Learning a piano is easy if you have the experience of playing it in your teenage or childhood. Many people like to go back and relearn playing piano as it is not only a treat to the ears but also helps to uplift your mood. Playing any instrument or even listening to music is therapeutic. People majorly face the issues of not knowing how to relearn piano and from where to start. Well, if you are one of them and searching for a blog to help you with, then I am here, my friend, with this easy to follow guide for relearning piano.
How to Relearn Piano?
I started playing the piano again after a gap of more than seven years and learned a few tips that can be helpful for you too. Check out all the tricks and steps to start playing the piano like before:
Decide the instrument
If you still own your old piano then its good to start with. However, it should be seen that the techniques and methods of playing the piano have changed a lot since the time you were playing. You can also get a basic baby grand piano if you are not owning a piano anymore. Many people even opt for acoustic piano, as it is also relatively easy, to begin with.
Start playing the piano
Playing any instrument after a huge gap is not the same as the previous time. Start the sessions with slow speed and gradually increase your pace after you are comfortable with it. Keep daily sessions of 20 minutes to avoid fatigue and exhaustion. Do not sit for long hours playing the piano as it can frustrate you which might result in taking a break from playing the piano again.
Regular finger exercise
Make it a habit to exercise and stretch your finger after every session of playing the piano. Try your hands on the scale and simply stretch it over the piano. Some warm-up exercises before starting the session will also be helpful to avoid tiredness and fatigue. You can also get a squishy ball to release the tension in your fingers.
Flashcards and notes
The best way to start playing the piano is to get a set of flashcards that are available easily on Amazon and other online websites. These flashcards make the process of relearning the piano quick and simple. Place the flashcards right in front of you while you are playing the instrument. The best part about having flashcards is that you can carry it anywhere. Having music notations in your sight while playing keys helps to accustomise your finger movements with ease on the piano.
Book for scales and chords
The most helpful tip so far for relearning the piano has been this practice of keeping a book for chords and scales. Prepare a book and write all the notes for the tones you like to play frequently. Include scales and arpeggios for different types of pieces to increase the brain-hand coordination.
Correct your Body Posture
Thanks to the long work hours and starring right onto the computer screens, our postures are incorrect. These improper postures cause a lot of issues such as a sprain, muscular pull, lesions, etc. Make sure that you are sitting in a proper position and posture while playing the piano. Poor posture can cause strain in wrist and fatigue. For your piano sessions, sit on a chair without arms and wheel so that it remains sturdy.
Maintain a schedule
The last but not the least is to prepare a schedule of your piano practice sessions. Make a logbook and start noting down the pieces and the count of practicing it in the week. If you play wrong keys or chords, jot it down and work on it the following day. Having a logbook for practice sessions will help you to rectify the errors and also help you see the improvement by the end of the month.
Quick tips to enhance your relearning experience:
- There might be some reasons that made you quit playing the piano the last time. Be careful with these reasons and avoid them.
- The old techniques and skills will not help you to relearn the instrument. Unlearn all the past techniques in order to relearn the new ones.
- Pay close attention to the pain or soreness in your body, as this can be a sign of overdoing the piano sessions.
- Develop a habit of playing one piece completely fine by the end of the week.
Learning to play any instrument should be fun and not a task. Make it casual and do not stress about getting everything right on the day one itself. Take time and practice daily to see the changes. You can also call over your friends to get a boost or motivation and ask them for suggestions. If you still face problems with relearning the piano, then you can hire a professional instructor to learn all the techniques correctly. Enjoy playing the piano and learning new tunes!