Learning from teaching
You need to breathe on purpose.
Your posture seems like a small matter to you, but it matters more than you realize.
If you let the tension creep in here, it will affect the beauty and impair your freedom to move.
When it's too hard, break it down into baby steps.
Practice it slow first. You can't play it well unless you can play it slow.
Hands separately first, then together when you've mastered it.
Your piece is only as strong as the weakest link - Isolate, analyze & fix the hard places!
But today I hear myself saying this one again and it sticks - playing back and back and making me uncomfortable. "If this doesn't become YOURS - if you don't decide that you want to make this piece sound good, your mamma can't make you do it. She's paying way too much money for that. She's wasting her money if you don't decide you're going to do this right."
They pay a high price - these moms and dads. Money and books and some of them even the time to be attentive to practice and to ensure discipline. But kids are kids, and sometimes it doesn't sink in and practice is put off or not done with gusto and discipline.
And so I try to balance law and grace as a teacher....enough law for the proper fear and respect, but enough grace to avoid burnout.
I think today about the price that was paid for me. Am I doing it justice? I am not under law that requires me to earn the price He paid. I cannot. But it does require a certain proper response.....that response being everything I can muster. Am I playing this grace-music half-heartedly? Taking His forgiveness and this peace and this freedom for granted?