“One day, your friends visited your house. Knowing that you have been learning piano for several years, they requested you to play them a song. Although you really wished to entertain your friends with a nice song, you can’t really play a song completely and perfectly. Why? It is not because you have bad piano skills, but because you haven’t master the song that you have been practicing recently. Unfortunately, you have forgotten the songs that you have been playing well previously too.”
Have you experienced the above situation before? That is indeed an embarrassing moment for a piano player. But don’t worry, there is a solution for it. With some dedication and effort, every piano player can build a repertoire. Building a repertoire means creating a list of songs which you can play well anytime.
3 Simple Steps
1. Pick a Theme
Give your repertoire a theme or title. For example:
“Songs that I like”
“Pop songs for guests”
Doing so can help you to categorize and choose the suitable music you want to include in your repertoire.
2. Choose Your Music
You can start by listing out the songs that you have learned before in a piece of paper. Then, choose the songs that you wish to include in your repertoire list. You can also include new music that is relevant to your theme or you wish to learn. Besides, you need to decide what is the number of songs you wish to include in the list or set a duration for your repertoire. For example, you can have a list of 10 songs or a list to be played for 30 minutes. It is recommended to start with a short list in the beginning.
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3. Set a Schedule for Your Practice
After choosing the songs you want to include in your repertoire list, the next step is to review the list by checking which song requires more fine tuning, practice or learning. Set a schedule to work on each song one at a time until you can play them without mistakes. Try to memorize the songs if possible.
Practice the songs you have learned at least a few times a week to keep it in your long term memory. When the list of songs grows longer, you can rotate the songs for practice. Remember to keep practicing so that you won’t forget them!
In order to store the list of songs in your memory, you need to play the songs frequently for a long period of time. Some of us may feel bored for playing the same songs over and over again. Therefore, the lack of perseverance and patience are the biggest obstacles that cause failure in retaining the songs in the repertoire.
Tips for Success
It is recommended to organize your sheet music in an easily accessible manner. You can keep them in a clear folder and arrange them in the order that you want them to be played. To prevent getting bored, try to keep the list fresh by rotating the songs for practice. Improve your sight reading so that you can still play the song perfectly even if you have forgotten certain bits of it. Lastly, perseverance is the key to success!
I’d like to hear from you! Do you have your own repertoire? If yes, what is the theme and how many songs are there in the list? If no, are you planning to start creating your repertoire list? Let me know in the comment box below!