May 16, 2020

Stop dwelling in the past. You live now, not then. The person you were no longer exists. No need to hang on. The decisions you made in the past are already made. You can’t change them. I have no regrets anymore. I used to have them. I’m sure a lot of you have regrets. But,

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April 24, 2020

Are you skeptical about meditation and mindfulness? It doesn’t seem very scientific to you? You don’t get what the big deal is? Fine. It doesn’t have to make sense to you. It will work whether you believe in it or not. I certainly don’t want you thinking that I’m trying to convince you of anything.

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April 23, 2020

Self-discipline is overrated. You don’t need that. Come on. Just accept where you are. You don’t want to do the thing. Why are you forcing yourself to do it if you don’t want to do it? Is that fun? It’s certainly not fun for me to listen to that. To listen to you complain about

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April 22, 2020

Don’t make me come after you. You can’t just sit and read about things. You have to actually do them. That’s the only way you will learn. By doing. Stop trying to take so much responsibility for the process. You were taught to do that in school, but it’s wrong. You will learn whether you

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April 21, 2020

Here are the rules for being in my circle: Don’t act like a victim. Don’t treat me like a persecutor. Don’t try to teach me. If we’re friends, you can do anything you want. But, professionally, here, I’m the teacher. I know that’s condescending. However, this is my boundary. If you break any of the

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April 18, 2020

I want to know what keeps you up at night. I want to know what struggles you have as a musician. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you do. What instrument you play. It’s all the same, anyway. You’re a human being, and you struggle with something. You aren’t totally happy. Right? If you

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April 12, 2020

You might have noticed that I didn’t send out any emails last week. This is because I’m having some doubts as to whether I am truly capable of helping pianists with piano problems. I might want to focus more on talking about meditation. Not sure yet, still trying to figure it out. In the meantime,

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April 4, 2020

Your playing is horrible. (Calm down: this is a mass email going out to my whole list. I’m not referring to something specific that YOU sent me.) Anyway, if you’ve sent me a video of your playing, and you want to know my opinion, there it is. It sounds horrible, and it feels horrible to

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April 3, 2020

To all my adoring fans, I find it deeply offensive when you tell me how great I am. Please, take that time and energy and put it into making something. For yourself, or for others. Once this moment is gone, it won’t be coming back. Stop waiting for the world to return to normal. It

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April 2, 2020

If you want to learn how to play the piano, you should stay focused on practical issues. I tend to attract people who identify as having trauma in their past. They often get pissed off when they realize that I’m a jerk, not the kind and loving caretaker that they thought I was. I also

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