Help With Practising

A teacher is there to make sure of two important things:

  1. That you understand each step. 
  2. That you move forward in the right direction

We aim to provide details on this page regarding situations which come along while learning to play.

Problem solving is a practise method which you will learn from your teacher.

It is one of the keys to becoming a good musician.

You may forget a note but it will always be easy to find it again.

When you can work alone you will get better every day on your own.

This will mean a teacher can easily guide you without being too repetitive with instructions

As you improve at playing and reading music you may find that your parents cannot understand what you are doing. Some parents read music but not many.

Try to remember everything you did in music lessons, this will make practicing easier.

 

I'm Stuck!

When you get stuck, go back over some old songs to remind yourself how to read music, sometimes the note you are looking for is in a piece of music that you have played before. Reading music is of course when you look at the dots on the paper and play the notes on your instrument. Sometimes people think it means reading the letter names out loud - crazy, I know.

Always have a pencil (not a pen) and put a circle around the note you are stuck on, your teacher will then help you in the next lesson.

Time

When learning a new piece of music you will spend some quiet time looking at new notes, this may last for a week. When you can play the notes slowly it is important to look at the next step. The next step is ...'Time'.... this is when you play the music along with a beat or a click from a 'Metronome' or a rhythm from the drum machine inside your keyboard. This is an important step as it teaches your ears to communicate with your fingers. Be very patient as this step can sometimes take ages. Don't rush, just keep your eyes on the page and count every beat. Your teacher will tell you which notes have longer counts than others.

Technique

Don't worry, this list of things is not endless........... Just like a runner or a tennis player, there is an easy way and a hard way to play an instrument, this is called your technique. Starting slowly is very important for this and keeping your arms and fingers relaxed and loose will help you make smooth and interesting music, like long grass blowing in the wind. When a person has bad technique they complain about their fingers hurting. They always find the music difficult to play even if they practice for years and the music usually sounds like a cat with his tail stuck in the door. Your teacher can also help you with this, of course.

OK

Good luck in your musical career. Please call or e-mail us here if you have any brilliant ideas for helping other students

Many Thanks

Alex Cockle

Musical Director