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?
I am tempted to say that if you don't use a metronome regularly in your practicing You're Doing it Wrong, but I'm sure that would be unfair. Nonetheless, not everyone agrees with me. So here are the top three arguments against using a metronome, and my responses. Argument 1: It is only for beginners who can't … Continue reading Three unconvincing reasons not to use a metronome
Here's a challenge for you: can you just let go of your difficulties? Maybe you say it's not hard enough. You say it's too easy to let go; what you really need is to hold on, to challenge yourself, to get it right, to learn. You're playing the piano, and you feel stress creeping up. … Continue reading Stress is easy
It is not an uncommon occurance for a student to wish to cancel their lesson because they didn't practice that week. Apparently, this seems to be a reasonable attitude. After all, if the student hasn't practiced, what is there to do in the lesson, beyond just repeat whatever was done last week? The teacher will … Continue reading Why you should have a lesson even if you didn’t practice