Mastering easy and simple piano sheets may be hard for the people who are just learning. But in contrast, mastering the hard and tricky one may be easy for the maestro. Why? It is because they already have the ability of sight reading and so on. Before we’re going into a hard and tricky one, how about mastering the easy and simple one?
- Memorize the notes and keys.
The first stage is memorizing the notes and keys. Most people find that music notes seem strange and unusual when they try to read it. But if you’re willing to put in more efforts, you will get accustomed with the notes and keys.
- Practice the scales.
After memorizing, people need to practice about the scales. Scales are the flats and sharps or the major and minor chords in the scores. Flats, sharps and chords are the one which made some scores aren’t flat and boring because it gives variation into it.
- Read the music.
Read the music is the next stage. Reading music means read the sheets not memorizing or playing through feelings. It is an important thing to do. If you cannot read music, you won’t develop on your own. And it is kind of like a habituation. Why? Because when you play by ear or feelings, you already experienced the same notes or chords and that chords will repeatedly resound in your ear, and in the end, you will play the same chords.
- Multiply your pieces.
Don’t detain at the pieces you can’t play. Multiply your pieces from the easiest until the hardest. Try to play pieces you’ve never seen and played before. It may help you learn from different difficulty levels.
- Go slow.
The purpose is for you to recognize key signature –like the flats and sharps–, rhythm, fingering, etc. Whenever you learn new piano sheets, the first thing to do is to scan it, with your own eyes of course, then play it slowly afterwards. The more you practice slowly, the faster your brain recognize the sheets naturally.
- Be patience.
When you think you cannot do it, don’t stop. Push yourself, don’t get easily bored. Be persistence about your determination.
- Collaborate with a singer.
Yes, this helps a lot. It gives you pressure to play well. You try to adjust to their tempo, page turns, and so on. When they sing, you skip the part where you play it wrong and just keep going on. Eventually, you play it good without noticing.
- Don’t look at your hands.
Personally, this is the most essential tips. When you try to do sight reading, you are basically focusing your eyes into the pieces not the hands. So, you must keep your hands moving on while focusing your eyes directly at the pieces.
If you have passed the stages, you will get into sight reading. Sight reading means people have the ability to read the piano sheets effortlessly. To excel in sight reading, people must first do everything that has already mentioned above. Not just that, but people must also practice a lot to get into this stage. Practice every day at least one hour per day. When you can do sight reading, you can master the hard and tricky pieces. First thing first, practice what you can’t play, not what you can play. Practice when you don’t care who’s listening, so you can make a lot of mistakes and play over and over. Playing and practicing are different. You need to practice to master piano sheets, not just to play. Play means you seek the pleasure only while practice means you are serious enough to achieve your goals. Be determined.