Playing playing can be a very mentally straining task to do daily. If you are new to the craft, it gets demoralizing pretty fast. Many beginners quits piano practice because they could not handle the emotional toll involved before becoming an accomplished piano player.
Therefore in this article, I had prepared a short list of 10 motivating quotes which you can TATTOO onto your forehead to give you that emotional juice when you most need it. These quotes will resonate with piano players at all levels.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
If you ever want to try your hands on performing for an audience, my advice is – just do it. By taking action, you will develop confidence and courage. Do not let the fear of performing and self-doubt stops you from trying.
Don’t simply think about it. Do it.
“I am not a product of circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
Do not let the lack of talent discourage you from playing the piano. You can appear to be talented to others by doing your part through sheer hard work at the piano.
Make the decision to work hard and you will develop your inner talent. Be lazy and you accomplish exactly nothing.
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” – Unknown
This is true for all musicians – beginner or not. If you want to be good at your instrument, you just had to practice it for a little a day ( one step at a time ). Don’t let the illusion of hiring a top piano teacher misled you to thinking that you will be elevated to stardom in quick time. It takes 2 hands to clap here, do your part by practicing a bit a day and eventually you will reach success.
” Sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you really stand. ” – Hayley Williams
Do not have the fear of making mistakes at the piano. More often than not, you just need to commit mistakes in order to know exactly where you need to make the necessary improvements to improve your piano playing.
“Big shots are only little shots who kept shooting.” – Christopher Morley
Practicing lengthy pieces can be boring. Learning a 7 page Mozart sonata feels never-ending. Learning a 4 page Pop song feels a drag.
If learning lengthy pieces discourages you, just remember this quote #5 by heart.
It is also good to know that all concert pianists are where they are today because they kept practicing a bit a day for many days until they eventually complete their “big shot” pieces that propel them to the international stage. You can also accomplish your “big shot” pieces if you keep practicing a little a day regardless of whether you are learning a 2 page sonatina or an 18 page hungarian rhapsody.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
Reading music notes can be an extremely difficult task for any musicians. To be able to read the notes and play it immediately is almost an impossible task for most.
Do not let that formative stage discourage you into giving up because some times, a little more perseverance is all you need to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Nobody on this earth was born to read the music notes. It takes time to learn. Give yourself that time.
Learn to take it easy on yourself.
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
This is especially true if you had already quit piano playing for years. Take some time to rekindle your passion again and you might just be surprised by the outcome. Some never stop playing ever since.
“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
Music is a vast subject. Topics ranged from composition, to improvisation and even music theory. Regardless of your end goals, it is important to plan what you want to achieve in the end. It can be simply that you want to be able to play your favourite tunes or be the best in music theory.
Most importantly, you need to spend some time learning something new each day. That’s where you will grow musically. Be a musical tree not a weed.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
Did you know that the world renowned pianist – Lang Lang , was dismissed from his piano class by his formal piano teacher? He even quitted piano playing briefly because he almost felt hopeless during his teenage years. Fortunately, he did not. In fact, he kept going with his piano practice and eventually won numerous piano competitions around the world.
To Lang Lang, piano playing was important and he kept on trying even when there seemed to be no hope at all. This was the defining factor that made a world of a difference to his life.
If you ever feel hopeless at the piano, just remember this story because I’m sure you can accomplish great things too.
“Don’t be discouraged. It is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” -Unknown
If you are still feeling discouraged by the 9th quote , just tell yourself this :
Sometimes, you just need to give that 1 final push to make things work. Your last burst of energy at the piano may unintentionally opens the lock to your musical success.
Print out your favourite quotes and paste it on your wall to encourage yourself in times of hardship. Make every practice count.
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