A Typical Day in the Practice Room

Beethoven – Sonata ‘Pathetique’ in C Minor, Op. 13 2nd Movement ‘Adagio Cantabile’

Every week, I head to the Conservatoire for my lessons and practice. I’m quite fortunate to get music lessons from one of the best music conservatories in the world and get to use the facilities, making my experience worthwhile when I still have the time before heading off to do Music at university level.

A typical day for practice, on an ideal day is 4 hours, split morning and evening. I spend my evenings in the practice rooms in RCS on their grand pianos, to get used to the feel and touch of it – every piano has a different feel.

I usually have a routine, starting off with Hanons, scales and arpeggios as warm ups and usually spend 15-20 mins on it, then I take a tiny break to plan what to practice and what I want to get out of the session. I take my pieces apart, section by section, hands separately then together, focussing on the quality of sound rather than getting through it mindlessly.

Guilty for practising mindlessly, I get nothing good out of it and it does more harm than good.

When I start to get restless, I take a 10-15 min break then resume practice again. I like to change up my practice routine from time to time so it doesn’t get boring. I record the pieces I feel that are performance ready.

After my practice session, I write a reflection in my practice journal and see where else I can improve on. It works whenever I have a goal to reach. Consistency is key!

What’s your typical practice or daily routine like? I’d like to know 🙂

~Patricia

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