I’ve been teaching for a long time and there’s so many mistakes I’ve seen beginner piano players do. They might lift their fingers too high or apply too much pressure on the keys. That’s why this week, I’m going to be sharing five techniques that can change your piano playing and help you fix those bad habits.
1. Master the art of the five finger exercise. Place both hands in C position. Start with the left hand and play the pinky first, then the fourth finger, third finger, second finger, and the thumb. Then play going back down. Repeat this for the right hand. Each finger is being exercised here and it will help to ease any tensions in the hands. You’ll look like a professional after mastering this exercise.
2. Set your hands at C position and start with the right hand first. Play fingers 1 and 3 together at the same time. Hold it there. Then play fingers 2 and 4 together. Hold it there. Lastly, play fingers 3 and 5 together. Your hands may be shaky at first. Play slow and you’ll progressively get better. This exercise helps with finger power!
3. Relax your hands! I know this may be very difficult in the beginning and I understand. For me, my hands didn’t start to relax until years later. It’s helpful to constantly remind yourself to keep your hands relaxed. If you do this correctly, you’ll see more improvement in your playing right away.
4. Keep your fingers curved. Playing with flat fingers is tough. And if you’re a beginner, it will take some time getting used to playing with curves fingers. Work at it every day. I recommend placing curved fingers on the piano, but not playing anything. Take a look at your posture and correct yourself if needed.
5. When you’re practicing a song, as you advance a little further, make sure to practice with separate hands first. Playing with separate hands should be the first step, but you will want to start practicing with both hands right away after. You’ll see much more progress in your practice sessions this way.
What I’m about to introduce to you is something that you probably haven’t considered before: diversifying your income. When you are thinking about becoming financially stable, you have to consider the idea that you have to have multiple streams of income. For example, many youtubers have income coming from brand deals, regular video views, their blog, affiliate links, and etc. When one platform shuts down, such as youtube, they are not out of a job.
Now, consider how many streams of income you have… Most people only have one and that’s from their full time job. If you don’t show up for your job, they’re going to fire you and your main stream of income disappears. Then the panic comes in. However, if you plan ahead and make sure that you have a life boat in case of emergency, you will be better off than most. And think about it. When you are making two streams of income, your lifestyle will also change.
Wow, you must be thinking that this sounds great, but how do you even start? Of course, setting up a second stream of income takes time and work. And if you are already working a full time job, there’s almost no way that you can take on another one. I’ll give you a picture of how people make time for this: they have a job that is VERY flexible. They are able to work hours whenever they want and they can basically call in sick whenever. There’s no boss to tell them what to do, so they have ultimate freedom in their day. THAT is when you can add multiple streams of income. It’s when you work at a job that gives you extra time to live or work on other things.
I’m not trying to push you down, I’m trying to do the opposite. I want you to be inspired! I want you to reevaluate what you’re doing and to know that you are capable of working your own hours. And your lifeboat is in reach. You just have to grab onto it.
Okay… so I realized that yesterday’s blog was not a good explanation of what happened with my assistant. I want to explain to you guys how to look for an assistant and what you should do when things start to go bad. There was too much pressure on me at the time when I fired my assistant. He was showing up and doing the work, but he NEVER talked to me. It felt like I was working with a robot. And I’m not sure why he did that because he was my assistant for a decent amount of time. It wasn’t like I was treating him badly: I thanked him for working and helping me out. However, at the same time, I felt that he was taking more than he was giving. For example, he would use the time at work to answer personal phone calls and text messages. When he was waiting for paper to print, he would play games on his phone. And when I wanted something done quickly, he slacked. Over time, it felt like he was taking more and more, and I was getting less and less.
I can’t say that that was the best feeling in the world. I was trying to give all of my efforts to the obligations and responsibilities in my life. And there was a person that was hindering me rather than helping me to achieve my goals.
There’s more actually. He left a ton of things not done properly. Like when he saw all the paperwork messily scrambled on the table, he didn’t organize it. When there are a bunch of things that he knows I need help with, he doesn’t bother to offer to help. It’s like he was only there to get a paycheck. I KNOW that many people go to work just to get a paycheck, but you can’t possibly do the bare minimum and be satisfied that you gave your employer crappy work. He seemed like he was always bored. If he was so bored, why didn’t he strive to do more or create better content?
Lastly, he didn’t even know the link to my website. For the amount of time that he worked on all of the stuff here, he better know the link to my website! I couldn’t believe it…
Anyways, if you have an employee that you have to manage, know that it takes a lot of work. It’s something that you have to work really hard to find a good worker. And when you have someone that is doing above and beyond for you, don’t let them go. I’ve learned that I cannot work for someone and I can’t have someone work for me. That’s just me. Everyone’s different, but do what feels right for you.
Best of luck!