Effective Piano Practice Plans
Practice always makes perfect or so they say. With a lot of practice most
things also become habit. Without a plan, you also don’t have a vision or goals to work towards and if you
have a plan you are committing yourself to having success when you learn
to play piano.
If we want to master a musical instrument you have to put in the time to get the desired results. It is very
important with a musical instrument to put in the time to physically practice a piano. It is not called ‘practicing
the piano’ for no reason.
With a well placed together piano practice plan, it helps you stay disciplined, focused and achieve daily
to long term goals.
1. When. First, decide how much time you can dedicate to practicing the piano every day. I know that we all have
other activities in our daily lives that we need to attend to. You need to fit in some time out of your routine to
practice the piano. It is advisable, no matter how skilled you are or at what level at learning to play the piano,
to practice every day so that your mind can process the information.
2. How much time. Secondly, decide how much time you want to dedicate to practising. This depends on individual
commitments to other tasks in your day as well as how fast you would like to master the piano. Decide if you want
to spend half an hour, an hour or even more on practising the piano. The idea here is: regular practice. You don’t
see an athlete train for 10 hours a day and slack off for 2 weeks.
Here’s my recommendation; spend at least half an hour each day
practising and getting your fingers accustomed to the keyboard and moving your hands up and down the keys.
Even if you had a busy day, spending 15 minutes on your piano daily is better than practicing 3 hours in a day
once a week.
3. Draw up a plan. Decide in which order you are going to practice your piano tasks and what you have learnt at
piano lessons. Decide if you will start with practising your scales first and then move on to piano warm-up exercises and then on to your musical pieces and then finish up the plan
with practising some music theory.
This is not a definitive guide on what is best but our hands are instruments too and they also need to warm-up
so it is better to start with some warm-up exercises on the piano. Whether the exercises include playing simple
scales or other types of warm up drills.
Once your fingers are warmed up, you can then concentrate on practising a musical piece. This makes your
practice more effective as your brain can focus on reading the notes and not on working your fingers.
To sum up. There are really no definitive guides on how to organise your routine plan. You will need to design
one that best suit your needs and tweak it so that you get the best out of your practice time.