A turning point in my understanding of the role mindful awareness plays in music practice occured while I was practicing singing one day. I’d like to attempt to share that experience, and the resulting thoughts that I observed in my mind.
“Which finger do I use? Does my wrist go up or down? What do I do with my elbow?”
This is the second article in a series discussing the benefits of mindfulness in piano lessons. See part 1.
My approach to piano playing is based on mindfulness. This is something I am often reluctant to mention, for two reasons:
Learning an instrument is a lot of trouble, so you may as well have some good reasons. You know, positive reasons, intrinsic reasons, meaning that you are not doing them to please anyone else. Now, what happens when you pick reasons and they turn out to be less than ideal? Hmmm….
Do you want to play perfectly? Would there be an advantage to being perfect? (practice makes perfect)
Here’s an idea worth considering: while you are practicing, there are certain things you can do…and certain things maybe you can’t do.
When you first start learning a musical instrument, you are full of excitement and optimism. Your life will be so wonderful when you can finally play, you just know it.
This is a question I hear quite often from parents.