Tag Archive | piano practice

Now What?

I think sometimes the Lord gives us inspiration and guidance, and then we are to act on it.  I teach piano and years ago I had an idea for a technique book.  It has taken me several years to get around to putting it together enough to be able to use it.  I have been using it, and refining it most of this year.  I am surprised at how well it is working out.  It not only addresses the problems it was designed to help, but others as well.  At the risk of sounding prideful it is the best technique book I have ever seen, period.  I have only had positive reviews of it, and a lot of success.

Yesterday I had a younger student beg me to let him start working in the book.  He is only six, so I wanted him to have a little bit more background before starting on technique.  Nope, his older siblings get to start on it and he wants to as well.  There is nothing technically that he can’t do, so I told mom to go ahead and print him his own copy.  It was a definite stroke to my ego to see someone begging for something I had created.

I am sure the source of the inspiration that got it going.  I also put a lot of hard work into getting it working the way it is today.  It is still not quite ready for the publisher, but I do feel a responsibility to do something with it.  I guess we will have to see what is supposed to happen next.


Time and Perspective

Every March I hold a contest for my piano students.  It is the time of year they start getting too busy or lazy to stay on top of their practice, so I just need to give them a little push.  My children are no exception to the lazy bug, and it helps them as much as anyone.

Yesterday I was explaining to my son how the practice contest was going to work, the prizes, and what he was supposed to work on.  It was too much, he didn’t want to practice, he couldn’t do it, he wanted to give up before he even started.  That evening I set out the song he was working on and his practice chart and just left it on the piano.  Looking for a way to get out of going to bed, he gravitated over to his music.  Suddenly he remembered how much he actually liked the song he was learning, and sat down to practice, doing everything he had been asked to, and more.  This morning, first thing, he has already gotten to work and finished learning the song that he had been putting off for months!

We all know that time changes things, incentives change, and so does perspective.  If I had forgotten that concept, and gotten caught up in the negative emotions of the moment, I would have decided that working with this child was not possible and that it would take a miracle to get him to even try.  Patience, time, and change can allow things to happen that we would have previously considered impossible.  I believe this is one way miracles happen.  It is not because the impossible has occurred, but because time and patience have occurred.