. The important thing for me is consistency/quality over quantity. Just meet myself where I am.


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I have, on Amazon, for today, a free kindle version of Mozart's 23rd K488 (introduction only) written out by li'l ole me for Intermediate graders. Grab it whilst you can; might be useful to some here.


peterws - I'm not especially interested in classical, but if you have a score available for 'Troublesome Treadmill'. I'd pay good money for it. I discovered it back in June of this year after reading the thread 'Forgotten Gems of the ABF recitals. I'm not sure I have the chops to play it, but it would be nice to have for when I do.

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I have, on Amazon, for today, a free kindle version of Mozart's 23rd K488 (introduction only) written out by li'l ole me for Intermediate graders. Grab it whilst you can; might be useful to some here.


peterws - I'm not especially interested in classical, but if you have a score available for 'Troublesome Treadmill'. I'd pay good money for it. I discovered it back in June of this year after reading the thread 'Forgotten Gems of the ABF recitals. I'm not sure I have the chops to play it, but it would be nice to have for when I do.

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