Effective Practive & Motivation

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Below are some of the many different aspects involved in learning how to practice the piano effectively.

Environment | Goals | Musical Form | Rhythm | Fingering | Pedal | Posture & Tension | Method | Motivation | Memory


Always use ‘good posture’. I hesitate to use these words because students often ‘freeze’ into uncomfortable positions. You should feel comfortable, grounded and balanced; your feet should either be flat on the floor or on the pedals, not stretched out.

It is a good idea to do some sort of stretching before and after each practice session. It is also helpful to take a short break to allow time to stretch as well. The body is a formidable tool which needs to be well-maintained in order for it to function at its best. Remember, cramming is rarely an effective means of accomplishing goals at the piano. Plan ahead – allow time for your body to learn. Many musicians don’t realize, until the damage has been done, that cramming can cause pain and long term damage. Care for your instruments; your piano and your body need regular maintenance. Developing Good Posture, Strength and Body Alignment

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