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The 4 Deadliest Practice Mistakes Ever

The Most Deadly Practice Mistakes Ever

We like to think that sitting down at the piano is good.

“Practicing is good.”

We think.

But it’s estimated that 93%+ of pianists don’t know how to practice piano properly.

And about 70%+ of the time they spend at the piano is a waste of time.

Why?

Because they don’t know how to practice.

What’s Wrong with “Traditional” Practice?

Play, stumble, and repeat. For hours. Fingers, pull hair.

It’s a waste of time.

And it ruins your technique.

It’s like running. You’ll be slow and awkward if you just move your legs.

To be a fast, efficient runner, you need to shift your weight forward, move your eyes up, propel yourself with your pumping arms, and much more.

Competitive runners have these instincts almost ingrained.

It’s the same with playing piano– playing piano means doing much more than just moving your fingers.

Most of the time, you forget about your other organs and focus just on your fingers.

You’re built on a system; your brain churns, your heart pumps– your hidden organs aren’t working any less than your fingers.

In fact, they’re hidden because they work harder and they’re most important– they need to be protected.

And you need to work with them.

The key to practicing piano is to practice holistically, as a whole person, instead of just with your fingers.

And to use psychology.

Stop wasting time– here are the 4 deadliest practice mistakes ever, and how to fix them.

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Quick Tips for Accurate Sight Reading

Every pianist should be able to sightread.

In fact, the more you do it, the better it gets.

This post walks you through the sightreading process. :)

Sight Reading

Sight reading means playing a piece (that you haven’t seen or played before) for the first time.

Sight reading is different from “learning” a piece because you can’t restart once you’ve started playing.

The goal is to play from start to finish, keeping with the beat, with as little mistake as possible.

Sight reading is usually a graded part of the piano exam. (E.g. RCM and ABRSM.)

It’s a nice way to show off your playing too.

How can you sightread accurately?

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way. (Also read How to Practice Sight Reading)

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