Never, never, never give up! You are closer than you think to your piano success!

Never Give Up - Winston Churchill

Run before you walk

Women running

As humans it’s natural to want to run before we can walk.

Sometimes the bridge just seems too far.

Maybe you’ve come to a point of giving up and are deciding not to cross the bridge at all!

Would you let a fellow student give up?

After you’ve watched her put the time and effort in?

Heard her play well at her level. Seen her happy playing. Watch her stumble at a few blocks.

But you know it can get better for her. Now think of yourself and don’t do it.

You think I can’t do this.

Well, you can.

Take a breather.

Get some perspective and continue.

It is possible to look past the “can’t” and just get on with it.

With a little patience and thought you can go on.

To finish something you started.


Moments of frustration

frustration

Think of something else you learned and had moments of frustration – driving lessons?

Driving is about co-ordination, coordinating multiple facets at a time to get the vehicle from A to B in one piece.

You don’t jump in a car one day and know how to do it.

There is a fundamental practical part to driving but what about all the theory that goes with it.

As an adult that has driven for many years we almost do it on auto-pilot. But you had to start somewhere.

Learning the piano at any stage will be the same rocky road, no one says it will be easy.

A testing one on the ups but a pleasurable one on the downs.

But as we’ve deduced you have chosen to learn this beautiful instrument so keep going, do not throw what you have done so far away.

You will regret it in later years.

You have put so much into it thus far.

Please keep going.

Never give up on a passion.

Or what has become one.

It’s a beautiful skill you have. Many people don’t put the effort in but so wish they could do what you do.


Learning the piano

success

Learning the piano at any stage will be the same rocky road, no one says it will be easy.

A testing one on the ups but a pleasurable one on the downs.

But as we’ve deduced you have chosen to learn this beautiful instrument so keep going, do not throw what you have done so far away.

You will regret it in later years.

You have put so much into it thus far.

Please keep going.

Never give up on a passion.

Or what has become one.

It’s a beautiful skill you have.

Many people don’t put the effort in but so wish they could do what you do.

At the London Piano Institute we always encourage all our students and will do our utmost to help you learn this beautiful immortal instrument.

We have lots of options available for piano courses in London and you can view the course options here.

If you have any questions regarding starting to play the piano and you want to enrol in an adult piano course, simply contact Stefan at enrol@londonpianoinstitute.co.uk

Who knows what the future holds for you? Rachmaninoff, Bach, Chopin, Count Basie or Jelly Roll Morton?

The answer to the question is in your hands… simply NEVER NEVER NEVER give up!


concern

That is an excellent question, and I understand why you are asking it.

It ‘s okay to be concerned, especially when learning how to play the piano as an adult beginner.

Along with all the false myths and beliefs, adults are prone to self-doubt and unrealistic fears.

The truth is that you will definitely be able to play the piano.

You will definitely be able to make all your dreams come true.

But it will require a willingness to study and practice consistently on a daily basis.

We always recommend beginners to practice at least 15 minutes a day for six days a week. Success comes when you do something consistently day after day.

Learning to play the piano is not always an easy task as an adult, but it is certainly doable.

Please do not get me wrong, it can be enjoyable, but it requires dedication and a willingness to work.

There is no quick method of learning to play the piano.

A lot of online courses on the Internet promises success after only a few days of study, both you and I know that when it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

So you do not need to be concerned about whether you can learn how to play the piano.

The truth is you can.

A better question would be: “Am I willing to put in the work required to learn how to play the piano?”.

At the London Piano Institute, we do everything in our power to make learning as fun as possible.

We organise events; we host concerts; we organise student get-togethers.

We try our best to help you get past the initial stages of learning.

We also realise that it is not always easy to learn how to play the piano as an adult beginners when you also have a full-time career to look after.

The good news is we have lots of success stories from adults who despite having a seriously busy work life, became highly proficient in their piano playing and continue to set new records.

So please do not be concerned, simply get started with high-quality piano education and practise diligently.

If you do that, you will become successful in your piano playing!

Pianist

It starts with the first step…

The Chinese philosopher Laozi wisey said: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

Learning how to play the piano is a wonderful journey, however it is not always an easy journey.

On the way to becoming the pianist that you have always dreamed of, you might encounter moments of intense frustration and despair.

It is all part of the journey and if you persist you will eventually reach your goal and the price that you have paid in terms of time and effort will be well worth it. You will reap a harvest of beautiful piano skills that will last forever and a day!

Your main endeavour as a student of the piano should be look for REAL shortcuts…

Shortcuts rarely exists in music EXCEPT for the shortcut of excellent tuition!

That is why it is absolutely imperative that you select a very good piano instructor who GENUINELY cares for your piano progress.

With an excellent piano instructor you will make much faster progress.

There are many aspects of piano playing that need an expert’s touch.

A single lesson with a master will simply transform your playing.

There is no way you can do this by yourself.

At least not without much effort and strain…

You simply need a top-notch piano instructor to reach your dream!

A great teacher will help you reach your dreams in a much shorter period of time.

He or she will simply help you to practise in an effective and serious manner and this will in turn lead to better habits and technique.

Immersing yourself in piano learning is simply the best thing you can do for your piano development.

False shortcuts such as learning from a YouTube video generally only leads to bad habits and sloppy technique. (Sure some ideas can be obtained from technology, but this should not be your foundation)

You need a DEEP foundation

A great architectural structure always, always has a wonderful foundation. Without a strong and solid foundation, a great building could crumble. A solid LASTING foundation is key to success in architecture as well as education.

