I had a marvelous insight in one of my piano practices this week. Guess what? I’ve been living out Scroll 3 for my entire piano career (11 years). How great is that?!
I persist until I succeed, with every single piece, no matter how long it takes. I know, at my level, that you can’t expect to play a song perfectly in a month. It takes time, constant practice, patient practice. It takes hard work, but it’s SO worth it. And really, it wouldn’t give me such a great feeling if I didn’t have months of hard work put into it…how much more for my very life?
I have an excellent unconscious attitude whenever I sit down to practice. Here are a few things that I found…
I always play my very best…unless of course I’m just doing something for fun. Otherwise, I can’t even think of not doing my best…it makes no sense. So, now I just need to apply that to the other 22 1/2 hours of my day.
I know beforehand that the song is going to take a lot of work. I know that it will be worth a lot of work. Quite often, I listen to a recording (ding ding ding) of the piece, so I know what it will eventually sound like. I take it in bite-sized pieces and don’t expect to achieve everything at once.
I persist until I succeed. When I feel like going to my room and crying because I’m so frustrated because my fingers are not doing what I want them to and I just can’t get it!…I calm myself (ok, I may bang on the piano a little in the process), then I slow way down and work out the problem until I get it right…even if in doing so I drive both myself and my family crazy.
I also hardly ever dwell on my frustrations or bad points, because I know it does no good. And if I’m nervous and I begin to think about disasters that could happen while I’m performing, I immediately imagine a good performance, or if I can’t, I think about something else positive. (Law of Substitution, anyone? I’ve known it for years in piano…)
You might say I have a mastermind every week – with my piano teacher 🙂
I also know that persistent, focused, and continuous practice is necessary if I’m to accomplish anything.
(I suppose all these things apply to school too, but…I love piano, and that’s where I thought of it.)
When I realised all these things and how they’ve made me wonderfully successful in piano…it was a huge “aha” moment. Huge. I’m so happy this week! I’m trusting more in the exercises we’re doing, and even stepping up my game a little. Yay!