Practice Tips

boy-on-pianoFeeling discouraged while at the piano? Practicing can be a difficult thing to work into your daily routine.  Here are a few tips to help you get started and get the most out of your piano lessons.

Set Aside a Consistent Time Everyday to Practice

You’ll progress rapidly if you practice piano daily and the faster you progress the more you’ll enjoy the experience. Listen carefully to your teacher's directions and read any notes before you begin practicing. Your teacher will give exact practice times, but younger students should aim to practice for 10 minutes a day, while older more advanced students should practice 30 minutes to 1 hour every day.

Work Slowly & Analyze Everything

  • Work out where unexpected or unknown notes are first, and circle them in pencil on the score
  • If you recognize any scales, write them in.
  • Break challenging pieces of music down, learning only a few measures at a time. Don’t just repeat mistakes, but go over difficult passages slowly until you get them right
  • To familiarise yourself with broken chords and arpeggios, write in the names of the harmonies.

Practicing Scales & Technique

Try practicing your scales using different rhythms. We practice scales to exercise our fingers, work on creating smooth passages in our pieces, and to familiarize ourselves with the patterns of sharps and flats in each key signature. Switching up the rhythms when we practice scales can be a great way to keep them fun and interesting, while still gaining all the benefits. Try starting with a pattern alternating half notes and quarter notes, or two eighth notes and a quarter note, experiment with your own pattern to find something you enjoy playing!

 

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