Hey guys I'm new to this forum but I have been lurking around for time. What is the fastest way to make my fingers "smarter", and rapidly improve in technique over a short period of time. Okay just some background information. I am 18 years old this year. I have been taking piano lessons from a teacher for about 1 year and playing rather seriously. I have learnt since I was 4 years old but I really hated practicing when I was young and dropped out when I was at ABRSM grade 2. Some may argue that I cannot be considered an adult beginner because when I started out I could read notes and my fingers are not stiff and they can move pretty fast. Fast forward to today, in the past one year, I have been gradually increasing my practise time. I started off playing about 2 hours per day, and recently it's up to 6 hours on weekends and 4 hours on weekdays daily. I am a college student studying mainly science and I cannot afford too much practise time. But I think it is considered by everyone, (parents,teachers my peers) that 6 hours is already insane. I have sacrificed majority of my social life. (however, that itself is another issue which should be discussed seperately I guess). Initially I was scheduled to take ABRSM grade 4, but as I have progressed rather fast, I'm taking grade 6 ABRSM this july. I have all my pieces prepared, and they're not much of challenge. I get away with practicing my examination pieces for about 15 minutes per day. So. Like recently, I have been picking up Beethoven's sonatas (moonlight, tempest). I find them just nice of a challenge, (though my teacher says I can start seriously studying these sontas after my exam). But recently I have been also trying out some chopin etudes. I know it sounds absurd, my teacher is encouraging me to try them but not expect too much. However, I get extremely pissed (moody etc) when I cannot play them properly. Ambitious? Yes. I know, my once I set down on a piece, I hate giving up and admitting defeat and I do whatever it takes (like playing one page for like 4 hours nonstop). but still to almost no avail. However, I am growing at the rate where I can see improvements in my fingers daily. (like things I couldn't do yesterday I wake up suddenly being able to do them). So my practice goes like this, it's more rotational. I start messing around with chopin etudes, (and usually get really frustrated), then I go to my exam pieces for relaxation (I play through each of them twice), then I would go to play beethoven sonatas. then sometimes when it gets boring I just pick up some pieces from books that I have lying around and play around with them. You see, I probably skipped the whole phrase of playing bach inventions, sonatinas (stuff that make people feel bored and drop out). Now my question is, how do I make my fingers learn complicated movements in a short time, I want to progress faster, improve faster and hopefully be able to play chopin's etudes. (and somehow, I have a fetish for chopin etudes).