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Learning to read music


Why is learning to read music this important?

Think of learning how to read music being the same as learning how to read, period. It is a whole lot easier to learn the musical notation than it is to learn how to read. There are not as many notes!

It is also very important for your own independence to learn how to read music, since then you can learn any new songs or new music piece that you want. You are not dependent on somebody else or a teacher at all times.

If you learn the music notation and how to count the rhythm you have a great advantage. You become music “literate”!  (more…)

Beginner piano warm up exercises


These should be done daily for around 5 minutes.

This is a summary of the piano Warm up practice lesson with the video. I recommend that if you don’t have time to practice every day, at least you do these exercises. It is the same as an athlete warming up before running. Cold muscles don’t work very well!

Hands and Fingers Position

  1. Imagine you hold a small ball or an apple underneath your hand, so keep it round.
  2. Keep hands and fingers round. Cut your fingernails short so you can play with your finger pads.
  3. Lift fingers when you play, don’t push in. The power comes from lifting the fingers before they come down, much the same as the action of hammers.


Beginner’s practice tips 1

More effective practice tips for the beginners

Follow the same procedure with each new piece:

  1. Clap and count the rhythm.
  2. Play and count loud.
  3. Remember, the numbers under or above the notes represent the fingers numbers, not the count.
  4. Do not try to play the whole piece through over and over
  5. Practice small sections: two-three measures a few times, then one row a few times until comfortable. Do the same with the next row. You’ll find that in the beginning the patterns repeat a lot.
  6. Isolate the problems spots: practice those more rather than always starting over. Then integrate the sections back together.
  7. Take breaks every 10 minutes if you can’t concentrate more.
  8. Make sure you practice slowly and count at the same speed. Don’t speed up sections that seem easier.
  9. As you get more advanced, remember to practice each hand separate until you can handle it.
  10. You don’t need to practice all pieces (or books) every day if you don’t have time. Cycle through them during the week.
  11. It is also helpful if you keep reviewing past material. You’ll realize how much easier it seems.


Beginner’s practice tips 2


These recommendations will help you make progress without even feeling the work!

  1. As a beginner you should allocate 10-15 minutes per day at least 4 days a week.
  2. The most important thing in learning how to play an instrument is consistency and knowing how to be efficient, especially if you don’t have much time.
  3. A short practice session every day (or most every day) goes a lot further than the same  amount all in one day a week.
  4. Keep hands and fingers relaxed when you play. Keep fingers curved and play on the finger pads.
  5. Make sure your arm and wrist is also relaxed. Imagine you play with feathers not with sticks.
  6. If your hands get tired quickly, take a break. It may mean that you are too tight.
  7. Learning how to read the music notes is very important, because you’ll become  independent in learning any new music piece. It is like learning how to read.
  8. Try to keep your eyes on the music while you play on the keys.
  9. In the beginning your hands will be in one position, so you don’t need to jump over keys.

Beginner’s Practice Tips 3

You can achieve more and learn faster if you practice smart and follow these beginner’s piano practice tips:

  1. Read the notes aloud to yourself. If you don’t know what it is, either go up or down from the note that you know to the books that show you all the notes on the staff for each hand. Here’s an example.
  2. Look at the time signature to see how many beats you have in the measures. If the rhythm is more difficult for you, clap and count first.
  3. Play each hand separate. Repeat small sections and make sure you play the notes you have just said in step 1. Count loud as you play.
  4. Play hands together, ONLY after you are comfortable playing separate hands. Keep counting loud. Repeat small sections.
  5. After you practice small sections or the more difficult places first, then you can practice playing the piece from beginning to end. If there are still places where you still stumble, take those separate and together until they become easy for you.