Piano Days

Piano Days

Have you ever looked back and thought about something you missed? I have missed my piano days and decided to get back to tickling the ivories!

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From the time I can remember I was banging on the piano and I officially started piano lessons when I was 6 years old.

My mom wanted to wait until I could read before putting me into piano lessons. It is a common misunderstanding among parents that music can’t be learned until you can read.  Music is a language though and babies pick up on it.  Have you noticed how they smile when you sing to them?  Have you noticed how they react to the sounds when you play a song? I remember always feeling happy when I listened to music.  It was my comfort and strength and has gotten me through a lot of things in life.  I always felt drawn to the piano.

Even though I felt in my heart this yearning and desire to learn music, it didn’t come easy for me.  I had to practice probably twice as long in order to be somewhat good at what I was doing.  I was a determined kid though and practiced and practiced.  As I got older I would practice longer and longer.

I remember one day being sick at home.  I couldn’t go to school and I had a headache.  I knew if I played the piano my headache might go away so I decided to practice.  I sat and played all day long, taking breaks here or there.  My total practice time was 5 hours.  I had practiced my heart out and in a way that brought some healing to me.  I remember the next day I was able to go to school.

I miss playing the piano.  Now that I am older I don’t play nearly as much as I did as a kid.  If I get a few minutes in here or there I feel lucky.

The joy I have now is teaching my son.  I love how he learns and how eager he is to learn.  It doesn’t take much for him to learn it.  We play games, we sing songs and we make it fun!  The kid is 4 years old and is playing where most 6 year old kids start.

As I look back at my piano days I miss them and lately I have been practicing.  It feels so good to be practicing again.  I am no Mozart, I am no Beethoven and I certainly do not have “the gift”.  I have to work at this.  Playing an instrument is totally worth it though, and I have learned over the years it can be very rewarding.

What is something you miss?  Write it in the comments below!  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Meditation Before Practicing

Have you ever tried meditation before practicing?  I have learned how to meditate from a class  thought I could apply it to clear my mind before I practiced. It worked marvelously!  I was able to focus more during practice and I was more relaxed and at ease playing the piano.  I’ve been wondering at how young an age I could introduce this concept to my students, so if you have any comments on it feel free.  I believe everyone can benefit from even 5 minutes a day.

The most important thing is to relax.

You do not have to sit in the crossed legged position, you only need to be in a position that is comfortable to you.  Sometimes I meditate while sitting in a chair, with my feet flat on the ground and my hands on my thighs.  Find a position that is comfortable for you.  Start with just 5 minutes and set a timer. If you don’t you might be tempted to open your eyes and check the clock!
Because it is Thanksgiving soon I am meditating on all the things I am grateful for.  I find it really refreshing and it puts me in a good mood. 🙂 What better way to start off your practicing than by putting yourself in the right mood for it!