Creating a Personal Piano Plan
Whilst millions of people throughout the world have discovered the joys of piano, it’s likely that those millions at some point in their piano education also experienced extreme frustration.
Of course, learning to play any kind of music is challenging, and there are few ways to reduce the challenge without reducing the experience.
The key, according to many professional pianists, and manufacturers such as Yamaha pianos is to devise a personal plan.
Planning is essential in many situations. Students are encouraged to plan their studies whilst many people have a career path which they put into place to guide them to their ultimate goal. Therefore, it seems entirely sensible that someone setting out to learn a complicated instrument as the piano would also set down a plan.
1. Set a Target
When learning to play the piano, every person has their own reasons for doing so. It might be that they wish to be professional; it may be that they wish to teach or their aspiration may be much more personal in terms that they simply want to be able to play their favourite song. The key is to have the goal because without having it, there is nothing to realise.
Whilst many children are encouraged into piano lessons, just as many adults have neither the time nor the free finances to enable them to have private tutelage. However, without the eyes and ears of an independent expert, it’s unlikely that any student player would be able to improve. Whether they opt for online training, group lessons or private tutoring, having someone to give guidance, troubleshoot and drive the student towards their target is a must have.
In order to make progress in any field, from piano playing to learning to drive, it is necessary to be a little introspective. This means examining the progress which is being made and being able (and honest enough) to sit down and give oneself a good talking to. Whether it’s a pep talk or a good telling off, if the goal – whatever that may be – is important then the key to achieving it is to be honest enough to say “this is good enough” or “this is not good enough” and to work from that point.