How to Learn Music Fast

How to Learn Music Fast

Learning how to play music can be tricky. But by following these tips, you’ll be able to master playing your favorite songs in no time at all and become a better musician for it. So, let’s get started, shall we? Learn From Someone When you have someone to explain and help you learn and memorize music, you’ll start to gain knowledge and confidence, allowing you to take faster steps towards achieving your goal. This is, of course, once you get …

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How to Succeed As An Adult Beginner

How to Succeed As An Adult Beginner

Can you learn music as an adult? Of course you can. It’s not a question of is it possible or not, the question is how do you learn music as an adult. That’s a very different question that deserves some attention. Learning to play a musical instrument isn’t a skill that most people learn very quickly. It’s a complex fine motor skill that takes years of concentrated practice to become proficient. Children that acquire this skill almost always have a …

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How to Develop An Amazing Ear Without Interval Drills

How to Develop An Amazing Ear Without Interval Drills

Unfortunately, playing by ear is really hard for a lot of classical musicians. It’s something that they don’t typically learn. They can get by without it. If they do practice ear training, they try to improve their ear by repeating interval drills over and over again.  Is it possible to get a good ear this way? Well, yes. Very few people actually see this type of ear training through to a point that they can play music competently by ear …

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Muscle Memory is A Requirement For All Musicians

Muscle Memory is A requirement For All Musicians

If you’ve read around the internet, including this blog, muscle memory for musicians often gets a bad rap. It’s the worst kind of memory. Muscle memory causes memory slips, and you should never rely on it. It’s a horrible no good very bad thing! Avoid it at all costs. None of that is true. Muscle memory is actually needed more than any other type of memory. It’s just easy to acquire. What Exactly Is Muscle Memory? Muscle memory is referred …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Learning Piano

The Beginner’s Guide to Learning Piano

Ever watched Peter Bence in a piano cover tickling the keys with his fast fingers and thought, “That’s it! That’s exactly what I want to do”?  Chances are, if that reason or a similar one is your motive to learn how to play the piano, you’re older than the standard age people usually start learning piano. And that can be disappointing if you leave yourself to the beginner’s frustrating thought that musical instruments should be learned earlier in life.  Well, …

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Piano Hand and Sitting Posture and Why It’s Important

Piano Hand and Sitting Posture and Why It’s Important

Why you should you care about how you sit? It’s not about how you look. It’s about health and freedom of movement. Correcting posture issues can go a long way in relieving common pains and injuries while practicing. What is Piano Posture? I don’t know if “posture” is the best word to describe it. “Technique” may be a better term, but then it is often confused with actual technical facility, like playing quick and accurate scales or octaves. When I …

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Practicing and Playing Are Not The Same Thing

Practicing and Playing Are Not The Same Thing

Do you sit down and practice your instrument, or do you just play it? Growing up, I don’t know if I knew that there was much of a difference. Practicing just meant that I was making music, or at least sound, on my instrument. Somehow I will get better. Right? Both practicing and playing music have their place, but if you want to get better quickly, practicing is where you should spend most of your time. What Does it Mean …

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Find and Use Patterns to Accelerate Your learning

Find and Use Patterns to Accelerate Your learning

Music is made up almost entirely of patterns. Patterns can be defined as notes that are organized in a predictable manner. If you are able to find these patterns in music, you can often predict what is coming next. Understanding patterns can also help in learning and memorizing a piece much faster. Many students of music understand that patterns exist, but they fail to use them to learn their music, instead of relying on learning one note at a time. …

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Why You Should Be Teaching Your Piano Students By Rote

Why You Should Be Teaching Your Piano Students By Rote

If you play the piano, or if you’re a teacher, you’ve likely been taught in the classical tradition. You predominantly learned to read music. By reading music, you translate the notes on the page into music on the piano. That’s the only way that I was taught to play the piano. I was never taught to improvise or play by ear.  It’s a different skill set. Most often these skills are not found in classical pianists. Does that mean they …

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Learning Your Scales and Arpeggios

Learning Your Scales and Arpeggios

Learning technique for your instrument is often one of the most boring things you can practice. People tend to avoid practicing their technical exercises. For the most part, that may not be a terrible thing. There are usually better ways to spend your time practicing than working on unmusical technical exercises all day. There are two important exceptions to that though. Those exceptions are scales and arpeggios What Are Scales? A scale is simply an ordered set of notes. Most …

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