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« on: October 07, 2005, 09:36:10 PM »

i'm facing a most crazy, daunting and backbreaking task: i have to learn the B-flat concerto by Brahms (2nd one) in 2 months. So apart from polishing again every aspect of piano playing, i need a sort of plan to make my practicing as efficient as possible. It took me now about 2 weeks to get the first movement in my fingers, but second and fourth will be much harder i'm afraid.

help from managers, time-wizards etc. much appreciated :-)
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005, 04:45:15 PM »

Have a look here:

(how to organise piano practise in short/medium/long term – Principle of memory retention – Principle of 15 minute sessions – stopping when you achieve your goals. Teachers should teach how to learn)

(how big are your hands, and does it matter?  7 x 20 minutes – exercise/activities to strengthen the playing apparatus – ways to deal with wide chords – the myth that Richter was self-taught – 3 stages of learning – Example: Chopin militaire Polonaise - scientific principles for testing practice methods – Example: Prelude in F#m from WTC1 – when to join hands and why HS – practice is improvement – the principle of “easy” – Example: Chopin’s ballade no. 4 – repeated groups)

(Does age and practice time matter? –  Summaries of the 7 x 20 approach – averages and standard deviations are given for the several numbers – need for a practice diary – how to deal with mastering something and forgetting it next day – what exactly is mastery – the 3 stages of mastery)

(How long to practice – having an aim, achieving it and moving on – How to define aim)

(Summary of links to optimise practising and planning)

(3 principles of super efficient/fast learning)

(How to organise the breaking down of a piece over several days. Examples: CPE Bach Fantasia, Blow Sarabande, Chopin Cantabile; Chopin Scherzo no. 2)

(How to plan your work for the next five years)

(How to break a piece in sessions – Example: Invention no. 1).

(Time management for someone who wants to learn the flute)
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