Trust me when I say this, learning to play the piano correctly demands practice. But who wants to exercise this art more than they have to? Here are the top eight ways to get the most out of your piano practice:
- Schedule your practice time and set ‘realistic’ goals: Learning piano needs dedication. So, schedule out your day and find time to practice. Ensure that this is an uninterrupted time slot, and you are away from your smartphone and disturbing siblings while you are at it. Unplug the phone and lock yourself in a cozy room if you want to use your piano practice time properly. This is a must step to strengthen the love affair between you and your instrument. On such a lovely date, you don’t want any disturbances. Follow your planned schedule regularly and keep practicing.
- Metronome: A metronome is a tool that generates a click at a fixed interval of time. You can check and record how fast you would like it to go based on beats per second. Metronomes are crafted to establish your rhythm abilities, and if you try to play without one, you’re doomed to create aimless music. Put your trust into the metronome mechanics, and you’ll stay on beat, always!
- Smooth: Few days after fixing a schedule and practicing your beats, you will notice that your metronome is the reason for your boredom. If so, the chances are that you’ve either got it turned up loud, or you’ve evolved so much, you are ready to concentrate on other piano skills. While moving on from the constant metronome schedule, shift to learning smoothness. During the phase, your time and rhythm have improved, and now you are more inclined towards playing with passion than merely following a steady beat. In other words, it’s the best time to work on your smoothness whenever metronome bores you.
- Don’t be shy: Talk about shyness! Failing to play in front of others regularly will only turn you into a master among one: (yourself)! Get used to welcoming small crowds, and you’ll ultimately gain the courage to play for a group of a thousand.
- Mistakes have no place: This is where training in front of others pays off because if you committed some error, you could be sure you’ll know about it. And as frightening as this may seem, it’s a good thing. You want to catch and correct mistakes before you solidify them as a constant fixture in a public performance.
- Hands: Since the right hand mostly plays the most complex part of a song, you’ll want to practice it as much as possible. Take it really slow if need be, and then gradually speed up to the appropriate tempo when you’re sure.
- Speed: There’s an intriguing theory in the piano community that says that playing faster increases skills. This is a theory, of course, that only works after you’ve properly studied a piece at the tempo you’re OK with. And it’s idea maintains that “speed playing” makes music appear more comfortable to play than it is.
- Take it slow: You’ll never master the piano if you constantly play it while angry, tense, or worried. Individual pieces of music require that its artists relax. If you never learn how to unwind during practice, your anxious, angry, or afraid condition will eventually become your personal playing style. And the music you perform will insert the same condition within your listeners. Sad! Learn how to relax your hands, wrist, arms, and shoulders. Find a suitable position and learn how to beam while you’re playing. Yes, playing the piano is a difficult ballgame, but you should never force it.