Are you new to learning the electronic keyboard and looking forward to playing like a pro as soon as possible? Most of us hold the image of ourselves being quickly successful with whatever we are passionate about doing. But the reality is that it takes work and consistency to reach a level of competency in whatever we choose to do. The same goes with playing the electronic keyboard. We hope to inspire you with 9 ways you can improve your keyboard playing skills.
1. Practise intelligently with patience
It is a no-brainer to tell someone to keep practising to become better at what they do. After all, as Malcolm Gladwell expounds in his book “Outliers”, the 10,000-hour rule. He asserts that 10,000 hours is what is needed in practising the correct way to achieve true expertise.
But there is a right way to practise. One cannot practise in a monotonous matter. Practising intelligently means you know which are your weak areas, and put effort into working more on those areas. Repetition can be boring and so patience is needed to keep your practice consistent.
2. Don’t over practise
When we do the things we love, we may start off quite passionate about it. For some people, their passion keeps them going. And for others, their passion may burn them out in the initial stages. This is when one practises too much and gets injured while sitting in the same position for too long. Or one gets sick of practising.
3. Be flexible about the schedule
Enthusiasm about something we love may cause us to create a schedule to organise our time so that we can spend time playing the keyboard. But a rigid schedule can often ruin the inspiration and mood.
Instead of being rigid with your schedule and making yourself practise the keyboard at 2 pm or 8 am every day, you can just tell yourself you will get one to two hours of practice a day. This gives you the space and freedom to practise whenever is good for your state of mind. Rather than adding control to your practice by having a rigid schedule.
4. Set up a conducive space for practice
Sometimes a cluttered and messy area may put us off wanting to do anything. It will be helpful to keep your keyboard playing area clear and uncluttered. You may also push the practice aside because you are worried about disturbing your roommates or your family members at home. It might be helpful to discuss with whoever you are living your passion in learning the keyboard. It can help them to be understanding of the sounds coming from your room when you are playing.
5. Create fun in your practice
You can have some fun while you practise playing on your keyboard without sticking to the same old playing style with every song. You can choose to play each song differently, giving them various spins.
Not only does this help you have fun, but also adds your creativity to the song. Since practising requires repetition, this adds fun and takes away the monotony. It also helps you to develop versatility with the different sounds. To add some difficulty to your playing, you can try practising the same song in different keys as well.
If you are only thinking about playing the keyboard but have not started, get in touch with us for a keyboard lesson trial. Ritmo Music Studio is located near Chinatown MRT station.