A beginning adult student said to me: "I think the biggest lesson for me is that this is going to take a long time. I like instant gratification, and the ego likes that too, right? But with continued effort, eventually, there will be music." Yes, it might take a long time. It might take a long … Continue reading Instant gratification
Should you trust yourself while you practice? There might be some benefits. But, you will not even know how unless you pay attention to signs that it is not happening. To get you started, here's a list of ten such indications: Playing a wrong note twice, trying to fix it the second time. Trying to make … Continue reading 10 subtle signs you are NOT trusting yourself while practicing
As a musician, how often do you take a stance of acceptance towards yourself? I see in my students and colleagues (and certainly myself) constant battles, efforts at correcting or running away from our faults. What if those faults don't need to be chased away? Could we even embrace them? What exactly are we not accepting? While … Continue reading Can you embrace your faults?
All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. — J.S. Bach We all know that you're supposed to play classical music right. There are just so many things to get wrong, aren't there? Wrong notes, wrong rhythms, wrong dynamics, wrong phrasing, wrong articulation, wrong … Continue reading What if there were no way to do it wrong?