Piano: Mastering a Piece
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Piano: Mastering a Piece

It takes lots of practise to learn a piece, let alone master it on the piano. These practises can range from short to long sessions depending on the time of the person. Some things can be very frustrating when learning or mastering a song. Here are some ways to help you know if you have already mastered the piece or not.

It takes lots of practise to learn a piece, let alone master it on the piano. These practises can range from short to long sessions depending on the time of the person. Some things can be very frustrating when learning or mastering a song. Here are some ways to help you know if you have already mastered the piece or not.

Constant Practise is by far the most effective way of mastering a piece on, this is really a test to see how your perseverance to learn the piece is. Sooner or later you would find that playing the piece as a second nature.

If learning by musical sheets, you can try playing the piece without the sheet; you have to rely on your memory. Your memory will tell you how well you can play the piano. Once your hands seem to have a mind of their own when playing the piece, you can say that you have mastered the piece. Learning from memory also helps you to improvise with the piece to make it your “own”.

When not in front of the piano, you can try to imagine yourself playing it, picture the piano on an aerial view, with your hands playing the notes in your head, by this point you should be able to tell which note is to be played. Sometimes, when learning by memory you forget the name of the note or the next series of notes to be played, you have to start all over continuously just to remember the notes, this should be avoided as much as possible. This step can be easily achieved if you have learnt the piece on the piano with the help of musical sheets.

When in front of the piano itself you can try to play the notes of the treble clef and bass clef individually or apart from each other. In simple terms, it means that you play only the right hand or the left hand without the help of the other. This is sometimes hard to achieve especially when playing a piece in classical music. When learning the piece for the same time, this is easier than playing with both hands.

Changing the Tempo of playing from slow to fast tests how well you know the piece. Changing the Tempo will determine how constant your hands are. It would also make the piece more familiar. You start with the normal pace, going to a fast pace, back to a normal pace, to a slow place, then to a fast pace and finally in a normal pace. This can be called as “relearning a piece”.

The final test to know if you have mastered a piece or not are if you can play it blindfolded, or with eyes closed. This shows that you have mastered the piano itself and can successfully manoeuvre it to play the piece.

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Comments (2)

You describe this so well.thank you. Out of votes so am tweeting.

I have been wishing of learning piano one of these days. Yes, I agree you need to allocate enough time for practice.

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