We all have a different way of learning, thus something that works for someone else may not work for you when learning the piano. It is all about finding the right way to learn for you. However, there are some general tips that our music instructors stand by:

 

  • Have patience while practicing. Your brain and muscles need time to coordinate the left and right hand - especially if you are a beginner. Did you know that sleep makes you learn faster? Yes, we really do recommend napping! 

  • Exercise slowly to avoid mistakes. Your brain remembers mistakes better when you get angry about them. Practice slowly to provide your brain with correct information and confirmation ("yesss, got that right again!"). In time you will notice that the basis you build by exercising slowly in the beginning will benefit you when you get further along in your musical journey. 

  • Try to plan your practice sessions for each week. In the beginning, we recommend about 15 minutes every two days. After some weeks, you can amp this up to 30 minutes or start practicing daily. By starting with shorter sessions, you give your muscles enough time to strengthen and rest. This also helps you maintain the correct hand and body position when playing throughout the session. When playing for too long, your muscles may start to get tired and you might notice yourself slipping away from the correct position. 

  • If you set simple goals (2-3 bars a day), the practice will connect with success and less with performance pressure. Please also know that it is absolutely fine not to set any goals for yourself or your practice sessions. Playing the piano can absolutely be just a fun thing you do for yourself, without having any specific progress goals. 

  • Feel comfortable with a piano piece before you move on to the next one. Can you play the piece fluently or even memorize it? Try closing your eyes for a moment and just feel the song. You may notice your fingers are doing the work without you even having to think about where to move them next! Playing from memory is a sure sign that you are ready for the next song, and more than that - it feels absolutely liberating! 

Finally, try not to stress about your progress; instead enjoy the journey you are on! We want you to play the piano because it makes you feel good, because you get lost in music and most of all - because it makes you happy. We sincerely hope that the time you take to play the piano with Skoove is time spent in your happy place.

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