Guest Article: Matti Carter
5 Ways To Improve Your Speed On The Piano
Do you dream of playing incredibly fast solos or pieces on the piano?
In order to do this, you will need to gain lots of speed and great technique. The good news is, it isn’t as hard as you think it is. Yes, to be able to gain lots of speed requires a lot of practice and persistence. But if you do the right things, you will get faster results.
Before you start practicing for speed, it is good to ask yourself a few questions:
1. “What is the speed level I would like to achieve on the piano?”
2. “Why do I want to play this fast?”
3. “What fast piece would I like to be able to play in the next 90 days?”
Think about the answers to the above questions. Once you have the answers, it will be easier to set goals and make plans for achieving them. Regardless of what your goals are, here are 5 things you can do to increase your speed on the piano:
1. Improve Your Overall Technique
In order to gain lots of speed on the piano, the most important thing is to play with the right technique. The better your technique is, the easier it will be to play fast. To gain better technique, you have to practise with the correct technique, even if it means playing incredibly slowly to begin with. Building a good technical base is the key to achieving great results with speed on the piano.
2. Practice Scales
Knowing your scales is definitely a great way to improve both technique and speed on the piano. Assuming that you are playing your scales with the correct fingering, your fingers will get stronger and faster. While playing scales you are using all your fingers. By doing that, all of your fingers will improve at the same time.
3. Do Fast Finger Exercises For The Piano
There are many different ways you can become fast on the piano. Learning scales is only one basic form of training. However, scales won’t give you everything you need. You will also need to master playing different voices fast simultaneously, playing insanely fast accompaniments and changing chords quickly. There are lots of exercises you can do to improve these skills, and you should definitely consider
4. Learn Etudes
If you want to approach gaining speed through new pieces to learn, etudes are definitely a great place to start. There are loads of etudes composed for classical piano from beginner to advanced level. If you want to specifically gain speed, choose the types of etudes that focus more on speed than on other aspects of playing. There are entire books full of etudes. A lot of famous composers such as Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and others have composed etudes with the agenda of increasing the players speed and technique.
5. Watch And Listen To Great Pianists
This is something that will help you improve your piano playing skills on all levels, not just speed. By watching accomplished pianists play live or on video, you will get to see how they use their hands on the keyboard. You can learn a lot from just watching the pros.
About The Author:
Matti Carter is a professional musician based in Helsinki, Finland. He teaches piano, composes music and writes instructional materials. If you are interested in contacting him with a question, feel free to contact him.