2017 was our 20th year online!

Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 3 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Shop our online store for music lovers
SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Wessell Nickel & Gross
PianoForAll
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
Who's Online Now
49 members (chopinetto, Boboulus, Carey, anotherscott, Charles Cohen, cozmopak, AWilley, Bruce In Philly, 14 invisible), 431 guests, and 484 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Getting motivated to practice
#2316227 08/16/14 10:58 AM
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
M
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
M
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
I've been struggling with making time in my life to practice piano for quite a while. But it always wasn't like this. I remember when I was younger (around 5 to 8), I would practice for a pretty long time, sometimes up to 1 1/2 hours. I remember I really enjoyed playing piano. But now that I'm older, I'm having trouble practicing piano. I don't feel motivated to do it. I even have to force myself to play sometimes. But when I start practicing, time just flies. I truly do enjoy playing the piano but I feel like I lost that enjoyment of practicing from when I was younger. Does anyone have any tips to help get me motivated to practice piano again?

Last edited by MusicJunkie; 08/16/14 10:58 AM.
Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2316247 08/16/14 12:07 PM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
P
3000 Post Club Member
Offline
3000 Post Club Member
P
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
It sounds like (correct me if I'm wrong) you DO enjoy practicing once you get started. In that case the solution is to find a way to overcome the voice inside that encourages you to not start.

There are several ways to do that, but my preferred is to play something on the piano every day. Force yourself to sit down on the bench, and play a few notes. Even if you only play one chord, then get up again, consider that a success. Focus on beginning the practice, and succeeding at that.


Poetry is rhythm
Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2316270 08/16/14 01:53 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 13,891
B
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
B
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 13,891
Originally Posted by MusicJunkie
Does anyone have any tips to help get me motivated to practice piano again?

Why not try a different tack altogether?

Like just thinking of a tune - any tune, even a pop one - and just sitting down to improvise some variations on it. Go as OTT as you like: throw in lots of arpeggios up & down the keyboard, note clusters, glissandi etc, just have fun with it. Rediscover the joy of making music.

Also, get an album (or download for free) of fun music that you don't intend to spend time working on, but just to play through/sight-read as badly as you like grin. Again, the principle is to enjoy yourself at the piano, revel in your piano-playing abilities, not feeling like it is 'hard work'. You're not practicing, just enjoying yourself.

I don't know what your current standard is, but among the pieces I'd put in this category (of playing through them for pure entertainment) are Grieg's March of the Trolls and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Dvorák's Humoresque in G flat, Paderewski's Minuet in G, Mozart's Variations on 'Ah! vous dirai-je, maman', Beethoven's Rage over a Lost Penny, Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, some Scarlatti sonatas (e.g. Kk 380, 531), Granados's Spanish Dance No.5, Albéniz's Asturias, Joplin rags......


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2316285 08/16/14 02:40 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 28,398
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Online Content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 28,398
Don't think of it as practicing...think of it, as Isaac Stern said, "making music".

Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2316323 08/16/14 04:45 PM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,194
K
2000 Post Club Member
Offline
2000 Post Club Member
K
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,194
Sometimes when practising isn't pleasurable, the only way for me to touch the piano is to be accountable to other people. Scheduling concerts, having regular lessons with a teacher, committing to rehearsals with other musicians etc.

Of course, you might just try taking a holiday for a week and coming back fresh.


Working on:
Chopin - Nocturne op. 48 no.1
Debussy - Images Book II

Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2316328 08/16/14 05:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 17,291
M
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
M
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 17,291
If your sessions at the piano are not creative, they will be work. When they are creative, they do not feel like work. It sounds as though when you were younger you had different priorities than you do now, and that's OK. Don't try to live in the past, figure out a different way of doing things because you have changed now.

