Patience is key. That is said a lot in every day life, however it really rings true when taking up the skill of piano. Students sometimes give up right when they are on the brink of becoming excellent pianists and musicians.
A lot of principles such as resilience and consistency are essential when learning the piano, but that can sometimes seem a lot easier said than done. After all, journeys aren’t always linear. There will be times where your motivation is a lot higher than other times, but do not feel disappointed or down on yourself when practicing seems the most difficult thing to do. Trust yourself that things will pick up again. Here are our key tips for you for lifting yourself up from those lesser motivated times and some steps you can take in order to keep yourself consistent throughout your incredible musical journey!
1. Take a breath
Is your relationship with the piano suddenly not great? Have you lost enthusiasm and motivation? Are you finding yourself getting worked up during a practice, or stressed over not being able to get something just right? Take a breath! Being able to recognise when the correct time to get up and walk away from the piano is so important. When you’ve hit a point where nothings moving forward, and you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, it is more productive to go and take a breather. Reflect rationally on your session and go back to it when the time is right. This will ensure you have the correct mindset when playing and you view all your practices as productive and efficient.
Just remember - don't give up! Several adult learners who have come to me over the years had previously had piano lessons before, and they always regret giving up.
2. Listen to some music
If you have no motivation to go and practice, take some time to listen to some music instead. Connect yourself with the melodies, the rhythms, and focus your mind and breathing. It may help to listen to a specific piece of music you are learning, or a song you would like to learn. Being able to relax your body and mind into the musical way should help to prompt you to practice. If you are still struggling to practice physically on the piano, take this time to train your musical ear and go over in your head what you will do at your next stage.
3. Create a checklist and make time
Learning to play the piano whilst every day to day life is still moving may seem overwhelming, however planning your week or schedules can be a beneficial habit to get in to. Write out timings for what you have to do and dedicate time within this to practicing the piano. Even if you can only just fit in a spare 20 minutes, commit yourself to focusing solely on your piano playing. It can be a resourceful skill by also noting a checklist of what you have to practice so you are keeping on top of all aspects.
Like so many other skills and practices in life, learning the piano will take time. You will have days where you’ll be harsh on yourself and feel swamped but know that by using this advice, your journey will stay consistent. You will thank yourself later down the line! Be patient, set yourself little goals and remind yourself of the enjoyment of playing.
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