Beginner Piano Practice Techniques

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Are you looking for piano practice techniques that are effective and give results?

Here is a simple formula for getting through that first stage of learning the notes in a piece, super-effectively!

Piano Practice Techniques That Work

The best way to work with a new piece effectively is to work with one to two small sections per day.

Learning the notes of a piano piece with the "formula" I will show you below takes very little time. It's highly effective and simultaneously rather intense!

It might also feel really tiring...

That is why it is a good idea to practice like this for a short time. Then you can take a break or play and practice something else.

Piano Practice Techniques

You will build up security, knowledge, and understanding of the piece faster when learning a piano piece with effective piano practice techniques.

Additional benefits: With the following method, it will also be easier to memorize the piece later!

Here's What You Do

  • Start by dividing the piece into sections; 2-4 measures per section.
  • The more complex the music is, the fewer measures; if it is easier, there can be more. Mark the units with a pencil.

Now drill each section with the following 10 steps:

Please note: Only continue with a new section of the piece once all steps are completed without any mistakes. On the other hand, there is no need to ever go backward or repeat any previous step.

  1. Learn the right hand with notes.
  2. Learn the left hand with notes.
  3. Learn both hands with notes, half of the speed you practiced hands separately.
  4. Learn the right hand by heart.
  5. Learn the left hand by heart.
  6. Learn both hands by heart, half speed.
  7. Learn the right hand by heart with a metronome. You can gradually increase the speed from slow to the tempo it should be.
  8. Do the same with the left hand.
  9. Play both hands by heart with the metronome. Start at half speed and work up to where you can play well without any mistakes.
  10. Finally, play a few times, looking at the piano notes again.

This whole process might take you only about 10 minutes to do, but it is very intensive!

By practicing this way, you will learn the piano notes very well and not forget them easily! Yay!

Memorizing, or not?

Please note that even though you'll practice each part by heart, you still need to practice memorizing the piece later. Here it is better to keep the sheet music in front of you for a longer time so that you will keep studying the score and not miss anything.

However, this practice method makes it much easier to memorize when you do decide to learn it by heart.

If you feel up to it, continue with the next part. But you can also, with good conscience, let it "rest" until the next day. It actually improves without you working on it by allowing your brain to work on it by "itself"!

In the meantime, you can polish other pieces, practice technical exercises, scales, and so on. Each day of piano practice, you'll continue connecting all the previously learned parts.

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