It is said that it takes 10 years to master a skill, but we assume it takes a strong desire regardless of years to become best at something. Your goal shouldn’t be to become a pianist; instead, you should focus on becoming a musician. Being a pianist means you can handle a tool but being a musician, you can create music and that’s creative and interesting.
Get a good instrument:
To get the best outcome, you need to invest in a good quality product, especially when you are the beginner and you don’t have much idea about what to look for, as a rule of thumb always goes for a known brand. In addition to that take advice from your instructor and read up reviews on the internet, you can also go to the store and try playing on a different instrument to see what feels better to your fingers, before making the final purchase.
There is variety of piano products available in the market including digital piano for beginners as well as professionals. This makes it really difficult for you to select the right piano that fit your requirements and budget.
Practice makes a man perfect:
As the old saying goes, practice makes a man perfect.To become a master pianist or musician, you need to practice a lot. Try different genres of music, even if you find them boring, practice reading sheet music and most importantly make it a priority but there are certain things that you need to consider when you get to practice.
Set a schedule and stick to it:
There is a Japanese practice, Kaizen. It means you fix one minute a day for practicing and never miss it. The whole idea behind it is only a small step can bring improvement in your life if it is consistent. Therefore, our advice would be to prioritize your piano practice over, let’s say spring cleaning the house and fix a time for practice. It can be every day, thrice a week or once a week whatever suits you. But once you set the schedule make sure you follow it. And make it a habit.
One of the worst things you can do is to stay in your comfort zone. As with physical exercises you need to push yourself every day to see improvement, it is the same with learning piano. To improve at the piano,make a collection of sheet music and play different pieces every time.It’s best to ask your instructor for suggestions as they are aware of your strengths and weaknesses.
Be realistic when you are setting goals. No matter how big or small it is, it should not be impossible. It’s good to challenge yourself and try to reach higher, but it shouldn’t be so lofty that you get disheartened reaching for it. If you are having troubles in achieving your goals, sit back and reevaluate your targets. A good idea is to talk to your instructor and ask for their suggestions, they are most aware of your skill set and likely to give you the best recommendations.
Practice sight reading:
Sight reading is literally reading a music sheet and being able to play it without any prior rehearsal. When you are practicing its good to play one piece of music again and again but its even more beneficial if you add some random bit of music in the mix. It is alright if you make mistakes while sight reading, errors are an unavoidable part of learning.
Practice playing slow:
Another trick to master the notes is going slow. You cannot play a piece of music until you are able to play it slow. Especially if you are making some mistakes or skipping notes when playing quickly, practice it slowly and do it many times until you perfect it.
Start with classics:
Classical music pieces are great for practicing, even if you find it boring or uncool. Classical music is definitely more technical. You will see a noticeable improvement in your skill once you master a piece of classical music.
Overcome your public fear
An essential aspect of becoming a master piano player is overcoming your stage fright. Even if you are great at your piano skills, you might end up being a jumble of nerves. So, start playing in front f your family. When you are comfortable with your immediate family, call your friends and play for them. You can do church recitals, play in picnics, small functions, etc. It will slowly remove your public fear and make you more confident.
All these and a passion for piano will lead you all the way to your dream.Congratulations on embarking this journey of becoming a maestro, keep your eyes set on the target but don’t forget to enjoy the ride. In short, all you need is a piano, a great strong desire of making music, practicing till you drop, a lot of patience and a good instructor.