3 Ways to Motivate Yourself With Piano PlayingAre you too hard on yourself when it comes to piano playing until you almost give up? Do you lack motivation when pieces you worked on don’t seem to progress well?
Time after time, we find ourselves getting stuck on a certain activity. Piano playing seems to be no exception. I, too find myself struggling with piano practice when certain passages do not seem to progress at a level that’s comfortable. So, how do you motivate yourself when it comes to piano playing?
Here are a few suggestions to help you:
1. Find a piano buddy – Do you know someone who likes piano playing or is currently taking lessons. You can meet with this person on a regular basis so you can play for each other. This person doesn’t have to be your age; it can be someone older or younger as long as you support each other.
2. Give yourself an incentive – Have you thought about buying that special “handbag” or “electronic gadget”? If you can complete a certain musical piece, it may be time to give yourself an incentive as encouragement.
3. Play for a nursing home – You may not think you play well enough for a recital, but guess what: Many people long for companionship. You can volunteer a day out of your busy schedule to play a couple of pieces at a local senior living residence. They’ll welcome you. You can play a couple of oldies or classical pieces that are popular with this audience. Sooner or later, you’ll gain more confidence to perform for a larger group. I started performing for senior citizens many years ago, and it has helped me build so much confidence since then.