10 Ways To Get Through To Your VIRTUAL PIANO

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In the last year or two, we’ve seen a huge change in how people learn to play music. It used to be that someone would go to school, get lessons, and practice for hours each day. Today you can skip all of that by sitting in front of your computer and playing bitch lasagna virtual piano!

Today we’re going to take a look at 10 different ways you can make progress on your virtual piano playing despite the fact that it’s not even real. So whether you don’t have time for school because you have too many extracurriculars or just don’t have access to lessons nearby, now is the time!

Ways to get through virtual piano:

1. Type faster.

The first thing you need to realize is that if you just type as fast and as accurate as possible, this will begin to improve your playing a lot. If your goal is just to play song after song of random songs in a row, this will probably be enough. However, if your goal is to have the best technique possible, keep reading!

2. Routinely learn new pieces of music.

If you’re not playing pieces that are way above what you can already play, it’s a good idea to start by making sure the piece you want to learn is reasonable for you and then set about learning it routinely . I believe that you can learn anything on the piano, with enough time and effort. But that doesn’t mean you need to learn everything at once. Choose something that is challenging but not impossible, and don’t get frustrated if it takes a while.

3. Put in deliberate practice time into new pieces.

One of the keys to success in any activity is to set yourself up for success by practicing intentionally, so you know what to practice. I recommend following my plan, which is based on this book: How to Practice: A Guide for Students , Teachers, and Performers . If you’ve been putting in classes or lessons, you can skip this step and go directly to the next one.

4. Organize your practice time.

If you’re really just practicing to play random music at this point, it won’t do much good to have a plan for organizing your practice time. However, if you want to play music that is challenging but still achievable for you, then following my plan will help immensely! You can download the free printable version of my plan that I sell on Etsy .

5. Build your skill gradually over time.

Hiring an instructor is a big step-of-faith thing that could end up costing as much or more than the method itself (unless it’s through my method). While I think hiring an instructor is an important ultimate goal for the piano, I think it’s almost always better to try other things first just to make sure you’re on the right track and don’t waste your time on something that won’t work!

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6. Use the slow motion practice technique.

The best way to improve your playing is to use a slow motion practice technique. With this strategy you can learn anything in 30-90 days! I explain it in full detail here:

7. Learn music theory.

I recommend you learn music theory as a part of your piano playing, because then you can apply it to your playing. When I was learning this stuff, I would often ask myself questions like “What does this note sound like? What does that chord sound like? What is the difference between the major scale and the minor scale?” Learning all of these things at once helped me to visualize my thoughts in my head, which really improved my playing much more than if I had only studied musical notation, which has everything written out for you.

8. Look on YouTube.

YouTube is an amazing resource and I can’t recommend it enough. There are a million videos and you can usually find one that seems right for your level, fits what you want to do, and shows you how to do the thing you’re looking for in the video. I’ve included a few free websites below:

9. Learn from other people’s mistakes.

The human mind will sometimes pick up on things in your playing that don’t really matter. For example, one time I was trying to play this fake Bach piece where I kept pressing the white key instead of the black key. I had never really noticed it before, but then when I was learning how to play a different fake Bach piece, I realized that I was doing the exact same thing. At first I thought it might be because of muscle memory or something, but then I realized that the only thing that made those two pieces different was that the second one had an F sharp and a B flat next to each other in the key signature. Now that I physically could press the key that was on the F sharp and not the B flat, my mind stopped focusing on the white key button and I could actually play what I was hearing.

10. Read up!

Finally, this list will never be complete, so Google is always a good place to look for more resources! The internet is filled with great piano advice and you never know where a resource may come from or how much it will help you.

Conclusion of this article:

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this list of ways to use the piano effectively, even if it’s not a real thing. It’s not easy getting into a piano class or hiring a private instructor and I completely understand how situations happen where you’re stuck with no idea how you’re going to make progress.

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