How to Practice the Piano Effectively!

Tired of distractions and daydreams?

Learn how to focus so you can get the most out of your piano practice session!

Start by doing these simple things to boost your focus.

Silence your phone. Ask family and friends to leave you alone. Keep your practice environment as quiet and peaceful as possible.

Starting Your Practice

Start each practice session with a warmup of scales, chords, and arpeggios--about 20% of your practice time. This will warm up your wrists and fingers, prepping you for playing.

Practice properly.

Learn new material slowly, drilling yourself on it over and over. Don't shy away from difficult portions. Always learn new material before reviewing parts you already know.

Learn new parts of a piece in 2-measure increments, playing hands separately first if needed. Make sure you can play those measures without errors before moving on.

Don't learn too much at once!

A day or even a whole week off of piano refreshes your mind and helps you come back to playing feeling energized.

Don't be afraid to take time off!

Don't forget to do the following things to help you make the most progress during your practice sessions!

Help yourself improve your piano skills!





Listen to other musicians'' recordings of the pieces you're playing. You'll feel challenged and inspired!

If you have to practice for a long time each day, split your practice time into a few smaller chunks.

Practice material at your level.  Learning pieces that are too hard will be frustrating!

Record yourself in both audio and video formats. You'll be able to pick up errors in your playing that you haven't caught.

How to Play Hanon Exercises

Why are Scales Important?

More Stories

What to Look for in a Good Piano Teacher

Tap the photo to watch the story.