Practising the right thing…

There’s a few elements to this.

  1. Practise something at the correct level for you. This is usually something that is difficult enough so that you have to stretch and improve in order to learn it, but not so difficult that it is beyond your reach and you get frustrated trying and failing. **Sometimes of course you should practise something easy, to give yourself a break!
  2. Practise something that is beneficial to what you want to achieve. If you really want to play piano so that you can accompany yourself singing, then there’s not much point spending lots of time learning difficult melodies. **Sometimes it might be no harm for a break to try something different, but you need to focus most of your time on what it is you want to be able to do.
  3. If you’re not sure about what you’re practising, and whether it is at the correct level or beneficial to you, then ask someone who knows. Practice is hard enough without wasting your time.

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