QUOTE(Piano Pupil @ Apr 27 2012, 07:09 PM)
My teacher has high standards. Rather than the approach I had with my old teacher, whereby I would do short warm up exercises (dozen a day), then move straight onto the one piece I would learn the week, now I have:
Hanon exercises and scales
3 Grade 6 pieces (exam this summer)
Shes no doubt an amazing teacher, however, with so much going on, I feel that I'm never able to progress evenly on all books, and the week will dwindle by without much practice on any but 1 or 2. Does anyone else have experience on this - when what you would play for the lesson would be something you last played in last weeks lesson?!
I was wondering if anyone could share their practice schedules: how/what they practice and how much time they devote to each component (scales, technique books, pieces, etc)
I have a similar sort of schedule from my teacher. At the moment I am working on
scales and arpeggios
Marguerite Long exercises
1 Chopin Etude (Op. 10 No 3)
1 Bach French Suite (3rd)
The Pathetique Sonata in reverse order
I have a lesson every two weeks. I'm not expected to actually play every piece every week, but we will work on bits of each "as and when". However, I'm not taking any exams and my objective is to learn technique. So we seem to be playing whatever piece suits whatever technique I'm learning at the moment. I can't really say where I am other than "post grade 8" (but that grade 8 was decades ago).
If I am lucky I get to practise an hour every other day (day job and all that...). If I am even more lucky I get to practise 45 minutes every day.
That time gets spent roughly on (in order)
scales, arpeggios, exercises - 10 to 30 mins depending on how diligent I feel and how tired I am
whatever piece I am working on that week. It isn't really a different piece every week, rather a different one every 2 or 3 weeks.
It's not unusual for me to spend a whole week just on 16 bars of a piece. In fact this week, it was 16 bars of the left hand of 1 movement of a piece. It's also common for me to spend consecutive lessons on the same piece.
Looked at one way, I am progressing very slowly. At this rate, it will take months to learn the entire sonata. However, in another way I am progressing very quickly, because i feel that I am learning what I want to learn which is technique. I do not mind taking ages to "perfect" some minute detail or other because that's what I never had before this.
I appreciate that when one is doing grades it may feel different- however, I think that the way we are learning is not a bad one in and of itself. The main thing is- how do you feel you are getting on with lessons? Do *you* feel like you are progressing? Different students respond to different sorts of approaches.