The old saying “Practice makes perfect” is true! You can have all the lessons & all the books that tell you what to do but at the end of the day if you don’t put the skills you are being taught into practice, you won’t progress.
Playing every day is so important when learning a musical instrument especially Piano and Keyboard. You are training your brain to memorise new shapes and patterns you are learning and if you only practice once a week, what you learnt in last weeks lesson you would have forgotten if you’ve not gone away and practiced it.
The most effective way to learn and to quickly progress is to practice daily for 30 minutes in short bursts. Practicing in sets of 10 minutes is a really great way of training, and it’s what I encourage all my students to do. The students that practice this way come back every week and we can progress and move forward. The ones that don’t put the practice in don’t move forward quite so quick, and sometimes end up being stuck on the same song and exercises for a few months.
Putting together a things to practice sheet is very beneficial and you can make notes on this then of the bits you want to focus your time on. For example it might be the middle section in your left hand is in a mess and therefore you need to do some reps of just this section to get it perfected.
A basic plan I set out for students is the following:
10 Minutes on scales and exercises – Run through your most current scales & exercises hands separately then hands together. Absolute beginners I suggest C Major contrary motion scale two octaves and Hanon exercise 1.
10 Minutes on your current piece of music – breaking it down into small sections. Practice hands apart and then slowly hands together. Absolute beginners I suggest Annie’s Song by John Denver or Let it be by the Beatles. You will find these lessons under the beginners course section of our page, so check them out.
5 Minutes, Repeat time – A good exercise to do if you are struggling with one little section is to do it in longer reps, and avoid looking down at your hands. Close your eyes and use your senses to discover the notes and correct fingers! It really does work!
5 Minutes – Finish your practice time of recapping on two things you feel need the most work, for example it may be the right hand of the chorus of your song or the left hand of your exercise you have just started learning.
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Have fun and now go and do some practice! Remember if you are learning songs you love and exercises that you enjoy you are going to want to practice!