[anti-rclick]

January 10, 2011

Nowadays students, from children to adult, are not brave enough to try new things. They always say, “no, I cannot”. They are lack of courage to take the next step and take the opportunity to make progress. Or they are just plain lazy and do not bother to work harder whenever they can get any excuse to. All they can think of is the risk of making mistake, before they even take the chance to try it out. It is like making mistake equals to lose and they think they become losers.


I wonder why. What has happened in their learning experience that makes them behave this way?


Perhaps it is our education system. Or our society. The way that people keep scoring. Only the mark or the result counts. The process, how we get there, does not matter. The less work and time to get the result, the better. So the faster track to get to grade 8 or diplomas, the smarter achiever and the better playing. That is what “people” think but not the way it is in reality. It might work in other arenas (or even in career) but certainly not in the field of attaining knowledge.


But let me tell you this: don’t be a lazy bone, and be a brave person. If you want to play better, you have to make effort from the start. Build a good solid foundation right from the beginning. Otherwise, your playing would be like the building that collapsed after fifty years of construction. But in this case of piano learning, no one but you would suffer. Of course, that is when you want your playing to last. If you only need it to pass some exams, then go ahead and take the fast track. But find some other teachers to help you achieve that goal. I do have students who can advance much faster and excel in exams quickly, but it is because we took time to work on the basics. And it just happens, almost like magic.


Take time to build your technique. In a society of such fast pace like this, we like to rush things. But just as Rome was not built in one day, technique does not come after one day, one month, or even one year of practice. Train your technique with much patience and attention. Little by little you shall see the result.



Therefore, My Students,

Be Courageous, and Stay Positive.

Be Patient, and Stay Focus in your own practice.

Do not be afraid to make mistakes. It is only through the mistakes you make that help you learn.

Sometimes it takes more time to get something done. Other times it takes less. You just have to keep trying.

And gradually you will succeed in making more beautiful music.



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現今的學生,從兒童到大人,都沒有足夠的勇氣去嘗試新的東西。 他們總是說,「不 , 我不能」 (或者係,「我唔得呀,我唔識呀,好難呀」)。他們也缺少足夠的勇氣藉此嘗試的機會取得進步。 或者,他們只是純粹的懶惰,用盡任何藉口,也懶得去努力練習。 他們甚至在還沒有嘗試之前,便滿腦子想著彈錯的風險。 他們認為犯錯就等於失敗,而他們就成為失敗者。

我不知道為什麼是這樣。究竟學生們在他們的學習經驗中發生了什麼事,令他們有這樣的行為呢?

也許是我們的教育體系。 或是我們的社會中,人們不斷計分的方式。 只有分數或結果才是最重要。我們如何到達那分數或結果的過程似乎無關重要。 越少的工作和時間得到結果越好。 因此,以越短的時間考到八級或文憑級就似乎代表那人越好。雖然這不是事實,但卻是很多人的看法 。俗套來說,我們稱為「走精面」。這樣的行為可能在其它領域可行(甚至在職業生涯),但肯定不會在獲取知識這方面。

讓我告訴你們: 不要做一個懶骨頭,做一個勇敢的人 。 如果你想彈得更好,你必須從一開始作出努力。 從一開始建立一個良好堅實的基礎。 否則的話,你的彈奏就會像那棟建築了五十年後倒塌的大廈一樣。但在彈奏這件事情中,只有你會受到影響。 當然,建立基礎這事是假設你想你的彈奏持續。 如果你只需要通過一些考試,那就勇往直前,走捷徑吧。 但是請你找那些和你擁這有同一目標的老師來幫助你實現吧。 我是可以讓學生更快進步和很快通過考試的,但那是因為我們花了時間來建立良好的技巧基礎和基本知識。 而這樣的方法就幾乎像變魔術一樣神奇可行。



請你們花時間來建立自己的技巧吧。 在這個節奏急速的社會中,我們喜歡趕忙。 但是,正如羅馬不是一天建成,技巧也不是一天、一個月、甚至一年後的訓練便一定會練出來的。 訓練技術需要極大的耐心和專注。 慢慢地,一點一滴的,你便會看到成果。



因此,我的學生們,

要有勇氣,並保持積極的態度。

要有耐心,並專注於自己的練習中。

不要怕犯錯誤。 只有通過自己犯的錯誤才會學習到新的東西、有新的體會。

有時候你們可能要花費更多的時間來完成某項練習。 其他時候某些練習則可能需要較少時間。 你們只需要沈著應戰,繼續努力。

漸漸的,你們會成功地彈奏更多美妙的音樂。




Teresa Wong




1 Comment

  1. Fredrick says:

    我都發覺之前對自己說太多不可能了,正改掉這個惡習 =]

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