Welcome to a new year and a new decade! Many people are making “new year’s resolutions” for various aspects of their lives, including their musical abilities.
Have you considered making some new year’s piano resolutions? Setting specific goals will help you get the most out of your practice time and lessons so you can improve as a piano player.
Here are five new year’s resolutions for pianists that are achievable and beneficial for people at every level.
It is essential to schedule regular practice times if you want to get the most out of your lessons and improve as a pianist. If you are taking weekly lessons and you are serious about improving this year, you should schedule three to four hours of practice each week.
You are more likely to actually sit down and practice if you write it in your schedule. Block out time in your day when you are alert and attentive so you can get the most out of your practice time.
Try to prioritize your practice time and protect it from other intrusions. Treat it like an appointment with yourself. If you must move or reschedule your practice, be sure and move it to another day or time, so it doesn’t get pushed aside or forgotten.
Online music apps are a great way to add a little variety to your practices. They also provide new ways to improve your music skills even when you aren’t sitting in front of a keyboard.
Music apps for pianos can offer tutorials, provide new sheet music, and even give feedback on your piano playing! Some apps also include fun games to improve your sight-reading and other skills.
Choose a quality music app for pianos and set a goal to incorporate it regularly, either during your practice time or at other times in your day.
What better way to get inspired or stay motivated as a pianist than to enjoy a beautiful concert. Whether you attend a local orchestra concert or plan an elaborate trip, attending musical performances will keep you inspired and may even help improve your own musical ability.
Listening to music helps improve your “aural skills.” At the concert, take the time to notice different sounds, rhythms, and melodies.
Challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before with your piano skills, like playing a duet, performing in a recital, or learning a song that you’ve always wanted to play,
Setting new goals helps you stay inspired, motivated, and gives a specific purpose to your practice time. The goal should be just out of reach, so you are forced to grow as a pianist, but not so audacious that you become overwhelmed and abandon the resolution. Your instructor can usually help you set goals that are reasonably challenging and help create a plan to accomplish your objective.
Have you heard the Emmert Wolf quote, “A man is only as good as his tools”? It applies to pianists, too! Even a world-class pianist will find it difficult to enjoy playing a piano that is out of tune or poorly maintained.
When was the last time you had your piano professionally cleaned? It is essential to clean the inside, soundboard, and keyboard of your piano. Dust and dirt build-up can affect the sound of your piano and even cause allergies and hay fever!
Moore Piano experts recommend having your piano professionally cleaned every five to ten years, depending on the condition and cleanliness of the environment.
We also recommend having your piano professionally tuned at least once a year. Changes in humidity and temperature, among other things, cause pianos to go out of tune. During the tuning process, technicians can also identify and replace parts that are wearing out before they break and cause more damage.
Playing a clean, tuned piano is far more enjoyable for all pianists (and anyone in earshot)!
Each of these resolutions will help you improve as a pianist and make the process more exciting and enjoyable. Moore Piano is always ready to help you accomplish your new year’s piano resolutions.