Develop positive practice habits

Learning an instrument can be hard work. It is important to make sure you have solid self discipline and apply yourself. Because many people learn through an online piano course (like Rocket Piano) you need to develop strategies for maintaining a good work ethic. Here are seven habits that will help you in your journey learning your instrument.

  1. Don’t procrastinate. There are always a set number of tasks you have to do when you  are practicing. It is easy to put off playing until tomorrow, but you should try to do a little each day – even if only a few minutes. Practice is important; you should get into it as soon as possible.
  2. Keep in touch with other musicians. If you are constantly in contact with your friends who also play then you will bounce off and motivate each other.
  3. Keep moving. Don’t get stuck in a rut, it is important to keep on leaning new skills and developing your playing. Also there is nothing that keeps your spirits up like seeing the progress you’re making.
  4. Use your time wisely. If you lack a regular practice time then it becomes difficult to maintain consistency. Try blocking out a set time to practice each day so you can fully develop as a musician.
  5. Practice in a good work environment. It is important to have a good place for you to practice. You need an environment that is clean and quiet so you can fully concentrate on what you are doing.
  6. Be comprehensive. You should always be trying to become a complete musician. For this reason, it can be a good idea to keep a list of all the things you need to do to become a complete musician.
  7. Know your own work habits. Each person has their own individual way of learning. For this reason it is important to adjust your practice so that you can maintain it.

We hope these tips can help you with your practice. Keeping your self discipline is a matter of good planning and goal setting.

 

Three Costly Mistakes when Learning Piano

Learning piano is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do, but a few easy mistakes could cost you hundreds of dollars for no gain in your playing.

Below we show you 3 of these mistakes and give you our best advice on how to avoid them.

PAYING FOR PIANO LESSONS THAT PROMISE THE EARTH BUT ONLY DISAPPOINT

“Master piano in 30 days!”, “Become a piano god in 90 days”, “Learn piano in a weekend” – These are the catch cries of those who promise the earth, but rarely deliver. If you’ve been searching the web for piano lessons you’ll know what I mean. They are everywhere.

The truth is, no one learns piano in a matter of days. It’s a lifetime’s pursuit. Hopefully you haven’t been taken in by any of these ‘snake oil’ piano products, but if you have, our advice is to request a refund and find a course of instruction that is based on the principle of structured learning.

The rule of thumb when spotting a lemon piano course – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

BUYING THE BEST PIANO, BUT SCRIMPING ON THE LESSONS

This is a common problem among beginner pianists. It’s easy to go for the big spend on your piano or keyboard, but then neglect your learning. You have to remember it’s no good having all of that expensive gear if you can’t play it.

Our advice is to spend well on your equipment and get the best gear you can afford, but leave some money for your piano education – it will serve you better in the long run.

PAYING FOR A TUTOR WHO ISN’T CUTTING IT.

This is perhaps the most dangerous trap for new pianists because it can be hard to spot and can cost you thousands of dollars. A piano lesson can cost anywhere from $30 – $50 per session.

Over the course of a year you could be spending up to two thousand dollars for piano lessons, so you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worthfrom your tutor.

MAJOR WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR TUTOR ISN’T CUTTING IT:

  • Tutor shows a lack of understanding about piano. This is from inexperience. If you feel your tutor is only just managing to stay a step ahead of you you’ll know they aren’t right for you.
  • Tutor displays a lack of passion for teaching piano. This will normally come across as impatience. If your tutor is impatient and unconcerned with nurturing your development it’s time to go.
  • Tutors lessons lack focus. This is an easy one to spot. Are your lessons organized? Do they run smoothly? If not, your tutor isn’t planning enough and the result will be a lack of focus. Time to exit.
  • Personality mismatch. Sometimes you’ll find a perfectly capable tutor but you just won’t get on with them. This is normal. Everyone is different and some types just work better together. And it is quite acceptable to admit it when the relationship dynamic isn’t working and move on – you’re not married to your instructor.

We offer a guarantee to every student – we’ll teach you how to play the piano and save you money, because our lessons do it right first time. If you’re not happy you get your money back.