Between 2006 and 2008, Erol Onel, MD, worked as the director of medical affairs for Ferring Pharmaceuticals, where he founded and provided scientific leadership to the company’s urology division. When he is not working, Dr. Erol Onel enjoys playing multiple instruments, including the piano.
Learning to play the piano can be a tough but rewarding journey. These three tips will help you avoid some of the common mistakes beginners often make.
1. Posture – With so much to learn and remember, it can be tough to focus on anything but the keys in front of you, but you should take a moment to think about your posture. Poor posture at the piano can lead to muscle and back pain. Sit with your back straight and your forearms parallel to the ground. Instead of adjusting your position, try moving your seat forward or backward if you find yourself having to lean into or away from the keys.
2. Practicing Too Much – Even if you are passionate and excited by your new hobby, the key to improvement is practicing often, but for short periods of time. Trying to learn too much at once by cramming in a marathon session will only make it that much harder to remember what you learn. Instead, try to stick to just 30 minutes a day.
3. Playing Too Fast – New piano players often want to impress themselves or their instructors, so they will race through the song they just learned, playing it as quickly as they possibly can. While you are playing, keep the song’s proper timing and rhythm in mind, striving not to break it. Aside from not sounding right, fast playing is a surefire way to make more mistakes.