Important: the video can be found below the Introductory Article.
Expressionless playing, speed walls, lack of coordination, clumsiness, tension, injuries and frustration… this list of common piano problems can go on and on.
Most players these days blame their poor technique (or bad reading skills) for all their troubles – and keep searching for that perfect ‘finger exercise’ or practice shortcut that will make everything better.
It’s time for a complete change of perspective!
The truth is that your practice will never be efficient if it is based on incorrect assumptions. Your idea of ‘how piano playing works‘ is the foundation of your entire musical experience. It determines how you practice, what information you search for, how you diagnose your problems – and how you attempt to solve them.
If this foundation is made up of myths that you have unconsciously picked up from society, movies or social media, everything you build on top will collapse. If the path is pointing in the wrong direction, you cannot arrive at the desired destination, no matter how much fuel you burn in the process. Simply put, you don’t need more fuel. You need a course correction!
During more than 30 years of professional piano experience, I discovered that most piano issues are caused, in fact, by myths. The power of a myth comes from its ‘noble’ disguise. Because you mistake it for the truth, you are not even aware of its existence – so how can you get rid of it?
My mission is to show you that there is a door behind the sturdy-looking camouflage wall. Once the illusion is gone and you know that the door exists, opening it is not hard!
This is why I created a 7-episode video series where I mercilessly debunk the most dangerous modern piano myths.
I decided to share all 7 videos for free. The 1st episode can be found here (and also on my YouTube channel). The remaining 6 episodes are available for my newsletter subscribers (find the sign-up form below the video).
Myth No. 1: You Can Become a Piano Virtuoso in 3 Months!
00:02. Did you know that more than 90% of piano players don’t move past the beginner stage?
00:41. Introducing the new Myth series!
01:25. What is a myth? My mission and the purpose of this series.
02:33. The structure of each video.
02:43. Myth No. 1: You Can Become a Piano Virtuoso in 3 Months! The ‘piano hamburger’.
03:33. Myth Origin. Desire, superheroes… and a Tom & Jerry illustration!
04:59. Reality. (Spoiler: no magic pills have been harmed in the process!)
05:37. The maximum we can learn in a couple of weeks/months.
06:09. Information is not enough: we need transformation! The ‘teamwork’ involved in piano playing.
07:16. Why it takes time to form serious skills.
07:55. How much time do we really need to form good piano skills?
08:41. Why do you play music? Real love is for life – so time is not an issue!
09:17. Let’s take a look at a related myth: Learning the notes equals mastering the piece! A ‘Moonlight Sonata’ illustration.
10:19. Why is learning the notes not enough? A Hamlet illustration.
11:57. Is note-only playing really satisfying? The facts tell us otherwise.
12:23. Myth Dangers.
13:06. Time and effort waster.
13:49. Technical/muscular problems.
15:15. Aural problems.
16:19. Expressionless playing.
17:21. Poor analytical skills, insufficient knowledge.
18:17. Inefficient practice habits.
18:43. Frustration and disappointment. What is the real purpose of practicing an art?
20:00. A few words on freedom.
24:44. Where to find the next 6 episodes from the Myth series.
The other 6 episodes from the Myth series are available for FREE as well! Simply enter your name and email address in the form below – and each episode will be delivered to your inbox!
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It’s time to hear your playing come alive and shine!
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Practice with awareness,