Sit down for a moment and think about how you practice. Whether your goal is to play piano music by the great classical composers, or to compose and play your own songs, I’m sure you realize some practice needs to be done. But, how should you approach it? Here are some useful tips that will help you improve at a faster rate. It all starts with knowing how to practice more effectively.
Four Practice Tips
- Practice daily if possible – You’re better off practicing for a short period each day than for a long, extended session just once a week. Daily practice gets your fingers and your mind into the piano playing mindset. Set aside a specific time if you have to so that you can work on your skills on a daily basis. You’ll see much more impressive results this way than if you only practice sporadically.
- Practice right after your lesson – If you attend piano lessons, the best time to practice is actually right when you get home from your lesson. Why? Because everything is still fresh in your mind. You remember what the teacher showed you more clearly than if you wait a day or two to work on your lessons. This ensures you maintain proper technique, and it helps you get your money’s worth from your piano lessons.
- Find your weaknesses and work on them – Every pianist has weaknesses… especially students who are still early on in the learning process. Don’t ignore your problems because they’ll soon become habits, causing your playing to suffer. Work on them instead. It might help to record yourself playing so you can hear what you’re doing wrong and see where your technique is suffering. Be honest with yourself, and never stop trying to become better.
- Love your piano – As soon as you start seeing practice as something you have to do rather than something you want to do, everything starts going downhill. Practice should never be a chore. Playing piano music shouldn’t be torture. You need to like it. If you don’t, you won’t be able to commit fully to practicing, and you should consider taking a break. It’s better to not play than to allow playing to become a negative experience.
Now, get that robin hall piano for all course and start practicing! Remember also that you’re going to need some patience. Becoming a great pianist takes a lot of time. Stay committed, and don’t give up when you’re struggling to build new skills. Stick with it, have fun, and you will get better.
A BreathTaking Piano Piece (one of my favorites)