We’ve been following Julie, a new piano student, through her first lessons. Last week, Julie was feeling like she still had a lot to learn. Let’s see if her practice time is starting to pay off…
I’m into week #7 of my piano lessons and I absolutely love it! I’m learning how to play the song “Someone Like You” by Adele and I’m getting better each week. It’s a big goal that I set for myself and at first I was somewhat intimidated by the thought of learning how to play a pop song, but as the weeks progress, I am getting closer and closer to achieving it which makes this goal seem much more attain able than it did at first.
I am practicing about 4 times a week for roughly 20-35 minutes a day. I have found that this time allotment is the most effective practice strategy for me. Jordan gave me some great practice advice and told me to break songs that I’m practicing into pieces instead of trying to conquer the entire song all at once. So, I break each song into a few different parts and master each part one at a time. As I master each part, I start putting them back together until I can play the song the entire way through.
My biggest challenge is still keeping a steady rhythm. I have a tendency to speed up the tempo which throws me off, so I have to continually remind myself to slow down Jordan gave me some breathing techniques to practice while I’m playing which has really helped me keep a better rhythm and avoid picking up the speed.
I really love taking piano lessons and it’s made a big impact on my life outside of just learning how to play. It’s shown me that nothing is impossible when I put my mind to it and trying something new and unfamiliar to me has given me a great sense of accomplishment just knowing that I set out to do it in the first place.
I live with my boyfriend, Alex, and since I practice at home outside of my lessons, he’s witnessed my piano journey since day one. He keeps telling me that he can’t believe how much better I’ve gotten in such a short amount of time. Jordan has also told me that I’m making great progress so far in the time that I’ve been practicing. It feels great to know that others are noticing my efforts and progress so far.