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Piano Practice Tip #1: Less is More

September 27, 2017

I have been teaching my students that the fewer notes or units you practice, the more information you retain.

The idea is simple. When you practice, aim for fewer notes to play. Work on small sections, dive in to the root, get to the point, and always think. Some tips:

  1. fingerings
  2. coordination
  3. practicing hands separate
  4. listening to phrasing
  5. rhythm alteration

This tip is about applying discipline to the details more so than anything else. This advice is meant to cultivate a mindful approach that will net positive results, and importantly, a keen attention to detail and an ear for the piece’s components.

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