Ten Tips for Piano Practising

So many big articles on piano practising. I don’t have time to write those! A few tips I actually use: Count how many pages in the piece, know the average number of pages you can learn in a session, and book off enough slots in your agenda to ensure learning them. if people ask you for this time, say “I’m not available”. Compare tempi of each section. Identify all similar phrases/ sections and learn them back to back memorizing and starring each slight difference. Don’t write in most finger numbers, just make shapes around groups. Learn the harmony, rhythm, and left hand. Right hand last. Star top corner of the most difficult pages. Don’t have a technique warmup, but instead, learn those pages in creative ways that mine them for musical meaning. Do not bring screens to practise room. Set a time when you’re allowed to check them. Know what you’ll wear to perform, and try practising while wearing it. Take out a book about the life and times of the work – especially if you’re not the soloist and the soloist isn’t inspiring you. Know for your own sake what this is about. Compare editions using IMSLP. Take a day off at least once a week. To say, don’t indulge in unnecessary playthroughs and repetitions while angsting about your playing, is not on my list because it is not a tip but a preliminary axiom, like remembering to...