5 ways to improve your piano playing skills.
Here we want to show you how you can improve your piano playing skills using useful and easy tips!
I think we will all agree that playing the piano is no easy job. It might look simple, but the truth is it takes A LOT of different skills.
We know how frustrating it is when your fingers don’t move as fast as you’d want to, or your hand doesn’t play the right
But don’t worry! We are here to help you, and here’s how:
1. Start with the chords
We don’t want to give ourselves a rough start so we’re going to begin by learning the most basic chords
Begin with the easiest ones like C, G or F for example and learn how to play the different inversions of each one of them.
Once you’ve done that, try to create a little progression with the chords trying different speeds and different rhythms.
Not that bad, huh?
Let’s move on!
2. Improve your musical ear
It’s not as hard as it sounds. Just pick a song you like with a beautiful and easy melody and sit in front of the piano.
Close your eyes and focus only on the melody. Listen to the song a few times if necessary, and once it is inside your head don’t let it out and get your hand on the piano.
Don’t worry if you don’t hit the right note. That’s okay. You know what the most important thing is? That you can play the melody even if you do so start with a different note. Just play the melody.
Take your time, remember that in order to improve your piano playing wasn’t easy.
3. Learn how to read sheet music
We know how dreamy it is to play by ear, but let’s face it: we cannot all be like Mozart. No pain no gain!
Sheet music is going to look like the Japanese symbols the first time you see them, but if we take it step by step you’ll soon master sheet music.
And remember, there are only 7 notes, how hard could that be?
Start with writing the staff with its five parallel lines and the G Clef. Once that’s done you’ll see how everything else is not going to be a nightmare.
Once you’re done with the G Clef, let’s move on with the Bass Clef.
Now it’s time for some rhythm. You’ll soon see it is all about the lines. The sheet music reading system is very well organized, just write down the different notes we have according to its rhythm and you’ll see how graphic it is.
4. Apply all the previous knowledge
Pick up a blank page and start writing a simple melody with all the information you have so far. Be creative, be artistic, LET’S PLAY!
Pick a chord, like for example the C chord and play it with your left hand. Create an easy progression with the different inversions of that chord. Once you’re comfortable doing that, it’s time for your right hand to play.
Do the chord progression as automatic as you can and improvise an easy melody with your right hand.
VERY IMPORTANT: remember that every time you change the inversion of the chord, your right hand has to play a note of that same chord.
If you’re playing the C chord, you have to play either a C, an E or a G.
And also, you have to finish with the plain version of the chord and the melody also has to finish with the first note of that chord, which in our case that’s the C.
5. Don’t give up
Now that you’ve gotten this far, DON’T GIVE UP! Be patient and persevering and soon you’ll see the results.
A few guidelines:
Play your favourite tunes! Use piano sheets! That will motivate you!
Use it as a flirtation weapon. People love hearing and listening to a beautiful piano melody. It doesn’t matter if it’s hard or easy to play. They’ll drop their jaws.
Don’t take piano for granted, always be aware there’s a lot to learn and you can always get better.
And last but not least, don’t forget about the technical part of learning how to play the piano. Always practice technical exercises that will allow you to play better, faster, and to increase your knowledge!
Remember if there is a piano song that you would like to play but you do not find the sheet music, we can transcribe it for you – just send us an email!