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The Piano Player, Issue #26 -- Boost Your Piano Practice Motivation
December 02, 2015

Tips And Tricks For Beginner Pianists

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December 2, 2015. Issue #26

In this issue:

What's New and Updated?

Play Ode to Joy with Fingernumbers

Teach yourself to play with free piano lessons for beginners! In this easy lesson you will learn about hand position, finger numbers and how to play Ode to Joy by Beethoven! Continue reading

How to Understand Note Values and Rests

Confused about note values and rests? Here are your answers! Learn how to divide the notes, and how to understand exactly how long (or short) a note and rest can be! Continue reading

Famous Piano Performers : Greatest Classical Pianists of the 20th Century

Famous piano performers: The most legendary classical pianists of the 20th and 21st century. Continue reading

Learn to Play Piano Arpeggios

Practicing piano arpeggios is part of an important exercise routine for all pianists! In classical piano technique, arpeggios and broken chords are studied as separate technical challenges. Continue reading

Piano Practice and Technique Tips & Tricks

How to Combat Lack of Motivation

When it comes down to it; despite thinking, dreaming, wishing and imagining about all the beautiful music you could play; the only thing that brings real progress to your playing is… playing!

Practicing the piano can more often than not become a chore, because in a way - it is.

Without a regular "contact" with our beloved instrument, there will be no progress.

So how do you combat that feeling of lack of motivation for practice? Well, the good news about piano playing is, no matter how small, or how little practice you do- if it is done smartly and thoughtfully, you will make progress!

More does not always mean better. Just working on one little phrase, or even one particularly problematic measure, and really master it, can be the goal for one days practice, even if only for 10 minutes.

It will give you the pleasure of feeling you have really mastered it. This will stay until the next time you practice, and "pay off" each time after that. But, on the other hand, sloppily playing through a large amount of material will get you nowhere, even if playing for a long time.

It may feel like; "Wow, I played for 2 hours all the pieces I remember, I really must have made a lot of progress."

Not necessarily so. Plucking your way through a lot of material, does not make you go forward and learn new things or improves you playing in any way.

It simply re-confirms what you have already learned (well or sloppy- no difference) until now.

6 tips on how to get back the motivation to practice piano:

1. It may help to think about "playing" instead of "practicing" the piano. For some, the word "practice" has a negative ring to it. Tell yourself to spend some quality time with your instrument "friend" and just play the piano instead.

2. Find a time that you can be undisturbed for at least 10 minutes, and a time of the day when it is easy for you to focus. For some it is early in the morning, for others late at night. This doesn't matter. Just find the time that's right for you. Turn off all devices, reminding "bleeps" from your smartphone too.

3. But, set a reminder for that time that works for you! The same time daily or on certain days of the week, schedule yourself for "piano time"- even if it's only for a little time. After a while your brain will automatically get prepared for piano practice at that time and day.

4. Divide and conquer. Divide each piece in smaller sections, like I've written about here , and decide to focus on one section each time. Then, to get that motivation flowing, tell yourself you only have to do that little bit today.

5. Remember that even playing just one phrase in one hand, but played with care, beauty and lots of different interpretations-even improvisations- for 5 min. can work magic!

6. A great benefit is that after practicing/playing with focus and attention, your brain will keep "working" on that phrase- even when you're not.

I hope this got you motivated!

Happy practicing!

Your online piano coach,

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