Monday, May 7, 2012

Piano Tips: Getting back into practice.

     One of my favorite things in the world is music.  And although I go through phases of disinterest and get out of practice, playing the piano is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experience.  So, I thought I'd share some of my tips for getting back into practice; primarily, if you've been too busy to play for a few weeks or months, maybe even a year, and would like to begin again.  This is especially helpful if you are teaching yourself, like I do.

1.  Go over your previous piano books, notes, and lessons.  Review notes, names, triads, chords, scales, dynamics, etc.  If you study theory, drag out all the material you have on it, too.  Get familiar with the material you haven't returned to lately.

2.  Spend a few days just practicing scales, chords, Hanon exercises, and technic.  You want your fingers to get back into the groove of playing again.  It will warm you up, and make your fingers looser and faster too.

3.  Set goals.  Decide where you even want to get with the piano.  Do you want to be a Level 6 player?  Do you want to be a piano teacher?  Get to know what you'd like to do with your skill.

4. Create a schedule.  Now it's time to put that goal into action.  Decide how much time you need to practice a day to reach that goal.  Keep in mind - practicing everyday is the key to success.  So even if it's only a small amount to practice time that you can get in, every little thing counts!  I practic from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Now go!  Know what your skill level is, and then practice practice practice! Buy books that teach you the classics.  Always review old material.  And of course, a teacher always help!  Tutorials are available online, as well as classes in your area.

  One thing my parents have always told me - even if you are tired of practicing, never ever give up the skill you have of playing the piano.  It's just too important to lose. :)