If you get a professional private piano teacher in Singapore, he or she will usually teach you in a very specific way. The reason for this is because they know exactly how a student should practise on the piano as well as learn for the greatest efficiency. However, some students do not listen, and try random things. They think this will shortcut their learning, but it will not. A professional, experienced and qualified teacher will be able to guide you far better than randomness ever will.
Let me give you a simple example so that you will know if you are guilty of this as well. If you are, make sure to change the way you practise so that you can actually master playing the piano properly.
Many students tend to skip over or not put attention to the smaller portions of the piano song. This is a bad way to practise. To be a great pianist, you need to tackle every part of the song you are practising well.
Some students also tend to practise less often on the difficult portions. This is because many students tend to lose patience playing the difficult portions, and keep practising the parts they are good at. However, you will get heavily penalized in the ABRSM piano exams if you do not improve your weak portions.
Also, many beginner piano students tend to play the piano with straight fingers instead of curved fingers. This is usually the mistake made by beginner students because they are usually younger and also may not have the finger strength to play the piano while having the fingers curved.
Make sure not to make any of the above common piano practice mistakes.
However, knowing what mistakes not to make will not make you a great pianist just yet. It will just make sure that you are not a bad one. Here are some tips to help you best practise on the piano.
First of all, always set aside a short period of time daily to play the piano. It is better to practise for short moments daily, than to practise for a long period of time once in a long while. The reason for this is due to muscle memory. You want to make sure that your fingers get the correct muscle memory, and the best way to do this is frequency.
Next of all, when playing the piano, do not slouch and sit straight. This is especially important for shorter students or younger students. When you are slouching while playing the piano, your fingers have no choice but to be straight – which is bad. When you are seated upright, you will be able to play the piano with curved fingers far easier.
Third of all, practise the difficult portions of any piano piece or scales far more often than the easy portions. While this may feel frustrating especially in the beginning, you will quickly master the difficult portions, and then learn to love it. Once you reach this stage, you will feel accomplished and successful. Success will inspire passion, and you will then love to play the difficult portion. And because you now master both the hard and easy parts, you will be able to easily play the piano piece with ease and proficiently.
Always listen to your teacher’s notes as well as advice. Teachers are experienced and highly qualified – at least if you get your music teacher from a good agency in Singapore. Therefore, you want to listen to their advice to shortcut your learning curve.