I have always just noodled around and never put very much strictness into it, but now that I’m learning to play the piano I’ve realized that strict practice can do wonders! It’s incredible how fast you learn when you sit down and devote yourself to work something out. Two days ago I was given a tip, use the metronome when you play! I’ve always figuered rhythm to be something that you can’t learn like that. It’s a feeling you have inside of you, but after having done some excercises on the piano with a metronome I’ve realized that rhythm is a lot more than that feeling that pounds on your heart. When you use the metronome you get more of an overview of the music. It seems like you are forced to always keeo at least half of your mind one bar ahead.
Daily practice should in my opinion include:
Scales & positions
Chords (get a chord instrument like a keyboard)
When it comes to learning a song this is something that will take a little less time for each song you learn, and some songs will always be harder.
What you do is you play the scales up and down in varying rhythms, and as you do so you listen to each change. Learn to use the scales musicaly.
I recorded some scale practice on the piano now (I have big chunk of tobacco under my lip so I can’t use the harp). I switch from the regular C scale to the blues scale and then to the hijazz scale. This will give you an idea of how this can be done fun. You don’t have to play them up and down like a boring old aunt. The key here is to experiment and explore, but without loosing focus on the subject.
Scales.mp3 - 1.02MB