Color Coding Your Piano Practice




Color coding your piano practice is a tremendous tool!  You might have a little more fun practicing and enjoy the varied colors on your music score.




First rule is to choose a specific color for a specific thing and stick to it.  For example, always use yellow to highlight dynamic markings and changes within the piece.  Maybe you could use green for tempo markings.  You get the idea.

Color Coding Your Piano Practice

If you have 2 different melodies or musical themes in your piece this technique works very well.  Use color to label musical elements such as Theme A.  Theme A (or the first melody line) will probably be both at the beginning of your sheet music as well as again after Theme B.  Labeling each instance of Theme A and Theme B also helps you recognize which measures are exact repetitions of previous measures.

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If you don’t want to use markers in your formal copy simply make a photo copy for your working copy and mark up it instead.  This is particularly effective for you if you are a visual learner.

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 Using Color to Track Success Points

Try using color to track success points within each piece of music   Practicing Section A and playing it without errors is a Success Point.  Use a blue marker and create a circle at the beginning of Section A to represent that success.  You will quickly recognize it again as you use this same symbol and color in another piece for the same purpose.

Use the colored dot method to quickly look at your piece as you are learning it.  Then recognize see which colors are missing.  This is a great quick visual which will yield measurable results.

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