Piano practice doesn’t have to be boring! Stay motivated with these three tips from online piano teacher Crystal B...
Playing piano is a great joy for many people, but sometimes practicing can become repetitive and boring. Here are a few ways to enhance your piano practice time while still honing your skills and acquiring new ones!
• Practical Application
Many times the things that seem most boring when practiced alone (such as scales, theory, etc.) can be found in some of your favorite songs. If you’re getting bored with a particular topic, see if you can find a way to incorporate the new knowledge into something that you’ll enjoy playing. You may need to ask your piano instructor for help with this one; he or she can point you in the right direction and give you a song that will make learning the new skill more enjoyable.
• Diversify Your Practice Time
Instead of working on one thing during your whole piano practice time, divide your time between different things. For instance, try warming up with some technical exercises, doing some note reading, and then playing something by ear or using charts. This will help keep things interesting and will also help you become a more well-rounded musician.
• If You Feel Like Playing Something Specific, Go For It!
While it is important to practice things that aren’t always the most fun, remember, learning a new instrument should be an enjoyable and exciting experience! If you sit down to practice and you are really drawn to a particular song, play it! You can accomplish a lot and have a great time by working on a song that really inspires you — even if it’s not what you intended to practice when you first sat down to play.
Remember, the most important thing is that you keep playing, practicing, and learning new things. Have fun!
Crystal B. teaches piano online. She has been teaching all ages and levels for more than 15 years. Learn more about Crystal here!
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