What can you accomplish in one hour of daily practice? With a good plan you can accomplish a lot. Here is a sample plan.
1. Warm up
3. Sight reading
4. Repertoire development
5. Reviewing completed material
Warm up: Best advice I ever got? Go for a brisk walk before practice. Work up a sweat. Then your brain will be ready to work.
Technique: Start slowly concentrating on playing with a lovely tone your assigned scales, chords, and arpeggios.
Sight reading: Good sight readers read music like others can read a book. This is a skill that can be learned with practice.
Repertoire development: Attack those annoying bits in pieces in the following way.
Away from the piano? Listen to the music you are playing or want to play. Go to concerts, be inspired.
revised October 2023
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.