What can I do to get better at piano?
Well, Rajiv Tewari is right about the practice but this is not all. I will try to give a more concrete answer to this question:
- First, you have to be aware of the fact that playing the piano is not easy. It is a complex matter.
- You have to be able to devote a certain amount of time, depending on your aim – do you want to be an amateur, semi-professional or professional pianist? For amateur I think 2 hours daily is enough, for semi-professional at least 4 hours daily, and for professional you should practice every day minimum of 6 hours daily.
- However, a lot of musicians and people omit one very important thing about practice and it is: You have to be concentrated and devoted to music, not just only play because of the playing. If you do not have an aim for what do you want to improve in a certain piece or tune, then 16 hours will not be enough. You have to love what you do.
- The practice very depends on the style you want to play and the piece. But in general, you should practice arpeggios, scales, chords, octaves, thirds, and sixths as scales and trills.
- If you play classical music, this is a daily routine as a warm-up. You should also practice the places which are hard for you such as big jumps, hard arpeggios or legato with the fifth finger only, or work for phrases and harmonies.
- If you play jazz music, classical music is a necessary foundation in order to build up technique. However, the jazz technique is different than classical in some ways. So, for practicing improvisation, you should improvise over and over. Improvising is the key of better improvisations.
- For other styles, classical music will give you the necessary foundation and it will be easy for you to play them. The hardest styles are classical and jazz music.
- Another thing which will make you better is to listen to the great masters. For classical music – Horowitz, Barenboim, Argerich, Pogorelich, Kissin, Bozhanov, Gould. For jazz – Kenny Barron, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Keith Jarrett, Oliver Jones, Herbie Hancock.
- And the most important: Love the music which you make and give her all of your heart!
When you practice, here are a few things to keep in mind:
First of all, it is important to be good at something. Playing the piano is a hobby that will not only help you improve your music skills but also make you feel better about yourself.
Practice daily for one hour. If you’re busy and can’t play one day, that’s okay. Just practice as many times a week as you have time.
Practice in sections
practice makes perfect! The more you practice the better you get.
Don’t just play the whole piece over and over again. Instead, divide the piece up into sections and number them. So, you’re gonna play section one. Keep practicing section one over again until you don’t mess up. Repeat for section 2. Now try connecting 1+2. Keep on repeating. Then, play the whole piece. If you mess up, go to that section and practice practice practice!
Practice your fundamentals
This includes scales, chord progressions, etc. Ask your teacher what warmup you should be doing. When you practice these every session, you will be prepared to play the harder pieces which require scales, arpeggios, chords, etc.
Practice Slow At First
You first want to get the notes right, rhythm, then the add articulation (legato, staccato, detached…), then dynamics.
When you are at the level to start performing, try to do as many recitals as you can. An upcoming recital will motivate you to perfect your piece, as well as bring out the best music from you.
Conclusion | get to good at piano
The first thing you need to do is practice. There are many ways of practicing, some of them are writing down the song you want to learn and playing it over and over again. Another way is listening to the song on YouTube or your favorite music streaming app. You can also try learning songs from different genres that interest you, but make sure you have good ear training skills so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Finally, you can go online and find more information about piano exercises, scales, chords, etc.