October 25, 2019

In this article, I’m going to lay out 13 benefits of playing piano, along with a challenging reply to each. These are common reasons, and some of them may appeal to you. However, learning a musical instrument is hard, and if you find yourself practicing for the wrong reasons, you’re going to find it difficult

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September 13, 2019

As an adult learning a new skill (e.g., piano playing), you might move your body in ways that are hesitant and uncertain. You may say “Well, this is to be expected. After all, I’m just learning. Eventually, when I know what I’m doing, I will become confident and the way I move will become secure.”

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September 10, 2019

Why should I practice the piano… …if I’m never going to be great? …if I’m never going to make money from playing? …if I have more important things to do? …if I don’t love performing? …if there are dozens of people on YouTube who play better than I do? …if I’m too old? Do you

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April 19, 2019

Learning a skill does not have to be so complicated. It’s true that some might be harder to learn than others. If you want to learn to fly a plane, or do brain surgery, or install power lines, yeah, you might need careful supervision. But learning to play a musical instrument? It’s not that hard.

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April 13, 2019

Many singers and voice teachers struggle to play the piano. This is a shame, because piano skills will make you a better singer, and a better teacher. How can you learn your own music quickly without playing the piano? How can you teach choir or accompany voice students without playing the piano?In this article, I

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June 29, 2018

Maybe you feel like playing is too difficult. What your teacher is asking you to do just doesn’t make sense. You might say “this is too hard!” or “I can’t get it” or “I’m just bad at this”. You may get angry with your teacher, and wonder “why are you making me do this!?”. You

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March 27, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about making mistakes while playing the piano? Memory slips, wrong notes, and many other hazards constantly plague pianists, but there are solutions to these problems if you are willing to adopt a flexible mindset. In this article, I will list several reasons why you are having

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February 27, 2018

When you practice the piano, do you just sit down and play, hoping that you won’t make any mistakes? This is common but counterproductive.I am quite familiar with the experience of being a student in a lesson and feeling like I have no clue how to fix everything, how to please the teacher, or what

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December 26, 2017

When you first start learning a musical instrument, you are full of excitement and optimism. Your life will be so wonderful when you can finally play, you just know it. At some point, however, this optimism will disappear. I can guarantee it. You will tell yourself “I know I should be practicing, but there are

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June 2, 2017

When you start learning a skill like piano, it’s normal to wonder, “how long is this going to take me?” You’re impatient because it seems like it will take forever to learn piano. I want you to feel optimistic.  In this article, I am going to put forth a few ideas that will help you answer

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