Have you started to learn the piano? Are you feeling a bit unsure about what you should be doing outside of your lessons in order to progress with your playing? Here are our top 5 Practice Tips to help you when learning the piano!
Starting lessons may seem a little intimidating at first: picking up new knowledge, new skills and adapting to a whole new way of thinking can all feel like a lot to take on board. Understandably this can be daunting, however it’s undeniably a very exciting and rewarding challenge! Many people tend to limit themselves, after questioning if they too old to begin learning a new skill (remember, there is no such thing as being too old to learn piano!), so here are some pointers to help you along your journey.
1) Set yourself individual goals
Learning any skill is an individual process where your success is measured against yourself. Knowing what you want to achieve as a piano player is a necessary step. Are you learning for enjoyment? To learn a specific song? Do you want to sit digital exams to gain qualifications? Having your goals in mind will keep you motivated to stay on track.
2) Adapt to making active listening an important part of your learning
A really valuable practice is making yourself aware of music in general. Think of professional musicians who are overloaded with musical trivia - it’s great practice for them! Taking time to simply listen to music and engage with what you’re hearing stimulates your brain to develop a great musical ear. Ask yourself, what instruments can you hear? What are the tempo and melodies like? Are there any key changes? It’s fantastic to simply engage with music!
3) Play for others to celebrate your achievements
The amazing thing about music is that it’s meant to be heard and shared. It’s a social thing, and although your journey of learning is individual to you, it’s important to share your achievements with others. Play through your pieces to your friends and family! Don’t stop if you make a mistake. Performing to a live audience is a great skill to learn as well as a hugely enjoyable one. If this seems too formal, then simply have a live jam with other musicians! Celebrate that you have this new skill within you, and reward yourself for how far you have come.
4) Take a breath…
Anything in life that takes time to learn can become stressful. Learning your way around the piano won’t come to you in one night so don’t stress if there are days when you just feel head-over-heels overwhelmed. Our advice… take a breath! Take some time away from the keys, reflect on your practice, reset, and start again when you feel ready.
5) Keep a journal
Journalling throughout your journey can not only help with keeping that individual goal in mind, but will also help you to track the progress being made. You don’t need to write a lot, simply reflect on your practice and write down the fundamentals you went over. Writing down the exercises can help you to look back at the bits you are struggling with so you can go back to them at a later time.
BUT... the biggest and most important tip to take away is to have fun! Learning the piano has so many benefits, and is such an enjoyable journey to be on. Remember, being an adult and learning the piano isn’t a disadvantage in any way - in fact it can be an advantage for many reasons!
If you’re thinking about online piano lessons and aren’t sure where to start, read our other blogs for more inspiration and contact Piano With Jayne to try a free virtual piano lesson!