We all love impressing our friends with our amazing talents and skills. We want to play them the latest songs, allowing for hype in the room, not only around us, but for the joy we can experience together. However, it isn’t always so easy. The ability to play a song doesn’t just come to you, it takes a lot of practice and dedication. So, how can we make sure the you can play that part?
If you follow these five steps, learning pieces will honestly be so much easier than expected. You’ll start being able to “play the part.”
- Sight reading really helps. This skill can speed up the process exponentially. Being able to read and play a song immediately after sitting down usually means that you don’t have to take the extra time sitting and thinking about what each note in the piece sounds like and how to transfer that onto your own instrument. The visual aspect is just a much easier communication method.
- Work at it. “Practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect. Practice makes perfect.” We hear this phrase repeated over and over again. It isn’t wrong. You want to play the part? Practice the part. Practice the part. Practice the part.
- Make notes. This is the easiest way to see, when practicing, what you are missing or want to emphasize when working on a piece.
- Work the piece apart measure by measure. You aren’t going to be able to get everything in one go. The key is break everything apart; find the break in the music as easily as where you need to put a period in a sentence. Like memorizing a script or working on a math problem. There are steps that you have to take when learning a piece of music and practicing it part by part will also make the learning process more effective.
- Take your time. Rushing and comparing yourself to others is not the way to master something, it can distract you and make the process more challenging. Taking your time and focusing on something that you may not get not only helps you master it, but also helps you practice your dedication skills and learn even more.