Although you may be an avid music lover, it’s natural for the passion to take a back seat every now and then. If you have been giving guilty glances to your piano every time you pass the majestic instrument in your home, perhaps it’s time to find ways to revive your love for playing it. And what better time, than during the holiday season when everything is centered on being joyful and merry!
Playing the piano can have a very beneficial impact on your emotional and physical health. Along with stimulating brain function, it is also a wonderful way to release stress and anxiety. With so many family, work, and social commitments to juggle, however, sometimes it becomes hard to carve out the time to play the piano or sit back and enjoy some melodies.
As the year comes to an end and work commitments slow down, why not revive the love for your piano with these easy steps:
Following a schedule makes most things easy to remember and follow through. If you haven’t played your piano for a long time, perhaps it would be easy to start allotting a certain dedicated time slot for it. You don’t have to follow it too rigidly but picking out a time for a specific activity can make it easy to plan out other tasks accordingly.
Whether it’s early in the morning or late in the evening, find an hour where you aren’t needed for other tasks around the home and let the family know you’d like to not be interrupted while practicing.
Keep it light – and fun!
For someone who hasn’t played the piano in a while, the last thing you really want is to force yourself to play it out of guilt. Playing an instrument shouldn’t have to feel like a chore or duty – instead it should be your escape from all those things. Start playing random notes and chords to ease yourself back into the routine and make sure to do it at a time when you aren’t in a rush to get back to other tasks.
If you are eager to quickly return to your favorite music, then find the melodies you love most and start playing. Your fingers will remember the chords and before you know it, it will feel like you haven’t been on a break at all!
If you are worried that you will make mistakes or have forgotten how to play your favorite tunes, don’t stress about it. Everyone needs a little time to adjust to activities after they have been out of practice for a while. Mistakes are a part of the learning process so experiment with notes and chords that you may vaguely remember and if you’re feeling more ambitious, start with a song that you had been hoping to play someday but hadn’t gotten around to learning.
Give yourself a target
Setting goals and targets is helpful when you are trying to maintain a certain activity and hoping to improve upon it. If you have family coming over for the holidays or a big celebration over New Year’s Eve, why not pick an easy but enjoyable holiday song that you’d like to perform for your loved ones. Imagine all the older and younger members of your family singing along while you play and set a daily goal of practising for a certain time so that you can make more musical memories for years to come.
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