Who's Online Now
25 registered members (chazma2, Everett Adams, azmaster, Calvin, Alek, Dave Rice, couchgrouch, 9ne, Douglas Murphy, Fdemetrio, 3 invisible), and 224 guests, and
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box
Member Spotlight
Posts: 4,618
Joined: August 2008
Show All Member Profiles 
What's Going On
I Remember Autumn
by Vicarn. 07/17/18 05:25 AM
Five Hundred Miles [Cover]
by RainyDayMan. 07/16/18 10:48 PM
I Can't Stand Still
by RainyDayMan. 07/16/18 10:39 PM
How Many Writers Do You Need...AND why
by Dave Rice. 07/16/18 08:00 PM
Many Years Ago
by Douglas Murphy. 07/16/18 07:43 PM
Last Place I Looked
by Douglas Murphy. 07/16/18 07:32 PM
An Innocent Man
by RainyDayMan. 07/16/18 06:18 PM
Smoke And Mirrors
by floyd jane. 07/16/18 04:28 PM
by Liburan_Lombok. 07/16/18 12:32 AM
Interesting post on Witchita Lineman
by Liburan_Lombok. 07/16/18 12:28 AM
SWEET ROSA LEA Mackie Humphries
by Mackie H.. 07/16/18 12:16 AM
by DMsoundz. 07/15/18 09:45 PM
My Name Is Death
by Calvin. 07/15/18 02:18 PM
Irish Girl 63
by Gavin Sinclair. 07/15/18 09:44 AM
Far From My One True Love
by Ricki E. Bellos. 07/15/18 09:15 AM
How To Cover A Dylan Song
by Colin Ward. 07/15/18 06:51 AM
by R&M. 07/15/18 01:34 AM
Always needed: Good male country singer.
by Douglas Murphy. 07/14/18 05:50 PM
by Vicarn. 07/14/18 12:11 PM
Hometown Refugee
by Janice & Bud. 07/14/18 11:55 AM
Amazing Grace [Cover]
by Douglas Murphy. 07/14/18 10:46 AM
Puff The Magic Dragon
by Douglas Murphy. 07/14/18 10:21 AM
How Many Writers Do You Need...
by Roy Cooper. 07/14/18 08:41 AM
Daltrey says Rock is Dead.....
by R&M. 07/13/18 04:35 PM
Rockin Dylan
by Fdemetrio. 07/13/18 10:02 AM
Love's Gonna Get Us All
by Marvin Adcock. 07/13/18 06:18 AM
Who's Gonna Play Left Field
by Calvin. 07/13/18 05:13 AM
Songoftheyear.com Scam Back Again
by Fdemetrio. 07/12/18 11:07 AM
New CD from Colin's band, Rosewood Creek
by Colin Ward. 07/11/18 02:13 PM
Boss' Childhood Home
by Fdemetrio. 07/11/18 12:41 PM
Top Posters(All Time)
Calvin 19,521
Travis david 10,928
Kevin Emmrich 10,539
Jean Bullock 10,330
Kaley Willow 10,240
Two Singers 9,571
Joice Marie 9,186
Mackie H. 8,834
glynda 8,574
Mike Dunbar 8,574
Tricia Baker 8,318
Colin Ward 7,893
Corey 7,357
couchgrouch 7,326
Dave Rice 6,737
Wyman Lloyd 6,578
Mark Kaufman 6,434
Joe Wrabek 6,402
ben willis 6,092
Lynn Orloff 5,788
Louis 5,725
Vicarn 5,685
Linda Sings 5,604
niteshift 5,390
KimberlyinNC 5,210
Derek Hines 4,893
DonnaMarilyn 4,618
Blake Hill 4,528
Neil Cotton 4,365
Bob Cushing 4,351
Bill Osofsky 4,199
Cindy Miller 4,178
Tom Shea 4,173
TamsNumber4 4,029
Roy Cooper 3,999
nightengale 3,965
Caroline 3,865
Kolstad 3,782
Dan Sullivan 3,710
MFB III 3,687
Dottie 3,427
joewatt 3,411
beechnut79 3,381
Bill Cooper 3,279
John Hoffman 3,199
E Swartz 3,133
Skip Johnson 3,027
