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#972012 - 12/20/04 08:37 AM hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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Hi everybody,

I would just like to know whether if there was a crossing point for people. I really haven't ever hung around with musicians before so all I know is what I feel. I absolutely love music and I can't tell you how many songs no matter how many times I have listened to them still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have started up and then stopped learning the piano twice before but I'm just scared I'm going to fail. I also hate talking to people and am quite an introvert and therefore would never want to be in the public eye so i keep thinking why even go on learning the piano if I don't have the goal to play in front of people. I also found that as soon as I learned to play a song well I found that I was getting too into the song and I would lose my concentration. Did any of you guys have this problem before or is it just me? Also can anyone give me some hints to get me out of this?


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#972013 - 12/20/04 11:29 AM Re: hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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Welcome, Simon. I'm waiting for someone with more knowledge than me to reply to your post so I can learn, too!

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#972014 - 12/20/04 12:07 PM Re: hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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Hi Simon

I think everybody experiences their own crossing points, as you say. The beauty of life is discovering these in yourself, and learning about yourself in the process.

Let me just paraphrase a couple of beliefs I hold about music, solo piano in particular:

1. it is not a competition

2. it is not a race.

3. it should not be stressful, relax and enjoy.

4. you do it first and foremost for yourself, because you love music.

5. Fear of failure is common, but what are you really afraid of? The piano won't bite.

6. A good teacher is essential and will help you break out of your shell by providing positive feedback.

7. You will get out of it as much, if not more than you put into it.

8. Playing for people, on any level, is very rewarding.

9. Martial arts and piano parallel each other in numerous ways that I continue to be amazed. Study a martial art while you study piano (my art of choice is Taekwondo) and not only will your health benefit, but you gain confidence, become considerably less introverted, and your powers of focus and concentration grow exponentially. They really do feed off each other.

10. it's not a competition. (I know, I repeated this one for a reason)

Good luck!

"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer
#972015 - 12/20/04 12:15 PM Re: hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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why even go on learning the piano if I don't have the goal to play in front of people.
News Flash:

If you don't want to play for people, you don't have to. wink

I actually prefer to play only for myself--when I'm practicing, if I think, even for a minute, that my husband or my kids are listening to me practice, I freeze up and I can't play and I start making all kinds of stupid mistakes.

Not everybody yearns to get up in front of a crowd and strut their stuff. For some of us, playing the piano is a solitary pleasure, like strumming a guitar in the privacy of your bedroom.

Which reminds me--the kids'll be home from school in 45 minutes, I'd better go practice now. laugh

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#972016 - 12/20/04 12:55 PM Re: hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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I agree with the responses thus far. The only thing I would add is regarding failure. If you define your goals realistically, you reduce your chances of failing. For example, if your goal is to be a concert pianist in time to go on tour next summer, you're obviously setting yourself up for failure (at least, I know I'd never meet that goal--or any goal that involves achieving that level of proficiency). On the other hand, if your goal is to merely produce music for your own enjoyment, you will most likely achieve this goal with good direction (probably from a teacher) and practice.

Really think about what you would hope go gain from learning the instrument, consider the time you have to practice, the knowledge and skills you obtained from your first two piano starts, your dedication, your aptitude, etc., and see if you can really come up with some worthy and realistic goals. This is a very personal process for everyone, as each person has his or her own perspective.

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#972017 - 12/20/04 02:21 PM Re: hints for someone trying to get back into it...  
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if you love music and piano, then do it for yourself or your own enjoyment first and foremost. i never started playing with playing in front of people in mind, never! but, i did it anyway, sometimes by accident, playing for some friends or even strangers in rare occasions. i was nervous as heck first few times playing even just with one friend by my side, but now the enjoyment of playing overcomes the fear and nervousness i had. last time when i was playing at a friend's home, i wasn't even nervous at all. yes, i still make mistakes playing some pieces, but hey, it doesn't matter as long as my friends and myself enjoy the music.

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