How much time per day do international concertists typically spend on the exercices part only (so not counting pieces, and not counting exercices dedicated to a specific piece) : so counting only "academic general exercices": arpeggio, scale, etc.

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    That question isn't an exact duplicate, as it doesn't ask for an exact time duration, but it's very similar in spirit and I feel like its answers might be helpful to you. I also agree with @user1079505 that a more useful question might be "How long should I spend," though it would still be hard to answer (depends on how much time you have available, what you're working on, etc.), and is better asked of a teacher than strangers on the internet. Commented Jun 24 at 12:49
  • Perhaps my original comment was overly sarcastic, I agree with how @AndyBonner formulated it. Commented Jun 24 at 20:17

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There can be no concrete answer to this question. It will vary considerably from performer to performer.

However, most will probably spend a short time warming up, by playing scales, arpeggios, favourite snippets. Let's face it, there's not a lot to warm up for a pianist. It also may depend on the sort of piece they're going to subsequently practise - one with a lot of stretches will most likely incur stretching exercises, for example.

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    This is just a guess based on little to no concrete information. Among other things, some pianists find a great deal of warm-up is required.
    – Aaron
    Commented Jun 22 at 18:22
  • The question is asking for a rough quantitative estimation of typical case. Commented Jun 22 at 18:28
  • I wrote explicitely "not counting exercices dedicated to a specific piece" Commented Jun 22 at 18:29
  • Despite the dvs, I stand by this answer. There is no typical spent time, just like there is no typical performer. Basically, I should not have proffered an answer to an unanswerable question. How would one find out? In fairness, the dv on the question is mine.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 22 at 21:34
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    I didn’t dv but this assertion seems very hard to defend: "there's not a lot to warm up for a pianist". Piano is a whole body instrument, just like all of them are. Commented Jun 23 at 12:54

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