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6 ways to turbocharge your piano playing

Posted last February 2, 2010, 10:39 am for Grade Music Tutors in Business report article

"I wish I could play the Piano!"

We hear that statement all the time at our various events, and concerts. I have to admit, I'm always surprised when I hear such a comment, because it’s quite possible to gain pleasure from learning, playing and entertaining others with the right dedication and directed effort.

I think what people really mean, when they say they wish they could, is that they've tried it - maybe only once -  and they didn't get any results.

I suspect this applies to a lot of aspiring musicians.

Learn from the world's top great pianists and watch your results soar!

1. Decide what you want
Quite simply, you need find out what exactly you want to achieve. Is it to play songs or pop tunes? Perform with others? Take exams and gain certificates for your own records?

2. Be realistic about what you want

Also you need to honestly ask if you have what it takes to achieve your goal. Often many people will say something along the lines of “I want to play Madonna’s greatest hits by my first year!” Thinking it’s easy to replicate what the professionals do on TV.  A more realistic aim would be to . Family members and friends will be able to honestly tell you if you have any musicality, but it also helps to speak to musicians, whoever they may be and find out from them, what it takes to succeed, based on your own strengths and weaknesses.

3. Set a date for when you want to achieve your goal

Once you’ve settled on a realistic goal, you need to think how long it will take for you to achieve and what exactly it will take

4. Commit to a practice schedule

It is important that you find a time that works for you and stick to it. The point of a schedule is to get into a routine and build momentum. Constantly changing your practice time means you're at the mercy of other things that might be distracting.

5. Focus on a few Things at A Time
Don't try to learn everything all at once – it just won’t work. Break your practice down into easy to do-steps. It is better to focus on one or two areas, working on it repeatedly and becoming a master than to try and learn 10 different new things and only develop sketchy knowledge at best.

6. Work on improving your memory.
That’s right! Your brain is the other important tool other than your hands. You can make great progress by simply practicing memorisation exercises that will help you remember.

Do these 6 things and you'll find learning the piano/keyboard more enjoyable