Most people dont really want to learn to play the piano or practice the piano, they just want to play piano. Play sounds like fun, practice sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors practicing scales while all the other kids are outside the window playing.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light. See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to play piano and play it well. If you dont practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you wont be pushing yourself to greater heights.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say proper because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – practice what you CANT play, not what you CAN play.
Studies found that Reading music and playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that comprises motor and multisensory (auditory, visual, and somatosensory) integration in a unique way. Music has also a well-known impact on the emotional state, while it can be a motivating activity. For those reasons, musical training has become a useful framework to study brain plasticity
First of all, work out what you want to achieve. Do you just want to know all your chords without thinking about how they are formed – then work out a practice routine that leads to that goal. Maybe you want to learn about inversions or chord substitution – again, make the practice fit the goal.
Split your practice session into two halves. In the first half play the difficult stuff – your mind is sharper to begin with – then reward yourself with some enjoyable but reasonably difficult tunes. Make sure you are comfortable. Many a bad back has happened because of a bad piano stool at the wrong height. Make sure your piano is in tune. If you dont have a good piano and are serious about learning then GO BUY A GOOD ONE.
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Follow the 3 times daily rule. Repetition in practice is ESSENTIAL. If you find something particularly difficult make sure you practice it at least 3 times every day. Dont worry if it takes months to master – you’ll get there.
Dont play for the neighbours. Practice piano at a time when you dont care who is listening so that you can make lots of mistakes and play things over and over. Organise your piano music carefully – dont keep it in a heap where you keep playing the ones on top. If you download sheet music put it in a folder. Have plenty of shelves near the piano. Be realistic – I truly believe that anyone can learn piano and learn it to an enjoyable level but no two people are alike – some are more naturally gifted than others. If you have an average ability then its all down to practice. The more you practice the more you learn.
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Now and then, practice with your eyes closed – or dont look at the keys – this really sharpens you up. Organise your life so that practice is possible (this where Mindfulness comes in). Too many people think they dont have time to practice when really they just havent found the time. How long should you practice – thats up to what you want to achieve. You dont have to be a concert pianist. Even if you just play for yourself just enjoy that. The archer whos mind is on the prize cannot stay focussed on the target. Accept the bad days when it seems like you cant play a note. Sometimes its better to walk away. So remember that playing piano and practicing piano are different. Which do you do? Aim for a bit of both.
Q : Which is better.. Keyboard or Piano?
Real pianos are great but the one big drawback is you cant turn the volume down so with a piano you tend to end up playing for the neighbours. With a keyboard you can stick on some headphones and play whatever turns you on – you can experiment, make mistakes and sound silly and play something a thousand times without driving other people nuts.
Ideally – have BOTH!
If you are buying a piano it is preferable to buy an overstrung piano not a straight strung! How to tell: Lift the top lid of the piano you should see the tuning pins at the top of the piano. If the tuning pins are evenly spaced along the pin block and the strings are all parallel and vertical this is a straight strung piano. If there is a group of tuning pins at the left and a separate group at the right and the strings cross over in a X shape this is an overstrung piano. Also get a tuner to check it out. I bought a piano once that needed to have the wood treated because all the pins (that tighten the strings) were coming loose very quickly after being tuned – disaster!
What Keyboard should you choose?
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A lot depends on what you want. Do you want a keyboard that sounds and feels like a Piano – then youre looking for a keyboard or Digital Piano with WEIGHTED keys. Listen carefully to the piano sound – dont be bamboozled by all the other buttons. If you want something portable then you are looking for a keyboard. Personally I would still look for one with weighted keys – I hate the feel of light plastic keys.
Get a keyboard with at least 61 keys – anything less and you will be craving for more keys after a few days. Also make sure get a sustain pedal, a keyboard is absloutely a dead thing without one. Without a sustain pedal as soon as you lift your finger off a key the sound stops dead – with a piano at least the strings vibrate for a second or two – the difference is quite noticeable.