That is simply why you MUST insist on learning the piano with an EXCELLENT piano instructor and take the time to research and find someone who can teach you the keys to playing this majestic instrument!

I can also remind you of the Japanese proverb that states: “the depth of the foundation determines the height of the wall”, and that is EXACTLY WHY you must insist on studying with an excellent piano instructor.

We can help you reach your piano dreams!

At the London Piano Institute we are proud to say that we offer excellent quality piano tuition focused specifically on developing great habits from the first day you start with us!

We do not take shortcuts, but teach you how to play properly. How to really read notes and become proficient at the instrument.

It is a fact that you also need to practise diligently, but with our combined efforts (your practise and our input), the sky is the limit.

Learn great secrets of this wonderful and majestic instrument in a short period of time.

Enjoy regular events and concerts and be a part of a select group of individuals who have decided to make the piano a serious endeavour.

London’s adult piano school welcomes you to a WONDERFUL, EXCITING WORLD OF PIANO!

Contact us today to book your first lesson – here

Diane Performing in PublicPerforming in public is totally different from performing on your own, or in front of your piano instructor. It requires some specific skills which must be practised as often as any other.

It is proven that the level of competency of an individual would definitely be affected while performing for an audience, so it is why it is imperative to be well prepared.

Stage fright is a common phenomenon that touches all performers, and pianists should not be in shame of admitting that they suffer from it. Depending on the individual, it could include tremor in the hands, pounding heart and sweaty hands. Being anxious before a performance is normal, and understandable. It is famous that even the greatest pianists deal with performance anxiety.

Being well prepared would greatly reduce the symptoms and help you perform at the best of your abilities.

A piece that is practised to be played in public must be extremely well known, as being aware of listeners could reduce your concentration, and truly distract you. Some individuals who are not used to play for an audience even say that they feel like they do not know anything anymore while seating at the piano before starting the performance. This exaggerated comment is not completely false, if you are not prepared at 120%!

We now understand that getting used to playing in public and learning how to prepare a performance is a significant part of any solid piano education.

At The London Piano Institute, all our pupils are encouraged to participate in our quarterly music evenings, even if they have played the piano for a few months only. I would like to insist on the word “encouraged” as playing during these events is obviously optional, but certainly motivating and always gratifying.

We are pleased to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to our students, as it is a rare privilege for non-professional pianists to be given the chance to play in public in a non-judgmental and friendly environment.

All of our students enjoy these events tremendously. Firstly because performing a piece especially prepared for the occasion gives them an incredible sense of achievement, and secondly because they love meeting their piano colleagues on a regular basis.

Once mastered, performing in public is an extraordinary experience which can be immensely rewarding, so I would recommend any pianist to embrace the opportunity to do so as often as it arises.

Piano
In this article, I would like to discuss the importance of having a piano teacher who would be a marvellous pianist, but also a mentor, a coach and a friend.Too often, piano teachers do not devote themselves to their students, and they can fall into the following categories:1. The young pianist who is still studying, and who teaches the piano to a few students, to get some pocket money, and help his/her parents to finance their piano studies.

2. The musician who has not achieved the dream of becoming a concert pianist, and did not wish to have a profession who is not related to music.

3. The busy concert pianist who is teaching to secure a regular income, but who does not have much interest in teaching.

I cannot obviously recommend any of these piano teachers as none of them would be suitable. Please see further information below:

Teacher 1 (the young pianist): Taking piano lessons with a young pianist, who often only teaches for a few years has not developed the necessary experience to be able to understand his students, and to adapt to their needs and wishes. Teaching the piano is an art that should not be seen as an extra activity as it takes years, and a lot of experience to know exactly how to take a student forward. You obviously do not want to end taking lessons with somebody who will simply give you some scales to practice, and pieces after pieces from a piano book for adults. I am sure that you wish your instructor to care about your specific needs and goals.

Teacher 2 (the frustrated pianist): The frustrated pianist is possibly the worst instructor you could meet as he/she has got no enjoyment whist teaching, and obviously not all the phenomenal knowledge developed by a successful pianist. Having piano lessons with somebody who check his/her watch often, and teaches you to pay the bills, without love for it, is the least motivating experience you could have while dreaming of learning how to play the piano.

Teacher 3 (the busy concert pianist): I have experienced this type of piano teacher in my youth, as I have studied with the most famous and acclaimed pianists of our time. As a young pianist, I was extremely frustrated and disappointed to realise that they were actually sharing all their knowledge, as they were busy thinking about their next concert while teaching me. Having the privilege to study with well-known musicians seems exciting, but it could also be not educative enough, and often useless.

I have listed the points, that I think are essential if anyone thinks that she/he is a brilliant piano teacher:

1. Have a lot of love and interest for the students.

2. Be a “real” teacher, and think deeply about the strengths and weaknesses of your students in order to give them the right pieces and exercises to study. The reason why they are playing the piano or the style they like playing is also of tremendous importance.

3. Analyse how you play yourself, and think how you could pass the information on to your students.

4. Never follow a set syllabus, as everybody is different, and adapting to each student is crucial.

5. Remember that your students are people, and not just piano students. They need attention at the piano, but also as men and women. As a teacher, you should undoubtedly take in consideration that your students will often share personal issues with you, and you should be ready to listen and to support them.

6. Enjoyment is the key to all great piano lessons, so make sure your students are happy to attend their lessons. They should not only develop their piano skills, but spend one of the best hours of their week with you. I am happy to remind you that adults who learn how to play the piano have undertaken this hobby for their own pleasure, and they should have a lot of fun whilst learning.

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