Learn The Basics of Piano Playing

Learning the Basics of Piano Playing This is a beginners guide to learning piano of some of the easiest things you can implement to be a better piano player.  Some of it may not seem fun but will help you learn positive habits that you won't have to unlearn later.  Some of these tips may even seem too simple but I have struggled from them myself.  Please include any tips in the comment section below

Understanding how music works in terms of content and form is the key to productive practice.  Once you have a good foundation of the music and piano, you will be able to improvise and add your own style while keeping good habits.

Make Sure to Relax

When playing be sure to relax while practicing and stroking the piano keys. When you are stiff and rigid with the anxiety of trying to get the right notes at the right time, it makes playing piano, not fun. A relaxed hand is much easier to get to the right place at the right time.  Also, you want to have fun while playing!

The Enjoyment of Playing

Play something that interests you but is also familiar. There is no sense adding the burden of playing unfamiliar music on top of learning to press the right key, although, in time, you will be able to look at any sheet of music and play something close to what is written. When we first learn to write, we learned the alphabet and how to spell. We didn't join a spelling bee the first week of kindergarten. The same applies to the piano. In the beginning, start with an easy piece of music.This will help accelerate your skill.  Play what you are familiar with if you are practicing to play by ear: advertising jingles, TV theme music, popular folk songs, etc.

Get Better at Playing Fluidity

Do you play by ear? You ought to try it. I stumbled upon this and my fluidity increased greatly once I started actively playing by ear. Or put simply, without any songs, sit down and play the melody for something which is very familiar to you. Include some harmony as appropriate. This ought to be music you have not formerly played from printed sheet music.

When first listening and playing piano, I had to try different notes.  This will help you fill in areas of your playing if you lose pace with the sheet music. In the beginning, it will seem hard, but it will greatly improve your sight reading capabilities although you don't have to become an expert at playing by ear!

Tips for Improving Your Piano Memory

Try playing the piece of music you are learning immediately before going to bed, another idea that has more to do with biology than anything else. It should be the last thing you do before laying your head on the pillow. During the day, our brain stores many things in short term memory. These memories are transferred to long term memory during sleep. The memories of your practice session will tend to get overwritten by the events you do later in the day if you are doing anything after your practice. Will bring these memories to the foreground, playing the song one time just before bed. They will be transferred to long-term memory more efficiently.

Keeping the Rhythm Consistent

If you only play a portion of the song, the trick is to play what you play in the proper rhythm. In other words, practice keeping the rhythm going or try it again at a slower pace. Don't play the cords. Alternatively, play one or two notes in the cord rather than the whole thing. Before long, you will be able to get more and more notes included in the cords, or you will learn which notes are optional. In most cases nobody but you will realize that there is a note missing.

Learn the Keyboard Layout

The following graphic signifies which keys on the piano keyboard correspond with all the notes over a staff of songs. This picture will help you when you get confused. If you need to, save this picture to your computer so you can come back to it (better yet, print it). Depending on the keyboard or piano you have, you may have a different amount of keys.  As long as you can start from middle C, you will always be able to know where you are at.  I have tried to include as many different keyboards as possible.

Play Piano Online, Middle C on All Piano Keyboards

Learn Music Theory to Improve Piano Playing

The time where I saw the most improvement in my playing was the semester when I was taking a music theory class, although I've played for a long time now. All of a sudden, I could actually hook up chords that will sound excellent together or be able to notice where a track should go. The great thing about the idea, though, is that you don't even have to have a level in theory, and even know anything at all too innovative for it to be useful. For example, you will be better at seeing arpeggios, triads, or maybe you've hearing the chord progression. For starters you may make chords and recognize essential signatures will help you understand what you're playing. The truth is, one of the most valuable aspects of songs theory could be knowing how to recognize key signatures. To just know from the start which notes will work well. This is because your playing goes from tinkering around until you figure out which notes sound good. So, for the purpose of becoming a better piano player, I would really recommend studying, at least, the following aspects of music theory:

•Recognising key signatures

•Recognising intervals

•Forming chords

•Chord progressions

This will help you improve tremendously over the long run even though it seems tedious to learn.

Make Sure to Challenge Yourself

This is something that many students fail to do though this may seem obvious. If you want to get better, you have to actively challenge yourself. Just as a body builder wants to lift more heavy weights to be stronger, a pianist needs to play tougher pieces. Too often, individuals will get lured in the rut of only actively playing songs they understand. In fact, this is actually the most common thing I see when students plateau. They are trapped playing music that is, to be honest, not difficult for them. Challenging yourself will help you, though. This is not to say you cannot play easy songs that are beautiful, or you have to learn Chopin's complete list of études.  I tell people that they should start with music that challenges them and plays slowly. The only instances I've seen improvement were my trainer would advise songs that he thought were actually out of my league. This is not to say you ought to jump for the most difficult music you can find. But simply pick pieces which can be a little away from your league in technical capacity or in anything at all you're hardly good at and you may get better. Find a song that's hard in the left hand if you're struggling with your left hand. It's always great to be focusing on at least one item that problems you. At some point, you'll reminisce and be impressed by how far you've come.

Learn to Slow Down Your Playing

I can not explain to you how many times I actually have had to inform people (and been shared with for that matter) to rehearse playing slower. Too many people buy this notion the faster they play, the more effective it is.  Or the key for you to get better is playing faster and faster. And your playing becomes sloppy, now this isn't true because what actually happens when you play fast all the time is you start to miss notes. When you start to miss information in an area, you don't need to play it repeatedly fast, you must slow down. It doesn't subject how well you know you know a piece, listen to it slowly at a minimum of one time for each three or four periods you listen to it fast. If you can't even play it slowly, why would you ever think you could play it fast, after all? Think of it as accuracy, speed will come from repetition. Play the music and find the part exactly where you have to slow a bit or where you make some mistakes. 

Now get a tempo where you could play that section evenly, and practice the whole song in that slower tempo. Then, despite you think you've mastered a song, just play it slowly and gradually.  Over time increase the tempo. It isn't a race to get to the finish but once you have a good handle on the piece of music, it will build your confidence.

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