Physical practice is only half the battle of learning how to play the piano. How we mentally approach practice is just as important to gaining skill on our instrument. Some aspects of mental practice are likely to get overlooked, despite their immense importance to our success. Below is a list of 6 common factors that people make the mistake of brushing over mentally while they practice. A lot of these things may seem annoying or tiresome at first because they make the process of practicing slightly more difficult. But to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt, nothing worth doing comes without effort and difficulty.