Piano practice can be fun too!

Learn Piano

Most people don’t really want to ‘learn’ to play the piano or ‘practice’ the piano, they just want to ‘play’ piano. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors ‘practicing’ scales while all the other kids are outside the window ‘playing’.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light.


See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to ‘play’ piano and play it well. If you don’t practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you won’t be pushing yourself to greater heights.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say ‘proper’ because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – ‘practice what you CAN’T play, not what you CAN play’.
First of all, work out what you want to achieve. Do you just want to know all your chords without thinking about how they are formed – then work out a practice routine that leads to that goal. Maybe you want to learn about inversions or chord substitution – again, make the practice fit the goal.
Split your practice session into two halves. In the first half play the difficult stuff – your mind is sharper to begin with – then reward yourself with some enjoyable but reasonably difficult tunes. Make sure you are comfortable. Many a bad back has happened because of a bad piano stool at the wrong height. Make sure your piano is in tune. If you don’t have a good piano and are serious about learning GO BUY A GOOD ONE.
Every fifteen minutes stretch your arms and shoulders and roll your neck to combat stiffness. Check out some Yoga exercises for shoulders and back.
Follow the 3 times daily rule. Repetition in practice is ESSENTIAL. If you find something particularly difficult make sure you practice it at least 3 times every day. Don’t worry if it takes months to master – you’ll get there.
Don’t play for the neighbours. Practice piano at a time when you don’t care who is listening so that you can make lot’s of mistakes and play things over and over. Organise your piano music carefully – don’t keep it in a heap where you keep playing the ones on top. If you download sheet music put it in a folder. Have plenty of shelves near the piano. Be realistic – I truly believe that anyone can learn piano and learn it to an enjoyable level but no two people are alike – some are more ‘naturally’ gifted than others. If you have an average ability then it’s all down to practice. The more you practice the more you learn.
Now and then, practice with your eyes closed – or don’t look at the keys – this really sharpens you up. Organise your life so that practice is possible (this where Mindfulness comes in). Too many people think they don’t have time to practice when really they just haven’t found the time. How long should you practice – that’s up to what you want to achieve. You don’t have to be a concert pianist. Even if you just play for yourself just enjoy that. The archer who’s mind is on the prize cannot stay focussed on the target. Accept the bad days when it seems like you can’t play a note. Sometimes it’s better to walk away. So remember that ‘playing’ piano and ‘practicing’ piano are different. Which do you do? Aim for a bit of both.


Which is better.. Keyboard or Piano?
Real pianos are great but the one big drawback is you can’t turn the volume down so with a piano you tend to end up playing for the neighbors. With a keyboard you can stick on some headphones and play whatever turns you on – you can experiment, make mistakes and sound silly and play something a thousand times without driving other people nuts. Ideally – have BOTH!
If you are buying a piano it is preferable to buy an overstrung piano not a straight strung! How to tell: Lift the top lid of the piano you should see the tuning pins at the top of the piano. If the tuning pins are evenly spaced along the pin block and the strings are all parallel and vertical this is a straight strung piano. If there is a group of tuning pins at the left and a separate group at the right and the strings cross over in a X shape this is an overstrung piano. Also get a tuner to check it out. I bought a piano once that needed to have the wood treated because all the pins (that tighten the strings) were coming loose very quickly after being tuned – disaster!
What Keyboard should you choose?
A lot depends on what you want. Do you want a keyboard that sounds and feels like a Piano – then you’re looking for a keyboard or Digital Piano with WEIGHTED keys. Listen carefully to the piano sound – don’t be bamboozled by all the other buttons. If you want something portable then you are looking for a keyboard. Personally I would still look for one with weighted keys – I hate the feel of light plastic keys.
Get a keyboard with at least 61 keys – anything less and you will be craving for more keys after a few days. Also make sure get a sustain pedal, a keyboard is absolutely a dead thing without one. Without a sustain pedal as soon as you lift your finger off a key the sound stops dead – with a piano at least the strings vibrate for a second or two – the difference is quite noticeable.

Who Else Wants To Plug A Wire Into The Ground And Produce Electricity (It’s Real)

Ultimate Energizer

This is heavy and is taking the energy world by storm as we speak.

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Maybe you already know (or not) that EARTH  is the second biggest source of energy out there… after the SUN energy.

Throughout history, people have harvested the power of coal, petrol, minerals… but for some reason, no one was “smart” enough to get electricity directly from the surface of the Earth.

…Some crazy professor has just discovered (quite by accident) how to get endless energy from the ground.

The video that shows everything is right here:

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Fingers crossed that this video will still be up for a few more days… so more and more people can benefit from this crazy discovery.

P.S. – and YES, there’s no danger in doing this… and it’s so simple that even an 80 years old grandpa could do it.

Here’s the video:

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Nanotech

Magic towel

This is a complete game-changer, and your life will never be the same.

In a nutshell, this super cool Nano-technology does this for you…

* Lets you replace ALL the chemical cleaners in your home because you can unlock the extremely powerful of water to clean…

Without chemicals! Period.

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Normally when you use any type of surface cleaners in your home or paper towels, a whole array of toxic chemicals is released in the process.

Chemicals that are known cancer causes and other stuff that messes with your nervous system and your hormones

…Just to remind you… some of these are the same base chemicals used in WWI chemical warfare!!!

When you use these chemicals, even after you finish cleaning they are floating around in your house, and you’re breathing them in on a regular basis.

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Breakthrough in Electric Car Technology Powers An Entire Home

Green power

You won’t believe what just happened:

This crazy 56-year-old geography teacher in Memphis, Tennessee

believed he can change the energy world… and somehow he did it.

News travels around fast on the Internet.

This guy shows us clear as day how anyone can power with ZERO cost

any light bulb in their homes.

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This discovery has the potential to free yourself from

the ever-rising costs and change the course of the electric industry.

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Weird Guy Finds A Legit Way To Cut Energy Bills By 73.5%l

Apparently, this just took the energy world by storm.

A “weirdo” had the guts to dig into the ‘solar panel tech’and came out with a cheap, ingenious way to cut power bills by at least 73.5%… in less than 7 days.

Rumors say it’s the same secret that got Energy Monopolies cornered, forcing them to up the price on solar systems…

This video has already gotten 213432 views in less than 24 hours… going viral… and it might be a serious threat for the big energy companies.

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Should You Remodel Your Bathroom

Should you Remodel Your Bathroom athroom

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