While learning 2 octave scales, remember that all of the group I scales (C, D, E, G, A) use the 4th finger only once per octave. In the right hand this is the 7th scale degree and in the left hand this is the 2nd scale degree. The main thing is to just to practice scales consistently and, if you’re taking an exam, don’t leave studying them until the very last minute. Muscle memory will prove extremely helpful when you’re under pressure in front of an examiner.
A pianist I met in college, Kristen, shared a practice planner that she’s created. She has kindly allowed me to share it online and you are free to download it for personal use. The section to write new songs and also a section to include review songs are important. Often a piano piece takes more than one week to learn yet it is good to continue learning new repertoire at the same time. Studying piano involves exploring (new pieces) and refining (review pieces).
Classical Piano Music Ideas for Wedding Receptions
Two adjectives com to mind when I think of wedding reception music: simple & joyful. Simple because the music is in the background as an addition to all the other beautiful things surrounding it. Joyful because of the occasion of two lives who have just joined together.
The list below is not exhaustive but includes some classical pieces that suit the mood of a wedding reception. All of these are piano solo music.
6 Sonatinas (Op. 36)
Georg Friedrich Handel:
Courante (from Suite in Bb Major, HWV 440)
Sonatensatz (Hob. XVI:10), Sonata in D Major, “Tempo di Menuetto” (Hob. XVI:33)
To a Wild Rose
Songs Without Words, “Confidence” (Op. 19, No. 4)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Minuet in G Major (KV 1/1e)
Minuet in Bb Major (K440),
Original Dance, Waltz (Op. 9, No. 11), Waltz (Op. 9, No. 3), Moment Musical (op. 94, D 780)
Whether or not a person chooses the musical pieces listed above, I would recommend finding accessible music. For example, music which is a level or two under what the pianist would learn for a recital. Buying an anthology of piano music that is at a specific level can be helpful because it will contain many suitable songs which have the right mood and which are at the same difficulty. Another source of sheet music is imslp.org which contains public domain classical pieces for piano solo or piano with accompaniment. Keeping in mind that every couple is different will be of help in choosing music as some couples may prefer very calm, romantic music while others may enjoy music which is a bit more lively.
Enjoy playing through music and finding pieces which will suit the mood of the occasion–simple and joyful!