We’re back with 5 more practice tips! Hopefully our last post encouraged more playing at home and better results. If you missed it, check out Part 1 now to continue making your practice sessions more effective and enjoyable.
1. Being a pianist is much more than just playing the notes
It’s important to know where this piece of music came from. What were the composers intentions? What is the story behind the piece? You, as the pianist should know everything there is to know about it. What to bring out, what to tone down. You are the story teller and need to convey that meaning to the audience. This will only help you be more connected to the work and also remember it better too.
2. Write on your music
It's completely fine to add personal notes to your score, especially if you keep on missing something. It's always a good idea to make a photocopy of your score before writing on it so you'll always have a clean version as well.
3. Record yourself
We are lucky to live in the age where technology is ever present and accessible. Take advantage of this and record as much as possible! Not only will you have a track record of all your progress but you'll also be able to experience what your practicing as a listener rather than a player. Listen for something you like about your performance and something you may want to consider doing differently. It's even better if you're able to film yourself. This way you'll be able to see what you look like while performing.
4. Be in the right frame of mind
If you are hungry, tired, or simply not the mood- do not practice! You'll end up making more mistakes resulting in even more frustration. If you do need to play something, play a piece you know really well.
5. Reward yourself
At the end of your session, play your favorite piece as a reward and remind yourself of your hard work!
Let your teacher know how it's going at your next lesson, or ask them more about practicing at home! Are these tips helpful? Comment below with your success!