Wherever you are in learning the piano – a beginner, and intermediate or even an advanced player – learning the best ways to keep track of your growth and progress will help you reach your goals faster by keeping you on track.
In today’s world we keep track of many different things using photographs, written stories about an event and even videos. Think about the things that you keep a record of such as the progress of your children, how much your pets grow from year to year, how well your gardens do in a season, your work accomplishments, and many others.
Now you’re going to add your piano playing to that important list and you’re going to start keeping it updated along with the other fun things in your life!
It makes sense that we keep track of our musical growth and there are several different ways that we can do that as well as many benefits from recording in some way our progress.
One of my favorite sayings is “get out of your head and into your feet”. It’s important to write things down…whether you do it on paper or in your tablet, phone, whatever works for you. In other words…it’s pretty easy to think of what you want to accomplish on your piano and how you think you can get there, but to really keep an accurate record of how well you are accomplishing those goals…you need to write them down.
Start – by writing down one larger goal, and then divide that into several smaller goals.
Next - keep a practice log, or a written record of what you worked on during your practice time. Include any scale(s) that you worked on, exercises and etudes, and any pieces as well.
Another thing that you can do that doesn’t involve writing is record your playing.
Include in your written records the names of the pieces you have learned, the scales that you know how to play and their corresponding arpeggios and chord progressions, and any exercises and etudes that you’ve mastered so you can see your level of playing progress from one to the next.
Share - your piano playing with your friends and family.
Finally – try to follow a specific course or curriculum if you can access one. (Watch the following video to find out which one I recommend and how to access it online).
The following video goes into each one of these steps more in depth and I also give you some important information on finding online assistance with a curriculum.
I’ve also included a couple of other videos on the topic of practicing that should help answer any questions you might have and even teach you some new tricks to take your practicing to the next level!
If you like my tips and lessons, you will love the courses over on my website. Whether you are a beginner looking to get a solid foundation to build on or you are looking to take you existing skills to that next level, the online music courses on my website https://www.pianolessonsontheweb.com will help you do just that.
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