I am taking Grade 8 Piano exam this year and I 'm not in the mood to practice. Any advice ? I m taking Piano Grade8 exam this year ( ABRSM) and I m not in the mood to practice. I get bored playing the same 3 pieces and scales and arpeggios over and over again that I lose focus and I really dont know what to be aiming for when I m practicing right now. I played my scales and arpegios plus some other studies but I am now getting bored playing the same pieces over and over again I just dont know what to do to maintain my focus and not sound so mechanical when I m playing. How do you overcome boredom ? Anyone out there facing the same problem ? how do I break the monotony of practise sessions and fall in love with my music again ? I really need to practise , to keep my fingers warm and flexible. I m really scared of my piano exams. Just how much practise is enough and how do you determine how much time you need to cover all scales, arpeggios, rhythms, sight reading, aural, studies, and exam pieces and technical difficulties ? And how to pass music exams ?