Have you ever wondered how many hours of practice and learning and music classes do you need to become a true master at playing the piano? How long do you have to practise and for many hours each time to become a great pianist?
The truth is that to become a great pianist, consistency and quality of practice sessions are far more important than the actual amount of hours practising. There may be people who will disagree, and think that 10,000 hours of playing the piano is required to make you a master pianist. However, I still believe in my point, and let me share with you the following advice.
When it comes to becoming a great pianist, you want to be consistent. There are too many students who get ‘too passionate’ and over-practice. They just started and so they practise for hours on end. They put aside 5 hours a day when they first start. However, after a week or two later, they start slowing down. After a few months, many people practise only once or twice a week. Then they may even stop practising altogether unless their teacher gets them and constantly reminds them to practise. This is not the right way to become a great pianist. You want to be consistent. This means start off at a manageable pace. You want to keep to the same pace throughout your life.
Let me illustrate the above example. For instance, if you first start learning a pop piano song or playing your ABRSM pieces, you may want to dedicate at least 1 to 2 hours daily to practising. However, it is unrealistic to be able to do that daily if you live and study and work in Singapore. Hectic schedules are the norm for Singaporeans. Therefore, if you cannot keep aside that amount of hours daily to practise the piano, then it is a bad amount of hours. For example, if you can practise only 20 minutes on the day you are very busy, then you should simply practise at most 20 minutes a day for every day. That is right. On the days you may be free, you will feel as though this is too little. However, this is to train your mind and habits to be consistent.
However, just practising constantly does not automatically make you a master pianist. Other than learning from good piano teachers in Singapore, you also want to practise the right way. This is especially the case when it comes to students who are practising for the purpose of wanting to eventually pass the graded piano ABRSM exams in Singapore.
For those who want to pass the ABRSM exams, check out the following videos I have got for you.