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Top Tips on Learning Piano as an Adult

As an adult, you have lots of things to do. Also, your mind is not as fresh as it used to be in your youthful days. You may find learning new skills, like playing the piano a bit hard. But you need not write yourself off. You can still learn the instrument and be a great pianist.

First things first, you need to have a piano as you learn to play the instrument and to keep practicing, so you sharpen your skills. There is a myriad of keyboards you can choose from while buying, but a grand transparent piano is impressive. It will blend well with your house décor and motivate you to learn and practice. As such, please give it a thought as you also consider other types.

Acquire the Basics

fundamentals of pianoIt would be best if you started learning the fundamentals. If you do not know how to read music or have no basics of playing the piano, start with acquainting yourself with such. Learn the musical notes, scales, rhythm, and other basic stuff, including the proper posture. Skipping learning these things at the initial stages may stand in your way of mastering piano later.

Find a Teacher

a paiano teacher guiding a playerLike with so many other things, the internet has tons of online tutorials that you can rely on to teach yourself. However, getting yourself a teacher would be a great decision. Regular meetings with your piano teacher would assist you to attain your goals. Besides, the teacher will hold you accountable, making you remain on track to reaching your goals. Additionally, a teacher will be part of your support system, which could include your family and friends. They will encourage you as you learn the new skill.

Prioritize Practice

prioritize praccticeOne challenge is a busy schedule, but you can overcome it by setting a specific time for practicing every day. Without a set time to practice, chances are you will find yourself not having done it at the end of the day. For your success, commit yourself to put to use what you learned and to practice frequently.

Short, frequent practice sessions, say for 30 minutes daily, could be better than one long practice session after several days, for example, practicing for two hours once a week. Where it is possible, getting a practicing routine will make it a habit and will help you succeed.

Set Goals

It is crucial to know what you want to achieve as a pianist. Maybe you want to play in a particular event, or to learn specific songs or for your pleasure. You will be focused and motivated with a clear goal of why you want to learn the instrument.

Learning playing a musical instrument, such as piano, is like learning any other thing like driving or cycling. Be easy on yourself, allow yourself to make mistakes, and take a step at a time while enjoying every moment.…

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Three Hobbies That Will Help You Boost Your Creativity

Your super-busy life may make you think that you can’t add more recreational activities to the list. But please consider the fact that hobbies are actually useful for your productivity as well. According to a study by the Australian Psychological Society, spending time on hobbies moderately can help you to manage stress. Another study published on Taylor & Francis Online even furthered the positive benefit of having hobbies by pointing out that spending time on a creative hobby during the day can lead to wellbeing that can last until the next day. 

Now that you understand the benefits, here are three hobbies that can help you improve your creativity. 

Painting

coloring toolsThis may look like a generic idea, but only at a glimpse. In fact, there are so many styles of painting that use varieties of media. One example is diamond painting. Instead of using oil-based paints, diamond painting uses diamond-like resin to shed your imagination on the canvas. And as for the canvas, it doesn’t have to be a literal piece of cloth that conventional painters use. You can paint on your room’s walls, garage roof, and any other places (as long as it does not violate other people’s properties). 

Even if you are a professional who works with numbers and exact science, being able to paint contributes to your cognitive abilities, especially if you follow the realism style. You will learn how to translate the dimensions of real objects into a two-dimensional medium. 

Playing a Musical Instrument

music notesWhen you were a teenager, you probably wanted to play guitar and became a rockstar. Now, it all looks like a distant dream. But pursuing that urge to learn a musical instrument can benefit your life. The more diverse the instruments you can play, the more enhanced your creativity will be. For example, Prof. Frederic Ullen, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, concluded that our brain is naturally metronomic, and drummers, whose job is to keep the time of a song, are supposed to be better at problem-solving than others. The scan of musicians’ brains also showed that they have more white matters on their brain than those who neither play instruments nor listen to music. 

If you feel attracted to music again, don’t just dismiss that as an unworthy nostalgia, but follow it!

Writing

writingTechnology and science can’t exist without language, but language can exist independently, even to the civilization itself. This general truth implies how language is the core of humanity. If you can master how to use the right words for the right circumstances, you have just learned the essence of life itself. This may sound like too much, but let’s consider how scientific fields are basically accurate and precise terminologies. Even politicians can get elected to the parliament because of their proficiency in using words. 

Therefore, try to keep notes on your thoughts, no matter how messy they look. You’ll get to that idealized level of fluency eventually. But first, you’ve got to begin it!