Pam Hurley 3,007
Terry G 3,005
PopTodd 2,885
Harriet Ames 2,869
Nigel Quin 2,806
MidniteBob 2,706
Nelson 2,562
Tom Tracy 2,558
Polly Hager 2,526
Jerry Jakala 2,524
Al Alvarez 2,499
Eric Thome 2,448
Hummingbird 2,401
Stan Loh 2,263
Sam Wilson 2,241
Judy Hollier 2,232
Erica Ellis 2,202
Wendy D 2,182
TrumanCoyote 2,096
Marty Helly 2,012
DukeWill 1,984
floyd jane 1,943
Clint Anglin 1,904
cindyrella 1,888
David Wright 1,866
maccharles 1,858
Clairejeanne 1,851
Cindy LaRosa 1,824
Ronald Boyt 1,675
Iggy 1,626
Noel Downs 1,620
Rick Heenan 1,577
Cal 1,574
Jack Swain 1,554
Pete Larsen 1,537
Ann Tygart 1,529
Tom Breshers 1,487
RogerS 1,461
Janice & Bud 1,459
Tom Franz 1,452
Ralph Blight 1,440
Chuck Crowe 1,435
Kenneth Cade 1,429
Rick Norton 1,428
bholt 1,411
Letha Allen 1,406
in2piano 1,404
Stan Simons 1,402
mattbanx 1,384
Jen Shaner 1,373
Charlie Wong 1,347
GocartMoz 1,341
KevinP 1,324
Vondelle 1,316
Tom W. 1,313
Jan Petter 1,301
scottandrew 1,292
DakLander 1,265
Ian Ferrin 1,230
PeteG 1,228
Glen King 1,212
IdeaGuy 1,209
AaronAuthier 1,177
Diane Ewing 1,158
summeoyo 1,085
Gerry 1,084
joro 1,077
BobbyJoe 1,075
S.DEE 1,040
yann 1,037
Tony A 1,016
lane1777 1,013
Martin Lide 1,003
argo 986
peaden 984
Wolvman 960
IronKnee 930
Jak Kelly 912
krtinberg 890
Drifter 886
Petra 883
RJC 845
Brenda152 840
Nadia 827
Juan 797
TKO 784
frahmes 781
teletwang 762
90 dB 745
tbryson 737
Andy K 734
Andy Kemp 733
ant 732
Jackie444 722
3daveyO3 704
Dayson 703
Dixie 701
9ne 698
Joy Boy 695
Knute 686
Lee Arten 678
Deej56 655
Katziis 652
quality 637
CG King 622
douglas 621
Mel 614
NaomiSue 601
Pat Hardy 599
Irwin 589
Shandy 589
Ria 587
TAMERA64 583
qbaum 570
nitepiano 565
Tink2 553
musica 539
Moosesong 530
deanbell 528
RobertK 527
BonzaiWag 523
Roderic 522
BB Wilbur 511
goodfolks 499
Zeek 487
Fdemetrio 487
Stu 486
Steve P. 481
R&M 463
KathyW 462
allenb 459
MaxG 458
Philjo 454
fanito 448
trush48 448
dmk 442
arealrush 437
DGR 436
avweek 435
Stephen D 433
Emmy 431
Rob L 426
marquez 422
kit 419
Softkrome 417
kyrksongs 415
RRon 408
Laura G. 407
Debra 407
eb 406
cuebald 399
EdPerrone 399
Dannyk1 395
Hobart 395
Davyboy49 393
Smile 389
GJShades 387
Ezt 384
tone 380
Marla 380
Cecilee 379
iggyiggy 378
coalminer 377
java 374
spidey 371
sweetsong 370
danny 367
Jim Ryan 360
papaG 353
Alek 352
Z - man 350
John K 348
JamesDF5 347
Jaden 344
ddreuter 341
TheBaz 340
Steggy 339
leif 339
tonedeaf 336
rickwork 334
Eddie Ray 332
Johnboy 328
Bob Lever 328
Helicon1 327
lucian 326
Muskie 321
kc 319
Z. Mulls 318
ptondreau 313
Chris B. 310
trush 304
ed323 297
Ellen M 293
lizzorn 291
nicnac49 290
pomeranj 289
Char 286
ktunes 285
mastrose 280
Register Today!
Welcome to the Just Plain Folks forums! You are currently viewing our forums as a Guest which gives you limited access to most of our discussions and to other features.

