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Practising the Piano

During the lesson, the teacher is constantly telling the student to practise. It is essential that student has idea how to practise at the piano away from any supervision from their teacher.

The first thing the child has to learn is, that practice means repetition. It is through repetition that music is learnt. There was a time when we first learnt to tie a shoelace, and it required great concentration and effort. After a while the action became a muscular habit, and we did not have to think about it anymore. So it is with piano playing: if we play a phrase enough times the fingers learn to do it automatically, without the conscious direction of the brain. Repetition is essential when learning anything new. It must not only be note repetition, but a repetition of tonal effects such as crescendo, diminuendo, rallentandos, staccato until they are felt correctly.

When the student is playing a piece and spoilt with bad stumbles, it is important to get to the root of the trouble, not practise the piece at the beginning and goes straight though several times, repeating the same mistakes at each performance. Whatever the difficulty, the student must deal with it first, and repeated many times until the fingers get the feel of it. When this has been done, the piece is played from the beginning.

Slow practice is very important, especially a quicker and more brilliant passage. Even when we'll known, certain sections will need a daily dose of slow practice if they are not to get 'out of hand.' If runs are uneven, it will be helpful to play them with varying accents.

Ensemble playing is a great incentive to practice, and an excellent training in musicianship. Piano duets are the most usual form of ensemble playing, and there is often a certain amount of healthy rivalry between partners, which spurs them on to greater effort. Two pianists will realize that they cannot even begin to play together until each has practised his own part well.

The beginner should not practise too long at first; the set work will probably not take more than fifteen to twenty minutes. Let the young pianist free to enjoy piano lessons and his music in any way he wishes as sometimes we have the anxiety to teach all things correctly from the start and loose sight of the fact that the child wants to 'play the piano'.

Enjoy practising the piano!

5 Points to note when buying a used Piano

1) Look on the metal plate or the tuning block for the serial number to tell you exactly when the piano was made.

2) Check for rust on the tuning pins. This may affect how well the piano will hold a tuning.

3) Beware piano that are badly out of tune. Restoring them to proper tuning is not always a simple matter.

4) Play each key individually. As soon as your finger releases a key, the damper inside the piano should fall back on the strings and stop them from sounding. The keys should not stick.

5) Used grands are more often in better condition than used vertices. They are generally made better to start with, and are usually treated better.

7 Things NOT to do to your Piano

1) Don’t place piano in a very damp room.

2) Don’t use oil on any part of the piano.

3) Don’t place such objects such as vases, pictures, and trinkets on your piano; they will cause annoying vibration.

4) Don’t try to remove dust from inside your piano. This is a task for a piano techinician.

5) Don’t place piano near a heating source, drafts, or cooling units.

6) Don’t move your piano yourself; employ professional piano movers.

7) Don’t place vertical pianos directly against a wall; leave a few inches so that the sound is not cut off.

5 Things to do for your Piano

1) Keep the temperature and humidity constant in the room where you have placed your piano.

2) Clean the keys with a slightly damp cloth. Dry with a soft cloth.

3) Close the piano when doing housework.

4) Replace a loose ivory immediately.

5) Select your piano technician with care and follow his or her advice.

How to motivate your child to learn Piano

Parents can play a large part in maintaining student motivation by showing an interest in attending lessons and student recitals, monitoring practice instructions each week and seeing this is done regularly. They can buy recordings for their children to listen to, talk them to concerts and recitals and above all give regular praise and encouragement to their children.

Parents can offer treats to their children as incentives for quality practice. These may be to watch television, going to the pictures or buying something that the child has been asking for.

Good Piano Teachers should maintain a high level of enthusiasm for teaching. It is important to keep up to date with the latest teaching trends by attending workshops and conferences such as this: exchanging ideas and seeking advice from colleagues. Also important are attending concerts, reading music teaching journals and keeping up the performance standard.

Goal setting is an important motivating tool. Long term goals such as recitals, competitions and exams are well known incentives for conscientious students. Short term goals are just as important. Students need to be show how to set and how to achieve short term goals for themselves.

Piano Teachers should keep a certain amount of pressure on students making sure they are working to their full potential. Students will usually rise to the challenge, provided they know you have faith in their abilities.

Position at the Piano

A good playing position during piano lessons often solves other apparent technical or physical problems. Here are some suggestions to help achieve playing readiness:

1) Adjust the bench to the proper height, keeping wrists and forearms parallel with the floor.

2) Sit the proper distance from the keyboard, leaving upper arms hanging from the shoulders with forearms a comfortable distance from the body.

3) Maintain proper posture, sitting tall with shoulders dropped and relaxed, back straight, leaning slightly into the keys.

4) Balance weight, dividing it between the bench and the feet.

To develop flexibility in playing, try exercises and pieces that require moving over a wide range of the keyboard, from low position to high and back- hands separately, alternating hands, and hands together. In all such music, the emphasis should be on moving to each new position directly, yet freely and gracefully; moving the hand and arm freely behind the finger that is playing; expressing the shape of each phrase with a loose wrist and elbow, supported by a good playing position.
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