Practicing the Piano: February

Category: Miscellaneous, Practice and Performance

OK, time for me to fess up. Remember my goal to play the piano four times a week in February? I didn’t quite accomplish it. Here is what my month looked like:

This image is from a program called “Streaks” available on the iPhone. I like it because it is a simple way to track how often you do something. As you can see, during the last month of February I didn’t play the piano four times. I went on vacation instead.

Now, although I didn’t quite reach my goal, I DID accomplish a lot, and I’m quite content with my progress. Here are some of my thoughts and observations during February:

  • Once I sat down at the piano, I often played for more than my allotted 15 minutes, usually for 20 minutes up to 30 minutes per session.
  • During the month I focused on two different songs: Chopin’s Nocturne in F minor, and Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat major. (I have a thing for Chopin’s nocturnes. Its a sickness.) I made vast improvements on both pieces, and although neither are near being close to perfect, I am happy with the improvements I have made. I’m going to continue practicing them into March.
  • I’m adding a new song to my practice list for March: Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat major. (I told you I had a sickness…) This piece is a bit more challenging, so progress might be slower.

So for March, my goal remains the same, to practice four times a week for 15 minutes.

Additionally, I want to start updating the blog on a more regular basis, so I’m going to set a goal to create one blog post per week in March. This is my post for week #1.. Woohoo! I’m doing good so far – GO ME!

How did you do in February? Did you accomplish your goals?

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by sharlene


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