You know the saying, you are what you eat? Well, as you practice so you'll play....
What is your purpose?
1. Are you working out a passage in a new piece of music? Analyze things BEFORE touching the piano! Know what you are about to hear before you play. Know what you are aiming to accomplish.
2 . Are you practicing familiar music to maintain your current repertoire? If practice involves repetitions, prepare mentally before each mindful execution.
Students -- adults and kids -- tend to focus on playing the correct keys when starting lessons, generally paying far less attention to the time values of the notes. It should be the other way around! Developing a good sense of timing and the ability to read rhythm patterns --along with developing healthy fingering habits and learning to read notes “intervallically” --is the real key to success.
Let’s talk about how you might go about learning to read rhythm patterns early on.
1. Use Technology: If you have an iPad, I highly suggest an app such as ReadRhythm or RhythmLab.