You know today’s topic is about staying committed and motivated being a beginner learner on the piano. It does take commitment in terms of time and energy and sometimes money to learn on piano. There are so many options now, you can continue to find a local teacher or participate on the many online piano courses. It takes dedication and time, focus and perseverance to learn the piano.
Some tips that I suggest in staying motivated is using a piano journal or music journal. This will help you in creating regular time for your practice and progress. During that time, plan out the piano practice dates, the duration of your practice, your goals and what you wish to accomplish. I suggest you do this month ahead and review every time you practice as it will help you ensure that you spending the time focus at the piano and taking a look back at what you have an accomplished.
Practicing every day even for 5-10 minutes is much better than two to three times a week at a longer duration. This way you have consistentcy and you are being focused on the task at hand in your practice.
Mastering challenging! Setting your expectation.
Set reasonable goals no one expects you to be a pianist performing in the concert Chambers overnight unless of course, you’re a child prodigy!
Set practice goals, strive to practice 30 minutes every day and practice with an adequate amount of time is the key in improving.
You can measure your progress by setting milestones. So if you start a new piece on Monday and try to gauge how difficult it is and each day little by little. By which Saturday you may develop your practice whereby you are using both hands of the first section learned by the end of the week.
Choose to learn a specific style that will keep you excited like Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock or Classical. This particular piece or style of music will help you keep motivated towards your goal and stop you being discouraged as you remind your self the joy you receive and why you’re playing the piano.
Staying the Course
At times you may feel like you want to give up! Feeling like you’re not enjoying it or nothing is working and you feel frustrated you can’t see any results simply forgetting to keep consistent and focus.I recall sitting with some friends who remarked that he loos interest in playing his mini grand piano. Just sits there and needed some help to overcome this!
I’ve got good news it’s easily fixed, to really get excited and motivated to learn.
Learn to play the music you love.
I love the piano it allows you to play anything so why not start to learn in the style you prefer. If you love what you play it never feels like work. Do what you love whether that’s playing any of the styles Romantic ballads Beethoven you will see very soon that it’s exciting to hear yourself play again and especially what you love to play.
Many times it just reacquainting yourself with finding your passion. Surely that will be seeking a mentor or teacher who can give you immediate feedback. Seek out groups or fellow piano players on facebook groups who offer online support and can direct you to the ever so many dynamic resources online. Keep a grateful journal of your progress in life this will open up new ideas and reawaken old desires of your original passion.It will also allow yourself to see that you needn’t compare yourself to anyone and continually re-measure your expectation.
Bridle Your Passion, Master to move on.
Stick to what you love, but also vary the music Styles means you’re expanding your repertoire. It’s true it’s important to revisit what you have been learning but keep seeking new music material so you’re feeling expectant of something new. Playing the same style so satisfying and it is tempting to keep playing it over and over again for hours so be aware of that and keep your favorites to a limit. There are many computer apps that have thousands of songs and musical forms so take the time to find as many new favorites and start exploring immediately. This computer FREE music app is called ireal pro of which I use for both my practice and performances. The use of auto-accompaniment and chord charts offers instant access to variations of musical styles you are introduced to the better you will feel.
Set an event day that you can’t miss.
This new repertoire that you are learning how about imagining using it to set a date or event to play at a friend’s party or ensuing events like Christmas. Or even having guests around the piano having a sing-along. Knowing that you’d have to prepare your repertoire so that you can guarantee to get people to sing along with you. Book yourself now and let everyone know of this future event that you going to be performing.
Your keyboard needs to be positioned nearby
Try and keep your piano/keyboard already set up and not out of the cupboard. If possible this will help you just sit down and play and if it’s easily visible so you won’t forget. Treat yourself to a comfortable seat the makes you feel good so when you see the piano you’ll already be in the zone to start playing and it makes you feel good. It’s easy to forget to practice but having it their visually nearby will help you keep motivated.
Play at your best time.
I find my best being most creative in the early mornings and in the mid-morning so experiment until you find the time that best feels good for you. With your music journal, you can charter the exact time window that suits you. Stay motivated and inspired I recommend by spending time going through free YouTube videos because there are so many great FREE instructional videos to help you. If, however, you like playing at 3 in the morning I suggest you get a keyboard with headphones it will save your marriage.
Measure your progress.
We don’t always see the success and the progress that we are working to, sure it does take a lot of work but the formula is, you put in the time the results will always show up. Having a personal teacher near you is preferred and it is encouraging because unlike online lessons you’ll get instant feedback. Everyone feels some sense of gratitude when they’re receiving feedback that is positive from someone they consider a mentor that they can aspire too and discuss the hurdles that you are facing. Keep moving forward and keep inspired by listening every day and watching if possible the music that inspires you.
Right Mentor / Piano Teacher
It’s crucial to find the right piano teacher because when you do, you’ll know that you’ll have the right connection an accomplish so much more quickly. A qualified teacher won’t be able to teach you successfully if the two of you don’t get on well with each other. I suggest Trial lessons first can be helpful to form a bonding impression. If the trial goes well keep monitoring your attitude in following the lessons. It’s natural when some lessons get very difficult frustration will arise, but a great teacher will help you cope and can steer you to overcome your barriers to success.
Failure and discouragement is part of success. Having faced this in your piano practice will help you in your life on how to overcome things with determination. You can create a pathway of success by taking responsibility for your progress and review with someone regularly your progress.
I hope this has been helpful.