“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.” – Oscar Peterson
Of all the musical instruments ever invented, piano remains to be one of the most complex and fascinating instruments ever. It takes an immense skill and practice for someone to be a good pianist. There are many qualities that you need to practice over time in order to be a well-balanced pianist. These habits are what would take you from being a normal piano player to a master at your craft.
Being a good pianist is a lifelong commitment. You need to keep putting the same or even more effort to practice the more experienced you get. Many highly successful pianists commit to weekly practice with a private mentor in order to keep their skills polished up.
2. Great Work Ethic
Playing the piano is a difficult work that truly needs a great work ethic. This is essential if you are a professional pianist. It is true that playing the piano is a method of entertainment, but if you do not treat it with the level of professionalism it deserves, the chances are that you will not last long as a pianist.
Playing the piano requires patience and a calm state of mind. If you tend to lose your temple often, you will not be able to keep yourself calm and collected when needed before a performance.
4. Thirst to learn
An expert in any field is where they are because of their thirst to learn. Even if you have reached the level of success that you aimed for, it is always beneficial to keep a curious mind that is always eager to learn new things.
5. Consistent Practice
Practicing is the only way to keep your skills sharpened. If you slack on practicing as you get more experienced, you are doing a great disadvantage for yourself. All good pianists practice, practice and practice a little more!
Being a professional pianist is likely to demand time on a daily basis. This is why your dedication to the craft is required in order to be successful. You need to be able to give it the time and the effort it requires and deserves.
Last but not least, you would get nowhere without a true passion for playing the piano. It is a greatly demanding musical instrument which has the ability to burn you out if you are not in it for the genuine passion and love for the piano.
Keep these habits in mind. Better yet acquire them in your piano journey. If you are a parent, your role is very important in shaping these habits for your child from the beginning.