Posted By: baudelairepianist

## This is how I work through a piece using "checkpoints". - 12/26/18 08:40 PM

Example ~ Chopin prelude 8

1. measure 1 "first checkpoint"

2. measure 2

3. measures 1,2

4. measure 3

5. measures 2,3

6. measure 4

7. measures 3,4

8. section 1 {measures 1-4}

9. measure 5

10. measure 6

11. measures 5,6

12. measure 7

13. measures 6,7

14. measure 8

15. measures 7,8

16. section 2 {measures 5-8}

17. sections 1,2 {measures 1-8}

18. measure 9

19. measure 10

20. measures 9,10

21. measure 11

22. measures 10,11

23. measure 12

24. measures 11,12

25. section 3 {measures 9-12}

26. sections 2,3 {measures 5-12}

27. ...and so on till the end.

As you can see, I am either working on 1 measure, 2 measures, 1 section, or 2 sections.

If at the end of a practice session I can play the checkpoint (from memory/at tempo/accurately/with relative ease/decent quality) , then I move on to the next checkpoint in the next session otherwise I will try again the next day.

This is how I learned Chopin prelude 8 in under a month (one daily (10-30 minutes) session)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkh...;list=PLnrd13DbIJexll0SCZqVIHk6kF7B0_pMh

1. measure 1 "first checkpoint"

2. measure 2

3. measures 1,2

4. measure 3

5. measures 2,3

6. measure 4

7. measures 3,4

8. section 1 {measures 1-4}

9. measure 5

10. measure 6

11. measures 5,6

12. measure 7

13. measures 6,7

14. measure 8

15. measures 7,8

16. section 2 {measures 5-8}

17. sections 1,2 {measures 1-8}

18. measure 9

19. measure 10

20. measures 9,10

21. measure 11

22. measures 10,11

23. measure 12

24. measures 11,12

25. section 3 {measures 9-12}

26. sections 2,3 {measures 5-12}

27. ...and so on till the end.

As you can see, I am either working on 1 measure, 2 measures, 1 section, or 2 sections.

If at the end of a practice session I can play the checkpoint (from memory/at tempo/accurately/with relative ease/decent quality) , then I move on to the next checkpoint in the next session otherwise I will try again the next day.

This is how I learned Chopin prelude 8 in under a month (one daily (10-30 minutes) session)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkh...