The Secret To EFFECTIVE Piano Practice...
Don't Struggle and Waste Valuable Time Not Knowing What to Practice, How to Practice or Where to Even Start...
Watch the following '4 and half' minute video and discover how you can create the perfect piano practice plan designed to accomplish YOUR piano goals even if you're an absolute beginner! Give your practice sessions ‘structure’... and develop confidence and FLUENCY every time you sit down to play that piano - (Lesson 6)
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Your perfect 'get started' route map to go from never touching a key before to confidently playing impressive, beautiful music on that piano.
I asked over a thousand of you the most important question EVERY piano teacher should ask.
You're about to discover the results. But first...
Heyup, Josef here from Creative Piano Academy.
Fun fact! I have the same accent as Jon Snow! Its true... watch the video above and you'll see. Anyhoo...
I've taught kids as young as six, and even those at the age of 77 (yep... just starting and its amazing to see that passion and progress)...
Over 14 years of teaching, and more importantly... TALKING to my students...
You pick up a few things to make piano practice not only more effective, but insanely enjoyable at the same time
Does this sound familiar?...
"The biggest barrier for adult beginners is where to start"
Have you ever sat down at that piano wondering where to even start?
Wondering if you’re practicing the right skills… or even, "how does this help me…"
where does it fit in?
Why am I not improving faster?
Do you struggle with patience and try songs that are too difficult when YOU KNOW you are still having problems with basic co-ordination between hands?
And somehow you don’t feel confident or sound fluent at that piano. And you know it… It just doesn’t sound… well… good.
All those scales/arpeggios/chord inversions on their own just don't cut it!
Without a specific goal and a solid action plan for our piano practice... we try this and that… Watch one of the THREE MILLION videos on youtube, try something new for three hours and then get bored.
What's that last skill you learned ACTUALLY useful for anyway?
You are not alone...
Over and over again I would hear this kind of thing from my students and even those who watch my youtube videos.
Check out this email from Michelle. Maybe it sounds familiar?
I've seen so many people lose motivation and give up because they feel overwhelmed.
And achieving your goals certainly is... to quote Michelle... 'Easier said than done'
Unless, you have a 'route map' to follow. With a Route Map you would know exactly
WHAT to practice,
WHY you are practicing those things and
HOW your practice fits into YOUR goals and ambitions as a pianist...
Hey... with a proper route map... You wouldn't be overwhelmed AT ALL! In fact, your progress will literally skyrocket!
Creating a route map isn't difficult. Just a few questions can put things in perspective and make it much clearer for you.
Do you have a 'Route Map' to follow when you sit in front of that piano?
What are your goals? and
What are you struggling with?
These are the FIRST things you should ask yourself…
And you know what… most piano teachers simply don’t ask these questions. And it's a real problem. Instead they funnel you down the one size fits all “Row row row your boat” traditional route of boredom and despair.
Hey, I had 'traditional' piano lessons as a kid and let me tell you... it’s an instant passion killer!
Do you want to...
- Be able to improvise and do frills and make beautiful music beyond just holding down chords and notes?
- Be able to sit and play confidently and fluently without thinking always of what the next step should be.
- Be able to accompany yourself singing
- Or simply play some nice music without worrying about becoming an expert concert pianist...
Could be any number of reasons. But we all have something that made us look at a piano and go…
“YES”. Piano is for me!
Hold onto this reason because it will help you create a ‘route map’ of what to practice...
Without a solid direction to our practice, what I like to call a ‘Big Practice Goal’, there’s no clear result to the effort that we put in. More on this in a sec...
Instead we practice a bunch of boring exercises… Exercises we think we need to repeat over and over again as time crawls by,
And were left hoping our skills will come with practice, practice and practice.
I always struggled playing the same thing over and over again and having no practical clue how to get to the next level…
Creative practice routines gave me loads of variety in my exercises: Hand coordination, rhythm exercises etc. It paid off and actually got me canvassing for you. Yep! Whole truth.Abraham Osana, Piano Student
But we don’t seem to advance quickly… and it’s incredibly frustrating!
