For the life of me... I can't follow a recipe without changing something. It's just the way I'm wired. Now baking is a different story, but even then once I'm used to a certain recipe, I love to add something in or substitute this for that.
I guess I like to spice things up...so they say. I think I just need change. It's the same with practicing.
We get those general rules about how much we should practice, what we need to practice on each day, etc. And they are all good, correct and applicable! We need to practice slowly, do scales and exercises and work on our pieces each day. So why does it all feel so "blah" sometimes then if we know what we're supposed to be working on!?
Well...I think it means that it's time to spice things up a bit...change the recipe!
Changing a recipe involves a bit of adventure because you don't really know what the outcome is going to be, you just know that you want the food to taste different and better. There are times when you change it and the food tastes so good that you don't want to change the recipe any longer...you've found the perfect mix. And then there are the other times...
We can do the exact same thing with our piano practicing...and find a whole new level of enjoyment and excitement about practicing!
Let's say you are the really good student who practices at least 6 days a week and you work on everything: scales, exercises and pieces. You even include some music theory and might try a brand new piece each week too. Even when we do all of this (which honestly most of us don't accomplish this very well every single week) we can become sort of blah about our practicing and our playing/performing will suffer because of this.
What you need to do is spice up your practice routine and add in some new and/or different ingredients!
Here are a few ways that you can accomplish this:
What other things can you think of that you can add to or change around in your own practice routine?
The point in all of this is to find the best way for you to practice to accomplish your goals...so don't be afraid to change things up, add in some spice and put your adventure hat on...you'll love the results in your piano playing!
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