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Why Everyone Hates To Practice

As I'm writing this blog, I'm chuckling to myself. I'm currently using this blog post as an excuse not to practice. And, so it goes...

Thanks to Providence above, we've been able to coordinate, plan, and schedule the performance of The Aeneid Series next weekend. While I am so grateful that this is happening, the logistics were put together only a short 10 days ago, so practice time is crucial.

I believe Leonard Bernstein said it best, "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." That is is the precise situation I am experiencing at this very moment. So I've been working to squeeze in enough practice time in between my teaching schedule, church schedule, and life schedule to be fully prepared for the fun event.

However, when I find the time to sit at the piano all to myself, I lose the motivation to jump in and play. There are so many things running through my mind, it made me realize that perhaps this is the exact paralysis my students feel at times when coming to the piano to practice.

So I thought I would take a moment and list some helpful tips to stay motivated in getting to the piano and staying at the piano longer than 5 minutes:

1. It's all a mind game. Don't let your mind stop your hands.