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Can you embrace your faults?

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 if there were no way to do it wrong?

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 attitude.

Three unconvincing reasons not to use a metronome

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.

How to torture yourself with a metronome

This is my beloved Seiko SQ50-V, the only metronome loud enough to hear and melodious enough to make me feel like I don't need to shoot myself.

Stress is easy

Here's a challenge for you: can you just let go of your difficulties?