Making Piano Habits That Help
The ability to play well is founded upon habit and habit, in
turn, is formed upon your daily work. Therefore, how necessary
it is to see that pupils form only the best of habits. There are
seven characteristics, or habits, of good practice that every
student of music, at any age, should strictly observe:
1. Start Slowly. Practice slowly at first, gradually working up
to the required tempo.
2. Keep Time Always. Pay the best of attention to keeping time,
and from the very beginning try to play rhythmically.
3. Listen Constantly. Listen to every note played.
4. Keep Your Eyes on the Music. Form the habit of keeping your
eyes on the music. Nothing is so distracting as seeing a pianist
bobbing his head up and down like a duck in a mud puddle - the
result of keeping his glance swinging between his music and the
5. Concentrate. Never allow your attention to wander while
playing; put behind every note played the most intelligent
thought of which you are capable.
6. Master Every Step. Do not be satisfied to lay aside and piece
that is to be memorized until you have thoroughly analyzed and
comprehended its structure.
7. Demand Repose. Try to form the habit of relaxing when
practicing. This in time will do much towards improving the
style in which you play the piano.