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 Post subject: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:35 am 
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Hello, please excuse me, if I may, I would like to ask a few questions.
Is there a time in the day which is best for practice ?
Or, is it different for everybody?
I am an enthusiastic amateur pianist and the main pieces I play regularly take up about one and a half hours.
Unfortunately I am not too well at the moment and I do not wish to loose what I have already built up
and I want to continue to develop, so I need to capitalize on practicing at the best time in the day.
So I wonder if there was generally a best time to practice and I also wonder
how much time do pianists spend per day practicing ?
Thank you for your answers, Kristinaolga.


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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:31 pm 
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Hello Kristinaolga, and welcome to Piano Society! :)
I think it's purely individual. As long as your brain is awake enough to concentrate and your body is strong enough to function at the piano properly, I don't think it matters what time of day. I used to practice any time throughout the day. Now I practice mostly at night. Then again, now that I think about this, it may be better to get your 'serious' practicing earlier in the day when you have not yet worked all day or done whatever it is you do all day long. I'm finding that my concentration level at night is not as long as it used to be. I practice for an hour and then I feel spent. So I'm changing my answer - it's better to practice earlier in the day. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:44 pm 
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The best time for one person is probably the worst for somebody else. It's very individual, you'll have to find your own routine. But even then, one day will not be like another. Best to be flexible, I believe. Playing when not in the right mindframe or when not having the required concentration is largely a waste of time, and a frustrating one. Certainly, don't be afraid to stay away from the piano for a couple of days. Hope that makes sense, these were just some random thoughts.

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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:18 pm 
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Hello, pianolady and techneut,

thank you for welcoming me to your forum, pianolady.
and thanks a lot for your kind answers; they are very much appreciated.
I was interested to read that you feel “spent” after one hour practicing
because that is how I feel and I thought it was because I am not too well at the moment...
I shall make sure that from now on I stop after an hour and then find another space for further practice.
Techneut also mentions, that when we can’t concentrate properly anymore,
any practicing seems a waste of time and I have noticed that as well
when I tried so hard to practice longer in one go, without making any break.
Thanks again for your kind answers, it helps a lot.
Kind regards from Kristinaolga.


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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:14 pm 
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It helps to stop a bit and get a drink or walk around before continuing.

My question is this- how do you get your students to practice and enjoy it?

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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
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fluterific00 wrote:
My question is this- how do you get your students to practice and enjoy it?

Selection bias. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Practicing time on the piano
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:29 pm 
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Thank you, fluterific,

Whenever I feel I have concentrated for a while I take a little rest
and after the rest I am able to concentrate much better again.

Thanks again from Kristinaolga.


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