Practice tool box


These are some fine words of advice I heard from Cindy Kessler!

Slow practice = fast results

Fast practice = slow results

No practice = no results


1.    Practice hands alone.

2.    Spot practice—Take a ½ to 2 measure problem spot.  Play three times in a row correctly.  THREE TIMES RULE  Then back up 2 measures, and play through the problem spot.

3.    Slow/Medium/Fast—Slow practice is half speed, hammering the notes with correct fingering.  This will not sound musical.  When you feel confident at this speed, increase your speed to medium—then to fast, or a tempo.

4.    Use the metronome.  It helps create a steady pulse, shows you where you are rushing and helps increase speed in difficult pieces.


For technical problems, try these drills


1.    Rhythms:  divide a passage into small, equal groups of notes.  Using correct fingering (VERY IMPORTANT), accent the first note of each group, then accent the second note of each group, then the third, and so on.

2.    Pluck through the passage very slowly, keeping the fingers on the keys.

3.    Play the passage slowly, lifting your fingers high and playing loudly

4.    Finger 4:  play through the passage, accenting any key finger 4 plays.