Category Archives: Practising

95/100 Scales – Start at the top

Here’s a thing; Suppose the brain is like a battery, that runs out of energy when it is used; When your student is playing a scale, especially if it is a new one, (and I’m talking piano here because that’s what … Continue reading

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85/100 Intentional Learning

That sounds a bit serious… But I mean that kind of practising when you first work out, and then work at, exactly what has to happen to manage to play the right notes. Let’s take this extract from the A2 … Continue reading

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76/100 Carols for cellos – with flats!

I’m teaching several groups of young Grade 2 cellists at the moment, covering for a colleague. All the groups are wrestling with the intricacies of B flat and E flat major scales – the novelty of “first finger back” on … Continue reading

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69/100 – Jig-saw Learning

What do you do when a pupil turns up at a lesson, declaring that she hadn’t done any work on the piece from last week because “it is too difficult”…. Let’s pretend she was a violin pupil learning to play … Continue reading

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64/100 The Post-It Window

I follow  the www.teachpianotoday.com site, and often use ideas that they suggest. I’m pretty sure this one came from them, but I haven’t been able to track it down. Anyway, here it is; Can you see, under the coloured pencils, … Continue reading

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63/100 Colouring-In for speedy learning

Going back to the contents of my teaching pencil-case, let’s talk about “colouring-in”. I don’t mean the mindfulness colouring books which are the current fashion! Here’s an example – the ABRSM Grade 5 piano piece, “Tarantella” At first sight, the … Continue reading

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61/100 The Practice Adventure Trail

Last week, a young student hadn’t done much piano practice, which was unusual for her. Eventually, she admitted that she “was scared of the pieces”. She is preparing for the current ABRSM Prep test, and I think a lot of … Continue reading

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35/100 Practice Starters

Paul Harris has a list of publications as long as my arm. Here is my new “toy” Now, don’t laugh; I was ordering a couple of books of music, and needed to add a little something so that I didn’t … Continue reading

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