Some people tell you that you need to practise playing on the piano for hours a day to become proficient at it. Some people tell you otherwise. Also, there are people who will tell you that you need to master the easy portions first, and vice versa. With so much conflicting information out there, what is the best way to practise playing the piano? Let me share some of the best tips to help you master playing the piano.
Firstly, you never want to go overboard with each practice session. There are people who practise for hours each time. This will actually end up being detrimental to you instead of being beneficial! This is because what you cannot keep to consistently will eventually become your downfall. Consistency is key when it comes to practising the piano. Therefore, you want to engage in a training pattern or habit in which you can keep to every single day. Keep your piano practice sessions short but still sufficiently long enough to actually practise. You want to make sure you can dedicate the same amount of time per day to this. Therefore, I found that the magical amount of time is actually between 20 to 30 minutes daily. Everyone has 20 to 30 minutes of spare time a day regardless if they are a working adult or a student in Singapore. This is a sufficiently long period of time for one practice session, yet short enough to be kept to on a daily basis.
Secondly, play through the whole song a couple of times first, even if you do not get every single portion perfect. The key is to keep to the rhythm. Even some wrong notes are fine. When you do this at the start of every practice session, you will remind yourself of the gist of the song. You will remind yourself of the dynamics of the song, tempo and vibes. With all that in mind, it is now easier to execute the piano song correctly when you dive into the smaller portions.
Thirdly, while there are teachers who may tell you to practise the easier portions and master them first, I have found that to be an absolutely terrible strategy. I used to do it in the past for grade 4 and nearly failed, before I changed a piano teacher and eventually got merit and then distinctions (make sure you also get a good piano teacher from a great agency such as sglearnpiano.tumblr.com/). Always practise the difficult portions much more often than the easier portions. You are as strong as your weakest link. So make sure to practise portions of the ABRSM piano pieces where you are weaker at.