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The Best Resolutions for your Piano Playing

The New Year is a great time to start getting serious about your piano playing. Some of the best resolutions to make for this year are practicing daily, starting to take lessons, and setting goals for the songs you want to learn. These are just a few of the options available to work on your playing this year. Here are more of the best resolutions to make for your piano playing during 2021.

Resolve to Practice Daily

Daily practice is one of the most effective ways to improve your piano playing. By making daily practice one of your resolutions this year, you will see your piano playing improve in leaps and bounds. It is also important to keep in mind that consistency is an essential part of making improvements. It is more effective to practice for 30 minutes a day than 2 hours twice a week. You should also remember that this doesn’t mean you have to dedicate your every waking moment to piano playing. A few moments daily will make a huge difference in your playing over the course of a year.  

Commit to Learning

There is always room to grow and improve. A great resolution to make is to focus on learning over the coming year. This may include taking professional lessons or even taking a course focused on music. Even if you are a particularly advanced piano player, you can still improve by working closely with a teacher. When you commit to learning this year, you will be able to greatly improve both your skills and your knowledge of playing the piano.

Teach Someone to Play

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Learning from others can be beneficial, but it can be similarly beneficial to try to teach someone else to play through the coming year. When you teach someone to play, you have to dig back down into the basics of your own piano playing. This can help you to check in on your playing, while simultaneously encouraging another person to improve on their piano playing.

Choose Some Fun Songs to Learn

One great way to motivate yourself while simultaneously improving your playing is by choosing some fun songs to learn. Playing the piano doesn’t only have to be centered around classical performance pieces. You can also learn new pieces just because they are fun to play. This is a piano resolution that can aid in reigniting your passion for playing the piano.  

Stop Judging Yourself

You are your own worst critic. This tends to be more detrimental than helpful when it comes to playing the piano. When you are constantly criticizing yourself, you will be less motivated to keep playing. When you make one of your resolutions to stop judging yourself, you will often find that your piano playing is much more enjoyable.

Record your Lessons

One of your resolutions should be to take up piano lessons, while another should be to record these lessons. When you record your lessons, you can review them at your own leisure. This can be extremely beneficial for making the most of your piano lessons, as well as your practice time. You may also want to record yourself playing occasionally. This will help you to identify where you can improve, though it is still important to not judge yourself too harshly.

Have Piano Tuned

While honing your skills is certainly a great resolution, it is also a good idea to focus on providing the appropriate maintenance for your piano. Your piano should be tuned twice yearly in order to keep it in good condition. This can also be beneficial for your playing because you will attune yourself to playing with an in-tune piano.  

Learn a New Song

Learning something new is always a good step for your piano playing. While it can be comfortable to keep playing the songs that you already know, learning new ones will help you to push your limits and expand your piano playing. Whether you intend to focus on a performance piece or just a song that you like, this is a great resolution for the coming year.

Master a Song

Trying to master a song is another great way to improve your piano playing. There’s nothing wrong with striving for perfection with a song you already know. You can take the song slowly until you can play it flawlessly. This can be a great way to challenge yourself and improve your playing.

Attend a Performance

Attending a performance is an excellent strategy to motivate yourself to keep working on your playing. You should make it a resolution to attend a professional performance at some point throughout the year. Listening to the professionals can help encourage you to keep practicing your own piano playing.

Play a Duet

Duets can be another resolution to help you improve your playing throughout this year. When you play a duet, you have to work in conjunction with another piano player. This helps you to improve your coordination and teamwork. By playing a duet, you can develop valuable skills that can aid in your piano playing.

Keep a Practice Log

Keeping a practice log can help you to stay accountable with your resolutions this year. Not only can this help to ensure that you practice as much as you resolved, but it can also help to improve the overall quality of your practice. You can take notes about what you worked on and how you felt while you were practicing. It may also be beneficial to ensure that you record the amount of time that you spend on your piano practice.

A new piano can help you to meet all of your playing resolutions this year. Working with our professionals at Ogden Piano Gallery can help to ensure that you find the ideal piano to meet all of your needs. To learn more about the best resolutions for your piano playing or the ideal piano to help you meet these resolutions, contact us at Ogden Piano Gallery today!

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