Case Study: Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 9

This post is about mental practice, which is something I feel very strongly about. By mental practice, I mean anything from imagining your fingers playing the notes on the keyboard to singing the phrases in your head. First of all, I’d like to ask if you already do mental practice (that is, away from the keyboard), and if you do, what is the ratio of physical to mental practice? I think it’s safe to say we all do more physical than mental practice. What if I said Glenn Gould claimed he never practiced at the piano? However he did a lot of mental practice. Or, Claudio Arrau in his later years did 2-3 hours daily, taking one month off completely each year.

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