The 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
- Cultivate Jazz Piano Skills
- Use Slow and Focused Practice
- 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?