Convincing yourself to practice the piano every day can be a difficult battle to win. There are lots of other things to do that are competing with your time, and it may seem like one or two longer practice sessions right before your lesson are enough to ‘fool’ your teacher into thinking that you’ve practised regularly. Here are some reasons why you should be practicing daily, instead of “whenever you can fit it in”.
1. Get more practice done
This is simple math – it is highly unlikely that you will be able to practice for more than a few hours at a time unless you are a very advanced pianist. If you practice for even an hour each day (totalling seven hours a week) you are guaranteed more practice time overall than if you try to do a week’s work of practice in two days!
2. Muscle Memory
It might seem like most of the work you do in a piano practice session is done in your head – memorizing notes, figuring out fingering, and thinking about the expressive techniques that you want to use at each part of the piece. However, a surprising amount of piano actually comes down to muscle memory – your brain’s ability to remember the specific , minute, muscular movements that are required for each song. This ability is greatly improved with regular practice more-so than sporadic.
3. Shorter, focused practices are better than long ones
While muscle memory may be important, you were right when you thought that most of the work you do when learning a new piece is brain-work. Unfortunately, brains aren’t able to work at full capacity for a long period of time on the same task without getting burnt out. By breaking your week’s practice into daily chunks, you are giving your brain a chance to rest – a very important part of being able to learn better and more efficiently!
4. You are more likely to practice if it is part of a routine
One last reason why you should practice daily instead of weekly is that you are far more likely to practice when it is a set part of your daily routine. It is much easier to go an entire week without practicing if you can use the excuse that you ‘didn’t have the time’. However, with 168 hours in a week it seems a bit far-fetched that the time wasn’t actually there – you just forgot to make practicing a priority in the time you had. Setting yourself a time each day when you practice will go a long way in improving your musical abilities and will make it much harder for you to skip practice sessions!
Piano teachers don’t just suggest daily practice for fun – there are a lot of reasons why daily practice will make you a better musician. We’ve listed out four of the top reasons that you should practice piano daily, but trust us – there are a lot more than that!