by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Do you ever need a universal kick in the pants?
Do you have a goal that keeps getting pushed to the back burner of your life?
My sister invited me to join her work conference this past week. I used the trip to self-impose a writing retreat and kickstart my book rewrite process.
This is my version of that universal push or lighting the front burner.
We stayed at the Galt House Hotel overlooking the beautiful Ohio River!
Watch the replay of my behind-the-scenes Tuesday Piano Tips LIVE here.
I'm rewriting my book, "Start Piano: What You Need For Successful Learning." I want to share my book writing process with you weekly from now to hold myself accountable.
In this week's REPLAY, you'll see why I'm rewriting it for new and returning piano learners. Plus, I share my tips on maintaining piano momentum while away from a keyboard instrument!
My book is already available on my website and packed with pertinent knowledge and information for new and returning piano learners.
So why rewrite it?
I'm sharing my personal story and why that makes what I have to say meaningful for you.
Watch my REPLAY to find out how I'm doing that and why it matters if you have a passion for (or a hidden dream of) playing the piano.
Thank you for sharing this with others interested in starting or returning to the piano.
I keep myself accountable by openly sharing my writing efforts with you, my fellow artists, writers, creators, and new and returning piano learners.
But collaboration, connection, and community with others are three proven ways of igniting creative inspiration. So talk to me.
Let me know how my book rewrite resonates with you and your creative projects.
Are you working on anything creative?
If you need an accountability partner, please reply and count me in!
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
In this week's Tuesday LIVE, I shared highlights from last week’s Piano Practice Challenge Week, including helpful peer piano tips from fellow piano learners in the New & Returning Piano Learners Facebook Group!
Peer piano tips covered:
I also answered a question from group member, Michelle, about the difference between natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales. Pop in the group to see if you can answer my followup mini-quiz on minor scales here:
New & Returning Piano Learners Facebook Group
Last week’s piano practice challenge motivated many group members toward greater musical progress! Having accountability keeps us all motivated to practice piano!
Join us for this week's Piano Practice Challenge here:
Piano Practice Challenge February 15 - 22!
If you'd like my free Piano Practice Tracker, just click here!
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Catch my Facebook LIVE REPLAY here.
Sharing your musical journey not only boosts your confidence as a piano player but also opens new doors for connecting with others. 6 tips to show you how to boost confidence as a piano player if you struggle with stage fright.
People get nervous. I get that. And that is normal! But like ANYTHING in life that’s hard, when you face your fears, and face them frequently, you get over them. It becomes doable. More than that, it becomes rewarding. How?
When you challenge yourself to open up and share your music, you grow your courage. Allowing ourselves to share who we are and where we are with our musical learning can feel very vulnerable. Being vulnerable is real. When you openly show who you are and where you are in your process, you authentically connect with another human being.
So what better way than to share your piano playing right now?
You don’t have to go big! Let’s talk about how you can boost your confidence as a piano player by challenging yourself to share some of your music with others. Here are 6 tips that work for me and have worked for the many piano, music, and chorus students I’ve taught in my 30 years as a music educator:
1. Forget perfection - audio quality, instrument, your level. This is why I’ve already started doing LIVE videos sharing my music practice or a piano tip without having my piano audio technically set up perfectly! I want to lead you by example. That means I have to let go of my perfectionistic urge to fix all the things. Besides, perfection doesn’t reach the heart.
2. Start where you are. No excuses. So you are a beginner. Or a late bloomer. Or maybe you are just coming back to piano as a busy adult like me! Remember that sharing where you are with music right now is just a SNAPSHOT of your piano-playing journey. Think of it as the golden memory it will be LATER.
Here is a great place to use BEGINNER’S MINDSET! I went in-depth about this in my November 30th Facebook LIVE episode, where I shared how to transform your piano mistakes into beautiful music. You can check it out on the YourCreativeChord Facebook page here.
I LOVE having a beginner’s mindset about anything but especially piano learning! Think about how a baby refuses to give up learning to walk no matter how many times she falls or bashes her head! LOL. NOTHING deters a beginner’s mindset. It’s about being in the moment with 100% determination.
Start where you are. No excuses.
3. Get excited about your musical journey. Let this chance to share your music be a journal of your piano progress. Think of it as starting a new tradition with your musical growth. Let others share your experience. You may inspire someone to start something new for themselves!
4. Remember: Frequency desensitizes. Playing your music as often as possible desensitizes your nerves and lowers performance anxiety. Familiarity breeds comfort. The more familiar you get with sharing your music at any opportunity, the easier it gets!
5. Holiday Music is the perfect moment to build your confidence as a piano player! Holidays are a great chance to share the joy of music because everyone around you is in the holiday spirit.
Plus, the focus is not on YOU, but the HOLIDAY itself! The holiday season is the perfect time to bring joy to those who can’t play or need encouragement!
Think of the good you are doing for others! Even if you have to do that virtually during the pandemic--sharing music is a win-win for yourself and others.
When you work on your focus on the music itself, you decrease your anxiety. Take the focus off of yourself. Stop thinking about your piano skill or level.
Start concentrating on being the messenger of the music. The bearer of music's message. The conduit for sharing the joy of musical immersion.
6. Play anything. If you don’t know any holiday music, share what you are learning right now! People don’t care what the music selection is. They just love hearing music.
Think about any of the times you have enjoyed hearing live music and how that made you feel! It could have been a live concert, recital, singing songs or listening to someone play the guitar or harmonica around a bonfire, hearing a kids’ chorus concert, or even a singer on a commercial.
The point is that it doesn’t matter what music you decide to share. Just play anything, even if it’s a simple song or scale. The sound of music in the air brings people closer together. Make that cause!
So let’s wrap-up these 6 tips on How To Boost Your Confidence As A Piano Player:
If you follow these 6 tips to share your piano music with others, not only will you brighten the holidays for others, but you will boost your confidence!
You can grow as a piano player! The more you challenge yourself as consistently as possible, the more enjoyment you will gain and the better your piano playing skills will become!
Drop a comment to me know if these tips inspire you to share your music!
Tell me what music you will share with others soon!
If today’s piano tips are helpful to you and you’d like to learn more, I invite you to join my New & Returning Piano Learners Facebook group.
I’ll be hosting my FREE Essential Piano Basics Masterclass on January 11, 2022 inside the group.
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