You might think that the first thing we’re going to talk about today is how to always avoid making mistakes and to be as perfect as you can; but I’m not; at least not at first.
First, we need to establish a realistic viewpoint of mistakes and how they have their own wonderful lessons to teach us!
Think of this as a “myth-busters” list about mistakes.
As you read the 3 examples of how our views about mistakes could be defeating us instead of teaching us – try to identifying any of them that you have in your own inner dialogue before you start playing.
Allow yourself to make mistakes and in fact expect to. You can’t help it when you’re first starting out. That’s why you are learning. If you expect to make mistakes while you are learning, you won’t end up judging yourself so harshly when you do make them. Mistakes don’t mean that you’re a horrible player. If you are a beginner…you have to allow yourself a long time to learn everything necessary to be able to play well. This isn’t something that you will learn in just a week, or a month, or even a year. It’s a journey not a marathon. You will repeat some mistakes even after you’ve practiced on them. Sometimes there are just certain challenges that take longer than others to master. Be patient and always keep at it instead of giving up or feeling like your practicing isn’t accomplishing your goals.
Mistakes show us that we are learning and growing. They show us specifically what we need to work on and challenge us to sometimes find new ways of doing something that works when the first way didn’t work. We have to learn to be more objective and not view mistakes as personal commentaries on our self-worth and /or ability to become the type of pianist we want to be. If we learn to embrace mistakes instead of cringing from them – we’ll move forward towards our goal faster and easier.
Check in on your thoughts and adjust what you need to before you start practicing. Once you do that, you will be prepared to tackle any mistakes that you encounter.
Many beginning pianists actually encounter the exact same types of mistakes. Consider them a “part of the package” so to say.
Remember when I said to expect mistakes? What I give you in this video lesson is the best way to deal with these common mistakes and how you can even avoid them altogether! The most common mistakes that beginners make are:
This video goes over all of these points at our piano keyboards so you can see real life examples of each one and hear further discussion on how we can overcome these common mistakes in our own piano playing.
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