In order to alleviate some of the stress in their lives, more and more people are looking to take up hobbies. For some, they pick up a childhood hobby that always brought them pleasure. Others choose, instead, to learn something new. A hobby growing in popularity, today, is the piano. However, before you go out to buy yourself a baby grand piano, you should know that it takes practice and dedication to master this instrument.
The first thing you will learn is how to sit. Posture is very important when playing the piano. Make certain the bench is at the right height and your shoulders are relaxed with your arms parallel to the floor and your hands resting directly in front of you on the keyboard. Your elbows should be slightly ahead of your body, not tucked at your sides, and your feet should be resting on the floor. You want to have freedom of movement for your arms.
Discipline is also important. Set aside a regular time to practice every day and make certain you won’t be disturbed while you play. Start gradually, with fifteen minutes every day, and work your way up to longer sessions. You will find that, as you practice and get more familiar with the keyboard, your fingers become more flexible and you make fewer mistakes. Even if you can’t do an hour a day, so long as you do at least fifteen minutes your skill will improve.
Go to a music store and pick up several practice books. Even experienced piano players use these books to help improve their skills. not only will they give you exercises to help you learn the piano, they will also help teach you musical theory as well as help you understand chords, tonality and scales and how melodies and harmonies come together to create music.
These books will also contain music for your level of experience. They often have a chapter that explains the purpose behind the exercises, and techniques for you to learn, as well as a sample piece that will help you put everything together into an actual piece of music. Don’t expect to master everything at once. Try practicing each hand separately, at slow speeds, before you bring them together.
Some people will find that playing the piano comes easily to them; others may take longer to learn. Remember, though, that you are practicing the piano for fun. This isn’t a chore and it isn’t a race. Take the time to learn your fundamentals and master your techniques, and you’ll soon find yourself able to play your favorite songs.
A useful tool for many people who play the piano is the metronome. This device can help you keep time, from slow beats to fast ones, and everything in between. Even people who have an innate sense of timing may find themselves surprised at how easy it is to change tempos slightly when playing, especially when you’re enjoying yourself.
The piano is an instrument that has been popular for hundreds of years, and has continued to delight people even today. Just remember to take the time to practice every day, and make certain your hands are limber enough to play the songs you want to play.