5 New Years Resolutions an Inspiring Piano Player Can Make

new-piano-playerThe New Year is the time that many people look back at what they have accomplished. For those who are musicians, particularly new piano players tend to look forward to what they still wish to achieve. I personally feel it is a great time for me and everyone else to make a fresh start, to set new goals, and to realign oneself musically.

The following are 5 New Year’s resolutions that you may want to consider making as an inspiring piano player:

  • Improvise on Ear Training

Your ear is the number one aspect of your musicianship that you should improvise on. Your accomplishment as an improviser relies highly on your capability to hear and comprehend the sounds surrounding you, such as melodies, intervals, chord progressions, time signatures, and more.
It is crucial to logically understand the construction and theory of the music. However, to truly play the music piece, you must have the ability to hear every single note. To do this, you need to work immeasurably on your ear training.

  • Cultivate Jazz Piano Skills

Since you play the piano, you know it is an amazing tool for you to recognize the basics of chord progressions or music theory. Anyone can generate a note on the piano and with some practice, you can significantly aid your study of solos, harmony, tunes, and many more into your daily routine. Your new resolutions should include developing some great jazz piano skills. Who knows, it might just be something that you enjoy more!

  • Use Slow and Focused Practicepiano-playing-34

Most piano players do not practice effectually when they are in the practice room. This is because they like to rush through their tunes, exercises, and scales without spending too much time establishing these methods correctly. To improve all areas of your piano playing, it is advisable to do it slowly and focus intently when you are practicing.

  • Acquire Methods in All 12 Keys

If you have not grasped the basics of all 12 keys – arpeggios, triads, scales, 3rd, 4th, and so on – it will definitely hold you back on your playing in a big way. To master the techniques of all 12 keys, you should spend more time working on key exercises on a daily basis.

  • Develop Your Sense of Time

Beginners normally focus entirely on the melodic and harmonic aspects of music. Most people will think about which scales to use, which notes to play, and what chord tones to hit, just to name a few. While busy figuring those out, players forget another equally vital aspect of playing piano, which is time.

Therefore, you need to learn to develop your sense of time. Learn to grasp the feel of the articulation, swinging, accents, and lines. These parts are just as crucial as the notes you play.

What are your New Year’s music resolutions?





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