There are so many different ideas floating around about how to improve your playing as a beginner, so we thought we would put together a list of our top tips for beginners.
Relaxing is such a key part of learning to play, if you relax, you’ll become less tense and less stressed. Learning to play can be stressful, especially when it’s taking a long time to learn a piece. Taking a step back, a few deep breaths and relaxing is a certain way to loosen up and move your focus to the positives rather than the negatives.
- Play Something You Love
If you want to learn to play piano to play pop music, there’s no point in dwelling over classical pieces. Play what you want to play – if that means the latest Katy Perry hit, then so be it. Learning how to play piano should be fun, exciting and most of all, satisfying. The only way you’ll achieve these in the early stages, is by going away having learnt something you recognise.
- Close Your Eyes
So many of the greatest pianists have said this, but we want to re iterate it. Play with your eyes closed. If you can play a piece with your eyes closed well, you will be able to play it perfectly with your eyes open. Not only that, your muscle memory will improve. What’s important though, is to remember, if you need to look at your hands, this isn’t a bad thing and you shouldn’t get yourself down if you struggle a lot with your eyes closed at first.
- Don’t limit yourself to one piece
It can be really good to get really good at playing one piece, but at the same time it can get you down, stressed and eventually push you away from learning piano if you are struggling with it. So what we say is ‘don’t limit yourself to one piece’. Like we said earlier, learning to play can at times be very tasking; especially when you can’t quite get parts right. It’s at this point where it’s good to stop and let your mind dwell over it whilst you move on to something different. This way, you will relax and de-clutter your mind focusing on something new and exciting.
It seems like an obvious one, but it’s definitely worth a mention. Putting in the time will make you a better player, although we know it doesn’t always feel that way when you’ve been stuck on a part or piece for a while. The bottom line is, the more time you invest, the better pianist you will become. Learning how to play piano is no overnight lesson – it’s hard work, dedication and time consuming. Don’t rush yourself; you will get there in the end. Remember to work at a pace that feels good for you and to recognise how much you’ve come on since you first sat down at the piano.