Practice plays a crucial role in any piano player’s life – it’s one activity that determines how successful you will be as an instrumentalist. However, it demands time, and lots of it - and if you’re like most people, it may be difficult to find as much time to practice as you’d like. However, this should not stop you from practicing your technique, because you can do that even when you’re away from the piano – in your car, at work and anywhere else. Here’s a neat infographic that highlights what you should do to practice your piano technique – off the keys… Listening It may sound obvious, but many musicians easily overlook this – probably because it’s so easy and we believe that easy things don’t benefit us much. But there's a lot your brain can absorb even when you're not paying attention. Find a professional recording of each piano song you are learning and make a playlist you can listen to in the car, around the house, or at work. You will reinforce tricky rhythms, changing tempos, dynamics, pedaling, and so on each time you hear it played accurately. Via TakeLessons Hand shape If you’ve been receiving proper training, then you should know that playing with a rounded hand shape is crucial to your piano technique. Holding a squishy ball allows you to see the three knuckles on each finger. Each knuckle plays an important role in proper hand shape, but the most important is the knuckle closest to the fingernail. As a rule, that knuckle should never wiggle or collapse. Here are some ways to reinforce hand shape while away from the keys: After observing your hand shape while holding the ball, put the ball down but keep the same hand shape. You should be able to touch the desktop with all four fingertips and the side tip of your thumb. Be sure your wrist is lifted. With that good hand shape, leave your fingers touching the desk and use a little pressure to push into the desk. Release without lifting away from the desk and push in again without letting any of the knuckles wiggle or collapse. Do this without allowing tension to build up in your hands by allowing the pressure to transfer to the fingertips. Now try tapping fingers individually without letting the knuckles wiggle or collapse. For a greater challenge, widen your span so that the thumb and pinky are fully extended, as if playing an octave. Slide the three long fingers toward your palm until only the flat ends of the fingers are touching the desk. Tap those three long fingers on the desk without letting the knuckle wiggle or collapse, together and individually. Via TakeLessons Get rid of the tension You might feel as if your muscles are knotted up after a practice session, which probably means there’s some tension in your body. It’s important to know how tension feels so you identify it. You also need to note where you [...]
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