05 Apr 2017 -
When you start a new piece, what do you do first? If you try to concentrate on all the things that go into learning a new piece to perfection, it is overwhelming. Here is the order of what I believe is a good plan for learning:
1) Notes – hand separately first and slow with correct fingering
2) Rhythm – slow and correct (sometimes a metronome is helpful)
3) Pedaling – now begin to use the pedal as marked in the piece
4) Dynamics – being to notice the louds and softs in the piece and all instruction written by the composer.
5) Tempo – the speed of the piece is usually written at the beginning above the first measure. Slowing increase your speed.
6) Memory – if you are going to memorize your piece, begin to work on it now. It may surprise you how much you already know by memory.