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Practice Hints from Lori Bastien

  • Play through the piece at the beginning of your practice time, without music or metronome.

  • Practice in sections. Practice any sections you had trouble with first, hands separately and hands together, with music and with the metronome at a slow tempo, counting aloud.

  • Practice "starting places", meaning practice starting at many different places on a page, so that you can easily rehearse with an accompanist, or easily go on in a performance, should you get off.

  • Study the piece of music away from the piano for a few minutes each day. Notice what keys you are in, and the form of your piece.

  • Practice larger sections, up to tempo, hands together with metronome, counting aloud.

  • Finally, throughout the week, try to sit down several different times, "cold" meaning, not warmed up, or having practiced first, and play straight through your piece.

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