Which piano tips beginners tend to ignore

Finally playing the piano flawlessly

Play the piano fluently and confidently - 6 valuable tips

Does it bother you too?

Wrong grades again and again!

Do you get stuck often even though you've practiced the piece well?

When you finally want to play the piano flawlessly, watch this video through to the end.

Is it even possible to play the piano flawlessly?

You probably know the problem: every now and then wrong notes slip in between, you get stuck in one place a little too long or sometimes even have to start again. This often happens even after you've practiced the piece carefully and long.

In order to master this challenge, you will now receive 6 valuable tips:

Tip 1: mistakes are human!

Mistakes happen to the best pianist as well as to the complete beginner. Making mistakes is human!

Even at school we were brought up to: “Don't make mistakes”. Our school assignments were graded for mistakes. What a fatal signal for young people. The fear of making mistakes is unsettling and is often the cause of mistakes.

Don't take minor mistakes too seriously!

Little "slip-ups" are not a problem Fear of making mistakes but all the more so. The pressure to want to play “perfectly” and the attention to mistakes make it very difficult or almost impossible for us to play without mistakes.

Therefore: ignore minor mistakes and turn your attention back to the music. If you set yourself the goal of playing musically and "smoothly", mistakes quickly fade into the background.

Tip 2: is the piece too heavy?

Of course, you shouldn't ignore bigger mistakes or constant playing alongside or canceling in the same places. An important question to ask yourself: Is the piece still too difficult after all or haven't you practiced it carefully enough?

If a piece is too difficult, the process of learning takes longer than average. It can take months until you master the piece and that sooner or later inhibits motivation. Perhaps it makes more sense to put the piece aside first and something easier to play, in which you will achieve a sense of achievement in the foreseeable future.

The rehearsal should not exceed a few weeks. This way you can “play” more and don't have to worry about wrong notes every second bar. A side effect of this is that your motivation is maintained over a longer period of time and you may be able to dare to tackle difficult pieces faster than you think.

Tip 3: practice consciously!

Regardless of whether it is easy or difficult pieces, it is always important that you practice consciously. This means: Avoid mechanical, dull repetition! You always have to be attentive with your head and hearing.

Of course, certain processes, e.g. B. fast runs, are technically automated, they have to run on autopilot, as it were. However, this does not mean that you are playing unconsciously. You always have to know where you are and what you are playing. As a “pilot” you should always be able to take over the helm.

So you have to know your piece exactly. When playing the piano, the following applies: “Blessed are those who know what they are doing!” This includes the harmonic analysis of the piece, knowledge of chords and the melodic elements of the passage. This conscious and controlled practice is of course very slow at first.

Tip 4: focus on the music

Both slowly and quickly, the music should always be in the foreground. The aim should never be to play a passage or a whole piece without mistakes. Set the goal higher!

Don't focus on mistakes but rather think of musical processes! Give each passage a musical statement. Try every phrase to make it musically even nicer and rounder. Actively consider which ones Sheets and Articulations you want to bet. If you only think about the music, you will suddenly play flawlessly, you will not even notice it.

Tip 5: train your concentration!

If you keep making mistakes, that has to do with a lack of concentration, of course.

When it is vital, we can be very focused. A nice example is the mountain tour. You come to a very narrow place, on one side it goes down steeply and on the other up. You have to go over there, but you only have about 40-50 cm of space. Now you have to be very focused!

What do you do? You are wide awake, you screw up your concentration and are careful not to miss. You go step by step and take great care that nothing happens. The punishment for a misstep would be far too severe: you fall down and are dead. The need to be focused is maximal here.

This need is absent when playing the piano. One mistake in playing the piano won't kill you. The wrong notes don't sound nice and you might get angry, but that's not a real punishment.

How can you train your concentration?

Invent games that will get you to focus your full attention on your piano playing.

Imagine a full concert hall with 500 people listening to you. Now you want to present the piece or this particular passage that you are currently practicing to the audience as perfectly as possible. Now it is very important that you do not ask yourself to play “without mistakes”. "Without Error ”or“ errorfree“Our brain doesn't understand. It just registers "mistakes" and you make the mistake.

So tell yourself: "I want to play the part to the end" So imagine you want to play the passage particularly beautifully, with the right phrasing, with a certain expression, with exactly the intention that you want to convey musically. So focus on the music as discussed in tip 3.

Then repeat this 3 times or 5 times. If that works, then you have kept your focus.

With the Gummy bear technique you can intensify this exercise.

Three gummy bears (pencils, or some other treat) lie on the left side of the piano. After every practically flawless, or better said "perfectly played" passage, a gummy bear wanders to the right side of the piano. After each incorrect run, all gummy bears move back to the starting position on the left. As soon as all three gummy bears have arrived on the right, you can eat them.

This “tricking yourself” exercise is quite exhausting, demanding and maybe even annoying at first. But it is the best concentration training I know about playing the piano.

Tip 6: entry points

You have to be able to start at every point of the piece.

One advantage of this is that if you get off somewhere while playing, you can effortlessly jump to the next entry point. Just knowing that you can do it gives you enormous security.

If you have practiced your piece consciously (tip 3), if you know exactly what to play and where, then it is not difficult to get started with any of the pieces.

If that causes problems, you should practice that.

First, you practice starting the larger sections. This includes B. the beginning of the piece, the beginning of the second topic, or the B part, depending on the formal structure of the piece.

Then you establish more and more entry points step by step. The best way to do this is to practice from back to front.

Start at the last measure. When you have mastered that, you start with the penultimate and play to the end. In this way you work your way forward to the beginning of the piece or a larger section.

Tip 4 also applies here! Take the attention away from the mistakes, focus on the music. Try to play as beautifully and expressively as you can. As soon as you like the passage musically, you can add another measure, not before.

If you focus on making music, you will no longer think about mistakes and eventually you will no longer have problems playing without making mistakes.

Try these tips out! I am sure you will gradually notice an improvement and get a boost in motivation as a side effect!

Good luck and enjoy practicing!

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