Developing Your Technique
If you have a specific interest in technique development, it’s helpful to very intentionally devote some part of your practice sessions specifically to that task. If you are serious about developing your technique, it is helpful to be more intentional about dividing your practicing time.
Developing your technical skills at the piano requires regularity. There’s no way around that. ;). If you want to develop your technique, you have to work on it regularly (and mindfully!).
Keep in mind: how you divide your piano practice sessions should depend on what it is you’d like to achieve, and, on your own individual needs. With that in mind, here are some ideas for dividing your practice time.
Technique Once Per Week: To see real progress, it’s better to work on technique more regularly, at least a few days per week. However, again, depending on your objectives, you can spend, for example, one day a week working specifically on technique, and the other days playing whatever you want to play (strictly for enjoyment).
Technique For part of Session: You might devote part of each practice session specifically to working on technique. If you practice about an hour or so per day, you might consider spending 30 mins on technique, and 30 mins on pieces.
Alternate Days: Another option is to alternate days, working only on pieces one day, only on technique the next day, only on pieces the following day, and so on.
Regardless of how you choose to divide your practicing time, always remember that there is no single right way to organize your time. How you do so, depends on your individual needs and on your goals at the piano!
Regularity in Piano Practice
Whether you are playing one of Beethoven’s sonatas, or an arrangement of your favorite pop song — regular practice is crucial for progress. Practice often, practice mindfully, and most importantly: enjoy it!