Top Tips for Practicing Music at Home

January 11, 2017

In the method that I use which is the Simply Music Piano playing-based method, teachers constantly reminds students to 'go slow to go fast'.  This fantastic article by Graham Fitch titled Enjoying Ultra Slow Practice is a testimony to this motto .

 

"If you’re serious about playing the piano, there’s no getting away from slow practice. It is a cornerstone of our work from the beginner stages right through to the advanced level, and a practice tool also used by professional pianists and seasoned virtuosos all the time. In this post, I aim to help you not only realise the importance of careful, accurate slow work but also to enjoy it fully! ...

 

So when do we use this sort of ultra-slow practice?

  • Use it when learning new pieces, in order for the brain to move faster than the fingers.

  • Use it for passages requiring fine motor skills that are uneven or that lack control.

  • Use it for places that sound dull and mechanical, exaggerating the dynamics, hairpins and balances.

  • Use it to maintain accuracy and finesse in pieces you already know.

  • Use it to command control of every single note, inflection, dynamic and expression mark, and pedal.

  • Use it for memory work (if you can play ultra slowly from memory, you know every atom and molecule of the musical structure).

  • Don’t use it when you are forming the reflexes for fast playing after the initial learning stages. Let’s say you’ve spent some time learning a fast piece slowly and you want to get it up to speed. Now is the time to lay off the slow practice for a while, even though it will feel very comfortable to go back to it each day. Resist this, and make a plan to do little bits fast.

     

Read the full article here:  https://practisingthepiano.com/enjoying-ultra-slow-practice/

 

 

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