How to maintain your motivation

Feeling unmotivated to play the piano lately? Is it the cold, the heat or perhaps your piano? It can be anything, however lack of motivation is something you don’t want to face, especially if you are just on the beginner stage. BUT, motivation as you might know is like a cycle, it is like life in general, with ups and downs and the only thing you can do is to enjoy the ride and go with the flow.

Lack of motivation is something you will face at every step in your musical career. Do professional-famous musicians feel it too? Of course. Even the most dedicated, full time musos feel this way from time to time. Why does it happen? mmm… I am not a psychologist or anything like that but everything is in your mind and your feelings. Perhaps there is something else happening in your life that is affecting your motivation for playing the piano. So how can you get motivated again? How can you fall in love with your piano and your playing again?

Piano lovers, 3 simple steps to revive the flame between you and your piano playing:

1. Remember. Why did you start playing the piano? Have you asked yourself lately? Do you know the reasons why you started learning/playing the piano? This is the key to everything! Learning an instrument requires a huge investment of your time and effort so the reasons why you are playing the guitar have to be strong enough to keep you on the right track.

I know you have your own reasons, but let’s make a little chart with the right and not so right reasons that can get you into the piano world.

I started learning to play the piano because of these right reasons:

  • I love how a pianist looks on stage and I knew since I was a kid that I wanted to look like one of them.
  • I always had the dream of playing the piano but wasn’t possible until now
  • It gives me chills everytime I listen to a pianists
  • I can feel every classical piano piece
  • I love how a well played piano sounds and I want to play like that
  • I love music and I would love to learn to play an instrument
  • I wanna be a solo pianists because I love music

I started learning to play the piano because of these not-so-right reasons:

  • My parents pushed me to learn to play the piano but I don’t like it
  • I am learning to play the piano so I can get to know some girls/boys
  • I wanna be a rockstar cause I wanna be rich
  • I want fame no matter what costs…
  • I would love to be on TV
  • etc, etc, etc

So, what is the reason you started to play piano? And of course, why do you practice piano everyday? To achieve your goals! You have to keep in mind that practice is a must, so always think about why you started to follow your dream… write it down somewhere to keep it in your mind, never forget the reasons why you fell in love with this beautiful instrument and why you still are.

2. Inspiration. Tired of the same old piano songs? Your source of inspiration is running out of stock? Get inspired with something new. Remember, inspiration can come from any source, not only music or pianists you like. It can be out there, just around the block… it can be anything you feel a connection with. Going to an open area, like a river or a park, sit down, relax, enjoy the view, the sounds, the kids running, birds flying, anything.

If you ask me, my main source of inspiration is music, not rock, not pop or blues or jazz, music in general! All sorts of music. Another source of inspiration I have found lately is city noises, cars, cellphone ringtones, closing doors and of course, people talking. Try to find a new source of inspiration, something that whenever you feel it, hear it, see it or touch it, it makes you want to go to sit down on your piano and play something.

3. Routine. Is your practice routine boring? Are you tired of it? Is it the most efficient practice routine for your learning and needs? This is a very common mistake. Are we trying to learn too many things too fast? Think about it. If you don’t have any idea about your practice routine check this out.

If you are feeling unmotivated, leave a comment below, tell us about you and your practice routine… we might have the right answer for you or some sort of inspiration that might work for you to get back on the ride to reach your dreams!

I hope this helps and I really hope you are motivated to keep going with your guitar playing! If not, think about these 3 easy steps and put them into practice.

Playing with a band

I started to play drums because I always wanted to be in a band. When I was a kid and was listening to my older brothers albums I was always wondering how they do it… How could they all play different things on different instruments and deliver to me only one sound, a song! It was like magic, since that moment I decided I was going to make music for the rest of my life and so far I have been lucky enough to live my dream.

Playing music with other people is probably the most rewarding and magical moment of music. But how can this happen? How does it happen? First, You need different instruments of course, all tuned up and played well and in time to get a good sound.

Playing in a band at first could be hard, especially if you don’t have any or much experience playing with other musicians. But don’t worry, this is totally normal. How can you improve? Keeping in time is a must, remember our post about “getting rhythm”? – Rhythm and timing is a huge part of music and then there’s playing techniques and skills, which will come along, little by little and often develop more rapidly when playing with others.

Because the piano is an instrument which can be used to play melody, harmony and the rhythm of a song it can be played solo. When playing solo piano it’s very easy to lose track of the timing and the beat of the song. So it is also important to learn how to play in time when playing solo. This isn’t always a very fun part of playing, but it is important if you want to sound good. Get a metronome and practice with it – a bonus if you own a keyboard that comes with the metronome function.

What can you do if you want to start a band?
The first thing to do would be to find people who play and listen to the same kind of music you like and want to play. As a beginner it’s always good to start playing covers, so pick a few songs that you all like. Listen to them and study them at home individually and then come together and practice them. It’s a good idea to start with simple songs, then search for the sheet music and get to work on it!

Though it depends on what kind of band you are looking to play in or create, generally you’ll have a drummer and a bass player which will form the rhythm section. From there you can get a guitarist or two but having a good drummer is probably the most important thing. There are many trios out there playing amazing music with only drums, bass and keyboard.

If you can’t find any musicians who are into the same style you are, pushing a friend into learning an instrument is always a good idea, many bands have started that way.