If your goal is to pass your Singapore ABRSM piano examinations with flying colours, you must have wondered before how often you should practise on the piano. Everyone in Singapore knows that practice makes perfect when it comes to playing the piano. However, unless you are a full time pianist, it is unlikely you have hours to spare on any particular day. This is especially the case in Singapore where everyone has a hectic schedule.
So, how often should you practise on the piano for the best exam results? Here are some actionable tips to help you.
Tip 1: It is better to practise for short moments every day than having long practice sessions once in a while
There are 2 reasons for practising daily, even for a few minutes.
First of all, regular practice will instill better muscle memory into your fingers and wrists. It is much easier for you to retain muscle memory if you practise for a short while daily than for a long time once in a while. Let me give you an example. Do you have to consciously ‘try’ to brush your teeth well? No. Do you have to work very hard to regain your abilities in a particular sport you have not played in ages? Yes. Similarly, practising daily on the piano for even a few minutes each time will help you far more than if you practised for hours once a week.
Second of all, humans are uncomfortable when it comes to change. When you only play the piano once a week, you will feel uncomfortable when it comes to your practice session. This is because you do not play the piano for six days in a week. Suddenly going for a practice session is very mentally taxing on you. This is the same like going to the gym. If you go daily, it is easy to keep to that routine. However, it is difficult to drag yourself to the gym if you have not been there in weeks or months!
Tip 2: You want to keep practice sessions short
Your actual exam is short. You do not get to play each piano piece 10 times. You want to keep your practice sessions as similar to that of the ABRSM exams as possible.
Therefore, you want to keep practice sessions as short as possible while remaining effective. You want to break up the song into various parts and work on them. A good piano teacher will be able to teach you exactly how to break it up and join it back eventually. This is because if you break the song into different parts in a wrong way, you will find it difficult to bridge the gap eventually in future. If you need a good piano tutor, you can look for music teachers in Singapore here.
Tip 3: Practise daily. If you are overseas, then practise mentally every day.
There is something known as practising mentally. It is essentially practising without an actual piano. You can look at the scores and then you mentally play the song as though there is a real piano in front of you. You can even move your fingers accordingly, and hit the right imaginary keys. This is a great way to practise while you are on the move. I strongly recommend this method if you do not have access to a piano on certain days. As you can tell from the few tips above, I am a big proponent of practising on the piano every single day if you want to ace your music ABRSM examinations in Singapore.