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Making Time For A Healthy Lifestyle - It's More Than Just Another Practice Routine

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Congratulations!

You finally decided to take up piano lessons. Perhaps you have been thinking about taking lessons for a while but never came around to it for one reason or the other.

Now that you finally got your hands into the groove you're probably wondering what type of practice routine you should adopt. Of course, this will depend on where you want to take your new musical adventures. For some people they want a simple hobby to pass the time with every now and then while for others they might want to take a more serious approach and perhaps build a career around their musical talent.

Regardless of the method and frequency, you decide for how long your practice sessions should be, you should do your best to give your full attention and have a post tube and relaxed attitude as you play.

 

Tame Your Mind

tame your mind

Because playing music engages the whole brain do you want to make sure that you begin each practice session by taking a few moments to take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and relax until you feel the tension leave your body.

This is important because most of us spend our time looking up or down at a screen and our attention for the most part is carried away by so many random thoughts; be it from what's happening at work or at home or on social media. It's hard to stay focused when we have so many things going on in our minds. Do yourself a favor and disengage from the world around you so you can focus on the world within.

 

Don't Give Up

Dont Give Up

it takes time to develop proper hand and finger dexterity while building muscle memory during your piano practice. don't be hard on yourself or get overly frustrated if the piece you're trying to learn or compose is taking a long time to master. We all have our own pace and our own style of learning. It's normal to make mistakes and sometimes it might take weeks or months or even years to get that one piece right.

The only wrong note you will ever play is the one that is played without passion or done out of haste and frustration.

 

Take Care Of Your Body

mind body spirit balance

Just like the strings on the piano or a guitar need to be tuned in order to play perfectly your body, mind, and spirit when in tune will provide you with peak performance not just with your music but also in other areas of your life.

You will feel more focused and alert with better concentration at your usual tasks. In many cases, you will find an added boost of energy to your vitality.

A proper diet will help you immensely as well. Don't practice on an empty stomach or if you finished working a double shift and are lacking sleep. 

 

When And How Often?

how often practice piano

To be honest with you here's what I think.

I've heard so many excuses in the past for people not making time to practice. However, by some miracle, they find the time to spend hours looking at the useful information on social media no matter what time of day or night it is.

If you're one of these people then you certainly can't afford to take the time to create a stable routine for your new life's passion. Yes, I'm calling it a life passion because let's face it; whether we realize it or not we use music to express how we feel and our emotions several times a day. We listen to music to motivate and comfort us in the best and worst of times.  Music is also very healing and in the times we're living in today we could all use a little extra healing. When you think about it that way it makes you realize how much more important each time you sit in front of your piano is. 

If you can devote 30 to 60 minutes daily or every other day to simple mindful piano practice your life will improve in many ways that you never thought possible before. They say when you do physical exercise that it takes 20 to 25 minutes for your body to start burning fat. Using that same analogy at least 30 minutes of mindful practice will help you to retain what you learned much easier and will improve your memory over time.

Piano or music practice should not be a chore or something that you should be forced into doing. It should be something that you approach with a pleasant attitude each time. Just like a get-together with an old friend that will never let you down and will always be there for you no matter how long it's been since being apart.

I look forward to hearing about your musical journeys. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences

 

Sources:

  1. https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2007/07/music-moves-brain-to-pay-attention-stanford-study-finds.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6502424/
  3. https://www.mcgill.ca/spl/files/spl/palmermemory.pdf
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3115284/
  5. https://wp.stolaf.edu/musician-health/nutrition-eating-and-singing/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3814522/
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