Help your technique and avoid aches and pains Always spare a thought for your posture when sitting at the piano. Your posture is vital when playing the piano, not just so you can avoid annoying aches and pains but also to maintain a solid technique. Fail to sit with a good posture while placing your hands and arms in a good position and you will find your playing suffers … [Read more...] about How to Achieve the Best Piano Posture
Is it necessary to play scales and do other piano exercises before you play? Your piano teacher will probably tell you that you must practice playing every day; and the proper way to get your fingers limber enough to navigate difficult musical pieces is to begin with warm up exercises that are designed specifically for training your hands and fingers. Unfortunately, the … [Read more...] about Learning Piano: How Important Are Warm Up Exercises?
Decoding the Mystery of the Pedals For the beginning pianist, foot pedals are often one of the most misunderstood aspects of playing the piano. It may be difficult for the beginner to understand the necessity of the pedals or what effects they create on the notes. It is hard to decipher to connection between the pedal and keys even by watching an experienced piano player. To … [Read more...] about Piano Pedalling: A Quick Guide
Or are they just silly, time-consuming exercises? If you have been playing piano for any amount of time, you are aware that a skilled pianist has to go through those exercises in order to reach their level of expertise. At the same time, though, people tend to hate this aspect of their training, and look down on it, as they are really boring and associated with teachers who … [Read more...] about Can You Improve Your Piano Playing by Practicing Scales?
What if you could read music as easily as you read the English language? Are you growing frustrated by the significant length of time and grueling work it takes for you to master a new piece of music? Has your irritation with the process made you think about abandoning the piano altogether? If so, I urge you to put the following suggestions to work so that you can get a … [Read more...] about 5 Piano Sight Reading Tips