| How to practise piano or keyboard as shown in DVD piano course
It's a good idea to read this before you start with the DVD course - that way you'll get the best out of the tuition.
Firstly cut your nails so that they don't protrude beyond the pad of the finger: that's essential to enable you to play with curved fingers.
Practise slowly on piano or keyboard , with thoughtful repetition of short sections, each no longer than 2-4 bars, making sure that you overlap the sections by at least one beat.
Pay careful attention to fingering. The notes should be played with the same fingers every time you play a piece of music.
Do a great deal of "hands separate" practice before putting hands together - then continue practising hands separately, mixing this with "hands together" practice for thorough progress.
Don't rush the tempo as soon as you can play a piece of piano or keyboard music, but keep it steady - once again practise slowly. Even if the direction is "Allegro", save that for later when you have more control of the notes.
If you have any pain in the arms, hands, wrists or fingers, then stop immediately and have a rest. Pain can be caused by tension, and injury can result, so relax and don't get tight when you're playing the piano: this way you can avoid both injury and harsh tone. It helps if you practice slowly.
Try not to look at your hands whilst reading the music, except when finding the initial hand position. Avoid looking down and up from the music to the keyboard and back again. If you do have to look down for the occasional change of hand position or jump on the keyboard, try not to lose your place in the music.
Spend at least 5 minutes per day learning to recognise firstly right-hand, then left-hand notes. Practise writing them down on manuscript paper, test yourself by naming them, and finally play them on the piano. This will help you to progress more fluently by improving your reading of music.
Practise in short, regular sessions of about half an hour at least once a day. Regular sessions produce the best progress, so the secret is "little and often". Long sessions are not the answer, since concentration tends to deteriorate after 30-40 minutes.
Resist the temptation to rush ahead to the next task before you have achieved a good polished result. Proceed and practise slowly and thoroughly in order to progress further with learning the piano.
Constantly revise old material, perhaps devoting one practice session a week to this, eventually building up your own collection of favourite pieces to play for relaxation or to entertain your friends.
If you feel that incorrect habits are developing, then go back and repeat earlier material whilst being as self-critical as possible.