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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:23 am
by 112-1182392787
I would like to add that this is probably a particular approach with a certain kind of teaching. Your way of practicing seems to work, and if it is what your teacher wants, you should continue doing that - why fix what isn't broken?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:51 pm
by Tranquillo
Where did you find this, Becibu - it is an excellent and thought provoking article

It was a while ago when I did look it up ... I googled piano lessons I think ... and stumbled across an article on piano lesson myths. Some things I found were true others questionable and so I wrote to the authour himself (Howard Richman) ... I wrote in the email that I was happy practicing everyday and the more practice the better also, I can spend hours upon hours ... He wrote back and said if it works for you it works for you ... but try it if you find you arent happy with practice.

I think I know where he is coming from in regards to what you highlighted. There is practice and there is "practice". There is a kind of practicing that goes deeply into how you do things at subtle deep levels. It's hard to explain. When you practice these things, you are making small but profound changes to the workings of your body and mind, so to say. Usualy these are deceptively simple tasks. You will feel exhausted after 5 minutes. If you continued after that, you would be slipping into your old habits, and playing would become relatively superficial. If you practice this way, there may be large gains overall in your playing within a shorter time, because of that kind of intensity and depth.


Yes, there is practice then there is "practice" ... It does sound considerably deeper in terms of practice, I have read other books on how to practice to see how others view practice ... One book I read said to approach a tricky area
s.. l.. o.. w.. l.. y.. then to analyse which fingers in use, what notes and how long to be held. I suppose what it comes down to is what works for you ... becuase everybody is different and minds work differently

Many of the misconceptions on Piano Lessons are quite true ... practice is fun at first but it is satisfying ...

I would like to add that this is probably a particular approach with a certain kind of teaching. Your way of practicing seems to work, and if it is what your teacher wants, you should continue doing that - why fix what isn't broken?

So true! I have basically taken what I have learnt in regards to how to practice from various sources and found what works from me ... A highly influentail person is my teacher himself and his approach/method works for me.