Yeah definitely breaking down the song into small chunks is more efficient. You could even break it down further and practice sets of notes. Here's a resource that I've read in the past. Gives some good food for thought in terms of making piano practice more efficient. Be warned - there's a lot of info in there! I got easily engrossed. =) http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/chapter_1 What other big problems do people have practising the piano?