The Benefits of Recording Your Piano Practice
You’ve invested your time and money into learning the piano. Get the most out of your practices by making audio and video recording of your efforts. Here’s why, according to science.
Benefits of Audio Recordings
Many piano students rely on their instructors to tell them if something sounds “right.” Audio recordings allow you to evaluate your music and identify areas for improvement. Things to listen for include:
Pacing. Notice if you are playing faster in the easier sections and slower in the difficult ones, so you can smooth out these differences.
Tempo. Most pieces have a set tempo that is then increased or decreased for dramatic effect and musicality. Listen to the tempo of your playing, and note areas that need changes.
Rests. Here’s a pro piano practice tip that’s somewhat counterintuitive: pay special attention the rest notations. Are you holding them long enough or too long? Etc. Most beginning players focus intensely on the notes, yet they forget to attend to the rests with as much vigor. Music is a dance between sound and silence, and both components matter.
Benefits of Video Recordings
Your finger, hand and arm positions must all align appropriately over time to produce your desired sounds. Visual recordings let you observe whether you are using the proper techniques and positions, and whether your body moves with your hands rather than fight against them. Video recordings can also help you troubleshoot for recitals.
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