If you want to play well you really do need a good piano practice routine, especially as a beginner. A great deal of practice and discipline is required for those wanting to learn how to play the piano. There are also some necessary skills that will make learning to play the piano much easier to do.
Everyone is different. Some people learn faster than others. Therefore, everyone needs a different practice routine. However, everyone needs to practice. Without regular practice you cannot hope to acquire the skills you need to become a good player. In no time at all, you will learn to enjoy your practice sessions, but, at first you will need to follow some sort of routine. Doing so makes sure that you get into the habit and ensures that you do not constantly take the easy path and only practice things that you already do well.
Putting together effective piano practice routines
Here are the skills you need to put together practice routines to ensure that you learn them. Use it as a starting point and look for apps, courses and other resources to help you to do this. In time, we will add pages that will help you with this. In the meantime, we suggest that you use Google searches and piano learning forums to find what you need.
Practice Reading Piano Music
Before an individual can begin to play the piano, he or she must be able to read sheet music. This is often taught at the beginning of a piano-playing course in order to familiarize the student with this practice. Players must not only be able to read sheet music, but they must also be able to find the corresponding keys on the piano keyboard. This usually takes a great deal of practice, so in the beginning, a player’s range might be restricted to only one or two bars of this instrument. There ares some great music reading exercises available online.
Improve your Manual Dexterity
Having a wide range of motion in the hands and fingers is essential. Advanced players must often stretch their fingers a great deal in order to play certain notes. Those who find they lack manual dexterity can perform exercises to help them improve this, and piano warm-up exercises can also prepare the hands and fingers for playing this instrument.
Improve your Sense of Rhythm and Hearing
Piano players should have a good sense of rhythm to play pieces at the right tempo. Rhythm is especially important whenever a player is accompanying a soloist, as he or she may need to adjust the tempo to keep up with that singer’s pace – Rhythm is something that can be improved over time, so those who have poor rhythm can take comfort in the fact that this trait normally gets better with experience. This page has some great exercises to improve your hearing skills so you can pick out the rhythm and replicate it.
Good hearing can be helpful in that it can let players know when they have hit a sour note. It can also be useful whenever a player wants to improvise while playing – The pianist will know if these additions sound pleasing.
Those who find they are lacking in one of these areas may want to work on improving their skills before taking lessons. During a course of study, these traits will naturally improve, so amateur musicians can sound like professionals in no time at all.
How to recognize the keys on a keyboard
When you first start to play a piano, all the keys will look the same. However once you start to play and learn where a certain key is, your brain will start to remember and the various keys will jump out at you.
The middle key on a keyboard is known as middle C and this is where you place your thumbs. You can recognize middle C by looking roughly at the centre of the keyboard and looking for two white keys where there is no black key.
The left half of the keyboard from middle C is known as the Bass Clef and the right side of middle C is known as the treble clef. The treble clef is generally played with your right hand and plays the melody – whereas the bass clef is played with your left hand and plays the accompaniment or bass notes.
In an 88 key piano, there are 36 black keys and 52 white keys. The scale on a piano is repeating and goes C D E F G A B. The black notes are called Sharps or Flats, depending on whether you are playing a black note down from a white note or up from a white note. For example if you were played middle C and then the black note below that would be called a Flat – If you played the one above its called a Sharp.
Practice Playing Scales
A piano scale is something that everyone from beginners to professional players have to practice. The scale goes from one key to the key that is 8 notes (called an octave) above that key. There are numerous types of scales. Scales are known as major or minor scales.
It is important that you take time to practice your scales. The reason for this is that the repetition builds not only the muscles in your hands but the muscle memory. After a period of time, your hands will find it much easier to play the scales and you will find your hands go to the next note, without you having to think about it.
Once you have mastered scales, you will find it much easier to play pieces of music.
Reading the piano music
Even piano for beginners, it is possible to play without being able to read music. My Father-in-law is a classic example. He learned how to play a song by listening to it and then repeating it until he worked out which notes to play (it took trial and error to accomplish this goal).
There are some great pianists who have never bothered to read music and who can improvise and make a piece their own. However I have found that not being able to read music can be disabling. It is so much easier to pick up a sheet of music from a song that you don’t know and by recognising the notes, translate them to the keys on the piano.
Learning to read music can be a pastime in its own right. In fact there are qualifications in just reading music and music theory – Of course if you want to become a song writer then learning to read music is a must.
There is much to learn, but put simply a sheet of music is divided up into two sets of lines. The top set which has five lines is the treble clef and the bottom set (also five lines) is the bass clef. The treble clef is played with the right hand and the bass the left hand.
Whether a note is situated in the space between the lines or on the line tells you which note it is. There is enough room for two octaves of notes on the treble and the bass side. On the treble side middle C is located on the added line below the five lines and on the bass clef it is the added line above the five lines.
If you look at the notes on the lines they go up E G B D F (this can be remembered as every good boy deserves fun) if you look at the notes in the spaces this spells FACE.
We hope you have found this piano for beginners guide useful. Below is a free video to get you started on the road to learning the piano.