By joining our free community you will have access to post and respond to topics, communicate privately with our users (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free; so please join our community today!
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#871109 - 01/14/11 06:07 AM How much do you practice?  
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,249
Jeff Van Devender Offline
Jeff Van Devender  Offline

Top 200 Poster

Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,249
Answers from this thread might be a great motivating tool for my piano students!

Then again.... ?

#871131 - 01/14/11 09:50 AM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Jeff Van Devender]  
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 8,463

Top 20 Poster

Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 8,463
Edinburgh, Scotland. UK
I do not have much time these days for practice but in the past I used to practice a lot....performing almost daily is practice enough these days. That said new songs have to be run through several times and learned at rehearsals so that counts as practice.
My advice to a piano student would be to practice as often as you can...practice makes perfect.

#871134 - 01/14/11 10:34 AM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: BIG JIM MERRILEES]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,782
Kolstad Offline
Top 100 Poster
Kolstad  Offline
Top 100 Poster

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,782
When I first started out, I sometimes spent 5-7 hrs a day practicing, but at least 30 hrs a week. I did that for about 5 years on and of in my teens and early twenties. And at the time it seemed pointless, as I did not end up a professional musician. But man I thanked myself for that, when I later returned to music from a different angle, and became more serious. Those early years of practicing are very formative of the musician you will become, and I can almost ascribe all my technical ability on guitar back to those days of practicing. I later polished my chops ect., but it was those long days of learning good habits and theory that made me a musician.

Today I still practice, just in a different way. I practice parts I improvise forth, which could not be done if I didn't mastered my instrument of choice. When I've come up with something, I now can usually play it well in a short time (an hour), but there sometimes are parts I practice for longer untill they sit well enough to sound good on a recording.

I'd say, no practice, no musician.

Buzz Tracks
Making media sweeter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buzztracks
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/buzztracks
#930838 - 11/01/11 06:40 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Jeff Van Devender]  
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 599
Pat Hardy Offline
Top 500 Poster
Pat Hardy  Offline
Top 500 Poster

Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 599
I regret that I don't practice my piano much, maybe a couple of hours each week. I'm primarily a guitarist, but I've been playing the piano now for about 18 years, but more like the first two years repeated nine times :),
I love the piano, if I could ever get a hit song such that I don't have to do much else for a living, I would practice all day long. But, I can play fairly well, and if I had 50 songs memorized, I could probably hold a gig as ambient music in a restaurant, but don't ask me for a tune I don't know ! I suppose the reason that, after all these years, I don't have much memorized is that I use the piano mostly for writing, not performing or learning other's songs. I'm 60 years of age, and I started in my early 40s, so a word to elder folks, if you want to start, it's never too late, and I'm proof of that.

#930841 - 11/01/11 06:53 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Pat Hardy]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8,725
John Lawrence Schick Offline
Top 20 Poster
John Lawrence Schick  Offline
Top 20 Poster

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8,725
Haven't practiced in over 30 years. I wonder if I can still play those chromatic minor thirds. Hmm... grin

John smile

#938721 - 12/31/11 01:01 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 7
Eszter Skyler Offline
Casual Observer
Eszter Skyler  Offline
Casual Observer

Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 7
I didn't have much time for practice this year. But practicing more is my new year's resolution! I don't think I'll have more than half an hour a day though... There are too many projects I'm working on at the same time...

#938767 - 12/31/11 04:24 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Jeff Van Devender]  
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 224
Aaron Corley Offline
Serious Contributor
Aaron Corley  Offline
Serious Contributor

Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 224
West Valley City, UT
I started taking lessons when I was eight years old, practicing one half hour each day, seven days a week. At times, my parents had to fight me about it, too. When I got into high school, however, I had reached a level of proficiency that allowed me to play just about anything I wanted. I started buying sheet music that interested me and soon I was practicing several hours a day because I wanted to learn the songs I enjoyed.

Currently, I don't own a piano. I haven't practiced much since I moved out of my parents' house and I miss it. I compose entirely on the computer now, but, sometimes, I walk over to the church on youth night just to play for a while.

Your students are probably young enough not to see what a blessing it is to play an instrument. So few people do these days. Even if they never make a cent from doing it, someday they will be glad they stuck with it. Music is so much a part of our lives; I can't imagine my childhood without it and want the same for my children, too.

Looking for a good book about lyric writing? Visit http://www.jpfolks.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=959266

Check out my music at http://www.soundclick.com/aaroncorley
#939153 - 01/04/12 10:10 AM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Aaron Corley]  
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,506
Brian Austin Whitney Offline
Brian Austin Whitney  Offline

Top 10 Poster

Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,506
Indianapolis, IN USA
When I was actively gigging, I would play keyboards 8-12 hours per day on off days and outside of the gig itself and no less than 4 hours even on long work days, I'd put in any possible additional time I could get. I was usually writing at the same time or rewriting parts etc. There was no place else I wanted to be than behind the keys.

I just came across over 120 hours of original music pieces I composed between 1986-1996 so I wrote and recorded about an hour of new original music per month for a solid decade not counting my finished songs with co-writers etc. (These are all just tracks and key/vocal demo ideas) well over 2000 songs in total. But when you're playing every minute you can, it adds up quick.


Brian Austin Whitney
Just Plain Folks
Skype: Brian Austin Whitney
Facebook: www.facebook.com/justplainfolks

"Don't sit around and wait for success to come to you... it doesn't know the way." -Brian Austin Whitney

"It's easier to be the bigger man when you actually are..."

