Recently, I received a couple of questions from a new member of our community, Bimal! It was great to hear (read) some intriguing and thank you for keeping me on my toes.
“How do we read notations?”
Reading musical score (sheet music) can be tricky as it’s like translating a completely different language. However, once you are able to pick it up, I assure you, there is some logic to the seemingly confusing set-up!
Below, I have included a simple score and a corresponding photo showing you where these notes are placed; I hope this helps. A great tip I have picked up (to start) is to write the letters of the keys onto the piano with a whiteboard marker to start with.
“How to play flawlessly without diverting your mind?”
This is a tricky one, especially when you’re very creative and easily get distracted (like I do!). However, I do find that sometimes I’m simply ‘in the mood’ to play and sometimes I find it hard to concentrate and won’t hit the right keys at the right time. There are, however, a couple of tips & tricks to get around this.
- Routine. Often, players will delegate a specific time of the day to practice and work into their routine; this helps me specifically as I know it’s time to practice.
- Limit the amount of time you are playing; make sure you’re learning effectively and not just playing because you feel you need to. I would recommend no more than 20 minutes at a time to maximise concentration.
- Turn off the outside world. Sometimes, I find simply turning off my phone, laptop and tablet allows me to think without distraction. This doesn’t just stop with playing the piano- if you’re studying or simply want time to think, shutting the outside world out is a good tip.
“How can I be the perfect pianist?”
This is a tricky question. I don't think that I, or many other people, will ever become ‘the perfect pianist’ as we can all continuously develop and learn everyday. However there are a few short-cuts to becoming really good.
Follow my free tutorials, daily, for experienced tips and tricks
Practice every day, effectively, without fail
Be brave and don’t worry about making mistakes- everybody makes errors, even geniuses
Happy fun and only play what you enjoy; this will ensure that you don’t resent playing and practicing. If you’re having fun, it’s hard fo practice to feel like a chore.
I hope this all helps Bimal. If you have further questions and comments, please just get in touch! Please comment and like this post to let me know what you liked and how I can improve!