Practicing hours a day can be tedious. And disengaged practice isn't helpful. Thus, serious musicians all have little tricks to help them stay engaged for so much time. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take breaks when your concentration fades. Breaks can be as simple as standing up and taking a sip … Continue reading Deliberate Practice
A girl with her instrument spread before her: those eighty-eight keys of dark and light that blend to compose melodies in hues of every color seen and unseen. Each day, they meet in their ritual to slow the busy day at its close and get a jump on the next one. Sometimes she wonders why … Continue reading It’s All About Timing
Negativity is something we're all warned against. We're told to be optimists, to see opportunities where others don't, but we're not always taught how. Turns out, it has a lot to do with discipline (something I need to work on). Lately, I've been obsessing over many different kinds of Ted Talks. From neuroscience, to music … Continue reading Positivity
You feel the exhaustion dripping from your eyes to create the dark circles underneath them. A new ring appears each morning, but you must press on. You have a goal: get your practice time in. There's never enough time. You always have more pieces to perfect, and your fingers won't do what they're told. They're … Continue reading Take Care
Music. It hovers around us every day. Some say that it is a fundamental part of being. At its base, music is a collection of sounds in the air. (Some old-fashioners would say "organized sounds," but we have John Cage to thank for a more inclusive definition.) Once the air molecules cease to vibrate, the … Continue reading A Little Bit of Math and Magic
One of the things that I find most inspiring about professional musicians is their ability to keep practicing every single day. Despite however they're feeling about the day, they press on and practice. There are so many days when I've just felt awful about myself and my abilities to play. I wonder why I'm even … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Down
It was nice out today, so I enjoyed the weather with Eleanor here. The wind proved to be a hassle, though. Still nice to sing with nature.