6 Paradoxical Things I Would Practice Every Day, If I Were a Beginner at the Piano

If I were a beginner at the piano, I would do things differently. Here are 6 things I would do, every single day. 1. Free improvisation Give it

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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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Sitting With Discomfort

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

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Stop Trying to Play Better

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

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Is My Piano Playing Good or Bad?

“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

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A New Way of Looking at Piano Practice

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

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Tension is a CHOICE

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,

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