How to Learn Piano Music

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How to Learn Piano Music

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How to Learn Piano Music

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Learning to play a piece of piano music can take practice, even for someone who has been playing piano for a while. Playing a new piece of piano music means getting to know the sheet music, practicing it and then performing. The purpose of learning a piano piece is to make playing the piece second nature, which means committing the sheet music to memory.

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Examine the key and time signature at the beginning of your piano sheet music. Look at the tempo of the piece, which you can find written at the top of the sheet music. The tempo tells you at what speed you should play the music, or how many beats per minute. If you have a recording of the song you'll be playing, listen to it before you begin.

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Read through the sheet music to familiarize yourself with the music's chords. Practice any chords that you are unfamiliar with until you feel comfortable playing them. Find any musical passages that look particularly difficult and practice those passages as well. This prevents any surprises when you start playing the song.

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Play through the piece slowly. If you have a metronome, set it at half the speed of the tempo listed on the piano sheet and play the song. If this is still too fast, slow down the tempo until you can play the music accurately. Work independently on any passages you have difficulty with and continue to play at a slower tempo until you iron out tricky parts of the music. Pay attention to any dynamic markings as you go and include them in your practice runs.

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Increase the tempo of your performance as you learn the song. Try reading ahead as you begin to pick up the pace. The goal is to memorize the song, so the more you play it, the easier it will be for you to anticipate the sections of the song as they approach. When you can play the song at tempo and you're relying more on your memory of the song than reading, you've successfully learned the music.

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