• Jasbir Arora

12 Months of Practice, 12 Minutes of Test, and a Lifetime of Bliss





My most recent achievement has been passing the grade 2 exam for playing the Piano. The bliss I felt due to the recognition of my skill was over the moon. The multiple hours and hard work I put into learning the Piano have been both strenuous and fun at the same time. Nonetheless, this achievement couldn’t have been possible without my hard work and determination.


People follow different mantras when it comes to achieving most things in life. While most believe hard work is the key to success, others think work smart, not hard. But how would you know how to work smart if you aren’t competent in something?


All my hard work for months on end prepared me to appear for 12 minutes of testing in the exam. Those 12 minutes were enough to gauge the skills I achieved after my 12 months of practice. So, working smart may work for many things, but some things in life, like learning Piano, take immense hard work and determination to grow your skills steadily.


How to Learn Piano or Anything Else for that Matter?


Learning anything in life takes hard work and perseverance. The first step is to learn the basics and best build on those basics. When you are learning how to type on a keyboard, you learn the places of each alphabet and other essential keys on the keyboard. The same is the case with a piano and some of the initial steps of learning Piano, summed up by most experts, are:


  • Learning piano keys and getting familiar with them

  • Learn how to read piano music sheet

  • Learn musical notes and symbol

  • Try to go with easy sounds

  • Try different rhythms

  • Try connecting the notes


Getting familiar with the keys is the first step, in which you learn how the keyboard is set up as it is made from repeating units. Each pair of black keys is followed by 3 white and so on where so the white key to the left of any two black keys is called (C), and to its left are D, E, F, G while on the other way around are, A, B, and C and then it repeats as same.

Any aspiring pianist follows this combination and starts learning the notes. The 4 initial chords as a newbie begin with C, F, and G major couple with an A minor. Most initial training revolves around these essential steps.


You can apply the same methodology to anything in life, where you must learn the ropes by getting the core straight of anything. You learn to ride a bike either by learning to balance it or attaching training wheels on it to ease into balancing. Once you get the core majors straight, your learning vehicle starts moving, and you are on the road to success in no time.


Lessons Learned from Piano Training


Now that we have set aside the discussion of capturing the most important notes and orientation of learning a piano let's discuss the critical steps of learning Piano or anything in life.


Slowing Down


Learning any musical instrument, you have to start it with a slow process. It may seem like you are playing painfully slow, but the slow practice will eventually save you a lot of time in the long run and make all your efforts count.


Breakdown


We already discussed chords and guided you about major chords. Now it’s time to learn some tones. Going with tones will not be easy as a beginner, so the best part and make it easy to understand is that we should break down the nodes into parts. Try the small part of the node again and again until it comes in your finger practice, and then start with the second part and practice it. So by breaking down the nodes, you can quickly learn the Piano or any other musical instrument. In the end, you can connect all those nodes to make a tune.


Secrets of learning


One of the significant pieces of advice that will help you learn music or other stuff is only

Practice, Practice, and Practice. You can't be an expert in your skills until you are committed to it and put in your efforts. Practice and more practice are the best mantras to excel in any field or polishing any craft.


Mistakes To Avoid

  • Don’t play over and over one tone, but must be complemented with progress and variation.

  • Don’t go playing too fast too soon. Overcome your mistakes, learn popular tones, improve your muscle memory and then go fast if you like.


Conclusion


learning any new skill or enhancing and polishing your other skills require time and effort with manageable goals in mind. Achievable goals have felt progress and are always better in the long run. Keeping things and goals simple to understand is the mantra of success with hard work.


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