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Tip of the Month - Time for practice? Make it count!
Have you noticed lately just how much practise your
teacher is setting? And have you also noticed that by the time you practise
everything you need to THIS week, the pieces you have learned a month or two
ago are practically forgotten? What about scales and arpeggios and all that
other technical work—when are you supposed to practise that? Here’s a
schedule you can follow. It’s based on a thirty minute practise session.
Try it this month and see how you go!
Warm up (2minutes)
Technical Work: scales, arpeggios, sight reading (5 minutes)
Learn: this section is for your very latest pieces you’re working on (10
Polish: for the pieces you need to get up to performance standard (8
Review: pieces you already know and play well. (5 minutes)
Remember, it’s not the AMOUNT of time you practise, it’s what you DO with
the time! Use the time suggestions as a guide only.
are places with neat pictures and sounds or they might be just plain weird! Check it out!
Got a report to write on the piano? Want to learn a little more about it? Need to find
out who Charles Tomlinson Griffes (or almost any other composer) was? We have a whole
shelf full of free articles that should help:
Lots of Piano Music and Cool Sounds
Like piano music? Want to hear some? Well,
The Audition Room has
hundreds and hundreds of files of famous (and not so famous)
composers' piano music. Jump over there and take a listen. You'll be
glad you did!
Take Your Own Trip with Dr. Who
If you like the sounds of the TARDIS and the Doctor in our
Meet the Composer interviews, you
can download your own sounds for free and play them on your own
computer. These come from the BBC series, Doctor Who, and span many
of the Doctor's regenerations.
Go get 'em for free!
The Taz Speaks! (Sort of)
From the Warner Bros. cartoon series
Taz grunts it like it is! If your browser doesn't let you play sound
directly, you can get the files by turning on your browser's Load to Disk or Save to Disk
function and then play them offline later in the Windows Media Player or similar player
program. These make fun Windows sounds, too. Just download 'em, go to
your Windows Control Panel, Click Sounds and then set these
to play. They're way cool!
Greetings from Taz (108K WAV)
Taz takes a piano lesson (37 K WAV)
Taz tells you what he thinks about piano lessons (41K WAV)
Taz does the classics (65K WAV)
Free collection of over 30 great Taz sounds, including all the ones above! (993K self-extracting archive - This file is BIG, so be patient!)