Saturday, May 13, 2006

My Piano Playing Secrets

Even my cat doesn't know these secrets. That's why he's crying at the top of his little lungs. But seriously...

I've been playing the piano for over 14 years now and I've learned a few things. Just a few things that help me stay focused on what is important to me when sitting down to play. Following in no particular order are three "secrets" I've discovered:

Secret #1: Only Play What you Love

For those of you who don't know, I play and teach New Age piano. I don't play classical or jazz. Not because I don't like these styles, but because when I sit down at the piano, the New Age style is what is inside of me. Of course, I could play classical and jazz, but I just don't want to and neither should you if that's not the style you're interested in. If you play what you love, technique and growth will naturally follow and you will tend to spend more time at the piano than away from it.

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  1. I'm enjoying your posts and have inspired my musical (piano) efforts. For example, I find reading music "easy" and will read through a folio like one reads a novel. However, I am intrigued by your encouraging words on improvisation. And, your thoughts about playing what you like...I mostly like ragtime, blues, boogie woogie and all that cool old-time stuff.

  2. Hi Vaughn and thanks for the compliment. I've been at your blog and have been enjoying your haiku as well. Very nice work!

  3. Well, I don't know much about the piano other then the fact that it is beautiful to hear, but I just had to say that the kitty picture is to to cute!