As we gather together with family and friends over the next few days in an attitude of festiveness and gratitude, I’d like to challenge you to approach your piano playing with that same kind of appreciation and joy!
There are several documented benefits of developing and maintaining gratefulness in our lives.
~ We’re happier! Spending just 5 minutes each day focusing on what we’re grateful for can increase our overall well-being by over 10%, which reportedly has the same effect as doubling your income!
~ We are healthier and get sick less, because optimism strengthens our immune systems.
~ Our relationships are deepened when we bring gratitude into the equation as we focus on the good things about each person and how they have impacted our lives in a positive way.
So how can gratitude help my piano playing and performing?
~ We have less stress about perfection! We often feel some anxiety when learning a new piece, or working out a hard passage, or especially when preparing for an audition or recital. We can combat these feelings a great deal by focusing first on how grateful we are to be able to play the piano, and on the small steps of growth we make each day, rather than feeling overwhelmed at what we still have to learn, or how a performance may go.
~ We learn more! Approaching our practice sessions in a positive mindset allows us to process more information at a faster rate, than if we are filled with anxiety and tension about our music or an upcoming performance.
~ We connect with others through our playing more! When we are willing to share our talent and play for others, we create a space where joy can thrive and connect all those present. It is remarkable how much music can pull people together who are complete strangers into a common experience of connection and fun, which will be remembered by all.
I am truly grateful for all of my students and followers at LessonsOnTheWeb and I hope you know how much joy you have added to my life. I hope that you will think about expressing your own gratitude in your piano playing this Thanksgiving and always, as music really is the language of the heart, and keeps us open to all that is good in this world.
As a gift for you all, I’m sharing a video of the incredible George Winston playing his own “Thanksgiving” song that is from his CD “December”.
Also, I’m posting the link to the free sheet music for this specific piece that you can download and learn yourself! Visit our friends at Sheet Download to get your copy.
All of their music is free to download!
♪ I’d love to see a video of you playing this piece when you have it learned!
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