Effective Practive & Motivation

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

Environment | Goals  | Musical Form | Rhythm | Fingering |  Posture & Tension | Method | Working for Speed 
 | Memory | Motivation


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. Try to learn to detect tension in your body (especially in the neck, face, jaw, and shoulders) and how to adjust your technique and posture so as to avoid unnecessary tension.

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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