(on Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Opus 10 #12)
that will move the needle on YOUR piano progress
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Life has been a whirlwind, with personal events keeping me busier than ever. This year, I've had a full plate, from leading the HOA as the new Board President in a battle to safeguard our homes to ensuring my senior mother's wellness activities are on track (and my own, as I just hit 60 in July!).
My mother's health is fine, and her wellness activities keep us both in great spirits. We take nature walks, visit parks, enjoy our condo pool, and explore the local senior center weekly. Supporting her well-being is a precious and rewarding journey.
Doing things completely unrelated to piano practice is research-proven to enhance creative progress! Especially nature immersion, exercise, and social connection. Try it!
I've also been prepping free and paid courses for new and returning piano learners (more about that soon!) and preparing my paperback version of Start Piano: What You Need For Successful Learning for an Amazon launch.
All this while continuing to challenge myself to maintain a regular piano practice. I know you know how hard that can be as a busy adult!
Now that things are settling, I want to share a sneak peek into my current piano practice routine to motivate you in your practice session. In today's video, I share piano practice insights that align perfectly with our passion for keeping the momentum going with piano progress.
BE YOURSELF AT THE PIANO
I'm all about embracing our true selves in the journey of creativity and music. That's why, in my videos, you'll typically see me casually dressed, without makeup (I haven't worn any but lip color for 30 years!), and with crazy frizzy hair with its own mind. (I don't fight it.)
As a piano educator, creative person, and pianist, I firmly believe in embracing ourselves as we are. This attitude creates a comfortable and enjoyable learning environment for everyone. I encourage you to bring your true self to your piano practice. Being authentic makes way for a relaxed and enjoyable music-learning experience. It's also the best way to connect music to others naturally.
4 Piano Practice Takeaway Tips:
Today, I share four takeaway tips from my piano practice of Chopin's Revolutionary Etude (Op.10 #12). I've returned to this piece after 30 years! It's a challenging musical piece that builds piano technique skills. After a long gap from regular piano practice, better piano technique is something many returning piano learners want and need!
Here are my four takeaway piano practice tips:
1. Performance Practice: Incorporating performance practice into our routine helps us conquer nervousness and trains us to focus on the music instead of our ego. It's a lot like learning to stay focused on our goals or purpose while struggling against our challenges.
2. Smart Troubleshooting: Instead of playing straight through the musical selection from start to finish, I use short bursts of concentration on the sections that are challenging for me. Tackling tricky areas by breaking them into short, focused sessions can make a big difference in your musical progress. This approach targets specific challenges, leading to gradual improvement over time. You'll be amazed how much better you play through the music once you've spent incremental short periods of practice with a focused effort on trouble spots. Addressing specific issues creates a better overall result in piano progress momentum.
3. Fingering Mastery: Using the correct fingering as soon as possible speeds up our learning process and results in smoother, fluent playing.
4. Try Something Different: If you hit a musical barrier with a particular part of the music, take a step back to evaluate the problem. Don't get set in stone about the piano fingering options you've used up to this point. Experimenting with different fingerings can greatly improve comfort and alignment if a section is still a struggle.
Remember, piano learning is all about embracing your unique journey while keeping the momentum of your musical progress moving forward.
I look forward to sharing more piano insights and tips with you regularly through your inbox. Let's embark on this musical journey together, embracing creativity and celebrating progress.
Keep playing those keys!
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In my PIANO blogs, you'll find ways to overcome boredom, get past musical and mental blocks, explore the creative process with piano, and improve musical progress through piano teacher recommended best practices and effective piano practice tips.