If you are making good progress, then you will want to sit down and play most of the time to continue progressing in your piece. If not, then it will mostly be like forcing yourself. So really look into good/creative practice techniques. Do a search on this forum to find out different ways people go about doing this, depending upon the issue in a passage.


private piano/voice teacher FT

[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
Re: Getting motivated to practice
phantomFive #2316375 08/16/14 08:17 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 3,390
3000 Post Club Member
Offline
3000 Post Club Member
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 3,390
Originally Posted by phantomFive
It sounds like (correct me if I'm wrong) you DO enjoy practicing once you get started. In that case the solution is to find a way to overcome the voice inside that encourages you to not start.

agree! I think that comes through very clearly in your post smile


Heather W. Reichgott, piano

Working on:
Beethoven - Diabelli Variations Op. 120
Beethoven/Liszt - Symphony no. 7
Tommy (whole show)

I love Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and new music
Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2317132 08/18/14 09:43 PM
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 33
B
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
B
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 33
I spent about a year and a half where I needed to do about 2-3 hours of practice every day. That was a lot for me at that time. I liked to practice, but at the same time, I didn't always feel like doing it EVERY day.

So, I gave myself permission to quit after 15 minutes of practice if I didn't feel like practicing. I would do that twice a day if I didn't feel like it.

Wow... so if I had a bad day, I still practiced for 30 minutes? That's not too bad for an amateur.

I probably only did that twice in 18 months. Once I got started I was fine with practicing. It was the agreement with myself that I could stop after 15 minutes that made it "not a chore".

Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2317147 08/18/14 10:54 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 990
A
500 Post Club Member
Offline
500 Post Club Member
A
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 990
This is incredibly easy to fix and it's the same prescription for everyone. Just reward yourself for practicing. Problem solved.


"A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us 'like the fabled specter-ships,' which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind."
R. W. Emerson
Re: Getting motivated to practice
Atrys #2317150 08/18/14 11:05 PM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
P
3000 Post Club Member
Offline
3000 Post Club Member
P
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
Originally Posted by Atrys
This is incredibly easy to fix and it's the same prescription for everyone. Just reward yourself for practicing. Problem solved.

That doesn't work for me. If I want something, I get it. There is nothing I could reward myself with.


Poetry is rhythm
Re: Getting motivated to practice
phantomFive #2317151 08/18/14 11:08 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 990
A
500 Post Club Member
Offline
500 Post Club Member
A
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 990
Originally Posted by phantomFive

That doesn't work for me.

Then you are an exception > 3sigma.


"A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us 'like the fabled specter-ships,' which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind."
R. W. Emerson
Re: Getting motivated to practice
Atrys #2317272 08/19/14 09:52 AM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 2,293
2000 Post Club Member
Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 2,293
Originally Posted by Atrys
Originally Posted by phantomFive

That doesn't work for me.

Then you are an exception > 3sigma.


Everybody is more than three standard deviations from the norm somewhere.

Some of us more than others.

crazy

Re: Getting motivated to practice
MusicJunkie #2317296 08/19/14 10:49 AM
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
P
3000 Post Club Member
Offline
3000 Post Club Member
P
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 3,542
Anyway, for me the real reward is being able to play the piano better. That os why I practice, after all


Poetry is rhythm

Moderated by  Brendan, Kreisler 

Link Copied to Clipboard
(ad)
Pianoteq
Steinway Spiro Layering
(ad)
PianoDisc

PianoDisc
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Mason & Hamlin Pianos
What's Hot!!
News from the Piano World
Our October 2020 Free Piano Newsletter is Here!
---------------------
3,000,000+!
------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
New Topics - Multiple Forums
New DP under 3000 euros
by Pullman12 - 11/24/20 03:21 PM
Recording device - Recommendations
by Kinimod - 11/24/20 02:52 PM
Your opinions on my digital mixer setup
by Abdol - 11/24/20 02:37 PM
Thumb under for bluesy tunes
by AntonAnton - 11/24/20 12:45 PM
Download Sheet Music
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Forum Statistics
Forums41
Topics203,023
Posts3,026,772
Members99,361
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers


Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads



 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2020 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4