Playing music is about so much more than learning the right notes. Our new piano student Julie is getting comfortable reading music, so how will she learn to find the music in the notes? Read on to find out how her teacher Jordan guides her through this part of her musical journey…
I’m now 8 weeks into my piano lessons, and it’s hard to believe that only 2 months ago, I had absolutely no idea how to play the piano. Today, I can play a few songs, with both hands, all the way through without making any mistakes. This is a huge accomplishment for me and motivates me to continue progressing. My sight reading has improved significantly. When sight reading and playing in past weeks, I used to hesitate a lot before playing notes that I wasn’t completely comfortable and familiar with. Now, I don’t hesitate nearly as much and I am much better at identifying notes immediately and playing the correct key faster.
The goal that I set for myself was to learn how to play “Someone Like You” by Adele and because of this goal, I dedicated a lot of my practice time outside of lessons focusing on learning how to play this song. However, Jordan and I have shifted the focus to other songs in addition to “Someone Like You” so that I am improving my playing skills in general and not just learning how to play that specific song. This has been very beneficial for me and it’s the reason why I am much better at sight reading now. Also, because of this, “Someone Like You” is much easier to play and learn now.
The best tip that Jordan has given me is to listen to the song that I’m trying to play over and over again so that I can hear the different notes and then try and play the song instead of just trying to read the notes and then play the song. This tip has been extremely effective for me and I can quickly identify when I have played the wrong note when it doesn’t sound right to me.
I have been practicing different hand and finger exercises to get more comfortable with skipping keys and shifting octaves. I’ve been focusing on some of Hannon’s exercises to improve dexterity and the exercises have really helped my progress.
More from this series…
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 1
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 2
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 3
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 4
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 5
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 6
-Julie’s Journey: Lesson 7