Weekly Update – July 2, 2021

I’m giving you an update for the past two weeks, because this is my first weekly update, and I want to get you more up to speed. Hope

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Authenticity vs. External Results

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been working non-stop on sharing my ideas about piano playing, meditation, and being creative. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve made

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Here’s the thing with writer’s block

Writer’s block is a huge con. You think the idea is: “I’m trying to write something, but I don’t know what to write. There’s a block.” Yeah, that’s

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When deep practice makes you feel like a failure

I gotta get something off my chest. It’s about deep practice. Deep practice is the kind that involves real introspection. Paying close attention to your physical movements. Noticing your thoughts.

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Why your body hurts when you play the piano

Your body doesn’t hurt because you were taught wrong. It hurts because you’re doing it wrong. You are the only one who can fix it. There’s no teacher

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Loving and Accepting Yourself – Practical Tips

“I suck at piano and I know I should give myself more love and acceptance. But, I don’t know how.” Usually, these problems can be sorted out by

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Why it’s easier to push yourself when the stakes are high

At my last workshop, this question was asked by Rachel, an opera singer: “In performance, the stakes are higher. In practice, it’s hard for me to prioritize. There’s

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When your playing sounds “mechanical”

First, let’s get one thing out of the way: just because a teacher told you that your playing sounds mechanical doesn’t mean it does. (the teacher might not

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Why Music Practice is No Fun

I was looking through some old notebooks the other night, and I wanted to share this: I’ve noticed that when most people practice music, they don’t have fun.

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The difficulty of being “musical”

I’m gonna lay this out there first: Being musical is not hard. So…why do you think it’s hard? You think it’s hard because you were told it’s hard.

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