Lang Lang’s 8 golden rules for learning to play the piano

Lang Lang’s 8 golden rules for learning to play the piano


Every one of us should be an artist! I think the ideal age to begin learning
the piano is from 2 to 100 In the very beginning I think one hour would be good, you put around 20 minutes in the basic training, 20 minutes to play some
small pieces, and then another 20 minutes try to and improvise something on the piano. The most difficult aspect for learning
piano is that you need to be separated between the right hand and the left hand,
because this is how you train both sides of the brain. After that it should be easier, with a lot of practice of course! Playing duets or chamber music is key to learning about other instruments, so you have to work with singers to make the piano more like a singing instrument, and work with string players, work with woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, and then the music becomes much
bigger. It’s not enough to just hit the note, it’s more a question of what you are you going to create, or recreate, with the notes that have already existed for more than 200 years, for some of the pieces, and to bring your love and sincerity
into the music making and to make the music very lively with colours, with emotions, with a different mood, with different characters, with different tastes. I think we always need to keep our passion and the flame for loving music always alive, and if your passion is gone then, well
unfortunately everything is gone so that is the engine of success. I think music is very visual, it needs to be thought of as a multimedia screen when we’re performing, not only just looking at the music, but also thinking about the surrounding, telling the story behind the theme, and how to connect to the main melodies, the main voices of the piece, and also to draw a kind of a picture, the
emotional arc of the piece, so you need to find where is the top, you need to give everything, the climax of the piece, and so in a way you have to be very multifunctional, You need to be balanced, and very academic, everything needs to be properly trained, and at the same time, every one of us should be an artist, and the artistic training is more a question of working with different people, talking to people, and learning different subjects and I think that’s another way
of learning the arts, and then you train your technique professionally. So that’s how the two worlds merge, and that is how music education should be.

12 comments

  1. This guys gets a lot of flack in the piano world but his playing to me is amazing and so full of emotion and he has an amazing warm personality which people can relate to.

    There are loads of amazing pianists and musicians out there now but not many are as open and personable as lang lang… this guys a legend!

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