October 9

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Keep a Pencil Handy

When you're practicing, keep a pencil handy. It's an underestimated tool for supercharging your practice effectiveness.

Use it to bracket off tricky sections for untangling.

Use it to remind yourself where to look or think when you arrive at certain places.

Use it to circle pesky accidentals that won't stick on their own.

Use it to write how different passages of the music make you feel.

The possibilities are endless. But only if you have a pencil handy.

Just don't write letter names in the music. Because that's so useless, it should be illegal.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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