Never Too Late to Learn: The Adult Piano Student's Surprise Advantage
We were at a poolside gathering, talking about our summers. And with new acquaintances, the inevitable "What do you do? What's your occupation?" comes up.
I brace myself for the wide range of reactions to "piano coach." Some people hear "piano" and get excited. Others start recounting horror stories of their own childhood lessons involving agony around reading sheet music, "the left hand," and frustration practicing.
Inevitably, a few people get sad. One guy talks about how his kids are in lessons and doing well. He is on the verge of tears about how he had always wanted to play piano. He'd never gotten the chance. When he asked me when I started, and I said, "Age 5," it confirmed the mental picture that it takes years of lessons at a young age. Piano lessons are for super-talented & driven kids. It's just "too late."
My theory is people have seen too many social media videos. You know -...
Have you ever been nervous before a performance for an audience? Ever got jitters before recording your song in front of a camera?
Here are some tips backed by neuroscience and used by Olympic Athletes.
#1) Take 7 deep breaths. This calms your nervous system and stops the overthinking cycle.
#2) Visualize yourself in the place you love the most. Use your 5 senses.
#3) Visualize yourself performing your song going perfectly and playing with freedom. Imagine your clothes, the room, and all your surroundings. Again use your 5 senses. Focus on a confident finish and feeling good!
This is not a one-and-done strategy. Your nervous system improves and repairs over time. This must be done consistently to improve results.
Here's a good schedule:
A few weeks out from the performance
Day before the performance...
Let's record a great quality video!