Winsor Piano Studio: Practice Tips

Practice Tips

  • Practice very slowly, progress very fast.
  • Practice very fast, progress very slowly.
  • Make haste slowly.
  • A lame man on the right road arrives sooner than a fast runner on the wrong one.
  • NO-YNIN!!

OUR FINGERS ARE DUMB!!! The muscles of the hand need a minimum of 3 repetitions of a passage in order to remember it the next you play the passage. If you play it few than 3 times, the fingers will not remember it. After 6 - 7 repetitions of a passage, the brain is fatigued, so move on to another passage. If you continue, the passage will probably get worse and you will get mad. Your best window of repetition is 3 - 6 times.

Parent Tips

Even if you do not play an instrument, you can help your child succeed in piano lessons. You can show how important the lessons are by getting your student to lessons on time, check the assignment notebook during the week, provide a quiet and consistent practice time, ask your child to play for you, keep the piano tuned and in good working condition and encourage your child to perform for recitals and other events. Your child will pick up on your attitude and this will go a long way to determining the amount of success your child experiences.

Music Quotes

Notes must flow like oil. - Mozart

Sing, don't play exercises. - Toscanini

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time, and the instrument will play by itself. - Johann Sebastian Bach

Recommend to your children virtue: that alone can make them happy, not gold. - Ludwig van Beethoven

Take it for granted from the beginning that everything is possible on the piano, even when it seems impossible to you, or really is so. - Ferruccio Busoni

If I don't practice for one day, I know it; if I don't practice for two days, the critics know it; if I don't practice for three days, the audience knows it. - Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. - Thomas Alva Edison

Helpful Web Sites

The following web sites are good resources for more information and fun to explore:

Practice Tips
Winsor Piano Studio
6317 Brynmawr Lane
Virginia Beach, VA  23464
(757) 424-4277