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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
The #1 key to your piano progress is showing up consistently to practice your music. Establishing a daily piano practice habit is the most important thing you can do to improve your piano skills.
Repetition through physically playing, mentally recalling, or listening to your music reinforces neurological pathways or grooves in your brain. These help you remember the music more readily each time you resume your music learning.
Remember that gaps between piano practice sessions makes your next practice session more difficult for you.
There are plenty of practice strategies that you can use to get your piano playing to the next level. But first, you must establish a daily rhythm of piano practice. This process is more easily said than done.
As busy adults, we have countless tasks, unforeseen emergencies, and events that can easily throw our piano practice off. Inevitable distractions are why aspiring piano players must firmly commit to daily piano practice.
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Using a piano practice tracker helps keep you accountable. It also gives you a zing of instant gratification when you see your progress!
Refresh your determination to establish your piano practice as a non-negotiable daily habit.
Make sure you set a weekly reward for extra motivation!
When things come up that you get off track, refresh your resolve to get right back to it. Sometimes I only have enough energy or time to quickly run through as many of my repertoire pieces as I can get through in a short amount of time.
At times I listen to, look at, or think about the music before bedtime as a meditative effort to keep it fresh in my mind.
My goal is to practice piano every day.
I do not always succeed with that goal.
But I know that continuing to refresh my determination and swiftly getting back at it helps me further establish my piano practice as a daily habit.
As a busy adult new or returning to the piano, establishing a daily piano practice schedule is the number one key element for improving your piano playing skills!
Let me know how your piano practice routine is going this week in the comments. Have you been able to reach your weekly goal?
Each week inside the New and Returning Piano Learners Facebook group we have a piano practice challenge! We challenge ourselves to meet our piano practice goals!
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