How to Play a Piano? Practice! But What is Practice?

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 What Is Practice?

 Practice is Work! It is WORKING toward perfection!

 Practice is the essential ingredient to accomplishment. If you really want to play the piano, or any musical instrument, you MUST practice to make it happen.

What price are you willing to pay for what you say you want to achieve? 

The currency of excellence is practice. Everyone wants to excel at something, and practice defines how much that "something" is wanted.  If the person really wants to achieve, he will do whatever it takes... including and especially spending the time to practice.  We find time to do the things that are really important to us.

We all understand that practice is the best way to excel in almost any endeavor... our intellect tells us that. But we do not always let intellect rule... in fact, many times we ignore intellect and go for the immediately pleasurable, and the less taxing pursuits like TV or resting or...

The bookends of personal achievement is practice, and the heart of practice is work. Yes, practice is WORK!

Performing is Not Practicing

When you learn a little bit... develop a little skill, you can get some instant gratification by presenting (performing) that skill to those who have less... they may be impressed... if that is what you want, and all that you do, that also is your only reward. However, if you want something more... like growth, you WILL practice.

Practice is the willingness to attack the same mistake over and over again until that mistake is corrected and transformed into ability.

Practice is intentionally tackling that which you cannot yet do well; or what you do pretty well and want to get even better at; or what you do very well and want to maintain the high skill level, or go even higher. Practice is a conscious choice.

A piece we will be performing is practiced for hours and hours... all so that we can get it right for the six minutes it will take to perform it.

 Practice sessions are designed to take what would be failure during performance and to work it until the problem is overcome. Obstacles overcome is true growth.

Four Bonus Reasons to Practice

  1.  Proper practice is the best way to become proficient at a particular skill.
  2.  Practice does more than "make perfect"... it adds character to the learned skill. Practice allows you to develop your own style... to put your personal stamp above and beyond what is written. When an actor learns his lines he doesn't stop practicing.  He practices even harder so that he can "add" his own understanding into the character. The same is true with playing the piano. You don't stop practicing once you learn the notes, you continue in order to make the music uniquely yours. The same is true with photography, singing, dancing and writing... really with anything you choose to accomplish beyond the ordinary.
  3. Practice is work and is not dependent on the element of fun in order to do it. But with vision is the only thing that makes practice a joy. Vision is the ability to see into the future what proper practice will yield. When practice begins to approach that vision, then practice starts to become FUN.
  4.  Practice can uncover passion!  It does not go unnoticed that (generally speaking) the higher the skill level, the more the performer practices. Could it be that they know better what honest practice has done for them... or that passion is a demanding partner? 
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Richard Gordon is a poet-playwright living in Lake Elsinore, California. He is the author of Martin and The Mountaintop: An illustrated Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. His play Bulldog and the Bear, won the coveted Lorraine Hansberry and the Michale Kanin playwriting awards. For the last twelve years of his teaching career, Mr. Gordon taught Oral Interpretation at California State University at Fullerton.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27