[Linked Image]
#939159 - 01/04/12 11:34 AM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,710
Dan Sullivan Offline
Top 100 Poster
Dan Sullivan  Offline
Top 100 Poster

Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,710
Brian, I'm curious to hear what your music sounded like. Would you consider posting any of it, even just a selection or two? I'm sure others here would enjoy hearing it too.

Write from your heart, not what you think others want to hear.


#939188 - 01/04/12 09:13 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Dan Sullivan]  
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 10,539
Kevin Emmrich Offline
Kevin Emmrich  Offline

Top 10 Poster

Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 10,539
Crozet, VA
Dan: I was going to say the same thing.

Brian: Post some of your old pieces for us!

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The 'hard' is what makes it great."
Kevin @ bandcamp: Crows Say Vee-Eh (and Kevin @ FAWM 2018)
#939771 - 01/09/12 05:17 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8,725
John Lawrence Schick Offline
Top 20 Poster
John Lawrence Schick  Offline
Top 20 Poster

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 8,725
Jeff, my previous reply about not practicing in 30 years is a bit deceiving. I don't do conventional practicing, i.e., scales, arpeggios, etc, but I do "play practice". Especially my own pieces. Before recording I'll work through any difficulties in fingering.

Some teachers believe there is enough technical practice within the piano pieces themselves. I guess it depends on what pieces are being used. I find Czerny's "The Art of Finger Dexterity" to be delightful pieces and technically healthy exercises (especially up to speed). I know of at least one concert pianist that plays these in concerts. Others will think of them as dry, boring exercises. But when played correctly, they're dazzling.

Anyway, yes, scales and arpeggios in all major and minor keys playing both hands in thirds, sixths, tens, and in ascending, descending, and parallel motion, starting each scale on a different note of the scale, etc, etc, is a must in the early years. Chromatic, whole tone, and the three forms of minor scales should not be overlooked.

Don't forget about having students play-by-ear. Have them pick out familiar tunes on the piano. And of course, sight-reading.

But the bottom-line: exercises should be enjoyable and done when not fatigued. I always told my students don't practice mistakes. Which often happens when one is not alert and doesn't have the "eye of the tiger".

Jeez, I sound like an old fuddy-duddy. grin Forget what I said. Life is too short to lock oneself up in a room practicing dry scales endlessly. Get a life for cryin' out loud. grin

Best, John smile

#939775 - 01/09/12 05:48 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 6,434
Mark Kaufman Offline
Mark Kaufman  Offline

Top 40 Poster

Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 6,434
Never. At least not in the sense of sitting down and doing musical exercises for the sole purpose of strengthening my technical proficiency.

But I do practice like a doctor, in that my work is my practice. I make music pretty much every day, and when I'm not playing or recording, then some process is actively going on in my head--always have some song being puzzled out as I go through normal life. Cannot escape it---it blares, tempts and cajoles.

I'm not against practice...I just don't practice it.

#939783 - 01/09/12 07:09 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 8,574
Mike Dunbar Offline
Mike Dunbar  Offline

JPF Mentor

Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 8,574
Nashville Tennessee
I practice some, mostly working out new techniques. But I play a quite a bit. Played nineteen hours this week. Some weeks I play twice that. As a young man I would play forty hours or more in a week...and I mean playing time. Didn't have time to practice, but since I was teaching and showing others how to practice, I guess I really was practicing. That brings up "multi-tasking."

At dance gigs or regular gigs I give myself certain tasks. It might be using correct left hand position or varying right hand picking techniques. Or I might limit myself to all half notes, but try to play interesting lines. In the past few years I've been training myself to play without looking at my left hand and I've gotten fairly good at it. It helps when reading music and it allows me to make more eye contact with the audience. So, actually I do a lot of practicing while I'm gigging.

You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way. -Johnny Cash

It's only music.

Mike Dunbar Music

#965797 - 06/27/12 07:00 PM Re: How much do you practice? [Re: Mike Dunbar]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 453
Michael Downing Offline
Top 500 Poster
Michael Downing  Offline
Top 500 Poster

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 453
United States
Not enough! Writing becomes my practice. I would love to actually take lessons now as an adult.

Support Just Plain Folks

We would like to keep the membership in Just Plain Folks FREE! Your donation helps support the many programs we offer including Road Trips and the Music Awards.

Join Just Plain Folks
to receive the free
JPNotes Newsletter!
*this is separate from
message board registration*

Newest Members
Liburan_Lombok, azmaster, Johnevans, aliciahess, anushkha
21056 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Average Posts Daily30
Most Online1,506
Mar 16th, 2017
Just Plain Quotes
"Even if it appears you have lost, you can still win by maintaining your integrity, your civility and your humanity" -Brian Austin Whitney
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
Popular Topics(Views)
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0