Find your way with the piano
Whenever we start our journey learning music and more specifically, learning how to play the piano, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not feel like we’re making enough progress. It happens to all of us, much like trying to lose weight with a new years resolution. Sooner or later, we stop being as consistent and we want and we see progress slow down. How do we continue progress and stay on track?
Here are some easy tips to not only stay on track, but also keep you from getting stuck.
Piano Learning Tip #1
Add practice time into your schedule.
This may seem simple but I am always surprised how few of us actually pencil in some piano practice time. It’s no secret that if we don’t practice, we just aren’t going to get any better. Be sure to add practice time, even if it’s just 15 minutes, to your daily routine.
Piano Learning Tip #2
Have a warm-up routine
Before you dive in to a new piece or something that you have been working on, it’s a good idea to warp up your fingers with some technical exercises. Whether it’s scales, chords or drills, find some technical exercises and get going. Warm up those fingers!
Piano Learning Tip #3
Work on 2 songs or pieces at a time
Another faux pas of budding pianists is trying to learn too many pieces or songs at the same time. While it may be tempting to pick up a million pieces, you will find that in the end, you will know the beginning of many songs but find it hard to complete any one. That is a musical tragedy if you ask me. The joy of being a great player is being able to play pieces from start to finish. Pick two(2) pieces at a maximum and focus only on those. You will progress a lot faster and feel more accomplished as you move to new pieces.
Piano Learning Tip #4
Don’t pick music that’s too hard
As tempting as it may be, make sure to choose appropriate music. I definitely love a challenge and a piece to push your level is great but you don’t want to go too far where it becomes frustrating and it takes 6 months to learn. Learning new music is fun but keep it within the level that you are at to avoid unnecessary annoyance and delay in learning.
Piano Learning Tip #5
Sight read before every practice session
At the risk of repeating myself too much, I am a big supporter of sight reading. As pianists, our goal is to be fluent in the language of music and one way to do that is to practice our sight reading. Grab any music and read it cold. It will most likely sound terrible but it doesn’t matter, the only goal is to slowly but surely get better at reading music at first sight.
Learning to play the piano can be either a great adventure or a frustrating one that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I want you to enjoy your piano journey in a great way and I hope you will take this piano tips to heart and see progress come quickly. Above all else, have fun and remember why you started playing the first place.