Hopefully these questions have gotten the wheels turning in your brain. Maybe they have sparked even more questions. This is good.
So, how do we learn songs at the piano faster, easier, more effectively? In this article I'm going to share some techniques that will help you get organized and learn songs easier.
In order to become more effective at learning songs, you first need to become organized. This should come as no surprise, but the more organized your music is...the easier it is to review and memorize.
If your music is in your piano bench, on top of the piano, on the floor, on a bookshelf or thrown all over the place...it will be next to impossible to build your repertoire.
I suggest using a 3-ring binder to keep all of your music organized.
Once you get your music organized in a nice 3-ring binder, the last thing you want to do is lose it! This is why I suggest you make a travel copy.
Your travel copy of your music can simply be a photocopy of 3 or 4 songs that you staple together and take with you when you go to work, school, etc.
Why only 3 or 4 songs? Because you don't want to carry around a stack of paper for one. Second, you want to focus your memorization practice so you are not trying to memorize too much all at once.
Analyze: examine methodically and in detail the constitution or structure of (something, especially information), typically for purposes of explanation and interpretation. (source: Google)
We analyze music in order to interpret and memorize. We look for patterns.
So how is this done?
I've created two lessons to cover this topic:
You don't need to have a degree in music in order to analyze your songs. Our brains naturally categorize thousands of objects and actions.
When looking at your music, try the following:
Following these three steps will help you learn songs faster at the piano:
Work is involved in any endeavor worth taking. Piano is no different. However, setting yourself up for success from the beginning is the smart way to go. Follow the tips I've laid out here and you'll notice a difference in your piano practice routine!