Copyright Mark Christopher Garrett 2022
I am constantly amazed at people who loath practicing the pianoforte, or any instrument for that matter.
If you have a love and a passion for something you would never stop practicing.
So here is how I have practiced the piano over the ages, this may not work for everyone and I by no means am a teacher of music.
Fist off, I never stop practicing. So what, don't I work, eat and sleep like everyone else?!?, of course I do, but my brain is always "On" and it is constantly writing new music and playing it in my head.
At school, or while watching T.V. even my fingers are always taping and working out new complex finger control arrangements.
When I actually do find the time to actually sit at a real piano and play, it seems the practice has already been worked out in my head and all I need to do is execute.
Spending time on a pianoforte is the most uplifting enjoying experience one can have, feeling all your senses come alive makes all the practicing worth the while, . . . but really when you can't shut it off the boundaries between practicing and playing become blurred, and in the end all that matters is that you thoroughly enjoy what you do.
The real trick with any instrument is to do a little each day continually as a habit, as apposed to trying to cram a bunch into one day.
Also as a side note: (pun intended) growing up I had access to several pianos, one at the School of Arts in Cuernavaca Mexico, some in churches and recreational centers as well as at various primary and secondary schools I attended.
So by no means was there ever a shortage of pianos to practice on.
Later in life (teen years) we were fortunate enough to have a pianoforte in the house (apt).
So here is the side note, even though all of these pianos were tuned, they really were never perfect.
Learning by ear I realized I was teaching myself wrong because of how badly tuned the pianos were.
I reluctantly upgraded to a digital keyboard and my playing has improved so much. Having a perfectly tuned piano is "Key" to learning correctly therefore should be instrumental in the early stages of learning.
However just because you can not afford a keyboard and there are no real piano's close by for you to practice on, no worries, I actually painted keys over a cardboard box as a kid and used it to practice on, never let money become the deciding factor on what you want to do.
Share below some of your methods for practicing the pianoforte!