Ben Edwards, Rocket Piano Blog
Experienced pianists and other veteran musicians understand that it can be very easy for your playing to peak and plateau. Often it is more of an emotional burnout than an actual physical halt in progress, but everybody who plays experiences this at some point or another.
For many novice pianists the plateau usually occurs shortly after they have managed to put their initial chords together and established their first rhythm patterns. Ironically, many people become discouraged during this period because it feels like they are just playing the same thing over and over and not getting any better, when in actual fact it is in those moments that the real progress takes place.
This can be a turning point where you have to keep practicing and playing the same chords or patterns over and over again without getting discouraged and frustrated, or worse, bored with playing the piano.
How can the aspiring pianist stay the course and avoid piano practice burnout?
1. Always remember why you started to learn to play the piano.
2. Search for your best source of inspiration. Keep track of your favorite pianists and composers and make time to listen to all kinds of music to get inspired.
3. Build your own practice piano routine, a routine that best suits your needs and what you are wanting to achieve.