I wasn't sure which forum to post this in.... it's really about my preparations for the LRSM diploma in piano, and in particular working on new pieces without the guidance of a teacher. After some (for me) quite focused practice on a particular piece - Chopin's Ballade no. 4 in F minor - I've made some observations about my practice habits and aspects I need to work on:
1. I need to be more disciplined about deciding on fingering and sticking to it!
2. Ditto with pedalling
3. Even the 'easy' bits need to be practised! It's tempting to skim over them but I've realised that this way they never get 100% secure
4. Practising everything slooooowly is invaluable but easy to forget about
5. I need to be very conscious and clear with myself about the details and what I am trying to convey. Some things I do quite intuitively (e.g. a little crescendo here or some half pedalling there) and am happy with the results but if I don't write it down on the sheet music I forget it the next time!
Anyway maybe these things are all obvious but it's been helpful for me to go through this little self-analysis so I thought I'd share It's clearly all about self discipline!! It's way too tempting to just keep playing through a piece I enjoy without really working on improving it. Does anybody else have any thoughts on the subject?
I have to also add that I love this piece to the point of obsession and wish I didn't have to go to work so I could stay at home and practise it all day!