Practicing Piano: Uhmmm… Sure, It’s A Concept

Discovering My Own Rhythm

practicing pianoAs a pianist, I’ve worn many hats—performing at private parties, weddings, cruise ships, and even making brief appearance on television. But here’s the twist: I wasn’t the poster child for discipline and practicing piano was often optional. Instead, I followed my heart, playing what moved me, when it moved me.

The piano became my outlet more than anything. While some musicians adhered to strict routines, I thrived on spontaneity. My success wasn’t measured in metronome clicks; it was different than that for me. No, my journey with the piano was more like a meandering river, flowing freely and guided by intuition rather than rigid discipline.

Now, as a teacher, I never forget that. I embrace each student’s unique approach to learning. Some crave structure; others need room to improvise. And that’s okay. Because whether you’re a virtuoso or an explorer, the piano accepts you and awaits.

The Night Before the Lesson

Picture this: I’m a kid. It’s late at night, and my piano lesson is looming. The lesson book lies open, its notes waiting to be deciphered. So, why don’t I practice every day? Well, uhmm, I guess it’s because I was told I had to. That might not make a whole lot of sense to some, but that was how I thought about it.

I was the same way in school. When I finally buried my nose in a novel like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I became intrigued. But the fact that I had to have it read by a certain date was a complete turnoff to me… and I often paid the price in terms of the grade I received from the test that followed.

Sure, there’s something positive to say for discipline. No doubt, it has its rewards. But if it’s not your forte, I get it. If you connect with me, you’ll know that about me. Practicing piano will be your choice – not an order from me.

Practicing Piano For Me Was Playing What I Wanted

During the typical week, I’d visit the piano when inspired. I’d play what I wanted—sometimes a tune I had learned months ago, other times a jazzy improvisation. The piano became my partner in crime when it came to expressing myself in some way. Discipline? It felt like an elusive concept. I think not.

Passion Over Perfection=

My success at the piano wasn’t born from rigorous practice routines. It was fueled by passion—the kind that ignites when you lose yourself in something when the time feels right. I’d learn a little from books. During my teen years, I would occasionally strike up a chat with a pianist who was playing at a local club. Their stories, their love for the instrument—it all gave me extra encouragement. That’s one thing you’ll absolutely get here, for sure.

You’re Different. I Get it.

Now, as a piano teacher, I’ve embraced my unique path. I don’t preach rigid practice schedules; instead, I listen to my students. Each one has his or her own learning patterns, quirks, and favorite ways to approach things. Some thrive on structured practice, while others need spontaneity. And that’s okay. I adapt my coaching to their individual patterns of learning, nurturing their passion rather than imposing rules.

Embrace Your Journey

So, dear reader, if you’ve hesitated to play the piano due to daunting practice requirements, know this: perfection isn’t the goal. Passion is. Whether you’re a disciplined virtuoso or a whimsical improviser, the piano awaits you.  You are indeed capable of making music. Even if you don’t currently believe, that let me believe it for you… until you’re convinced. Beginning with your very first session, you will be.


Maximizing Your Piano Practice Time: A Guide To Optimal Results

Practicing pianoLearning to play the piano is a rewarding and fulfilling journey that requires dedication, patience, and effective practice. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pianist looking to enhance your skills, getting the most out of your practice time is crucial. In this guide, we’ll explore strategies to help you optimize your piano practice sessions and achieve noticeable improvements in your playing.

Message To The Piano Hobbyist

It’s important to respect your personal goals. For example, if you consider yourself a hobbyist, you may simply choose to invest a few minutes daily at the piano. If the benefits you get are satisfactory, then take the suggestions in this guide on the light side. Just because your practice habits are not especially disciplined doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be playing… enjoy yourself at those keys!

Important: Use these suggestions in a way that complements your piano experience rather than allowing them to overwhelm you. Maybe just one idea here can help to improve your results 🙂🎹

1. Establish Clear Goals:

Before sitting down at the piano, define specific goals for your practice session. Whether it’s mastering a challenging piece, improving technical skills, or refining your interpretation of a particular musical passage, setting clear objectives provides focus and direction. Break down larger goals into smaller, achievable milestones to make your practice sessions more manageable.

2. Prioritize Quality Over Quantity:

It’s not just about the amount of time you spend practicing; the quality of your practice is equally important. Short, focused sessions are often more effective than long, unfocused ones. Concentrate on specific aspects of your playing, such as dynamics, articulation, or rhythm. Use a metronome to maintain a steady tempo and ensure accuracy.

3. Warm-Up Routine:

Start each practice session with a thorough warm-up routine to prepare your fingers, hands, and wrists for the demands of playing the piano. Simple finger exercises, scales, and arpeggios are excellent warm-up activities that help improve flexibility, strength, and coordination. A well-warmed-up body is more responsive to the nuances of piano playing.

4. Practice Mindfully:

Engage in mindful practice by staying present and fully focused on the task at hand. Avoid distractions, and immerse yourself in the music. Concentrate on the sound you produce, paying attention to tone quality and dynamics. Mindful practice enhances your awareness of your playing, leading to more efficient learning and improvement.

5. Break Down Complex Sections:

When tackling a challenging piece, break it down into smaller, more manageable sections. Focus on mastering one section at a time before moving on to the next. This approach prevents overwhelm and allows you to address specific difficulties in a systematic manner. Slow practice in these sections can be particularly beneficial for refining technique and ensuring accuracy.

6. Utilize Different Practice Techniques:

Vary your practice routine to keep things interesting and effectively target different aspects of your playing. Experiment with techniques such as hands-separate practice, playing in rhythms, and practicing at different tempos. Each technique offers unique benefits and contributes to a well-rounded skill set.

7. Record Yourself:

Recording your playing is a valuable tool for self-assessment. Listen critically to identify areas for improvement, such as uneven dynamics, timing issues, or unclear articulation. Regularly recording yourself provides a tangible record of your progress and allows you to track improvements over time.

8. Incorporate Sight-Reading:

Developing sight-reading skills is essential for pianists. Dedicate time to regularly sight-read new pieces, challenging yourself with a variety of genres and difficulty levels. Sight-reading enhances your ability to quickly interpret and perform music, a valuable skill for both learning new pieces and collaborating with other musicians.

9. Take Breaks:

Piano practice requires mental and physical stamina, and taking breaks is crucial for maintaining focus and preventing fatigue. Plan short breaks between practice sessions to refresh your mind and prevent burnout. Use this time to stretch, hydrate, or simply step away from the piano briefly.


Getting the most from your piano practice time involves a combination of thoughtful planning, focused effort, and a commitment to continuous improvement. By setting clear goals, practicing mindfully, and incorporating diverse techniques into your routine, you can optimize your practice sessions and experience significant progress in your piano playing. Remember that consistency is key, and with dedication and smart practice strategies, you’ll unlock your full potential as a pianist.

Take Your Practice to the Next Level: Schedule a Personalized Session

If you’re looking for tailored practice suggestions and individualized guidance, consider scheduling an online session with me. Together, we can fine-tune your practice routine, address specific challenges, and set realistic goals to accelerate your progress. Don’t hesitate to reach out and make your piano journey even more rewarding. Let’s elevate your playing through a personalized online session!