The Fastest Way to Learn a Piano Piece

by Lars Nelissen  - March 7, 2024

Accelerate Your Piano Progress 10X Using the Most Simple Rule that so Many don't Use.

The True Story and How to Play Für Elise by Beethoven
5 Piano Beginner Pitfalls and How to Easily Avoid These

Master Piano Pieces Faster With This Simple Method

And get to your desired outcome!

Are you searching for the fastest way to learn a piano piece? Look no further. In this VIDEO POST, we'll explore an effective, yet most simple method to help you master piano pieces faster than ever before.

The Common Practice Pitfall: Repeating Mistakes

Many piano learners fall into the trap of trial and error when attempting to learn a new piece. This approach, often referred to as the Trial-Error-Method, can hinder progress rather than facilitate it. By repeatedly playing through a piece and allowing mistakes to accumulate, learners risk ingraining incorrect notes and habits into their muscle memory.

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Introducing the Fastest Way to Learn a Piano Piece: Tolerating No Mistakes

In my teaching I urge students a very different approach: tolerating no mistakes. The key to this method lies in first careful reading of the score, then adjusting the tempo in which you play the notes first time and working in smaller divisions. Instead of mindlessly playing through the entire piece and accepting errors, let's emphasize the importance of meticulous, error-free practice from the outset.

Practical Application with "Für Elise" by Beethoven

To demonstrate this method, I took this most famous piece "Für Elise" by Beethoven as an example. Step by step, I show you how a practice routine could look like if disciplined, focusing on correct fingerings and gradual expansion of sections without tolerating errors. Go to the VIDEO and see for yourself.

Consistency is Key: Programming Correct Notes and Rhythm

A fundamental aspect of this method is consistency. By giving your fingers the exact same instructions repeatedly, you program the correct notes and rhythm into your muscle memory. This ensures that every practice session contributes to steady progress, leading to mastery of the piece in record time.

Embracing the Journey: From Beginner to Advanced

Whether you're a beginner pianist or an experienced player, this simple method proves to be invaluable for an efficient practice routine. While experienced players may experiment and intentionally let mistakes happen to find the weak spots and creative solutions to the different aspects of piano playing, beginners are encouraged to follow precise instructions to avoid confusion and accelerate their learning curve. Because experimentation in piano practice requires the necessary experience in order to be able to judge what works and what doesn't, what is right and what must be avoided.

Unlock Your Piano Potential

Are you ready to revolutionize your piano practice sessions and unlock your full potential? By implementing this simple yet powerful method, you can bid farewell to frustration and hello to rapid progress and mastery of piano pieces.

Watch the VIDEO below. Join my YouTube channel for more piano tips, tutorials, and courses. Start your journey to piano mastery today – the possibilities are endless!

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Click play to watch the video tutorial:

► Read Video Script You're trying to learn that piece that you like and it takes you weeks or even months before you finally have those notes somehow in the fingers. And probably you are doing some practicing mistake that most beginners do and that is repeating mistakes. Trial-Error-Method I call that. So you're playing, playing, playing until you make a wrong note and you start over again and again and again. And actually what you're doing is programming the wrong notes, the mistakes. In this video I'm going to show you a real strategy which, as simple as it sounds and as it is actually, many beginners don't do this and therefore wasting many, many hours and days and weeks. So the same piece that maybe takes you a few months to learn, you can do that in several days and sometimes even hours by just applying this simple method. And that is the method of tolerating yourself no mistakes. If you think, "Oh, how is it possible if you don't know the piece to play without mistakes?" It is possible! You just have to adjust the tempo of which you play and you have to learn to work in divisions. So let's get to it! My name is Lars Nelissen, pianist, teacher and composer. And on this YouTube channel I will share with you videos that help you improve your piano playing. If you're new to this channel, hit the subscribe button so you will be notified for future videos. So for this video I took the example of a piece that most beginners like to play Für Elise by Beethoven. Et cetera… You all know the piece. It starts in this way, later it gets more difficult, but what I'm teaching you applies for every piece you learn, particularly if you're a beginner. In the end of the video I'll explain to you why I say this? Let's first explain to you this method and how to do, how to play without mistakes? Most students who play like: Something like that, you know. For me very difficult to imitate how students play, but you get the point. Mistakes and repeating them over and over, trial error. I suggest that you first read very clearly what you should do with the right fingerings. Okay. Okay. That was the right notes. So you do it a few times, maybe 10 times. And again. Okay. When it goes good. Okay. Here the left hand enters. This is a minor. See? Taken over by the right hand. This is a minor chord. So we try to connect left and right. Until then, don't continue yet. Be very disciplined about it and do it again. And do this several times until it starts to feel more comfortable. Only then you go into the next section. You start here where the left hand enters. Until there. Do this again. See? I added now two notes. That's fine. If that's without mistakes, it's okay. Do it again. Okay. Now I add a little bit, but I don't start from the beginning again. I'm not start from the start all the time over and over. So I now go to where it overlaps a little bit. So I just played this. Until there. So now I start here. And again. Okay. Once again. Your fingers will tell you they have their intelligence when they understood. I see the fingers like they are a class of with 10 children and you have to instruct them to do as you wish and how and to work together. But they only can do what they need to do when you instruct them. Consistent, the right instructions. If you change your instructions, then you tell them this and the next time you tell them a little bit different, they get confused. So you actually teach the fingers then to get confused. Don't do that. Give them the exact same information again and again until the notes are programmed. And with the notes, I mean the notes and the rhythm. So even if you work in divisions and take a little pause, we make sure that in our mind, every note is on the right beat. Therefore, it is good to count from the very start. Let's do this again. And now we got comfortable. Now we try to play it a little bit longer. Okay, maybe that will be difficult to play like this the first time. So you take little breaks, little pauses. Pause, wait. Wait and prepare. Wait and prepare, etc. Do this again. Wait and prepare. Wait and prepare. Wait and prepare, etc. You do this until you start to feel comfortable. Then you try to just continue playing. Maybe you do that, but you make it a little bit slower so that you have enough time to think in advance what comes. Okay, that works. And then you can repeat that and then slowly, gradually go with the tempo to where you want to go. If you walk like this in a very disciplined manner, you will see that even though it feels not like that in the beginning in the start, but eventually we learn the piece fast. We don't get bored. We keep excited about it. We learn more repertoire because eventually, the more pieces you're able to learn, the more experience you will get at the piano, and the more easy it will go. Now I told you in the beginning that for very experienced players, we not always practice like that. We practice like that, but first we experiment. We make mistakes. We are aware of the mistakes. We correct them. We find solutions and we experiment again. Sometimes I play pieces even faster than they have to be. And I let mistakes happen on purpose to see where the weak points, the weak spots, and then I go into work and polish them and eliminate those mistakes in a very conscious, organized manner. Because eventually, if we want to make progress, we have to experiment. But when you are a beginner, it's very risky to do and I don't recommend it. And I would just follow the teacher's fingerings and instructions because when you experiment, you need to have the experience to know and judge what's right and what's not right. And try out this method. I'm sure it will help you. And leave in the comments how that works for you. I'm very curious to hear about that. For those who like to really learn more about piano technique, so everything about finger technique, arm technique, check out my coming course. The link is in the description. Subscribe if you didn't subscribe yet for more videos like this in the future. And hit that like button to let other people know that this was a good video. Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.


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