An undiscovered classic gem from Hungary on how to best practice music—or any skill. In this undiscovered classic gem from early twentieth-century Hungary, one of the country’s most revered music educators of his era sums up his years of methodological and pedagogical research into piano playing and practicing in simple, highly accessible terms that not only students of the piano but of any instrument, and for that matter, just about anyone, can apply to their passions and pursuits. From setting and achieving goals to focusing on what you do best, from the relationship between mental acuity and physical strength to performing in public, Sándor Kovács’s How to Practice? is invaluable to anyone who has struggled when practicing a musical instrument, and it also holds its own as a simple guide to life, to living consciously and deliberately.
Preface Chapter 1: Setting the goal; wanting the goal; checking if you’ve attained the goal Chapter 2: Focusing on aptitudes Chapter 3: The enduring nature of first impressions. Being aware that nothing can be studied indefinitely. Not squandering each new practice session. Chapter 4: Separating the mental and physical aspects of learning music Chapter 5: The intellectual conditions of intellectual learning Chapter 6: Transforming one’s predominant type of imagination. The higher goal of learning music: to become a unique person. Chapter 8: Physical conditions of intellectual learning Chapter 9: Emphasizing intellectual learning over physical learning. Rendering the former a conscious effort and the latter an automatic one. Chapter 10: Stages of development in playing of the piece of music Chapter 11: Thoughts on performing in public