You don’t need a piano teacher. I have learned classical guitar, calligraphy, and drawing on my own, without a teacher. There’s no reason piano should be any different. Yeah, I’ve taken piano lessons, so I can never claim to be completely self-taught on piano, but still, I’ve learned a lot of piano on my own

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You don’t have to fit a mold. Most people don’t, you know. And yet, we generally assume that others will conform to our expectations. I used to lie about how much experience I had with the piano. When I was in 9th grade, my English class was studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I gave a presentation

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I spent the weekend moving. It was far more difficult than I anticipated. I have way too much stuff, and I completely underestimated how much I have. I don’t like to get rid of material possessions. Especially the ones that have sentimental value. Ones that remind me of other times. But, I noticed a few

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If wrong notes hurt your ears, good. A student of mine was whining about that once. He was 11 years old, and he had pretty good ears. I was pushing him a little bit out of his comfort zone, and he started complaining that his ears were hurting when he played wrong notes. I didn’t

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Hesitating during sight-reading is a bad idea, and I learned this the hard way. I had been hired to play for voice lessons at a rather prestigious music school. I didn’t know as much vocal repertoire as I would have liked, so a lot of what I was doing was sight-reading. And I thought I

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