Whether you take piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin, ukulele, or even drums you are going to have to learn new music.
Whether you take piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin, ukulele, or even drums you are going to have to learn new music. As you grow as a musician the music tends to get more challenging and it will take more time and will require you to develop new skills. Here is a great article with a few great things you can do to help when you’re learning a new piece of music. Written by one our amazing piano teachers Leslie Taylor.
Learning a new piece of music
Sometimes when we are about to tackle a brand new piece of music, the notes look daunting on the page! No need to feel apprehensive about learning something new if you take a few minutes to look closely at the music. Here are some helpful hints:
- First, look for note and rhythmic patterns. Are there groups of notes repeated throughout the piece? Perhaps the left hand begins with a note passage and then it is repeated in the treble clef by the right hand? Are complete lines of music repeated later in the piece?
- Do the same with any rhythmic patterns – are rhythms repeated throughout the piece? Perhaps there are patterns which are very similar?
- Practice clapping these rhythmic patterns while you count the beats out loud.
- Spend a day or two (or longer for more difficult repertoire) practicing each hand separately. Once the notes are secure, try playing both hands together.
- Only practice two or three bars at a time (either hands separately, or hands together). Once the notes are secure, you can then look at the next two or three bars of music.
- Finally, start piecing these bars together until you can play the entire piece.
- Remember, “Rome was Not Built in a Day!”. Tackle a bit every day and soon you will have mastered the notes and timing and will then be able to begin looking at dynamics, phrasings and tempo requirements.