Mistakes of Beginning Piano Players
Bad posture can haunt players later on
Piano players need to develop an ear for music
Patience is important
The lure of playing a piano has been irresistible for many over the centuries. Except for some very rare prodigies, it’s something that’s taught and then mastered through practice. It can’t just be any practice, because if one gets into bad habits, it can be difficult for even the best teacher to correct.
Here are some things for beginning, or even some slightly more intermediate, piano players to watch out for.
It’s one thing when a child first starts playing. They have to learn the correct way to sit, to hold their hands, where to look at the sheet music, and other minutiae that will eventually have them looking like a polished piano player. On the other hand, if an adult starts playing on their own and then a bit later on decides to take lessons, they can pick up postural habits that become harder to break once they have been doing for a while. Then it will wind up being their back or other body part that suffers.
The posture of the spine is not the only thing to watch out for – using stiff, flat fingers can also make for bad playing.
Not Developing Ear For Music
Playing the piano is more than just looking at the sheet music and playing the notes. Over a bit of time and practice, one should start to be able to visualize the music in their head and get an idea of what the upcoming part in the piece should sound like and then be able to play it. Not doing this can make the music sound a bit rote as if the person playing the song is not fully immersed in what they are doing.
This usually affects older beginning piano players, though young children can also be affected by it. They build up this expectation in their head that they are going to be doing complex pieces in a very short amount of time. Their initial enthusiasm can turn to frustration at having to work on basic things like scales for what they deem too long of a time. Rather than sticking at it and turning what could be a fun hobby or even a possible career for a few, they then wind up leaving it altogether.
While doing these things can take some time, sometimes quite awhile, dedication and perseverance often pay off. That’s only half the battle, though. It also depends on the piano itself. Playing a finely-tuned piano can be a joy in itself and it can act as a lure to make the player want to hear what’s next. A discordant, out-of-tune one? Not so much.
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