Every now and then I am told that I have a special talent for the piano. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this statement since I began playing in high school, I could own this very #Steinway
grand that I'm currently practicing on. What so many people that tell me this never see is the countless hours of careful work that I have put in to get to where I am over the years. All they know is the finished product.
They don't know all of the super late nights (like tonight) that I devote to honing my craft, and turning down plans from others to practice. They don't know all of the hours of careful & meticulous note reading, finger memorization, counting, slow #metronome
practice, technical work, separate hand work, and focus to minor details I do. It's a lot of discipline.
Aside from having large hands and a keen ear, I truly don't think I'm all that different from anyone else. There are many, many successful pianists that don't have either of these attributes. Personally, I believe anyone can learn what I'm doing. It's just a matter of how dedicated and disciplined you're willing to be to this kind of work. Everyone wants to play fast but almost nobody wants to practice slow for weeks to get to that point. Nobody wants to practice fundamentals. They just want instant results and to cut corners.
Once you get through all of the tedious nonsense, playing can be SO much fun and that's why I love it. I'm so glad I've chosen this path and I with every day that I see improvements to this Sonata that I've been working on for the past two months, my desire to return to school as a pianist grows even more. I'm starting to really like this return to active everyday practicing.
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