The mantra of “daily practice” is firmly embedded in my students’ minds but you need to practice effectively in order to see progress. It’s all very well sitting at the piano playing something incorrectly every day and thinking that you are meeting your daily practice criteria, but it won’t yield progress on a weekly basis unless you learn how to practice.
Playing the piano is not easy – if it were, surely everyone would want to do it? We know that to succeed as a pianist requires practice, and lots of it. But how do we practise? What exactly do we need to do day by day to reach our goals? There are many books on piano playing, but surprisingly few that deal with the art of practising. Given the amount of time an aspiring pianist needs to spend at the instrument on a regular basis, it is surely very important to know exactly what to do, and how to make the best use of this time. Practising The Piano is an interactive series of ebooks on the subject of practising directed at serious students of the piano of all ages. It will be as useful for the advanced player as for the intermediate level, and will be of special interest to piano teachers. It will equip you with specific tools to help you every step of the way, and give you concrete skills to learn pieces, solve problems, memorise, and much more. You’ll notice real results in your playing – guaranteed!
You can preview the e-Book here and also buy it at a special price until the 31st of March. Take advantage of our beta launch bundle and buy Practising The Piano Volumes 1 and 2 for a further 20% off the individual launch prices. Current beta launch offer pricing of £2.50 per volume until 31st of March (thereafter each volume will be priced at £4.99). A special bundle price of £4.00 is available until the end of March. See here for further information on this special offer.
Successful practising relies on know-how and the full involvement of the mind and the ear. While piano technique in its broad meaning has to do with how we use our hands and our bodies at the keyboard, Practising The Piano shows you the techniques of learning – what we do day by day in our practice rooms to learn, improve, memorise and maintain our pieces. Using the methods I describe and demonstrate, you will learn how and when to apply the practice tools, and you will begin to notice tangible and durable results which will motivate and inspire you! Because you will learn how to practise efficiently, you will save time as you go straight for the goal instead of spending hours on futile drill, pointless exercises and mind-numbing repetition.
Here are some examples from the e-Book:
- Discover how to structure the practice session to get the maximum results
- Learn exactly how to use ultra-slow practice speeds
- Find out how to eliminate wrong notes and mistakes from your playing
- Learn a tried and tested method which my students have used to measure distances and jumps across the keyboard
- Learn techniques to improve your control in chord playing
- Develop pinpoint accuracy and precision in runs and fast passages
- Build up speed and endurance in your playing, effortlessly
- Work with my memory techniques so you can memorise pieces reliably
Graham Fitch has written an e-Book in an interactive format that will appeal to students (and teachers) of all ages. Graham Fitch is a pianist, teacher, adjudicator, examiner, lecturer, writer and commentator on piano playing and musical subjects.
Graham Fitch will be the adjudicator for the Dulwich Piano Festival in June 2013.