by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Who is my ebook for?
My ebook is for you if you:
What's included in my ebook?
My ebook covers:
Does my ebook teach you how to play piano?
My ebook gives an overview of everything you need to start piano with the best foundation prepared for success. The specifics of how to play piano, in a step-by-step lesson format are not included.
However, I do cover a few critical basics on how to practice piano for the most progress. My upcoming second ebook, My Best Tips On How To Practice Piano Effectively, will provide a more detailed strategy for practicing piano effectively.
My ebook is not intended to teach how to play piano, but rather, how to setup everything you need for successful, lasting piano progress.
Through teaching piano for more than 30 years, I've found that those who had these elements prepared and maintained throughout piano study enjoyed the most consistent and successful piano progress.
I've also discovered that many people who were frustrated by piano lessons prior to studying with me, were those who did not know about the things I cover in my ebook. This is a huge motivating factor for writing my ebook.
Why Is The Price Of My Ebook Higher Than Many Online Related Ebooks?
My ebook is priced according to the amount of useful information and strategies within it. I didn’t write any extra words as filler. I packed my ebook with direct value that will help anyone interested in piano learning get started with everything needed for consistent, long-range, successful piano progress.
There may be other ebooks that are cheaper in cost, but don’t pack in as much relevant information, or aren’t as clearly organized or focused on offering the exact answers my readers need.
Why Should You Buy My Ebook When You Can Search Online?
There’s a wealth of info available online. Unfortunately, it takes a huge chunk of time to sort through to find something applicable to you. Even if you find something that applies to your unique learning situation, the source may not be qualified to help you in the best way.
I have posted blogs about many of the topics I cover in my ebook. But you can save time, and get my organized, more-in-depth, all-in-one resource at your fingertips when you buy my ebook.
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You can be confident that you’re getting an ebook written by someone with 30 years experience as a pianist, piano and music teacher, and composer of piano-based music. The information I provide in my ebook is a summary of my years of experience in successful piano education. It is also full of strategies and information I’ve personally used within my piano practice sessions and musical journey.
Start Piano: What You Need For Successful Learning Ebook
A practical, down-to-earth, all-in-one resource and easy-to-read guide for anyone interested in getting started or returning to piano lessons.
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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
These are a few things that I have done over the years as a pianist and they have worked well to improve my technique and keep dexterity and fluency in my fingers.
One of the most critical things you can do to improve your technique is practice it consistently. In other words, practice every single day. Do not miss a day. Even if you can only play for five minutes, do not miss a day.
Another critical aspect is to practice effectively. See more detail and tips on that here.
How Much Technique
If you have two hours to practice daily, start with the idea of one hour of technique practice per day. The second hour spent on actual repertoire makes sense toward decent progress. During your piano technique practice, incorporate scales, etudes and other exercises such as those found in a good Hanon exercise book.
Scales, Accents and Varying Accents
Start learning all major and minor scales in 4 octaves. Play around with the rhythm patterns of the scales. For example, try playing a scale using the rhythm pattern of straight quarter note rhythms. Then accent the first beat (quarter note) as you play all four octaves of a scale. Then play the scale again (or another scale) as you alternate the accent to the second beat, then to the third beat, then the fourth beat as you play through each scale.
Use Varied Rhythmic Patterns
Use alternating rhythms; i.e., play your scales using the rhythm pattern of a dotted eighth note followed by a 16th note. Then switch to the rhythm pattern of a 16th note followed by a dotted eighth note. Then try an eighth note followed by two 16 notes. Then reverse that to two 16th notes followed by an eighth note.
Use Varying Accents
For each of the previous rhythm patterns, place an accent on the first note of each pattern. Then alternate the accent to fall on the second note of the rhythm pattern, creating a syncopated feel. Then, accent the third note of the rhythm pattern, and so on.
Try using a triplet rhythm pattern, placing an accent on the first note of each triplet pattern. Then accent the second note, then the third note of each triplet pattern as you play a four-octave scale.
Choose some of these varying rhythm patterns for your four-octave scale practice. Use a metronome at a very slow tempo and focus on very clearly articulating each of those accented notes within the rhythmic patterns with relaxed hand placement and curved finger-tips. As you get more fluent, speed up the tempo.
Another idea is to use the above rhythms and accents at the same tempo adding dynamics. For example, start your scale at fortissimo and as you play your scale going up the keyboard, decrescendo until you are playing pianissimo at the high range of the keyboard. Then reverse those dynamics.
Or play the entire ascending scale passage fortissimo then alternate when you descend by playing the entire descending scale passage at the dynamic level of pianissimo. Change the dynamic levels to whatever you’d like, incorporating crescendo, decrescendo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte, and so on.
For more practice tips, visit my Pinterest Piano Practice Tips board.
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