The question for pianists is slow or fast?


Slow practice at the piano–the excellent way

Slow practice is the best. Let it be said, we can probably never get in enough slow practice.

But it’s not just the speed of practicing–or rather, the lack of speed–that makes the difference. What’s important is: Get everything as right as possible!

Meaning find perfect positions and postures where everything’s easy, nothing’s strained, and fingers, hands, arms, and body effortlessly do what they’re supposed to do.

The most important bit is …

We probably all know: It’s easy to put off slow practice until later or to not do it at all or to underestimate why it’s so helpful and useful as a learning technique.

So when all is said and done, which is never, actually, the first step, the important step, is

Slow down!

Jazz piano lessons with Mark Polishook on Skype

Send questions to or leave a comment. Slow practice, what it’s good for and how to do it are among the things I cover in my teaching. We can get to that right away and it’ll yield results pretty much immediately. Because slow is the way.