Perfection comes only with practice. This statement is in regards to virtually anything including piano playing. Each session will prove to be more successful than then previous. While practicing the piano each day is viewed as a chore to many, if you are able to enjoy playing the piano then it doesn’t have to be viewed that way. A good way to begin each session is playing your world’s favorite song. You know this song by heart and you absolutely love it. Your fingers will move from one key to the next without hesitation. In the end, it is the best way to strike a chord in your heart, so to speak.
Before each day’s practice session, any distractions need to be removed from the practice room. In most cases, your piano should be within a room that has a door keeping distractions out; however, if this is not the case then you just need to ensure that nothing can keep you from fulfilling your entire practice session.
Once there are no distractions in the way, you should take the time to stretch your fingers, neck, wrists, arms and back. Your fingers need to be flexible and comfortable so that they can move freely along the keys on the piano. The rest of your body should also be comfortable to ensure that your practice session goes smoothly – after all, the rest of your body is used when playing the piano.
Taking the time to practice each day will make certain that your playing improves while you strengthen your playing skills. Practicing each day will improve how you play more than when compared to practice sessions of a couple times a week. While you should practice every day, this does not mean that practice sessions need to continue for two consecutive hours. In fact, 30 minutes per day would be more than enough. One thing that should be understood, though, is that playing the piano probably isn’t up your alley if you can’t commit to practicing piano every day.
When practicing the piano, you should always practice the basic chords. For beginners, the root position chords are a great way to start. Some excellent chords to practice include but are not limited to C Major, F Major and G Major as well as D Major, A Major and E Major. Once you have practiced these, you can move on to chords such as Db Major, Ab Major and Eb Major. You can then move on to performing exercises such as the Db Major Pentatonic and a chromatic scale.
When it’s time for a new song, it should be broken up into several pieces. As a general rule, the song should be broken up into approximately four measures. If you handle eight measures then that’s fine as well. Prior to continuing to the next set of measures, master the one before it. You should never expect to practice a full song and learn it 100 percent. Learning the song in sections will help ensure that you learn at a steady pace and get a good grasp of every note that is being played.
It is important that you consider practicing piano every day. Not only will you hone your skills but you will grow as a piano player. After practicing each day for a little while, you will begin to notice that you are progressing much quicker and easier throughout lessons than you would have been had you chose not to practice each day.
While it does take a large amount of practice to learn to fluently play the piano, it can be a wonderful feeling once you have learned. Practicing the piano isn’t going to be the first thing you want to do each day but by using the information listed here, each practice session will prove to be much more successful and efficient.
Bob Titesu has been playing piano for 19 years. If you want free piano lessons and lots of beginner keyboard resources to help improve your playing quickly, visit Best Beginner Keyboard.