Are you struggling with your piano practice? Do you find yourself repeating the same piece over and over again like a broken record? Do you lack the tools needed to practice the piano effectively? Read on for some useful tips to make piano practice effective…
H A Routine
In Place A solid practice routine is vital for great practice outcomes. An example of such a routine is as follows:
- body warm-ups
- technique such as scales and exercises
- polishing of one or more pieces
Aim for quality, not quantity
Itʼs not how long you practice that makes for effectiveness, but the quality of that practice. Playing the same sections over and over with no purpose or aiming to play for 1 hour a day can be counterproductive; Instead think about accomplishing certain goals with your practicing, such as perfecting certain sections of the pieces currently worked on, or developing a particular technique.
Play Scales Differently
Playing your scales and arpeggios differently not only improves your technique, but also helps the brain. It is unclear exactly how this happens. Try some of the following suggestions and notice how your playing improves over time.
- Play arpeggios in groups of four notes, instead of the standard three notes;
- Play scales in different rhythms;
- Experiment with accenting certain notes of the scale;
- Play all 12 major or all 12 minor keys in one session;
- Play with one hand legato, and one hand staccato.
Sections Work Best
Rather than practicing every piece all the way through, only work on the sections that need work. Play the piece once through to find the sections that need work. Mark those sections in the music for easy reference. All the informations used for scales above can also be applied to pieces.
There are a few extra examples listed below. – Slow practice. Play it as slow as possible once a day. – Play the broken chords as block chords, then play as written; – Practice jumps by just jumping to the notes with out playing them; – Break sections up in to bars and perfect each bar before adding the next bar. – Practice the right hand, then immediately after, the left for that same section.
Effective Practice Saves Time
Practice using the techniques outlined above saves time. Because the only focus is the sections of the music you are working on, and the perfection of technique. This means that over time, you will be able to sit down and play your pieces, and they will sound brilliant. You can enjoy the music and the sounds you are making, and your technique will improve. Give the above ideas a try, and let the music speak to you.
Author: Stephanie Mitchell
Stephanie Mitchell is a piano teacher living in Melbourne Australia. She teaches classical piano, along with theory and composition via skype and FaceTime. She also enjoys writing about all things piano at her blog me and my piano If you would like to learn more about taking lessons online, visit Mitchell Piano Studio.