It may not always be easy to know how we are progressing at a new skill or goal but there is a way to know if you are moving forward. Truly successful individuals always share that part of true success is to be able to measure progress. The only way to do that effectively is to write down and track activity within any given skill one is trying to learn. IN our case, our goal is to learn how to play the piano and make sure that we are moving forward and learning more each day.
No Shortcuts to Becoming Great
No matter what new and fancy scheme you may see touting a “secret” formula to becoming great at something, one truth always remains after the dust settles: To become great at something, we need to invest time in that task towards any given goal. Whether it’s learning the piano or losing weight, it’s important to try and avoid time-wasting shortcuts that in the end, don’t work.
In your journey with the piano, you may find yourself trying to measure your results and progress along the way. This is absolutely natural as we all become more motivated when we can witness progress. That is why I have designed this simple, yet powerful ultimate piano practice schedule for you. First and foremost, you have to actually print it out and keep it somewhere visible near your piano or keyboard. This way you can have a visual reminder to practice and stay on track with your piano lessons. It’s easy to let a few days go by without even sitting at the piano to play anything. This is what we want to avoid.
Set Your Piano Goals
One of the most basic and important questions I ask of my students is “what do you want to learn?” If you are just starting out, then the answer to that question is most likely “learning how to play piano.” In that case, then your practice schedule should be focused on learning the basics in our 30-day piano course. Once you have the basics down, you can move to choosing what style of playing you want to continue with or even more specific, what piano pieces do you want to learn.
Remember that this us YOUR journey and no one elses. Be sure to choose piano music that moves you, inspires you to play and makes you feel good. There’s nos sense in learning a Mozart Piano Concerto when all you really want to learn is TOP40 songs. Be honest with yourself and make it pleasurable. Once you have that list, focusing on 2 or 3 songs or pieces at the most, write those down in the piano practice schedule. On the technical side of things, you will also want to include a list of technique exercises to focus in on during the month. These can include scales, arpeggios or chords, or even all three. The one thing I highly recommend to always include as part of your piano technique is to practice sight reading.
Sight reading is simple the act of putting new music in front of you and trying to your best to play it. Your goal with sight reading is not to perform this piece bu simply become more fluent in reading and playing the language of music. You may think it’s difficult at first, but there was a time that you learned how to read and write your own native language and trust me, with music, you can do the same.
Pencil Practice Time In
I am always amazed at how much frustration I hear about not progressing with piano lessons and at the same time, how little time is actually devoted to playing the piano. There is no way around it, to become a great piano player, you must play the piano!
To become a great piano player, you must play the piano!
I know we live in a time where everything is promised in 5 minutes or less and with little or no effort on our part. I am sorry to say that music is not one of those things, nor would you want it to be. You chose to play the piano become you wanted to bring the joy of playing music and the piano into your life, there is no rush. Enjoy the process and most important of all, play your piano!
Have a great time and enjoy the piano practice schedule. Print it out below and let me know how your progress is going, we can all learn from each others journey.