by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Here are a few tips working for me to help YOU get your piano practice routine established:
1. Schedule it in your daily routine. Pick a time that works for you, even if it's less time than you think will be necessary for progress. In reality, progress starts with getting yourself at the piano keyboard!
2. Prepare in advance. Get your music books, notebook, piano tracker or practice to do list in order and ready waiting for you on the keyboard stand. Having things ready in place helps motivate you to get started without the obstacle of any resistance!
3. REWARD yourself within 2 minutes of completing a piano practice goal! Research shows that when we want to establish a habit or reach a goal, rewarding ourselves within 2 minutes gives us a small hit of dopamine. This is the chemical that feels like instant gratification and research proves that boosts motivation!
This is why I keep my piano tracker (photo above) handy at my piano practice session. As SOON as I complete something on my piano practice tracker list, I CHECK IT OFF!
Whether you use a checklist like my tracker or stickers, or a spreadsheet, or something else to track your progress, this reward system boosts your motivation to continue!
4. Do not beat yourself up if you miss a day of piano practice, or cannot do a full practice routine. Establishing a solid piano practice routine takes time and missing some here or there does NOT impact your ability to solidify your piano practice habit. Just get back on the piano bench for your next piano practice session!
5. If life gets in the way like it has for me and many busy adult piano learners, use my 5-Minute Rule:
Sit at the piano for 5 minutes.
Look at your music and focus on ONE musical element.
Or, Listen to your music played by an artist while reading along in your musical notation.
Or, try to RECALL your music while waiting at an appointment, or while driving, or before bedtime.
If you can try to PLAY the piano for those 5 minutes, you will surprise yourself how that short span of time may grow into 15 or even 30 minutes to an hour of playing the piano!
Sometimes the 5 minute rule is all we need to move forward again with our musical progress.
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