How many pieces do you practice at the same time?
I tend to get bored easily so I try to practice many pieces at once. Is that counter productive?
I'm currently working on:
Mozart vc no 3
Bach partita no 2 allemande
Mazaz Etude no 2 from études spéciales
P.S: I practice about 3 hours a day and focus most of that is scales and Sevcik and I leave about an hour to repertoire.
Please do tell me what works for you. :)
Two hours a day (two thirds of your total time) on Scales and Sevcik sounds like a lot.
Up to 3 hours a day -- roughly 60% practicing, 40% playing:
Depends on your mentality, expectations of results, difficulty of music, current performance schedule and personal schedule.
I agree with Paul.
I think you are definitely on the right track for practicing many pieces at once.
Thank you for your answers.
If you're fully meeting your own expectations for repertoire, as well as meeting your teacher's expectations and making good progress, that'll determine whether or not you're spending enough time on repertoire. If your answers to the above is "yes", I think that as long as you're happy with spending a crap-load of time on technique, it's okay. It's just unusual. That's all.
I play an hour a day and usually have 2 solo pieces. I play an extra 30 minutes for my group and youth symphony and pit orchestral pieces.
On a 3-hour schedule with a range of repertoire, it makes more sense for it to be 45 minutes of scales/exercises, 45 minutes on etudes, and 1.5 hours on repertoire.
Thank you Lydia.
You probably want to ask your teacher for a second etude. You might possibly have one that's more right-hand focused and one that's more left-hand focused, or otherwise focus on two totally different techniques.
Yeah a 25%/25%/50% distribution seems to be about right for most people.
You should also be treating the technical challenges in your solo pieces as etudes.
Totally agree with Mary. I think that etudes are great for building certain skills and work better for building certain skills more than exercises. I also think that etudes should be assigned based on a particular student's strengths and weaknesses, rather than a typical one-fits-all approach. However, other skills can be built just as effectively with repetitive exercises as etudes, although etudes can help put these skills in a more musical context. I think too many unnecessary etudes can get boring, but that's just my opinion.
The purpose of etudes is to concentrate work on a particular technical aspect. For example trill studies often make sure that you have a variety of fingerings, speeds, half-step vs. whole-step, fingerboard location, ornamentation, etc.
For me, one third basics and scales, one third consolidation, and one third challenges. This way, two thirds of my practice is "perfect", and progess in the remainig third is faster.
In the past I also spent a lot of time on scales and etudes. Lately, I tend to agree that working on challenging passages of rep. is an optimal strategy.
At first glance I didn't think that was too much repertoire, but it does seem a lot if you're only doing an hour a day of pieces. I know you didn't ask for practice advice but like others have said, maybe this amount of repertoire would be more achievable with 1.5-2 hours per day?
3 hours per day? Wow. Do you guys have Day jobs or are you full time musicians or retired? I'm doing well to hit one hour per day
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I'm playing Czardas, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Bach Concerto in A minor 1st movement, and Mozart Concerto No.3 1st movement, Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro, as well as some orchestral stuff, like Beethoven Symphony 7 1st movement, and Mozart Piano Concerto 23 (all). I think it's wayyyyy too much.