Finding The Time and Place For Perfect Piano Practice

Finding The Time and Place For Perfect Piano Practice

Time. It’s something we all seem to never have enough of.

So we do what rises to the top and commands our attention. Until we collapse at the end of the day.

Whether you’re new to playing the piano or have played for years, finding the time to play can often be difficult at best. Did you know it might not be time that’s holding you back, but the quality and condition of your practice space instead?

If the piano is in the cold, dark basement, no wonder it feels like drudgery to make the time to practice.

Finding The Time and Place For Perfect Piano PracticeFind A Quiet Space
Distractions are a piano player’s worst enemy. If a child can see other family members doing other things, it can be a distraction. If an adult has access to hear a timer going off in the kitchen, or a mobile device dinging in the background, it can stop practice in its tracks.

Seclusion Isn’t Necessary
While quiet is necessary to keep your attention focused, it shouldn’t be so isolated that you feel concealed and forgotten. Instead of keeping the piano in the family room, maybe it’s better suited for the living room. Instead of the basement, why not try making a music room upstairs?

Keep It Private
Practice can be difficult, messy at best. It can be downright embarrassing as you stumble over the notes. If people are around and you don’t want them to hear your mistakes, you’re less likely to play. If you simply can’t get away, it may be time to invest in a digital piano with headphones.

Or Keep It On Display
Sometimes it’s nice to have an audience. That’s why many piano players invest in more than one. Nothing is more fun than having an attentive, encouraging audience nearby to keep them on track with practice and assignments.

Acoustics
Have you ever listened to music in dead space? How about high ceilings and an echoey room where the sound bounces around? Not a lot of inspiration as the music dies. If you don’t have the perfect space, you can create it with various soundproofing measure.

Create Inspiration
Piano playing lights up the senses. Make sure the surrounding area adds to the experience. A dingy room depresses, not inspires. Instead, add life to the room with color, artwork, plants, or flowers. Make it a room that welcomes you every day.

What do you love about the place you practice your piano?


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Encourage Instead Of Nag Your Child To Piano Success

Encourage Instead Of Nag Your Child To Piano Success

It’s human nature to say no to things that challenge us. After all, it’s a whole lot easier sticking with things we know. Things we can do easily.

Encourage Instead Of Nag Your Child To Piano SuccessWhich is why after the rush of wanting to bring music into our lives, it suddenly all goes away. We want to be successful at playing the piano, until we discover several weeks in just how difficult the process really is.

And once that reality sets in, especially for a child, the process is no longer fun.

Yet it’s hard to have fun with something if you’re no good at it. To get good, you have to work for it. Which is why every parent realizes they have to push, motivate, even nag their child over and over again to help them achieve piano success.

How can you do that as a parent who wants your child to succeed?

Relax
Remember, playing the piano isn’t a race. You don’t have a set goal you have to achieve in a certain amount of time. We’re driven to think everything can be solved in short bursts of time. Kids can work through entire video game series in a matter of hours. We solve large problems in two hours – we can thank Hollywood for that. But piano is something where longevity wins over time. Playing is about personal enjoyment and fulfillment, something you carry throughout your lifetime. Enjoy, that’s what it’s truly about.

Consistency
Consistency is always better than establishing strict guidelines over time. A rule of 30 minutes per day can send kids into a tailspin, dreading the time that slowly ticks away on the clock. But if they can sit down as they please, even 10 minutes per day can instill a lifelong love of something that can help them throughout life in so many ways.

Camaraderie
Instead of leaving your kids to practice on their own, have them join a group instead. A piano instructor can lead you to a variety of groups that can have them creating music together. Schools have orchestras and bands. Or have them reach out to other friends who are musically inclined as well. When kids share a common interest, they form a tighter bond. And it can lead to wonderful things.

Showmanship
Instead of asking them to practice, ask them to play you a song instead. If you know they’ve been working really hard on a piece, taking the time to sit down and listen will leave them feeling happy with their success. Reward them with your attention; it’s by far one of the best ways to keep them playing.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172

Piano Practice and Hand Injuries

Piano Practice and Hand Injuries

The only way to get better at playing the piano is practice. But how do you practice the piano if you have a hand injury?

If your hand injury comes from outside activities – a broken hand or wrist do to a sports related injury for instance – there is nothing you can do but let it heal in the appropriate amount of time.

Piano Practice and Hand InjuriesBut if your hand injury comes from piano playing – and ideally you should practice regularly in a consistent way that doesn’t lead to injury – the first thing to deal with is the how.

When you are facing pianistic challenges and your stress and tension levels are too high, it is possible to push too hard, and find yourself with a stress related injury. Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are just two of the many repetitive motion related injuries a pianist may face over time.

While only a doctor can truly give you medical advice and help you to relieve your pain, there are ways you can effectively deal with any muscle strain or small hand injury.

First discover what is causing your hand injury.

Do you have tension in your arms when you play? If your arms are tensed, your elbows or wrists rigid and immobile, your risk increases of developing a hand injury. Tension can be a sign of poor posture. Make sure you have proper placement at the piano, including a bench or seat appropriate for your height.

Are you practicing on a regular basis? Remember when you went and lifted weights at the gym for the very first time? You were still and sore afterwards. The same can happen to a pianist who practices irregularly for months, then crams in session after session leading up a week or two before a performance. Stress occurs when you do things too intensely.

Do you play with your fingers, or with your entire arm? If you move only your fingers when you play the piano, your arm, including wrist, elbows and shoulders can become stressed in the process.

Are you approaching practice in the right way? If you have psychological tension, or a negative attitude when you sit down to play, it can come out in your methods and approach. State of mind controls everything. Never start to play if your heart and mind aren’t in it. Not only can it affect your performance, it can literally effect your health.

Next, change your approach to piano playing.

Stop practicing once you face a hand injury. You must give your hand time to rest and heal before you move back into playing action.

Resume your practice gradually. Make it a regular part of your week, not something you do on the spur of the moment.

Fix anything you discovered wrong with your routine. If you need a new bench, buy one. If you need to change your routine, change it. If you change your approach now, you’ll gradually increase your success overall. And have a new appreciation for your approach to piano playing.


Since 1960, Coltharp Piano World has represented the finest pianos in Memphis, Tennessee, the Midsouth and the world. In addition to quality sales and service we offer moving services, restoration services and master piano tuning. We offer the best new, used and vintage pianos anywhere. And our prices simply cannot be beat. Come and see our newly remodeled showroom and our beautiful new concert hall. We specialize in piano restoration for the southern United States. We welcome your call.

We are located at: 4447 Summer Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38122 Call us at 901.682.1172