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Simple Habits to Improve Concentration

As you progress in your piano playing, you might find it increasingly difficult to focus. There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to this. They can be both internal and external. You are definitely not alone. Most musicians find themselves in this rut from time to time.

There are many different things you can do to increase your focus, more of them than can be addressed in one short article. We are going to suggest a few tried-and-true methods for helping you break through that mental fog. With some commitment and just a bit of effort, these ideas can help considerably.

Get enough rest, healthy food and exercise

It seems like everyone overlooks this basic idea. With many of us holding down multiple jobs, raising a family, AND fitting in our beloved piano, it is tempting for us to grab a Big Mac and fries, skip exercise, and drink excessive amounts of coffee to keep going. Doing this on occasion will not hurt you; indeed, most of us do this from time to time. But if this has become your lifestyle, it will have a detrimental effect on your mind, not to mention your overall health.

Many fad diets have come and gone, but these are the only rules you need to follow: eat healthy foods, in healthy amounts, and balanced proportions. Avoid excessive sugar and processed foods. Do not overeat. Most importantly, exercise! It does not need to be excessive. Walking for just a mile a day will help you immensely. But be as active as you can. Sleep for about 8 hours a day. Try to keep to a regular schedule if you can. A fitness tracker, such as those made by Fitbit and Jawbone, can be a great aid in helping you stay on track.

Certain health supplements, such as Gingko Biloba and CoQ10, are very helpful in improving your mental acuity. They are also highly recommended for focus

Eliminate distractions

When possible, eliminate all distractions when practicing and during your lesson time. Turn off your computer, unless you are using it for your playing or training. Shut your phone off; you can check your messages and Facebook posts after you are finished. If you are able, have your music area in a room or section of your home set aside for that purpose alone. Avoid physical or visual clutter in this area. Take a few minutes before you begin by taking a few deep breaths or meditating, whatever method you can develop to relax and clear your mind for the task ahead.

Be prepared

It’s not just the Boy Scout motto, it is a great way to live. For the purpose of this discussion, we will simply say that it is good to make sure you are using your music time wisely. Be on time for your lessons. Stick to your practice schedule by having everything ready to go the day before. Plan out your schedule each week, and plan out each lesson and practice session in advance.

Now, focus!

By following these suggestions, you can better focus on your music, and your abilities can accelerate.

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