The 10-24-7 Rule - Learning
Piano Music The Easy Way!
As a professional concert pianist I often have people ask me, "I'm
in my 50's is it too late to learn piano?" Well, there is no
simple answer to this question since everyone's capacity to learn
and everyone's passion to learn is different.
But, based on my experience it is never too late. However, it is
absolutely imperative that you Start Learning Now! Why? Because,
a very wise man once told me, if you're not learning you're dying.
You see, life is all about learning. It's what gives us reason to
live. Can you think of anything better about life than the new experiences,
relationships and wisdom that comes from learning? So, if you have
any passion at all for learning to play piano music then I highly
reccommend that you start right away.
The most important question you should be asking youself is; "How
can I learn faster and retain more information?"
Do you know what most people don't understand about the learning
process? It's not how much information can you cram into your head
at one time but, how much information you can actually retain that
causes you to learn faster and more efficiently. What happens is;
people inevitably try to tackle all at once the incredible amount
of work that it takes to play the piano. Not only is that impossible
to do, but it's not much fun either. And, that's why most people
give up after only trying for a short period of time.
Let's talk about the way most people were taught to learn. Think
back for a moment to when you were in school. Do you remember cramming
for an exam? Most people certainly remember the anxiety associated
with it. You cram as much information as you can into your head
in a very short period of time, hoping to get a good grade on your
exam. So, what would happen 2 weeks after taking the exam if you
had to take it again? How much would you remember? Not much at all
I'm sure! That's why learning this way is so painful because you're
never able to show consistent long term retention.
Now, imagine for a moment that you applied this technique of learning
to the piano. You cram for 2 weeks as much information as you can
get into your brain about a piece of piano music. Then, you stop
practicing for 2 weeks. Then, you go back and try to play what you
learned. How much do you think you could get right? Based on my
experience, "Almost Nothing!"
In my line of work I am responsible for not only remembering a
minimum of 1.5 hours of piano music for every concert I perform
but, I have to perform it flawlessly. Is this possible? Yes it is!
But, not by learning the way most people learn. You see, there is
a formula that works best for learning to play piano music and it's
the same formula that works for learning anything worthwhile. And,
here it is....
What does this mean? Well, 10 stands for the amount of energy you
put into learning what it is you're learning. How many things can
you learn at once? One! So get rid of that big pile of music sitting
on the piano because that just represents stress! You can't possibly
learn all that anyway. So, just learn one thing at a time and do
it at a level 10 which is; giving 100% of your energy until you
can play it without thinking.
Then, do the same thing again in 24 hours. At a level 10 (100%
of your energy), learn the same single thing you just learned the
day before. Then, in 7 days do it again and I promise you that your
retention rate for that one thing you learned will go up by 85%.
Is this possible? Yes! That's how I'm able to perform as many concerts
as I do and never take a sheet of music with me on stage. I learn
one thing at a time. But, once I learn it, I don't forget it...ever!
There's a term we use for this type of learning and it's called
"accelerated learning techniques" or "advanced learning
techniques." It's what I teach in my seminars because it's
what works best for me and for the hundreds of people I've taught
it to. So, if you want to learn piano music, even if it's for the
first time, follow my example. Use the 10-24-7 approach, you won't
If piano music is your passion, check out Paul Tobey's website
There you will find free downloadable piano
music for you enjoyment.