18 September 2018
By Ellie Palmer
60 short, effective pieces of advice for players of any age and level
Armed with these 60 vital tips below, you could fuel your piano practice for the next 2 MONTHS. So, take 1 tip per day, incorporate it into your playing, and you may just notice yourself improving as a player!
Here are 60 short, effective pieces of advice for all pianists out there, no matter what style or level you play.
NEVER apologize for messing up a musical number.You just keep your head held high & proceed like you never made a mistake #MusicianAdvice— Abish S. (@MckingBrdSngs) July 26, 2015
#MusicianAdvice When trying to memorize, sing in your head the whole piece and imagine playing it. This will make your memory secure.— #MusicianProblems (@_MusicProblems) October 10, 2013
Be on time. Period. #musicianadvice— Christina Wilson (@halfblackbird) September 29, 2012
#MusicianAdvice Start supporting one another...— Xavier Riley (@DjXavierRiley) December 21, 2010
Piano Tip: don't only focus on your right hand. Bring out those bass lines! #PianoAdvice— Ron Drotos (@rondrotos) March 19, 2015
Speaking of focusing more on your left-hand... issue 104 of Pianist includes two magnificent 'How To Play' lessons, including the gorgeous Scriabin Prelude Op 9 No 1. Take a look!
Keep the old in high regard, but approach the new with a warm heart. Do not be prejudiced against unknown names. - Schumann #PianoAdvice— කැරලිකාර (@ShawnaSay) July 17, 2012
Pro tip: Double check to make sure that you aren’t supposed to be playing an octave higher.— music.iLuv (@the_musiciluv) July 11, 2018
🙃#WednesdayWisdom #pianolife #musiciluv #musictips #musicilove #musician #octavehigher #musicianlife #musicjoke #funny #music #pianotips #pianotips #pianoteacher
Playing #piano is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out.— Piano Mentor (@PianoMentor) September 17, 2018
#PianoTips a well adjusted sustain pedal makes all the difference in control for a player. Have your piano technician check at next tuning— Piano Trends Music (@pianotrends) July 18, 2013
Count as you play during practice according to the time signature. #pianotips— Rice Music House (@RiceMusicHouse) March 28, 2013
Memorize hands separately, especially the left hand. It is often difficult to get the Left Hand back on track. #pianotips— Rice Music House (@RiceMusicHouse) March 5, 2013
Only if the form is first clear to you with the spirit then reveal itself. - Robert Schumann #PianoAdvice— කැරලිකාර (@ShawnaSay) July 17, 2012
See a better musician? This is an opportunity to learn, not mope about how you'll never reach that level. #MusicianAdvice— #MusicianProblems (@_MusicProblems) August 16, 2013
How to find the right chords? Try this! Identify melodic note played on down beat & play bass note @1,3 or 5 intervals (+1octave) BELOW melodic note w/LH pinky. Roll notes@1-5-8 to 10 intervals ABOVE bass note. Jazz it up w/7-9 #pianotips #pianohelphttps://t.co/FkSbhVTyKx— AJ (@aj32317) July 20, 2018
#TuesdayTip #musicadvice— Arrows Music Lessons (@arrowsmusic925) August 7, 2018
...Practicing while counting out loud can prove be an invaluable tool in helping you develop a stronger internal clock and memorize difficult passages with more rhythmic precision... pic.twitter.com/8d2Rm74hxL
Now, for some Pianist tips...
#TipTuesday If you're in the midst of preparing for a piano exam, remember that the examiner is your friend and not your enemy! It may be their job to 'judge' your performance, but ultimately they get joy out of seeing students excel. They're not evil😉 https://t.co/ldqJQZFnmg— Pianist magazine (@pianistmagazine) June 19, 2018
#TipTuesday When practising left-hand arpeggios, particularly C, use your fourth finger on the second, fifth, ninth, and twelfth notes, as this is the natural positioning of your hands.— Pianist magazine (@pianistmagazine) July 3, 2018
More tips here: https://t.co/b1sHlvF3Uo
#TipTuesday "You don’t always need to fill the space...I want every single note that I play to mean something." - @NadeshikoReeA— Pianist magazine (@pianistmagazine) July 24, 2018
Such a simple yet crucial aspect of improvising and composing! Read more: https://t.co/V228OLJaVV
#TipTuesday Put some time aside, away from practise, to listen thoroughly to a recording of the piece you are learning. Try and follow the piece with your hand movements.— Pianist magazine (@pianistmagazine) July 10, 2018
How can we successfully learn a song when we don't know how it sounds? pic.twitter.com/tmuPLyKTEd
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The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 1: Set a Clear Goal. If you sit down at the piano and say, 'I’m going to play for a bit', you aren’t going to to learn anything. Instead, set a goal. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic #IMS #IndependentMusicSolutions— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) June 29, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 2: Warm Up. Boring! We get it. It’s a tedious way to start, but without it, you put yourself at risk of carpal tunnel and tendinitis. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic #IMS #IndependentMusicSolutions— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) June 30, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 3: Set Aside Time for Fundamentals. Make sure at least 15 minutes of your practice time is set aside for things like scales, accuracy, and timing. You only gain technical skills by repetition. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic #IMS— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 1, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 4: Slow Down. The trick to learning hard songs is learning them at half-speed and then slowly speeding up. Slow down to whatever speed you can play it perfectly. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic #IMS #IndependentMusicSolutions— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 2, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 5: Use A Metronome & Slow Down Again.— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 3, 2018
If you can’t play a song in time, then you can’t play the song. 'Flight of the Bumblebee' is played at about 500bpm. But do not start trying to learn the song at 500bpm. Start at 50bpm. #Piano
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 6: In Case You Didn’t Hear it, Slow Down— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 4, 2018
We can’t stress this piano practice tip enough. Good musicians learn how to practice a fast song at a tenth of its speed, and then gradually speed it back up. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 7: Listen. Name your top 10 fav pianists. If you don’t have the list, you haven’t listened to enough pianists. You have to know what 'great' sounds like, to sound great yourself. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic #IMS— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 5, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 8: Imitate, then Innovate. After you listen, try to copy the piano solos you love, & then try to make them better. This is where you find out who you are & what is special about your piano playing. #Piano #PianoTips #TeachMusic— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 6, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 9: Take A Break. You’ve warmed up, spent 15 mins on fundamentals, learned how to play 'Jupiter', & now you are on to 'Mars'. You spent 20 mins listening & copying Fats Waller solos. What do you do next? You stop & breathe. #Piano— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 7, 2018
The 10 Best Piano Practice Tips to Remember - Tip 10: Start and End With Fun. Make sure you play something you love when you start to practice and something you love when you are done, preferably something you are great at playing. This will keep your confidence up! #PianoTips— IMS (@IMS_MusicEdu) July 8, 2018
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