A perfect practice session
I start with 10 to 15 minutes watching some exceptional performances on the internet to get myself calmed down and in the zone. Then I'd do a few gentle stretch's and breathing exercises to prepare the body. Now to the piano.
Hello scales, chords, and arpeggios. I'd play them in sequence slow, then quicker, then slower again listening carefully for evenness of time and tone. A metronome would be used for some of it. I know mastering this is a cornerstone of my ambitions and one leg of the table.
Now for a review of an old favourite. I'd vary this from day to day. A good opportunity to keep repertoire in my hands and remind myself that I do know how to play the piano.
Next up: sight-reading, another leg of the table. A great chance to explore some new repertoire.
Now for the main course, the new repertoire assigned by the teacher. First up, I'd listen while watching the score to the recording. Next I'd decide which small section to tackle first. I'd play really slowly with the correct fingering, good dynamics and careful attention to articulation. I'd record myself and listen back.
I'd finish up with my etudes.
Other days I would add and subtract activities to complete all of the assignments required by class.
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.