How to Practice the Piano the Right Way

Whenever you get bored with practicing, you just need to adjust your attitude a bit. You don’t have to practice TOO hard. You don’t even have to think of your practicing as “work” or “duty”. Stop a moment and think about it: you like music and want to play something that has a lot of meaning to you. You want to play it so that the music comes through your fingertips.

Right? Well, you need to practice the piano in order to fulfill that wish—not to frustrate it.

Pause for a moment and ask yourself these questions:

What if you could simply look at piece of music and play it correctly right off the bat?

What if you were, for example, practicing for the Olympic swim meet, and felt deep down inside that you have a chance? How would you feel about practicing and training then? Would you feel the need to plunge into it every morning?

What if you broke your ankle and had to stop? Would you want to get straight back to training as soon as possible?

You’re probably thinking “yes” as the answer for all these questions. You need to apply this type of logic to your piano practice routine. Accept the fact that you don’t have to be perfect every single time you play. The only thing that matters is your desire to play as well as you can.

Just begin playing—one note after another, and don’t stop. A journey always begins with the first step. Even if you make a mistake, you keep on going! You can’t learn without the mistakes, after all.

Now, begin thinking personally about your piano.

Like the guitar, a piano is a “touchy” instrument. Think of all the keys, gleaming white, as the “skin” of the instrument; you can either hurt them or please them. Stroke them, and the sound will come out as if a cat is purring. Poke them, and the sound will either sound like a “thud” or a sharp “bark”.

As you are learning to play the piano, don’t think of it as playing “at” or “on” the instrument. Instead, think of it as an extension of your body. In French, the piano keys are called “les touches”, which means “touch points”. Think of them in that way when playing.

Every musician wishes to personalize an instrument. Think of how singers hold their microphones. Think about how guitarists hold their instrument as if they can’t be without it. One of the world’s greatest guitar teachers, Nadia Boulanger, once wrote: “Don’t speak to me of talent—speak to me of desire”.

Thus, think of the keyboard or piano as something that needs to be experimented with. Go to it during your practice and experiment—not to reproduce a piece. There is no one correct way to play a piece. Keep this in mind as you are learning the piano.

Artists vary a great deal, yet audiences return to all of them again and again to hear the same pieces. This is because the same piece cannot be played the exact same way twice.

Here’s how to practice a song:

Sit quietly, relaxed and upright. Listen to the music in your head. Sense its movement pulsing through you, turning around every which way and adjusting to your own pulse. You are the main “instrument” of the music—sitting there alert and vibrating to the music’s rhythm.

As the music fills you completely, and you feel it entirely, mind, heart, and soul, you’ll know that it’s ready to be played. When it has stirred you, lift your hand to the keys and begin to play. Bring alive the music that has already moved you from the inside. Center your focus. Allowing the music play through you is the fundamentals of piano practice.

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