Practice recommendations for my students:
Practice daily (at least 4-5 days per week) for 15 - 60 minutes or
more depending upon your age and level of advancement. Remember it
is BETTER to have 30 minutes of correct practice than ... 60 minutes
of incorrect practice. Quality of practice in more important than
length of practice.
In the beginning of your practice, warm up your fingers by playing
scales, chords, arpeggios, and the rest of technique of your level.
a clock on your piano. Always make sure you divide your time between
all the pieces of your program. Start with the most complicated
piece, or with the one which I asked you to practice more.
Never choose a fast tempo in the beginning, concentrate on the
clarity, texture, and voicing of each musical phrase. Increase the
tempo slowly as you improve. Never forget that multiple repetitions
of a phrase, and later of the whole piece, is the key to your
When you work on polyphonic music, play each voice separately, then
try to combine pairs of voices, and later play all the voices
together. So much fun!
you use the damper pedal, make sure you can still hear the original
composer's chords and clear melodic line. Some students forget to
release the pedal!
Understanding of style and specific details of the pieces you are
working on require some knowledge of the time, epoque, and
biography. Read some books on music, musicians, and music history -
it will help you to understand the music that you are playing.
Listening to classical music CD's may help you, but please ask for
my recommendations - listening to a poor performer may do you more
harm than good!
Lilia Pershina -
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