Whether you are using a book, video, a real live human, or
online lessons, keep these pointers in mind in order to get the
most out our your studies.
1. Complete and master each section before moving on to the
next: As you work through your studies make sure you have each
new technique or idea conquered before moving on to the next.
Lessons are planned to build upon each other and trying to rush
through without fully understanding one will just lead to
frustration and wasted efforts.
2. Study as if you were in school. Do some homework every night.
If all you have is 15 minutes then use those 15 minutes. If you
don't have time to read/watch and apply then do the application
of your last lesson or drills such as scales and chords.
Reading/watching and not having the opportunity to apply
immediately will usually mean you have to relearn your lesson.
Take notes. Especially if you're watching a video or working
with a human. Also don't be afraid to write all over your
workbooks and sheet music.
3. Apply what you've learned: Play for others. Your church, your
family, that spare piano sitting in your favorite department
store (ask first). Nothing drives a music lesson home better
than a recital. It will also magnify what you need to work on.
These tips work whether your a child or an adult. Learning to
play an instrument is a wonderful activity.
About the author:
K Quinn has been playing the piano for 10+ years. She picked up
the guitar 5 years ago and both for her church. Visit her
website at http://www.strugglingchurchmusician.us for more
church musician tools and tips.
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