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Re: Piano performance majors, please help me learn to manage my time.
#478144 02/15/09 09:47 PM
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Sounds like you're mellowing out already! smile


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Re: Piano performance majors, please help me learn to manage my time.
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Sounds like you're mellowing out already! smile
Sorry? Not quite sure I understand.

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PS: Love your music blog.

Do you record all of your practice sessions? I've started recording my lessons with much success -- especially the organ lessons.

Might I suggest that you start at the end of the piece and work backwards a measure at a time at a speed where you don't make ANY mistakes and have all the expression intact from the first try? You'd be amazed how well that works and how quickly the tempo picks up. I fly through pieces much faster that way.


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Re: Piano performance majors, please help me learn to manage my time.
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you were so wound up when you started the thread. I think now you are beginning to realize you have options and the exit doors aren't all sealed off. I tend to speak in metaphors sometimes. Knowing you have options always lowers stress levels.


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Re: Piano performance majors, please help me learn to manage my time.
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PS: Love your music blog.
Thanks. It's hard to find time to post on it but I try.

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Do you record all of your practice sessions? I've started recording my lessons with much success -- especially the organ lessons.
Yes, I do, for various reasons. I like being able to objectively hear the pieces I practice sometimes. Also, when I record, I get the exact length that I practiced, so I can't imagine practicing longer than I actually did.

And I of course record my piano lessons, too. That one was my piano teacher's idea. I think most students here do that.

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Might I suggest that you start at the end of the piece and work backwards a measure at a time at a speed where you don't make ANY mistakes and have all the expression intact from the first try? You'd be amazed how well that works and how quickly the tempo picks up. I fly through pieces much faster that way.
Interesting idea. But what do you do when you come upon a section you have trouble with? Do you continue on, to come back to it later, or do you work on that section first?

I've done slow practice for the sections that needed it, but I could probably use more of that. I'm just trying to bring it up to speed.

Mostly I've been doing slow practice right before the piano cadenza closer to the end, where the left hand has arpeggios accompanying the right hand melody, as well as the arpeggios that follow. I have a lot of trouble making those clean enough.

Thanks for the suggestion, though. Could I ask why specifically you work backwards? Unless it's to make sure the ending gets just as much work as the beginning.

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you were so wound up when you started the thread. I think now you are beginning to realize you have options and the exit doors aren't all sealed off. I tend to speak in metaphors sometimes. Knowing you have options always lowers stress levels.
Yeah you're right. I'm going to try it in the coming weeks and see how it goes. I have a bit of studying to do for exams this week so it won't be as much, but it should be close, anyway.

The hard part will be waking up when I actually plan to wake up. smile

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