Recognize your progress. Face your problems.

You must do both. You must appreciate what you have achieved so far, at the same time look closer to your real issues – mindset, technique, interpretation etc – and fix them one by one (It’s not close enough yet, use a magnifier!)

For certain you all want to grow in your playing. To improve as much and as fast as you possibly can. But you must not push it. You can’t anyway. Especially when it’s something important or huge. Because it takes much more time, effort, and patience, usually much more than we think and expect. But all the more you have to keep trying and be patient.

Because it is totally worth it.

Because when you have nailed it down, you know you get it. And that just feels so good doesn’t it?

Focus on the positive things, keep the positive attitude. Look at your problems impersonally, objectively and rationally, without being judgmental and emotional.

Again, it’s not about you. It’s about the music.

It’s not about your success. It’s about the music being beautifully expressed successfully.

So, stop feeling sorry for yourself already (You know that’s not helping right?). Smile, keep your heads up and start working again!

Pick up the pieces and move on already.

The progress might seem slow to you. But each small step counts. And as you look back that long winding road you have walked on, you can see you really have come along and improved so far already. Only you didn’t notice it.

Because you are so demanding on and have such a high standard for yourself. Which is a good thing, just don’t be too harsh on yourself.

I am indeed very proud of you. All of you.

Of course in piano, in art, we always strive for perfection and it is a never-ending road. But we can always achieve to a certain level and keep going further (Isn’t that fun?).

And the ride is just so scenic and beautiful.

Shall we keep taking that ride together? (Next stop: hand grip!)


Teresa Wong

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