The mind has a funny way of pulling our attention away from what’s most important. If our piano playing is going great, it might say “practicing is so much fun” or “I’m so glad I can play this well.” When that happens, it’s normal to want to continue doing what we’re doing. On the other […]
It is not your responsibility to play better. If you knew how to do that, you would be doing it already. Are you not already doing the best you can do? Why do you expect more? So, what’s the alternative to this mindset? The way you play is a direct result of how you practice. […]
“Is my piano playing good or bad?” If you’re asking this question, you should already know the answer to it. You are the one playing, not me. Do you like the results you’re getting? If so, what more do you want? If not, great. Now you have an opportunity to improve something. Stop asking other […]
A pianist posted a video in an online forum, along with the question “Am I doing this right?” I spent a few minutes trying to decipher the motivations behind this post. I began suspecting that this pianist did not look at the world the same way I did. But, I can’t blame them. After all, […]
I hear this kind of question a lot: “As a musician, while practicing, how do I both enjoy the process and also ensure that I’m making progress?” In this video, I give 4 reasons why you’re not getting as much satisfaction as you should be from practicing.
It’s not some random force that happens to you. The reason you get tense is because you are trying really hard to get it right. It’s not because of your posture, or because of your technique is wrong, or because you’re stressed out. It would be great if there were such a simple fix. It’s because you’re trying […]