When learning a piece, should I try to understand things beyond the notes?



Asked by: Lovie Briseno

How do you study a piece of music?





At a glance…

  1. Read the whole score.
  2. Listen to the whole piece.
  3. Play through the entire piece slowly.
  4. Divide the piece.
  5. Use various techniques for different passages.
  6. Put the whole piece together.
  7. Rinse and repeat.
  8. Find an audience to perform.

How do you practice a piece?

Play the whole piece very loudly, then very softly, and then somewhere in between. This helps improve your control of volume. Next, identify different dynamic levels in your piece. Play the sections out of order, starting with the quietest section and ending with the loudest.

How long should you practice pieces?

Focusing on practice is very resource-intensive. It takes a lot of focus and concentration. 30-60 minutes per day is enough, and I’d keep your sessions to around 30 minutes. And within a 30-minute block, try to think in 5-10 minute practice chunks so you’re always being mindful and deliberate.

Do you need to know how do you read sheet music to play piano?





Yes, you can play the piano without reading music by listening to music and memorizing which pattern of keys to play. Not being able to read music limits what songs you can play. Most music is written in notation, so you will need to learn how to read it to be able to play anything new.

How long does it take to learn a piano piece?

It depends on the difficulty of the piece. I just took almost 4 months to learn la campanella (Liszt), probably playing around an hour a day on it average. That’s 120 hours!

How do you get better at a piece of music?

10 Tips for Practicing Music

  1. Practice for a reason.
  2. Concentrate (at least as much as you need to).
  3. Slow it down.
  4. Change it up.
  5. Get feedback.
  6. Let the errors go.
  7. Keep thinking about the music, even if you can’t keep playing it.
  8. Keep it relaxed.

How many times should you practice a piano piece?

Pianists should practice between 30 minutes to 4 hours per day. Beginners will benefit most from shorter practice sessions while advanced pianists will be more accustomed to longer days.

Why is playing Bach so hard?

The reason why Bach is being criticized as being very hard, I believe is because of a few elements: scarce articulation marking, zero dynamics marking, awkward fingerings and confusing contrapuntal style. Compared to Mozart it does take more time to figure out in the early stage.



Why do I make no progress on piano?

Not enough practice time
Most pianists agree that practicing for small and consistent blocks is more beneficial than longer, irregular sessions. For example, practicing the piano six days a week for 10 minutes will be more fruitful that practicing for a one hour session each week.

Should you learn to read sheet music?

Learning a piece of music from sheet music will most likely help you remember it better. When you play, you can use those little black dots to visualise the music moving up or down in pitch, and slowing down or speeding up. And, if you do forget, you don’t have to rely on someone else to remind you.

Why can’t I read sheet music?

You may have a condition called musical dyslexia (also known as dysmusia) This is a similar condition to dyslexia but involves difficulty with processing music notes rather than words.



What musicians cant read sheets?

10 legendary musicians who never learned to read music

  • Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) …
  • Stevie Wonder (1950-) …
  • Hans Zimmer (1957-) …
  • Danny Elfman (1953-) …
  • Taylor Swift (1989-) …
  • Bob Dylan (1941-) …
  • Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) …
  • The Beatles.

What famous musicians do not read music?

Here are some famous musicians who can’t read music.

  • Jimi Hendrix.
  • Michael Jackson.
  • Hans Zimmer.
  • Eddie Van Halen.
  • Eric Clapton.
  • Paul McCartney.
  • Bob Dylan.
  • Slash.

Is learning to read music difficult?

Many people believe it is hard to learn to read music. It isn’t! In fact, reading music is a little like learning to read another language, but much easier than most languages to learn!. In fact, if you are reading this – you can learn how to read music with just a little effort.

Is music dyslexia a thing?

No conclusive case of musical dyslexia has yet been reported (though Hébert and colleagues have come close) and efforts to determine the effects of dyslexia on reading musical notation have been inconclusive. Children in western cultures are taught to read text, but not always taught to read music.



What is the best way to learn to read music?

Now that you have all the right approaches, let’s sum up these four ways to help you learn to read music:

  1. Learn note names with a Study Buddy to turn a potentially tedious exercise into a sport.
  2. Practice sight reading with music that you enjoy or are curious about.