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After bringing your new piano piece home, it's easy to try playing it just as fast as you've heard it played on the CD that's provided with your book, or how you heard your teacher play it, but...
Slow it down! Until you can play that measure, line or the entire song with few mistakes at a steady (though slow) tempo, don't try speeding it up.
Take a Break if you find yourself getting frustrated. Get a glass of water, go walk the dog, or get up and walk around the room. Take your mind off of the music for a little bit and get some light exercise. Then try again!
Work on Your Problem Areas. In every song you'll find some parts which are harder than others. Isolate those areas and spend the time you need to learn them well. Make them the easiest parts of the song!
Play the Whole Song. Even while you're still isolating your problem spots and perfecting them, take time to play the entire song.
Jessica's Piano Studio
Teacher at Jessica's Piano Studio to many talented students! Here's some helpful tips and interesting information to create a wonderfully educational musical experience!