Today is Groundhog Day in the United States. There’s a wonderful movie by the same name in which the main character relives Groundhog Day over and over again, by some estimates for a thousand years. In the movie, he decides to take piano lessons and he actually gets really good over time. If you haven’t seen the movie, I strongly urge you to. It’s one of my favorite movies ever!
Anyway, learning to play the piano can sometimes feel like this film – we’re practicing every day, looking at the same keys every day, dealing with our own resistance and desires every day. That can be a very good thing.
Whenever my students come to lessons and tell me that they haven’t practiced, either much, or just a particular piece, I always ask them why. It’s not because I want to make them uncomfortable, though that generally does happen. It’s because if we can get at the root of the reason for not practicing, then we can figure out what to do about it.
So, I’ve noticed that in doing this series that I recently started here, that my daily music goals are pretty similar from one day to the next. No surprise there. But! What was a little surprising was the resistance I was feeling when sitting down to record the ballet music project that I’ve created for myself.
Then I had to ask that question that my students face.
I love to compose music. I love just sitting at the piano and letting my fingers speak for me. So why am I putting off doing this thing that brings me such great joy?
As of right now, I don’t know that I have a final answer to that question. But what I do know is that today I am definitely making time to do this and I will be listening to my inner voice’s “complaints” about it. And I’ll let you know tomorrow what I heard.
- Practice Major and minor scales
- Practice Bach
- Practice Brahms
- Practice Clair de Lune
- Set down ideas for easier version of Clair de Lune
- Record ballet music
UPDATE: Got them all done! Plus, I practiced Gershwin and an extra Bach piece.