Grade: all
Subject: Music

#4503. PIANO PRACTICE: The 1-Minute-A-Day Technique

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Posted Fri Dec 31 20:37:38 PST 2010 by Guy Faux (Guy Faux).
Piano Practice
Cherry Hill Academy of Piano & Guitar, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Materials Required: piano and music
Activity Time: 1 to 15 minutes
Concepts Taught: Time Management

When I mention piano practice, it almost always gets most students of the instrument to cringe a little...especially adults who took lessons as a kid and are thinking about starting piano lessons again.

The memories, good or bad, inevitably start to resurface. However, if you had a bad experience with the piano at some point in your life, that doesn't mean that the next experience has to be a negative one as well.

Learning to play the piano can be enjoyable and piano practice doesn't have to be boring and tedious if you have solid, realistic goals and a proven method of practice. Of course, the mere thought of piano practice may still pose a mental stumbling block for many adults who really want to play the piano.

As a result, my first goal as a piano instructor is to teach you how to develop an effective practice routine that can be accomplished in just 8 to 10 minutes a day. To do that I have to first teach you my 1-minute-a-day practice technique.

If you use my 1-minute-a-day technique, you'll get effective practice every day. However, the biggest obstacle for most students is finding time to practice. Many students believe that a productive practice session should involve 30 minutes or more of concentrated playing time each day.

On the surface that sounds logical, but the problem with this thought process is that most students really don't have 30 minutes to devote to practice, (especially many adult piano students), so their practice is inconsistent at best.

This inconsistency goes on day after day, and before you know it, the lessons and the dream of playing the piano come to a screeching halt.

With the 1-minute-a-day practice technique, all you have to do is commit to sitting down at the piano for 1 minute a day for the next 21 days.

Why 21 Days?

It takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Since finding 30 minutes a day is nearly impossible for most students, you really only need to find a small amount of time. . .this is where the 1-minute-a-day technique comes in.

Now I realize that the 1-minute-a-day technique sounds a bit far fetched, but it can be extremely effective if used. The real key is doing it for 21 days, and I'm absolutely sure that 99.9 percent of the people reading this article can find 1 minute of piano practice each day for the next 21 days.

Of course, what you'll discover in a very short period of time is that one minute will turn into five minutes or ten minutes, and before you know it, you've achieved a good amount of productive practice time.

You see, one minute isn't a difficult obstacle for anyone to overcome. Anyone who really wants to learn to play the piano, or any instrument, can find one minute a day.

The main obstacle is the common misconception that daily practice has to be thirty minutes or more to be effective. This thought process will deter even the most enthusiastic beginner.

Give the 1-minute-a-day practice technique a try for the next 21 days, and see for yourself that one minute can and will turn into five, ten, even fifteen minutes of daily practice. . .and before you know it you'll be progressing on your instrument and enjoying the process.

This article was submitted by Guy Faux, the school director and head piano teacher at the Cherry Hill Academy of Piano & Guitar in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Guy also offers online piano lessons for busy adults. You can try out a number of his free online lessons at: