There's a certain kind of feeling that just comes with every Spring. It feels like a fog has lifted, there's a little more hope with each new morning, and I keep looking up at all of the new green in the tree tops. Gone is that dark quiet of Winter and the days begin with birds singing before sunlight.
That feeling seems to permeate into other areas of my life, as it does for us all. Cleaning the house isn't so arduous, garden plans are blooming, and the longer days give more time to devote to practicing and playing our pianos.
Have you noticed a new pep in your step since Spring arrived? Are you enjoying the longer days? That extra energy boost gives us a renewed enthusiasm for everything, including our music.
Just like Nature, our piano playing goes through its own seasons as well. If our bodies are effected by Seasonal changes, so is everything else including playing the piano.
Winter may have been a slow time for you in terms of your growth on the piano. Shorter days take away the extra time we have now to apply to our playing, and when it's cold, dark and gloomy, we really don't "feel" like doing as much as we do now.
Well now that Spring has Sprung, let's see how we can take advantage of that wonderful new energy to play our pianos better and really get a boost in our learning!
Extra Time - we now have up to 2 hours (in some places) more time thanks to the time change for most of the USA. This is huge in terms of just feeling more relaxed and less pressure to get everything done by a certain time. With that much added time, practicing and/or playing the piano for 30 minutes each day seems like nothing now!
Extra Energy - our bodies physiologically respond to the longer days and warmer temperatures with increased metabolism, blood flow, heart rate, and alertness. This sends more energy to our minds and thought processing. We want to do more because our bodies are more awake than they are during the cold and darker months. Many of us experience a greater desire to play our pianos when Spring comes due to this extra energy.
Extra Enthusiasm - we know that many suffer from physical disorders that come from too little sunlight. The majority of people actually say that they experience some level of depression during the Winter months which causes people to want to do less and even negatively effects confidence levels for trying new things. This is the time that we end up resolving many of our technical challenges simply because of the change in attitude as we approach new things.
The physical responses to Spring give us a renewed attitude and positiveness about life that can transfer over to our piano playing. This is one of the best times of the year to really set some new solid goals, determine to try new things in our playing, and learn some new pieces that challenge us to grow technically and musically.
Start noticing the changes in your life since Spring has arrived. Then see how those changes can be used to advance more in your piano playing. It really seems like Spring is the time that we should be setting our New Year resolutions, because the season and the weather seem to partner with us to grow and be successful. Celebrate Spring this year on your piano!
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