The Piano Practise’r’s

Some piano students are able to practise regularly without much effort, while others struggle. Long term piano students who do well in piano lessons often excel in their studies. And some even have time for other hobbies. This poem explores two important factors that give long term piano students their ability to do so much.

3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class

Piano teachers teaching in localities where interest in piano lessons is just developing often encounter a lot of students who have an examination mindset. With many, this mindset can be so fixed, that these students will not practise anything unless it is clearly evident that it is part of an examination syllabus. Many piano teachersContinue reading “3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class”

How to learn a new piano piece

  PS : TOG & SEP are my short-forms for playing hands together and hands separately. Sight reading a new piece it’s always TOG, Bit by bit else you’ll have to slog. Go through the motions on days that it’s tough, Because small bits of practise will make smooth out of rough.

Piano practise : The idea of ‘practising’ learning

The light-bulb moment April 2019 was a month of breakthroughs in piano class. Some of my students had been struggling with things that should have been easy for them, and it took them months to reach that light-bulb moment when everything just fell into place. A solution so simple and easy to understand, and yet,Continue reading “Piano practise : The idea of ‘practising’ learning”

Because I know that success will follow

A letter to the piano student who fears failure and therefore just won’t try.   Dear Student, I’m asking you to make an effort. I’m not asking you to succeed, but to just go through the motions to start with. Because I know that success will follow. Because I know, that someday you’ll move onContinue reading “Because I know that success will follow”

The missing link in piano practise at home

If you’re the piano student who listens, follows instructions and basically does what your teacher asks you to, and are getting nowhere, then this post is for you.

A student like this came to his piano lesson the other day. He’d been practising at home, but it really didn’t sound like it, as not much had been accomplished during that time.

Minimising Piano Practise Disturbances

The set-up and placement of the piano at home may be the cause of disturbances during practise, or the cause of infrequent practise. In most Indian homes, the piano is placed in the hall-cum-living room. Unlike with the violin or guitar, the pianist cannot just take his/her instrument to another room when there are guests. SoContinue reading “Minimising Piano Practise Disturbances”

The biggest practise mistake piano students make

Your piano teacher says you’re not doing well This is a student who wants progress. He/she is an older student, teen or adult, who is not content to learn lots of beginner level repertoire. Who comes to class having put a lot of effort into what is currently being worked on. But this student isn’tContinue reading “The biggest practise mistake piano students make”

A step-wise approach to mindful piano practise

Piano practise should be a time of attention to detail and focus, but so often ends up being mindless repetition. This often leads to breakdowns & insecure playing during piano performances. Many many young students who say they panic and are therefore unable to perform, actually have the ability to perform well, when they use the right tools to practise effectively. 

Here’s a check-list, to help piano students make mindfulness a part of their practise.

7 Scheduling Tips for Relaxed Piano Practise

Many diligent students who practise daily get stuck and don’t do well. Here’s what often happens to them.

Practising daily = Discipline,

Discipline = Rigid practise routines = Practise as a duty rather than a joy,

Practise without joy = Stress and tension which causes tight hands and shoulders leading to bad playing technique.

It’s the exact opposite of the piano teachers goal, which is for the student to be relaxed and creative during piano practise time.

Parent support in piano class

Parent support for piano practise with young piano students is a huge issue. With teachers, because they know the likelihood of any student actually progressing beyond the beginner level depends on this. Even the musically talented student.

For piano parents it’s time and commitment and something more for them to add to their already busy schedules.

How to assess your own piano playing

A guide for intermediate to advanced piano students who have learned their piece and want to be able to assess the quality of their playing on their own, with guidance from their teacher. Getting rid of mistakes You should have learned your piece correct from the very first. However, it is likely that you stillContinue reading “How to assess your own piano playing”

What practising scales is good for..

7 reasons why scales are an essential part of learning to play the piano…. Understanding the ‘key’ of a piece of music Exercising each and every finger Developing strength and agility of the fingers Hand coordination Playing scales in different ways can be used to improve rhythmic ability Developing a good tone Developing focus –Continue reading “What practising scales is good for..”

Getting your child to the piano at practise time

Young piano students generally don’t practise unless there’s supervision. They need help with scheduling practise and they also need daily reminders to practise. Here are a few effective and not so effective ways that parents handle the daily reminders. Tell my children to practise and they will do it on their own Most parents whoContinue reading “Getting your child to the piano at practise time”

Recording your performance

Recording performances once or twice a week, is an excellent method of “Performance practise” – for students who have very few opportunites to perform. Dealing with pre-performance nerves is something every young piano student needs to learn to do and this gets easier with practise. “Performance practise” needs to be a part of the studentsContinue reading “Recording your performance”

2 minutes and 2 steps to Creative Piano Practise

….for piano students to make their practise spontaneous, yet regular and fun. So, students, this is how it works : Select a small section from a piece you like (a line or a phrase of music) – change the section every week Play it for 2 minutes, when you take a break from some otherContinue reading “2 minutes and 2 steps to Creative Piano Practise”