One of the most important things that we can do to help our piano playing...no matter what level we are...is to slow down.
These two words apply to everything we do with our piano playing!
They are the solution to almost every challenge we face in and with our playing.
Let's look at some of the reasons why it is such a big deal to...slow down.
I literally cannot think of one thing that can't be improved by slowing down. I think that the hardest part of slowing down, is just actually doing it and remembering to do it whenever we mess up.
Many times we put a little too high of an expectation on ourselves in thinking that we should be father along in our piece or how many key signatures we can play in. We think, "But I shouldn't have to slow down this far along in things".
The longer you are willing to stay slow, the better the "fast" will be. It will come faster (believe it or not), it will be easier, and you will play it better...promise.
A word of caution - this doesn't mean you don't work to increase your tempo by using the metronome and other things. Just don't rush it...you won't be able to start a new piece one day and play it up to tempo the next day correctly. But if you work on it slowly and increase your tempo slowly each day...by the end of the month (or even sooner), you'll be flying!
If you find that practicing slowly is frustrating, take a break and go do something physical. Take a run, a walk, do some yoga or even yard work. Do something that helps to get some of that energy out; then come back to your piano work.
Even if you are an advanced student and you are working on a concerto or a sonata that you know but still have some trouble spots. Slow them down...this doesn't mean that you aren't succeeding in learning your repertoire.
Once you get used to applying this to your piano playing and seeing the positive results you'll come to rely on that steady kind of work much more to help you reach your goals.
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