Rebecca Goldfarb Piano Studio
Practice Tips and Tools
Break down the music into small parts. Play each part by itself until it is comfortable.
Tap and Count
Tap RH and LH parts on a flat surface while counting aloud.
Play and Count
Count the beats aloud while you play.
Say the finger numbers aloud while you play.
Third Time's the Charm
Find the trickiest parts and repeat until you can play perfectly three times
in a row
Work in Backwards Sections
Divide the music into sections and work backwards from the last one.
Play any broken chords as blocked.
Start your metronome at a very slow and comfortable speed. Turn the metronome up a click and play it again. Keep going!
Watch out for
f, mf, mp, p,
and more. If your music has no markings, create your own!
Add crescendos and decrescendos to suit the melody and harmonies of the music.
Consider which hand should be louder and which should be softer.
Make sure the articulations (staccato, accents, slurs, etc.) sound just right.
Leap and Land
Play the first note of a leap and then jump to the second note. Don't play the second note - just try to land perfectly on it.
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