What keeps your from practicing piano?

10/11/2012 7:56 am

practice-makes-perfect

Practice does make perfect

I wish I could sit here and give you a big secret that would make practicing go away and never come back but I can’t. The truth is, there is no other way to move ahead on this life, in any given field without practicing. Even when we unconsciously do things we enjoy like go on facebook, eat or drive we are practicing some skill and getting better at it. Life is one big practice session for lots of things! lol!

Luckily that’s the bad news and it isn’t that bad at all, it’s just a real look at how we function as humans. The great news is that as long as we make our practice time at the piano enjoyable and fun, we can get better and better and have a great time doing it. I promise, it’s possible. I am a big believer in variety when it comes to practice. Too often, people will frustratingly work on the same piece the whole practice session and not only get frustrated but be focusing only on one aspect of their playing. It’s like going to school and only taking one subject, that would obviously never work.

Here are a few tips on making your practice time more fun and productive:

  1. Work on at least 2 pieces so you can switch and not grow tired of just one. Then you will have learned 2 songs at the same time.
  2. Practice in block of time. For instance, I like to practice in block of 15 minutes. That way if I still have time to keep going I add another block of 15 minutes. If not, I stop but I feel accomplished and made sure to get at least some practice time for the day.
  3. Add other items on your practice list, not just the songs you are working on. For example: Sight Reading, Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, Theory, etc. This will make you a well rounded musician instead of someone that can only play 1 or 2 songs.
  4. Finally, remind yourself why you play in the first place. Why do play at all? Sometimes I believe we have been taught to hate practice time as if it some type of evil. Practice IS playing so you can enjoy it just as much. You are learning an art form that goes back thousands of years and it is an incredible experience.
  5. Practice smaller amounts more frequently. Just like it is healthier to eat smaller meals more frequently so it is with music too. It is better to practice 10 minutes a day every day than to practice once a week for hours on end. Consistency is the key!

So I hope you enjoy your practice time today and remind yourself why you started playing in the first place.
~Adrian

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1 Comment

  • What keeps me from practicing is getting started.

    I think that this is the problem for most people.

    I need a keyboard and there are so many to choose from, the choices are overwhelming to the point that I just stop looking.

    Do you have a specific keyboard choice for beginners who want a nice keyboard that is not too expensive and most importantly will give a great clear sound?