Practice Techniques to Follow Daily will help you progress three times as fast in piano! Simply follow these practice techniques to follow daily below and you won’t have to practice three times as much. Instead you only need to practice three times as effectively.
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Piano Training Tip # 1 Record Yourself Practicing! – A video tells a millions words such a note accuracy, posture, confidence… you get my drift.
2. Be aware of key signature (sharps or flats), tempo markings (fast and slow), dynamic markings (loud and soft) and time signature (how many beats per measure)
3. Practice piano with a plan! Choose from one of the following 3 methods:
4. Metronome – after learning the notes use a metronome at a slow speed. If you start at 80 work your way up gradually by adding 5 or 10 to that number so that you have a gradual increase in tempo over time. If you cannot play it accurately slowly, then you cannot play it accurately fast!
5. Chaining – Learn your piece in 2 to 4 measure increments. If you have a 24 measure piece simply add 4 measures a day and you will have learned in all in just 6 days! Baby steps are always slow but sure.
Visualizing – Isolate the exact 2 or 3 measures you are having trouble with. Then, look at your hands after memorizing that passage. This way you can learn a difficult section by just the way it looks on the piano. Visual learners love this method…
4. Try not to play your piece all the way through each day and not stop to fix rough spots. Spending too much time on the parts you can play well while avoiding the “tricky” measures does not make for a smooth overall performance.
5. Don’t delay success with your piece of music by skimming over too fast. SLOW tempo practice yields great results. Then you can speed it up for your next performance.
Piano Practice Tips
1. Say the letter names if written on the music
2. Say the counts (usually 1-2-3-4 OR 1-2-3) if written on the music
3. Practice each piece at lease three times per practice
session using the above methods.
Once you have mastered a piece or exercise, try to remember to play evenly and slowly. Practicing TOO FAST is a common problem for new piano students. Be aware that slow and even practice will benefit you now and later on in developing a solid foundation for rhythmic and unrushed playing.
Why is it so IMPORTANT TO SPEAK THE WORDS, LETTERS OR COUNTS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE MUSIC.
You might not realize it as you begin your piano studies but after 25+ years of piano teaching I have come to a definite conclusion about the very best way for new students to succeed not only in knowledge of music/piano theory but in playing correct rhythm. It is simply summed up in these 2 basic piano practice principles:
1. Speaking (or whispering) the letter name of each note as you play it reinforces the memorization of the letter names of each key.
2. Speaking (or whispering) the counts underneath each note as you play it reinforces the knowledge of note values plus the EVEN and STEADY BEAT throughout the entirety of the piece.
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