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Ways to Play Piano Better, Fast!

You have been working very hard at your piano playing and are starting to garner the rewards. You are pleased with your progress, but feel you are ready to take the next leap in your proficiency. You may not know how to do it. Great news! There are several simple things that you can do to easily outperform yourself quickly. This article suggests several methods you can use to make yourself a substantially better player in a short amount of time.


We all have the same number of hours in a day. In the end, it’s how we use them that counts. Make a list of what you need to do on a certain day and how much time you intend to devote to each task. Put a number next to each task indicating the order of importance to you. (There are no right answers here.) Having things down on paper will help you focus on your tasks and handle them more efficiently.

What does this have to do with your playing? Prioritizing (and adjusting over time to allow for errors and things you have overlooked) will free up more precious time to practice and perform piano. You will find it is worth your effort, as even allowing yourself an extra 10-15 minutes a day will help you advance very quickly.

Open Your Eyes, Ears, and Mind.

You may have unintentionally fallen into a rut with your playing. You would not be alone; almost everyone has the experience from time to time. Maybe it’s time to try some new things. Try listening to new artists in your chosen genre. Listen to other genres. Watch videos on YouTube and elsewhere, whether they feature interviews with your favorite pianists or performances of music you enjoy. Read biographies and autobiographies of your favorite musicians, even if they are not pianists. You will likely find yourself refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge.


The power of networking cannot be overstated. This can mean anything from meeting up regularly with other musicians to schmoozing with live venue owners and managers. The first example can give you new perspectives and form long-lasting creative partnerships (maybe even forming a band). The second example can lead to more studio and live performance experiences. If you have anxiety over these or other social situations, there are number of things you can do to change that. Visualization, meditation, joining an organization such as Toastmasters; these are ways of overcoming social anxiety and are recommended.

Go Back to the Basics.

Sometimes the best cure is right in front of you. Take a few moments to analyze what you are currently doing in your practicing and playing. Have you fallen into ineffective playing habits? How is your posture? How is your finger placement? Are you setting the same amount of time each week to devote to piano? A consultation with a music instructor can help you correct these issues if needed.

Challenge yourself

Writers read. Musicians listen. Go back to those you admire and listen carefully to their techniques. Try to emulate them. If it’s difficult, great! You are up to the challenge.

Buy a difficult piece from your local music store just so that you can feel that sense of accomplishment when you learn it. The more you challenge yourself, the faster you will improve.

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