Schubert, Liszt and Structuring a Practice Session

In this month’s practice clinic, Graham Fitch answered questions on works by Schubert, Liszt, Couperin and Chopin. Topics discussed included time management, building speed and evenness.

Practice clinic questions

Building Speed – I have listened to the workshop on developing speed several times. I am wondering if it is wise to choose one of the techniques and stick with it or use a combination of all three (Metronome, little bits fast, and rhythms)?

Time Management – I usually spend a couple of hours a day practising and am struggling a bit with how much time to spend on different things. I don’t seem to be able to do everything every day! How much time should I spend on different activities? I seem to start out with scales, warmups, technique (etudes) and then I find I have less time left for learning pieces.

Schubert – Impromptu in Ab, D.142, No.2 – I would appreciate some help with the Trio section of this work. I’m finding it difficult to play evenly, and no matter what I do in my practice this section is always unreliable.

Liszt – “Chapelle de Guillaume Tell” (from Années de Pèlerinage I: Suisse) – The tremolos in the left hand (starting at bar 21) are killing me! How can I get a grip on them?

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