August 28, 2019

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.

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August 26, 2019

“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

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May 3, 2019

“I’m just playing for fun…” What’s this “fun” thing all about? Can’t serious things be fun? It’s as if there’s some kind of inherent contradiction. Either it’s work, or it’s fun. I guess fun means anything that isn’t work… Is this a defense mechanism? Maybe you don’t want to really commit, because then it won’t be fun? After all,

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April 9, 2019

If you don’t have professional aspirations (or whatever the “right” aspirations are), you might wonder: Is this worth my time? You may have lots of feelings. Guilt for being self-indulgent, frustration from making little progress, etc. Those concerns are not stupid, and you should not ignore them. Rather, you should acknowledge them. They are telling

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April 4, 2019

“I don’t want to make a mistake because then I’ll learn it wrong and I’ll never be able to fix it.” This is just an excuse. Let yourself learn it wrong. If you’re not open to learning it wrong, you’re probably not open to learning it right, either. There’s no such thing as a bad

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April 3, 2019

You hope you don’t make any mistakes. Why? What’s so bad about making a mistake? What will happen if you totally mess it all up?You will feel like a failure, right? But, what’s so bad about feeling like a failure? Where did you learn that being a failure was a bad thing? What would performing

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April 2, 2019

Does performing create unbearable pressure for you? Or, does it create almost unbearable pressure? The kind where you’re forcing yourself to bear it? Maybe you think it has to be this way. It’s just how the classical music world is built. We all want to do a good job. Maybe you think it will never

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August 18, 2015

As artists, should we always have opinions? Why do some people have opinions and some don’t? Should everyone have an opinion, or should we leave opinions to those who have enough knowledge and evidence to back up those opinions? Are those opinions ever right or wrong? When I was a little kid, I was taught

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