“Practice only on the days you eat” (Dr Suzuki)
I’ve adapted this text from an American website which is encouraging students to do a ‘100 Days of Practice challenge’.
- Playing the piano requires development of muscular coordination and mental concentration, skills that are best acquired by consistent and careful daily practice.
- Designated practice time each day develops routine to help budding musicians succeed at developing their craft.
It’s a simple idea: play every day. Also, going to concerts, playing for friends and family, attending recitals all count as a music day. If you are ill and don’t feel like playing, listen to some music. ClassicFM and Radio 3 both have varied programmes with lots of interesting music – not just classical either! It’s all useful. Otherwise, play every day. All time spent at the piano is useful, even if you are not practising set pieces.
Some of my students have used this YouTube tutorial to learn ‘Someone Like’ You by Adele. Try it – it’s a lovely piece and great for co-ordination!