Playing the piano can be a fantastic method of relaxation, and the achievement of mastering a new piece of music can give real satisfaction. Over time and with experience a pianist's abilities and skills naturally increase, along with their confidence in attempting more complex pieces of music. However, it is quite common that at some point piano players find they have hit a brick wall in their playing, and they are no longer seeing the improvements they once did, no matter how much they seem to practice.
Don't worry, this is usually only a temporary rut you are stuck in and below we have detailed 9 different things you can try that will hopefully get yourself out of the rut and back to more enjoyable and satisfying playing.
1) Practice little but often
Sometimes the desire to improve quickly can mean you sit down with the intention to practice for an hour or two. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the most productive use of time. Playing for too long at once can mean you begin to tense up and become uncomfortable, and this can affect your playing.
Believing you need to practice for long sessions at a time can also mean you sit down to play the piano less frequently as you are put off by the length of time required. However, more frequent short sessions, of even 10-15 minutes at a time, can really benefit your playing. A routine of regular playing is better for improvement than a few irregular long sessions, as you start fresh each time and more frequently remind yourself of what you learned so that it settles in your mind.
2) Place your piano in a pleasant space
To encourage regular practice, it also makes sense to position your piano in a pleasant airy and bright spot in a central part of your home. If your piano is shut away in a dark or cold little used room, you may find yourself less inclined to go play it.