Pardon me while I digress a bit in this week’s blog…
It is a beautiful thing to experience the manifestation of the “circle of life” in music. By this, I mean when the student becomes the teacher and the teacher becomes the student.
The past few weeks have been quite hectic with everything starting back up as they do each Fall: scheduling students, performances, getting in enough practicing, writing, and the daily tasks of feeding & caring for 3 purr balls and myself.
The more my schedule starting filling up, the more my mind started racing about getting everything done, and done well. Before long, my thoughts were racing faster than my body and just couldn’t keep up!
In the midst of all of the cerebral chaos I started hearing…”slow down”. I thought, “Well, I just wrote about that, so I need to think about something different.” But then, I would hear again, “slow down.” I started arguing with that ‘voice’…”Hush, I don’t have time to slow down!”
Ever persistent, the words continued to repeat in my head; “slow down.” My frustration thankfully turned into amusement, and I finally listened – mostly to discover why I kept hearing these particular words…where did they come from?
They came from YOU!
It is because of the questions you ask in our student group or in our live lessons that I know what to write about and try to encourage you in each week.
So many of your questions about how to play better with both hands, how to increase finger dexterity, learn scales and chords and even more advanced pieces all answered with a starting point of playing and learning slowly.
Translated, this also means “living slowly” when things are just zooming around us. Slowing down my thoughts, grounding myself and taking one thing at a time made all the difference in the world.
Because of your desire to learn and my desire to help you learn, what I gave you as advice and instruction was returned to me and it achieved successful results, just like it does in our piano playing! It really is a circle and we as students don’t think often enough about how we also teach others just from our own journey of learning how to play.
So keep those questions coming. Everything that you ask and want to learn will also teach me and help me not only in my own music and teaching, but in my living as well. You are not just students…you are also teachers. Thank you. :)
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