Learning the digital piano isn’t alwas riviting. The words “practicing” and “fun” don’t usually go together. The facts are practice takes time, effort and an abundance of patience. But that doesn’t mean it always has to be boring. Below are some highlighted top tips to try and bring some fun back into tinkling those ivory keys!
- Commit to regular, brief practice sessions
Watch your favourite television show, then take twenty minutes out at the end to practice. It isn’t fun if you just continuously practice with no breaks or gains in between. It’s no fun if you begin to ache from sitting on your piano stool too long!
2. Set realistic short-term goals for yourself
Don’t set the bar too high, and don’t set the clock either – take your time. Usually, most people won’t automatically learn a piece in five minutes, and you sooner you realise this, the sooner you will estbalish yourself as a learner. Time will go surprisingly quickly if you set yourself realistic short term goals!
3. Be slow, and don’t rush
Practicing takes time, and effort. Don’t try and rush, or you may get agitated that you aren’t reaching your goals quick enough, and easily tire off., which is of course good for nobody. If you rush and cannot at first succeed, you may find the task boring and wear off – which won’t be good at all.
4. Don’t practice too many aspects at once
Perhaps you can try just learning one hand at once, rather than a few at a time. Counting and going through the rhythm will help enormously, as will saying the names of the notes aloud. Don’t worry so much if the note is legato or staccato… just try to play through the notes. Once you start to grow more and more familiar with the notes, you can then combine other aspects, gradually making the music sound better as you go, and increasing both your skills and your confidence.
And repeat again.
6. Use your imagination
Don’t just make practice mundane and repetitive. Learn something jazzy, and make it a game. Everytime you learn a piece, reward yourself, as if you are levelling up on a game.
7. Practice things you’re interested in
This one is important. Often, it’s not your decision which pieces your teacher asks you to learn. However, in your spare time, learn songs you like, but artists/musicians you admire. For example, the digital piano has been becoming more and more popular in the recent years with the likes of Coldplay and Muse, to name but two, bringing the piano back into the forefront of music, and have been known to increase sales of pianos alone. Learn pieces you enjoy, and would actually like to be able to play, and it’ll never be a dull experience!
So,Wether or not you’re playing your Yamaha P-45, your Chase P50 or your Casio CDP130, there are fun and less mundane ways to increase your skills on the ivory keys, and make it more of an activity you enjoy, rather than a chore!