The Home Stretch

This is it—the run-up to Christmas. Last choir practice tonight (phew) and then the grand presentation on Christmas morning itself. I’m also preparing items to play on my Korg PA-50 keyboard for the Prelude, Offertory and the Postlude. I’ll be playing at the hotel for four nights from Christmas Eve until December 27. Then a little respite until New Year’s Eve, where just about everybody seems to go insane at the stroke of midnight. Me? I’m usually in bed, watching a DVD. All this celebrating stuff isn’t my cup of tea (or coffee).

As I look back at 2008, it hasn’t been one of my better years, but I am reminded of what the famed Albert Einstein said:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Have a happy and safe Christmas, everybody. See you on the other side.

“I’d like to learn the piano, but…”

“I don’t have time.” This is another popular reason a lot of people give for not being able to learn the piano. Let’s figure this one out together.

I’m going to list some assumptions first, in no particular order:

· You have an instrument to play on. You don’t? See my previous post.

· You are basically quite determined to learn the piano on your own.

· You’ve bought my ebook, Learn to play the Piano in 12 Lessons Smile

· You intend to learn the piano for pleasure, i.e. you’re not thinking of becoming a concert pianist. Maybe that will come much later.

· You can spare ___ minutes a day to learn the piano. Fill in the blank yourself; it doesn’t matter whether it’s 5 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. What matters is that you devote some time each day to accomplish this.

Here’s an analogy—learning the piano is like brushing your teeth (you do brush your teeth daily, right?) I brush my teeth twice daily, without fail. Because I do so, I’m usually not uptight or worried when my dental checkup comes up, because I know I’ve been doing my part. And that’s precisely the same with learning to play the piano—as long as you devote some time daily for practice (and practice is not a dirty word) you will improve, no question about that.

Some of my students like to forgo practicing for a few days, and then do a copious amount on the day just before their piano lesson. Let me ask you—would you forgo brushing your teeth until right before your dental checkup, and then brush your teeth for an hour? Of course not! That wouldn’t help you one bit. The same applies when learning to play the piano—do a little bit every day, and stick to that regiment. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day, or the same amount of time—just do a little bit every day.

That’s all there is to it. No magical secrets. If you’re still harping about having no time, Albert Einstein said,

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

Enjoy learning the piano, and you’ll be surprised that you’re spending more time on it than you would have thought.