And what’s worse… there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything we want to do, let alone find time for piano practice. I know thats how I feel.
Time is really precious and practicing things that aren’t actually helping us… is wasting time.
Time we could and should use FAR more effectively!
"The biggest barrier for adult beginners is where to start"
Did you know… We are biologically wired to maximise results for minimal effort.
If you put lots of energy into something which has no 'practical' improvement… your biological brain is gonna kick in and go “nope, you’re done”.
This is why it’s so hard when we learn all these different fragmented skills, perhaps on youtube, but we don’t know where they fit into our overall skills and ambitions as a pianist.
"I need a route map which will take me from where I am now to where I want to be on the piano."
This is why it’s so important when we sit down at that piano to have a goal in mind... What I like to call...
A Big Practice Goal (BPG for short)
Sounds obvious right?
It should be but alas, we’re either....
- Thrust down the ‘this is how you play piano, ba ba black sheep’ approach which bears no relation to why we started to play the piano in the first place,
- We lack direction and overwhelm ourselves with the million and one things we think we should be learning… lose hope and give up.
Think about it like this.
You’re at the bottom of the biggest mountain you have ever seen.
The peak sits above the clouds and you can’t even see it.
You don't focus on that peak way off in the distance and set off with your flat-cap and backpack. Its just too overwhelming, not to mention all that experience and training you need to reach the peak...
Instead, you set challenges and milestones. Distances you can achieve and little challenges you can overcome.
One step at a time you inch closer to that peak.
You might have to go east or west, you might hit a dead end, you might hit a wall you have to climb. All these challenges you overcome and milestones you cross lead you closer to the peak of the mountain.
So... what does all this mean?
Well, the peak of the mountain represents why you wanted to learn piano in the first place... What got you excited... Your personal ambition. After all, there are thousands of mountains to climb... and you can choose whichever one you want.
The challenges and milestones represent your 'Big Practice Goals'. Each one moves you closer to the peak.
The steps you take to overcome your milestones are the individual exercises...
So you see... Your exercises help you achieve your 'Big Practice Goals'... Your Big Practice Goals help you achieve your personal ambition as a pianist.
In Creative Practice Routines, every routine has a Big Practice Goal, exercises to help achieve your Big Practice Goal and works the skills YOU need to become the pianist you want to be!
You might be thinking...
"fair enough but what are these Big Practice Goals and how do they help me?"
As a piano teacher with over 14 years of experience... I see more progress, more motivation and definitely more enjoyment in my students when I ask the simple question...
"What are you struggling with?"
It's then my job to create a practice plan specifically designed to help you achieve your goals, overcome your struggles and learn the core piano skills you need... whilst also having an INSANE amount of fun.
So I asked you... "What are you struggling with?"
300 responses... a spreadsheet... hours of analysing the most common struggles, and lots of coffee later...
The result was... Creative Practice Routines.
- The 'practice routines' course - 5 ‘30 minute’ piano practice routines designed from the ground up to help you with YOUR personal “Big Practice Goals” and develop your core skills.
- The full 'BEGINNER ROUTINES' course designed to take you from the very beginning to playing music FAST
- The perfect ‘plug and play’ piano practice framework + Intro routine perfect for beginners (Lesson 1)
- How to create your own personal practice routines so you never feel overwhelmed when you sit down to practice.
