Here are 5 tips to help you improve your playing of the piano if you are still a beginner. For more tips, refer to https://sglearnpiano.tumblr.com/
First tip to bettering your piano playing is to actually record the playing. Most piano beginners are too obsessed with the technicalities and worrying about the next note, and not really listening to how the piano playing actually sounds! Many beginners are shocked by how different their actual playing sounds when played through a recorded video or audio file than what they think they are doing when they are playing the piano. By recording and then listening to your own playing, you will be able to quickly and drastically improve your ability to play the piano better.
Second of all, practise your piano playing dynamically. By modulating between soft and loud playing at the right places as drastically as you can, you will automatically sound more professional. Most beginners underestimate the amount of strength variation in hitting the keys to make the keys sound loud or soft. You practise this by playing the loud keys as loudly as you can while having the piano on ‘silent’ mode, while practising the soft keys on normal. Then, you combine the playing together on normal mode and you will make your piano playing sound much more dramatic.
Third of all, play the piano like you are giving a massage. Do not bang the keys, as you will be hearing a lot of clicking sounds of your fingers hitting the piano keys.
Fourth of all, always keep your forearms warm. The reason for this is because your finger muscles are tightly connected to your forearm muscles. When your forearm muscles are feeling cold, your muscles move slower, and in a more restricted fashion. Therefore, you will not be able to play the piano as well as you should. By keeping yourself warm, you will be able to play the piano more expressively.
Finally, as a beginner, you want to keep your head pointed straight ahead, and simply use your eyes movement to look at both the piano scores as well as the notes. Although professional pianists overexaggerate their head movements at time, you should not copy them. Professional, commercial pianists are already unconsciously competent at what they do. Until you reach that stage, keep to the fundamentals.
If you want to get a distinction for your piano exams in Singapore, then it is important to know these 5 hidden tricks to acing your ABRSM piano examinations.
First of all, it is better to completely ignore a wrongly pressed note during your piano ABRSM examinations than to try to correct it, repeat it, or even acknowledge it in any way whatsoever. Pianists at professional concerts also hit wrong notes once in a long while, but they simply ignore it and proceed on as though nothing went wrong. Sometimes, if you are so confident even though you make a mistake, the ABRSM piano examiner will give you bonus points just because of your confidence.
Second of all, do not try to judge whether an ABRSM piano examiner thinks you are playing well or not playing well. Some teachers may ask you to see if the examiner is always in a good mood and smiling or in a foul mood to know if you are doing what they want to hear. However, this is not true. There are many cases where a piano examiner appears to be in a good mood but give the student low marks, and vice versa. Do not even bother trying to decipher the examiner’s emotions or thoughts and simply focus on yourself.
Third of all, you should ideally start from something you are very confident about. There are several segments to the examination, and because most people are most familiar with the ABRSM exam piano pieces, it is highly recommended to start off with that. This is so that it gets your confidence levels higher, and it also gives the examiner a better first impression of you.
Fourth of all, it is absolutely crucial that you do not take what the examiner says at face value all the time. For example, the examiner may give you a compliment or give you a nasty face. If you react to this, you probably will get nervous and screw up the remaining of your piano examination. It does not matter what he or she thinks, and you should certainly not let that affect you in any way whatsoever.
Finally, it is important to know how to engage a good piano teacher in Singapore. The best way to find a good piano teacher in Singapore is to go through an agency. The second best way is to get a recommendation from a friend or friend’s child who has scored high marks in piano examinations. Most independent teachers on forums will boast. But you need to think about this – which teacher would have incentive to tell the truth? None. A lousy teacher will promote himself or herself on Singapore online forums because he or she has no one else to promote. But for agencies, they work with many different teachers, and they make money regardless of whichever teacher they recommend to you. They make the most money if they always only recommend good teachers. They have no incentive to promote a lousy teacher as it will affect their reputation.