Learn the first way towards technique improvement on the piano online - play a segment repeatedly.
It minimizes the needed practice time to become proficient while maximizing effectiveness.
In one line of a music phrase there is usually one bar or two that is blocking you. Focus on those bars to bring the wall down. Once you have broken through, you shall be able play a whole line smoothly. It is hard to make progress if you try to plow through several lines of notes at once.
I am currently learning the ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’ by Strauss. The piece is 6 pages long. In my attempt to play the song from beginning to the end, while correcting the mistakes along the way it took almost 20 minutes. It would take forever to master the song if I keep this up.
Instead I focus on the bars with those little annoying acciaccaturas to practise on. I can practise the bar alone for a hundred times in 10 minutes. It improves my piano tecnique and reduces the mistakes on the parts of the song that are a problem for me.
All I have to do next is connect that bar smoothly with the following phrase that I can already play well enough. Feels a lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle doesn’t it.
The bars with the acciaccaturas were very difficult for me. To be able to play in time and accurately using my weakest pinkie no less was a hurdle that seemed impossible to overcome. Finally being able to solve that problem, the next challenge is to connect the bar with the next phrase.
To be able to connect them, play the last 2 notes of the bar then continue with the next phrase. The practise is also useful when you have completed the 1st movement of a song and want go on to the 2nd movement.
Always practice the ending notes of a bar continuously with the beginning notes of the next phrase to give you the finesse to sustain playing without interruptions.
Initially, students learning the piano all have a speed limit. If I try to play above the speed limit my fingers become stressed, I hit the wrong keys, the delicate control of my fingers’ touch is loss and there is the risk of injuring myself too.
Speed of playing can only be gained incrementally. It has to happen in stages and slowly. I am unable to play fast at first because my fingers have not acquired the piano technique for it.
In the beginning, please play at a speed at which you can play accurately without mistakes. Increase the speed a little bit once you are able to do this.
To find out at which point your fingers stress, try playing as fast as possible, then play slower and fix the mistakes. I admit that it is a time consuming process, but forcing ourselves to play fast brings no benefit because all we are doing is practising mistakes.
Ballade Pour Adeline
...Ballade Pour Adeline is a piano song composed in 1976. Over a decade later, by the time I was a teenager the song was still immensely popular. If Cupid were to use a piano instead of a bow and arrow this would be the song he would play to make women fall in love.
I was sent to attend a seminar related to my work recently and during the introductions when I mentioned that my passion was playing the piano the speaker instantly asked if I could play this piano song. Her face lit up when I admitted I could. Even now, more than thirty years later Adeline continues to weave her magic...read the full article>>>
How to stay calm during a performance
Playing a piano song can be unnerving when the stakes are high, during a performance or even during regular lessons when expectations are lofty. Find out how to calm yourself down in such situations.
When surrounded by wonderful people whose opinion we care about and respect we crave, there is a sense of urgency to please and impress them.
It is also another source of stress that factors into our ability to stay calm. I have a piano teacher who is tremendously passionate. Her dedication towards seeing my progress has inspired and driven me all these years.
The need to not dissappoint her during our weekly meetings has made me practise diligently everyday, but at the same time it is a source of tension.
The key is to remember that there is always another chance to put on your best show and sweep eveyone off their feet again with your performance. You only need patience. If it does not happen this time, there is always next time...learn more about playing the piano online, read the full article>>>
How to stay committed
Cross the finish line to complete what you started by having peer support, numbers to monitor progress and overcoming the initial hump to help you stay committed and motivated.
...While the music it creates is ravishingly beautiful to listen to, practicing the piano to reach that level of competency takes a long time and admittedly a lonely process. A piano student will spend hours on the piano sharpening her technique by herself. It is not a choice - that is what it takes to be a great pianist.
When we do things alone for ourselves we answer to no one, which makes it a lot easier to quit. Who cares anyway? …Goes the thinking.
Escape from the bubble of solitude by engaging people whom you trust and respect to provide support. Those whose opinion you care about and eager to impress. You may not be able to drag them along with you to take piano lessons together, but you can schedule a mini recital for them to see how you are doing and give honest positive opinions, even negative ones (given in a loving and supportive way) that can help you improve should be welcomed...learn more about learning the piano online read the full article>>>
Piano songs - How to play chords well?
Chords are what define the persona of piano songs most profoundly, in this article tips on how to play them well are given, as well as explanation on the importance of absorbing the musical context of a piece.
...The blending of tempo, rhythm and tone to create harmony as therapeutic to the soul as Rondo Alla Turca better known as Turkish March in the anglophone world or Symphony No.9 is a feat beyond the reach of common men. When I am struggling to play a piano song correctly, the luxury of appreciating the musical context in which it was composed escapes me from time to time. But a thing of such beauty cannot go unnoticed completely.
Which triggered me to ponder, how do tempo, rhythm and tone influence your piano playing and vice versa?...learn more about playing the piano online, read the full article>>>
How To Boost Your Confidence
...A piano instructor will look at your demeanor. She will notice every detail about you. The expressions of your face, the movement of your body, the agility of your fingers, even the bat of an eyelid.
How generous the piano teacher will be with you depends a lot on how sincere you are in absorbing the contents of the lesson. Stay focus on what you are doing on the piano. Listen to every word she says and try to heed them. Even if you can not do as you are told on the spot, remember her exact words and practise exactly as she said it when you get home.
The next time she sees you be sure to be able to show some marked improvements since the last time you met. Having earned the admiration and respect of your mentor has the effect of boosting your confidence manifold...learn more about playing the piano online, read the full article>>>