Saturday, February 16, 2013
When Baby Steps are Bad - A Practical Practice Analogy
"What if you went to football practice and the coaches started teaching you how to walk baby steps again (Lift your right leg, set it down, lift your left leg, set it down, etc.)?" Would you become a great football player? Walking is a necessary skill if you want to play a typical football game... but if that's all you focus on, your progress is going to pretty slow and practice becomes a bit pointless.
Insisting on starting "back at the beginning" is like learning baby steps at football practice. It doesn't take much focus and it doesn't really help you get where you need to be. Isolating a small practice spot that needs work and setting specific achievable goals in piano practice is more productive, but occasionally you can treat yourself to a nice "game of football" by playing it from the top all the way through :)