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I could play it yesterday! Why can't I play it perfectly today?
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Monday, August 07, 2017
By Joseph E Line
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I hear this from many of my students. After practicing hard one day, they discover they’ve forgotten much of what they had practiced the day before.

Frustrating? Yes! Unusual? Not at all.

 

Why does this happen? Because many students think that if they practice something only 2 or 3 times, it’s enough for today, and they’ll remember it tomorrow.

But learning to play the piano, is complicated. That’s because our brains go through a whole series of physical and biological changes as we practice. And these changes often take several days … a week … and maybe longer.

What can be done about this forgetting that happens from day to day? Three things ...

  • Stay at the piano until the music being practiced is memorized. Learning and memory are all a part of the same mental process. Nothing can be considered learned unless memories are permanent and what can’t be remembered isn’t truly learned.
  • Practice daily. Daily practice improves memory. Skipping even one day of practicing means that 50-70% of the music will be forgotten.
  • Study with me in person in South Florida or via live interactive lessons over the internet. I can show you how to get the most out of every practice minute. 

Remember: 

HOW you practice today

will determine what you will remember tomorrow.

 And that's the The 2nd Fundamental Principle of Smart Practicing. 

 

 

 

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