Walter Norris Advanced Piano Technique for Improvisers
Much more than a "practice" room, Walter Norris's studio is an experimental laboratory. There is no place for plain repetition in his work: each run-through, each trial, is unlike the last.
At least one variable is always purposefully manipulated to be different, whether a change of key, a crossing of hands, or another mood. Through concentrated, purposeful listening and active thought, new ideas for practice emerge. Each day becomes a voyage into uncharted territory.
Move the melody to the bass line, play the entire passage without thumbs, count aloud whole bars, transpose the entire piece a half-step down or two octaves up: with a dose of flexibility, it isn’t difficult to be inventive when practicing.
*This is an excerpt from Adina Mornell’s article "Deliberate Practice and the Three Stages of Expertise