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Eight Killer Tips To Improve Your Piano Playing Skills

If you are a piano student that wants to quickly master playing the piano and be a professional at it, for whatever reason, then here are eight big tips to help you improve your piano playing skills.

First of all, it is better to practise smart by focusing on the stuff that is causing you difficulties for a short while every day, rather than spamming 3 to 4 hours or more of mindless piano practice. Some piano teachers teach you the wrong way and ask you to practise non stop. However, that is about one of the worst ways to master the instrument. In fact, you must always practise smartly. Make sure that you focus on your weak points first, otherwise, it will always show up in future as you tackle harder songs or faster songs. A good piano teacher should always teach you to work on your weaknesses first because you are only as strong as your weakest link.

Second of all, listen to your own piano playing. When it comes to music instruments such as the violin, what happens is that you need to consciously focus on your playing and the music that comes out. However, the piano kind of takes care of that for you automatically. Therefore, many students slip into the bad habit of just trying to press the right notes, without listening to the quality of the music they are producing on the piano! If that is too difficult for you in the beginning, then you can record yourself (video) from the side. This way, you will be able to then listen to the way you play the instrument, and if you make any mistakes, or did not play a particular part exactly the way it should sound, you will know what went wrong and what you did on the keyboard. Make sure to record your playing using a video camera and not just a sound recorder, otherwise you may not know what went wrong with the way your fingers or thumbs pressed the keys.

Next of all, watch other professional pianists play the piano. Do not just listen to the song. Instead, watch the exact way their fingers and thumb work and then see the way they work the piano. That is easiest way to quickly master playing the piano. Listening alone will be useless because it is difficult to guess how the pianist actually did that. Due to YouTube, there are lots of such videos. In fact, you do not even need to listen to pianists playing the particular song you want to master (though it is best if that is possible). Simply look at that way they press and work the keyboard and the kinds of music that come out. Doing this often along with regular practice will ensure your success in becoming a master at the instrument

One of the best training for your ear training to improve your eventual piano playing is to join a choir. If it is proper SATB choral singing, it will improve your ear, your musicianship skills and your music reading like nothing else. It is a simple method, but it will largely and quickly improve your ear training, which will then help you play the piano better. In fact, if your ear is very well trained musically, you will also be better able to play any kind of sheet music because you can ‘hear’ the music just by looking at the sheet music, and that will translate to much better piano playing!

Piano lessons in Singapore are not necessarily dirt cheap, so you want to make the full use of it by practising mindfully when you are practising during your free time in the day or evening as well!

For the remaining tips, just watch the video below.

All About Piano Lessons Costs In Singapore

When you are starting piano lessons, either for yourself or for your child, one of the very first questions that will come to mind is – how much does it really cost for the student to attain an ABRSM Grade 8?

Although there is no standard rules or regulations for the prices that private piano teachers in Singapore will charge, the following table showing piano lesson fees in Singapore can show you a rough estimate of the prices that majority of teachers in Singapore charge.

As you will notice, all teachers teach 4 times a month, so you will need to multiply the lesson fees by 4. Lesson frequency MAY increase when it is nearer to exams, and in that situation, you will need to estimate accordingly. However, 4 times a month is the norm.

Also, in the table below, you will notice that private piano lesson durations in Singapore are 45 minutes in length from Grade 1 to Grade 4, and increases to 1 hour for Grade 5 and above. This is because there is more lesson content needed to be taught for Grade 5 and above, so lessons will naturally be longer in length. If you need a piano teacher in Singapore, you may contact sglearnpiano.com for a good, local, private piano teacher in Singapore.

Piano Grade / Non-Graded Level SGD / Lesson Class Duration / minutes
Pre-Graded / Beginners $30 – $40 45
One / Beginners $40 – $45 45
Two / Beginners $45 – $55 45
Three / Beginners $45 – $60 45
Four / Intermediate $45 – $60 45
Five / Intermediate $50 – $65 60
Six / Intermediate $55 – $70 60
Seven / Advanced $60 – $75 60
Eight / Advanced $65 – $80 60
Diploma / Advanced $80 – $100 60

If you find the above expensive, then one way to save on piano lessons costs is to first send your child to the teacher’s home to learn piano. If he or she is truly interested, and stays interested in learning music and playing the piano even after several months or perhaps a year, you could then safely invest in purchasing a piano. This is a way to prevent unnecessary outlay of cash in purchasing the piano in the event that your child’s interest in learning is just temporary.

1 Trick To Master Piano ABRSM Exam Pieces For SG Students

First of all, many students ask me how do I master piano songs so quickly and play them so well. Well, the truth is, I do have a secret, and I am about to share that secret with you right now. Please note the following secret is only specific to local Singaporean students. If you are from another country and reading this, it probably will not apply for you.

Singaporean piano students are usually school children who are still in their primary or secondary years in terms of academia. This means that they have a lot of lessons and exam pressure when it comes to their school as well.

The big difference between Singapore and Sweden (where I came from) is that the education system in Singapore is ridiculously vigorous academically. This system almost feels caste like, and groups students into top students (e.g. those who enter top secondary schools), mid-performance students (e.g. those who enter schools which require PSLE scores of 200 to 240), and low-performance students (e.g. those who enter schools which accept PSLE scores of lower than 200).

Thankfully, a piano student’s skill and mastery is not determined by his or her academic results.

However, I still mentioned about Singapore’s school system because it has a very important implication to local piano students in Singapore.

Piano students in Singapore are usually also affected by their experiences in school, and therefore are quite perfectionist when compared to students of any other country (e.g. Sweden). Students in Sweden tend to finish the entire piano piece first, and get a grasp of the whole ABRSM piano examination piece before drilling into the nitty gritty thing. Therefore, even with minor mistakes during the examinations, they are able to perform well as they can grasp the feel of the entire song and bring out the personality of the song. However, this is not the case with Singaporean students.

Singaporean students are usually too perfectionist, and tend to want to hit every single note correctly. This is great, unless it also interferes with a piano student’s ability to capture the essence and personality of the song! Reality has it that most Singaporean students (who are almost always perfectionists) let it get in the way of fully understanding and playing the piano piece to its full personality. This results in a dry and plain sounding piano song, which is fundamentally correct, but has no emotions. This will not get the student a high score in the piano ABRSM exams!

Instead, the biggest trick for Singaporean students to master the piano examination pieces is to first let go of all external expectations of a perfectly, technically played song. Instead, bring out the emotion of the song, and play it with emotions, without worrying too much about mistakes in the pressing of the notes. After that is completely grasped, then one should move into the technical aspects and hitting 100% right notes.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the secret to scoring better in the piano ABRSM exams for Singaporean students.

You could also watch the video below to understand more.