There's always a remarkable feeling when we've successfully learned a piano piece that has challenged us, made us learn new things, and we were able to play it and share it with others. It's worth celebrating especially if you had to perform in a recital or concert of some kind. That excitement and feeling of accomplishment lasts for some time and it's fun to soak it all in and relax in the glow.
But then...there's a bit of a quiet. The pressure is off, you feel a big fidgety because, well...what in the world are you going to learn to play now?! You are ready for a new challenge and you are probably ready to learn a piece that will make you learn some new techniques so you can keep increasing your abilities.
Sometimes you already know what you want to learn next whether it be a piece, concerto, sonata, or even a new style of playing such as jazz or blues.
Other times, you just have no idea what you want or what you may need to learn so you'll continue on your path of playing the piano well.
Here's a checklist that you can use and incorporate in your own way to help you select the best piano music that you need to learn to stay challenged, keep growing, and have fun at the same time.
With each of these, you will see how well you succeeded in some areas and where you still need to work in other areas. When choosing your next piano piece, make sure that it includes some of each: reinforce what you just learned in your last piece successfully and include similar things that you still need to work on so you'll get even better at them while you learn this new piece.
Go back and think about the style of piece that you played and how you liked or didn't like the type of sound that it had.
When you identify the type of music and the type of sound that you like in a piece, you'll know to pick something similar enough so that you'll connect to it emotionally; yet different enough that you'll have new experiences in your feelings and discover new types of music that you like to listen to as well as play.
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