If you are dexterous, you are good with your hands. The adjective dexterous often refers to skill and agility with the hands, but it can mean any skillful or clever physical movement. A kid’s dexterous ball handling and footwork can aid him on the soccer field. Also a kid’s ability to move their fingers swiftly can aid them to be better guitar, piano or guitar players. Dexterous can also be used to describe mental skill and agility — like the dexterous handling of an uncomfortable situation at work or playing a difficult piece on a particular musical instrument.
From improving finger strength to constantly challenging yourself, here are a few different ways you can become dexterous on your musical instrument.
Manage Your Practice Time.
Practice Sight Reading.
Do lots of finger exercises
When practicing difficult pieces, start slowly and increase speed gradually
Keep Challenging Yourself.
Make Sure Your Goals are Realistic.
Play all genres of music
After perfecting your skill privately, play also in public.
MOUNTAIN TOP : Teaching a 3 year old child to play excellently well and preparing for the mountain top.
A client of ours was totally astonished when she saw her 3 year old son playing the Nigeria National Anthem perfectly well, just like an adult will play. As she gave her accolades, she said “Only few people in the world can transfer detailed knowledge to a child”.
The mountain top at any given discipline: Engineering, Medicine etc is for a selected few. Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
Any one can get up the mountain with enough information, determination, knowledge, strategy, execution abilities and hard work. Remember hard work has never killed anyone.
One of my Mentors, Coach and Confidant use to say “The higher you go, the thinner the air”.
Well i guess this explains why the slopes of Mount Everest is littered with corpses.
Staying at the mountain top is more difficult than getting to the mountain. As you climb to the top of the mountain get the required knowledge and attributes to keep you there.
Get better and keep getting better.
I love talented people.
No doubt your talent will give you favour and take you to the palace. However, talent is not enough to keep you in the palace.
My talented friends, you can go to school and learn theory, or find mentors and learn what actually works.
The first option works for some but the problem with theory is it rarely works in the modern world.
The second option (learning from mentors) is what I recommend. It’s what I did to get started — and what I continue to do today to stay ahead.
I love talented people.
No doubt as you climb your way up, you will have highs and lows everyday. Don’t let them distract you. When in doubt, step back and look at the big picture. Be grateful because you have come a long way in your life. And, there is much more to go.
My talented friends, never quit because most talented people do when the journey gets rough. You are where you are because of you. If you are not happy about your life, there is only one person who can change it and it’s you. If you want to be successful: Take action today.
Your concerned talented friend,
This has been my response over the years when asked on several occasions how i manage to get an autistic child to play the piano so well?
Autism is an unpopular form of ability – Onome Amugeh.
Every autistic child has a unique attribute; and music lessons can be used to ignite the light bulb in the mind of an autistic child.
I have learned from my experience, that Patience, Repetitive Structure and Sound Sensitivity are some of the key factors that has made it possible to teach an autistic child how to play the piano or any music instrument.
Patience is key when teaching an autistic child. Don’t try to hurry the child or make them go faster than their learning pace. In dealing with these children, you have to be slow to react and employ empathy always.
Repetitive Structured Music Lessons over a period of time helps an Autistic Child learn better. They need teachers who know how to be firm but gentle about this style of teaching because often the child might want to disrupt the program.
For example, teaching a child C Major scale and key D major scale in the same lesson will complicate the learning process for them.
Don’t rephrase your instructions or statements, this will only slow them down as they have start reprocessing.
Sound sensitivity: Most times an autistic child may be sensitive to a particular sound on a keyboard, such as the fire alarm, bell, piccolo or pipe organ. Piano tutors should allow an autistic child learning the keyboard to initiate the sound they love and gradually increase its volume.
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR), Platinum Strings Music Academy is awarding Scholarships to 3 children to attend a Private school in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. These children will also be given scholarship to learn the Piano, Guitar and Violin @platinumstringsmusicacademy.
If you know any underprivileged child within your neighborhood without access to good education, DM details to us on any of our social media platforms. The 3 winners will be selected randomly and announced just as we did for our December piano competition.
SOUNDS CREATE EMOTIONS.
Do you ever wonder why soft calm music makes you feel peace and love, while loud banging music gives some high, or why babies would smile and even sleep to calm sounds, or why sad songs make people cry?
Music and emotions are closely interrelated — listening to a sad or happy song can make you feel more sad or happy. However, such mood changes not only affect how you feel, they also change your perception.
For example, people will recognize happy faces if they are feeling happy themselves.
Same way most Professors or deep thinkers would rather listen to classical music because it sets their mood to process things intellectually and cognitively.
So next time, be careful of the sounds that go into your ears, that of your children and loved ones.
USE THE RIGHT SOUNDS TO CREATE THE EMOTIONS YOU WANT.
Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here’s a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:
Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels? Some music schools offer a “petting zoo” that introduces kids to multiple instruments.
Is the instrument too challenging or is it not challenging enough (for both you and your child)?
Does your child’s temperament match the instrument?
As a parent, do you like the sound enough to listen to your child practice it for hours at home?
Is your child specifically interested in a particular music style? If so, factor that into your instrument choice, as some specifically cater to certain styles. For instance, a violin player will have a hard time fitting in a jazz ensemble.
Experts don’t always agree on which instruments are best for kids to learn, but many music teachers do agree that it’s hard to go wrong with the “PIANO”.
Welcome to Platinum Stings Music Academy. Onome Amugeh is the CEO and Head tutor of Platinum Strings Music Academy. He’ll be posting blogs here about music and how it can affect our health, well being, intelligence and more. Please do well to check on us and hit on the share button. have a great week.