- 2 ‘Pro’ piano practice principles you can use to transform EVERY exercise into a powerhouse for building confidence and fluidity in your piano playing. (Lesson 6)
- How to create infinite practical and melodic exercises so you never feel stuck or overwhelmed with what to practice (Bonus lessons 2 and 3)
- How to take a piece of sheet music and create exercises to plug into your practice routine. (Bonus lesson 1)
I released this course to a few early students... This is what they had to say
Although I have only been applying the principles of the Practice Routine for a few sessions, I have found that the major benefit is to introduce discipline. I am sure that others would agree that whilst YouTube is a great resource for learning piano it is also a MAJOR distraction.David Creative Practice Routines Student
Hi my name is Deborah, I have been listening to Josef on youtube for only a few months. I watched a lot of youtube piano videos over the last year and in the past I have joined 2 piano sites.Deborah Camuti Creative Practice Routines Student
Hi im a 68 yr old guy who is helping my 9 yr old granddaughter learn the piano. Our time together is limited so that's an obstacle.Frank Rodrigo Creative Practice Routines Student
I always struggled playing the same thing over and over again and having no practical clue how to get to the next level…Abraham Osana Creative Practice Routines Student
I'm in the senior citizens bracket as I'm retired, and what I have found in following your videos is that I can make music. I'm an ‘on and off’ beginner, didn't stick with anyone particular so didn't progress.Carol M Aspinall Creative Practice Routines Student
I've always struggled with what to practice and how long. When to change routines and how to organise my time depending on the available length of this or that session.Frédéric Texier Creative Practice Routines Student
Improving Your Hand Independence
BY FAR... the most requested routine and the skill you want to develop the most. I've developed 3 'unique' exercises using a sweet sounding chord progression to get those hands working independently and give the brain a good workout.
Seriously... One of the exercises you don't even need to be sat at a piano... you can practice ANYWHERE!
So, working rhythmic patterns with nice syncopation... This routine will get you started!
Adding Interesting Movement To Chords
If you're fed up just moving between block chords without knowing how to connect them together... This Routine is for you!
We explore smooth chord transitions using passing notes, rhythm and add some melodic movement to inject some life into our chord progressions.
Hitting The Right keys...
Hey, accuracy and hitting those right keys is super important for building confidence. No-one wants to listen (including you) to a load of smashed notes and hesitations.
This routine will get you hitting those right keys with ease, but you can also apply this simple principle to ANY exercise at all to inject new life into it. You can turn ANYTHING into a "hitting the right keys" machine.
At its core is about developing that comfort behind the piano. That familiarity you see in pro pianists. Like they know the keys like the back of their hand!
Nailing Your Fingering (Ha Ha... Hmm)
One really important skill, particularly when it comes to playing fluently... is having a good grasp of fingering.
Now, I can't promise this will be the be all and end all of fingering... truth is, its one of those skills which develops over time the more you play. But... if you want an exercise to supercharge it, specifically designed to help you improve fingering whilst moving between positions... This Routine will set you on the right path.
Throughout this routine, i'm explaining whats going on... why we use the fingers we do and i've included a few little tricks in this pattern to make it a good ol' challenge!
Hey... No pain no gain right?
Now that's not all.
Every routine in the course is designed to help you over come a specific struggle...
You have a practical framework for your practice sessions + the tools you can use to develop your own Big Practice Goals...
But... there's always room for more
So, i've included a few bonus lessons where I share some actionable techniques to make sure you never run out of piano exercises...
Here's what you can expect.
Here Are A Few More Things You Will Learn Inside The Course...
Have A Question...? No problem. Shoot me an email here - Contact - and let me know you're interested in creative practice routines.
Before you send a question in... here are a few frequently asked questions...
Q.Do I get Lifetime Access To The Course
A.Absolutely. Once you purchase the course, its yours forever. The course will be added to your account, or a new account created for you and you can use this account to access the members area whenever you want.
Q.Is this a one-time fee or a recurring fee?
A.Your payment is a one time fee. No recurring monthly payments. The only exception is if there is the option to pay in instalments and you choose to do so. Only then will you be billed monthly and this will stop automatically at the end of the instalment period.
Q.Does the course include Notation?
A.Absolutely. For each routine, i’ve included notation for every exercise. I’ve also added a few bonus exercise notations which aren’t in the lessons. Extra little tastey morsels of notey goodness.
Q.How do I know this course is for me?
A.If you’ve read through the whole page and still unsure if the course is right for you… You can try it out risk free for 30 days. If its not for you, shoot me an email within 30 days and I can issue you a full refund.
Q.Is this course suitable for complete beginners?
A.Yes. The beginner routines section of the course is a step by step ‘get started’ set of routines to take you from never touched a key before to playing beautiful music with confidence.