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When do I practice piano? How long do I practice? What do I practice?

I practice for at least 30 minutes a day on my Roland FP-80. By the way, the Roland FP-80 is the best sounding stage piano I have ever heard.

I use a number of tools and resources to aid in my practice and they are secrets that I am sharing for the very first time.

  1. The first tool is my God-given imagination. I am a firm believer in originality and innovation and that no one perceives, intuits, or interprets like you. I believe humankind is to use our uniqueness to bring glory to God. Everyone has their own style and their own sound. 
  2. The second tool is recorded music. Whether you realize it or not, we have access to the largest library of music ever in history. It is in many forms: vinyl records, CD's, cassette tapes, or mp3's, we have it and we can learn from past recordings.
  3. Other, better musicians and mentors. Kevin "KC" Conley is in that small group. His company, Pretty Simple Music, has numerous youtube videos and DVD's available to educate and enhance playing and understanding the piano and understanding music.
Playing piano consists of having a theoretical and technical foundation. So, I may spend some days reviewing old notes, reading the Jazz Theory Book, listening to the styles and voicings of other musicians via recorded music, watching KC's videos, learning a song, or just playing around on the keyboard. 

Like with anything, the more you study, the more comfortable you are. Piano is no different. 

I thank God for the gift and all of the wonderful resources in place to help me practice and get better and in doing so, I also want to help others reach their potential and become better singers and pianists, too.


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