How can I increase my speed?

@Anitismo (229)
Bahamas
April 19, 2011 5:04pm CST
I can say, I've been playing the piano, for about three years. off and on. This year I have taken it more seriously. I know you get better skills by practice, more time the better you become. My problem is speed, does anyone out there can tell me any hidden secret they have on gaining more speed. I have memorize the key, but my fingers need to know the keys also and they seems to have a memory problem. So bad they always pressing the wrong keys ( just say the key next to the right one).
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6 responses
21 Apr 11
Our muscles have "muuscle memory". I advice you to make a schedule for your practice, even an hour a day will do, it's way better than practicing 3hrs a week. Also do some finger exercises on the piano to increase your fingers dexterity.
@Anitismo (229)
• Bahamas
21 Apr 11
That has happen but it just not precise, especially with both hands and chords keys.
22 Apr 11
Just keep on practicing and it will eventually going to precise..just focus and you'll get what you want.. :)
• India
20 Apr 11
I play piano from my childhood. Speed is the most essential thing in piano. I can't play fast music pieces. You must work too hard, play piano everyday atleast 2 hours. More you practice, more sense you will get about keys. Means suppose i told you to play music which you haven't played before then without trying to make that music on piano you get an idea which keys will made it. There are top musicians, they don't need any time to make fast musics on piano. I suggest you to first play music with low tempo. But play perfectly. First try to bring perfection. And then increase your speed day by day. You can play fast musics within month. Best of luck.
@Anitismo (229)
• Bahamas
21 Apr 11
I will try this, instead of two days a week two hours a day. ok then I hope it work tell you next month.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Apr 11
When you learned the English alphabet, did you use "The Alphabet Song"? If so, was there a moment or two that you thought "L-M-N-O-P" was only one letter? That's a clue to a "quick" way to do sequences: Think of them not as 'several notes,' but as 'a sequence.' (Of course, practicing scales and arpeggios will help you do things faster-and-faster as you learn to play them faster-and-faster; but the concert won't wait for your rudimentary muscles to speed up!)
@NYNY911 (63)
• United States
20 Apr 11
i took piano lessons for three years- it take time to develope good hand eye coordination, it is like typing- after a while you get to know the keys automatically without looking at the keyboard. concentrate on hitting the right notes first- your speed will pick up later.
• Philippines
19 Apr 11
Hmm. I'm sorry I don't play piano as well, but I play guitars. Try to apply what I do (to your instrument which is piano), 1. do a at least if time doesn't permit you, 15 min practice everyday. (I mean everyday) 2. explore new things about the instrument, always watch videos of useful demos on youtube. You will always learn something from each of them 3. Do not rush, enjoy playing the instrument as if searching a piece of gold coin everyday. 4. Try running your fingers on your instrument (finger exercises), start slowly but precise, then add some speed and everything else will follow 5. Set a realistic goal( ex. I have to learn a new song every week). It doesn't matter if it the piece is not awesome, as long as you learn something from it. 6. Be persistent, remember, a piano (or any instrument) is just a lifeless object. But the soul and beauty of this instrument comes from the musician, not from the instrument itself. Try to conquer this lifeless object with a lot of persistence.
@misterMR (797)
• Philippines
19 Apr 11
I'm not really sure because me myself I'm not a pianist, but I want to learn. However, since my close friend really knows how to play the piano, what he does is that he'll practice everyday, even the basics. When I say basics, do-re-mi and the chopsticks. The faster you do the chopsticks without looking, the more accurate it could be. He even told me that in piano, every thing starts slow and nice. I know you'll catch up one day! Good luck!