6 Tips to Keep Practicing Fun

When it comes to developing skill in playing piano, the one overwhelming difference between a good pianist and a great one is a commitment to regular focused practice. Unfortunately, sheer willpower is rarely enough to make us stick to a regular routine. To that end, here are a few fun tips to make practice easier and more appealing.

1. Vary Your Practice Location

Monotony is the enemy of enjoyment. Practicing in the same location all the time can be a bit humdrum. By investing in a high-quality electronic keyboard and a pair of headphones, you can take your practice routine on the road. Practice by a river, in a park or any place you love to spend time.

2. Pace Yourself

It’s good to push yourself to get better, but if it gets to a point where practice becomes painful — chances are you will start blowing it off. Practice at a pace that feels natural and is enjoyable.

3. Try a Little Improvisation

Trial and error is an important part of any creative process. If you want to compose music, rather than just learning to play the classics, you’re going to need to improvise. Try adding little variations to songs you already know how to play. If you’re bashful about being overheard — remember those headphones we talked about.

4. Learn the Basics, and Play

Once you’ve learned the basics, there’s a lot of room within those skill sets to play around and create something new. If you haven’t had the experience of creating something new, you might be surprised how satisfying it can be.

5. Mix Up Your Practice Schedule

While there’s no getting around the fact that regular practice is important, there’s no law that says you have to practice at the same time every day! You might be surprised how different playing at night can be from playing in the morning. Different times of day have different aesthetics, and our brains work differently in the morning compared to how they work at night. Play at the time that suits you best, and experiment.

6. Reward Yourself

Your practice ritual doesn’t have to be all about hard work. Try giving yourself a small reward at the start of every practice session. I recommend eating a piece of chocolate. It releases endorphins and, of course, tastes awesome. Win-win!

2018-01-18T11:35:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

2 Comments

  1. Deborah February 23, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Wonderful. At 67 I really struggle with this. I am appalled at how quickly the technique goes away! Right now working on rachmaninoff prelude in C#m that I played in 7th grade! It’s still memorized, but the fingers are not cooperating! Lol. Thank you for the tip and for sharing your music. I love playing it.

  2. David February 26, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Practicing Souls Lament at the moment and find it difficult to maintain a routine. Will try some of these.

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