1. Use a video recording device to see your progress. Even a cell phone recorder will reveal many secrets such as note accuracy, dynamics and posture!
2. Use a metronome for developing a steady rhythmic beat in your piano playing. Best use is to learn the notes comfortably first then add a slower tempo than designated and work your way to the desired tempo.
3. Hot Tip! Use the chaining method when you learn 4 measures one day then 4 measures the next to create a chain. Very effective for faster learning!
4. Visual Method: Choose a difficult 2 measures and practice it 3 times while reading the music. Then on the 4th run through look at your hands as you practice. It is often easier to memorize the hand movement rather than read the notes!
Practice Guidelines for Piano
Record your piano practice daily and fill in your practice time on one of the Piano Practice Charts below. This works best when you keep your piano practice chart ON THE PIANO!
Be sure to read the very popular post Piano Practice – Don’t Get Bored Like the Kitten. Fun to read and contains hot tips!
Please practice piano as long and as often as you like. I am not going to recommend a particular piano training schedule for anyone. You will find your own pace. Sometimes people ask me how long it will take to best learn to play piano. I simply answer with the question of how much time are you willing to put into your piano practice on a daily basis.
Since this website is geared toward the piano beginners, I think it would be very effective to work at 30 to 45 minute intervals on a daily basis.
Once you have your piano practice routine in order be sure to print out these free 15 beginner piano sheet music pieces.
PIANO PRACTICE CHARTS
Just below you will see 2 examples of effective piano practice charts.
Piano practice chart #1 acts as a grid so that you can fill in the correct number of minutes practiced daily.
Chart #2 is a blue chart which is more simplified perhaps for children’s use.
The third chart can be customized with the actual dates of each day or week if preferred.
Piano Practice Links