This was supposed to be a catchy piece of encouragement that I’m e-mailing to my piano students. It’s just a few things to think about when practicing, and progressing in the ability to play the piano.
The Aspiring Pianist’s Rules of Engagement
These are just a few things to focus highly on while learning to become fluent with piano:
1. The skill to play the piano is both a mathematical science, and a canvas for art.
A studying pianist acts both as a scientist, and an artist. Investigating thought into both the structure and graph of music, and the creativity that can be formed with that structure. (Or without it in some cases.)
2. Learning to play the piano isn’t about constantly learning information. It’s about organizing, and prioritizing the information that you have.
The growing pianist is not continually learning new fundamental information with each song and note. The basic elements of numbers, sound and letters are already basically understood somewhere in your brain close to the time that you begin piano. Your brain on some level or another, registers that there are 7 notes that repeat each other, 10 fingers, 7 letters, and a graph.
So with practice and discussion, instead of constantly having to be overwhelmed by new information, we are using repetition, and practice, to remove things that distract our coordination within this information. And the benefits of that come over time. I used to think that learning piano was about going to my lesson every week and learning something completely new, and that mind set overwhelmed me. But the trick is, to focus on the fundamentals and patterns that you already know, and quiet the other thoughts that distract you from moving correctly. For instance, a lot of fingers on our hand will move together involuntarily because of our thoughts being unable to sort each other out in time. When we realize that though, we can think about it, and separate the movements of those two fingers. When we see each movement our bodies make incorrectly, we must ask ourselves why we did it? Once we see that, we then consciously remove that function from the equation. Until eventually after all distractions are removed, all you will have is a natural flowing of correct landings.
3. Don’t be even a tiny bit discouraged by hitting the wrong notes!
Piano is such a complex science, and art. It’s incredible that our minds can connect functions to piece it together, understand it and manipulate it. Contrary to that fact, every pianist in their early stage will have a surge of negative emotions at almost every mistake that they make. This emotion usually comes from the subconscious mixture of feelings, expressing these kinds of things;
”It frustrates me that I don’t understand why my fingers won’t land on the right key.”,
“I’m wasting my time, because these mistakes won’t stop happening, because I keep learning new material.”,
”It would be more comfortable to focus on something else.”
Whenever you feel these things, try to remember that mistakes aren’t the definition of how you play. The definition of how you play is to get rid of mistakes, and in truth it’s more incredible that your mind can even strike two correct individual keys at your command. You’re slightly moving your body to create music and enjoyable sound, and every time you think about it and practice you’re evolving that ability to greater insights. Instead of every mistake causing these negative emotions, every correct note should ensure you. Because if you can play one note with each finger on your hand, you can play every song that has ever been written for the human physiology. All it takes is focus organization, and practiced (tried) self control.
4. The learning curve of piano is reversed.
Learning piano is a very backwards process. Most studies start out with the easy part, and then become more complex over time. Piano on the other hand, begins with the most challenge, and ends with ease. The challenge is to overcome in piano, is removing all things that distract the full mental control over your movements. Namely, the coordinated movements of your hands.
It starts out very hard because it isn’t a natural thing to have this direction of thoughts. But the more you go along with piano, the easier moving forward becomes. Because after a few books of songs, you’ll have had enough experience on how to learn these notes that you’ll be able to look at a more complex piece of music than you’ve ever done, and it will be just as easy as the ones you’ve already learned. Because the fundamentals stay the same. Eventually you’ll just look at the page, and play it with as much ease as the last song you played. Or you’ll be able to hear a song, and move your hands to the right notes.
5. There are only two things that can cause you to learn slower.
Fear and doubt are the absolute enemies to learning. Fear of inadequacy, and doubt of result. Now as I’m seeing you guys as a teacher, I can see the great lengths of effort your minds are putting out in learning just one simple song. It doesn’t feel like a lot of information, because it’s happening every second, but there is a large clump of thoughts in your mind trying to organize themselves in each moment of playing. I notice your minds organize them and make errors throughout that, but when you don’t make errors, that means one thing. That you can focus to not make errors, and it’s that simple. You proved it every time you hit the correct note, and you just have to do it some more and keep doing it, because it’s apparent that you can. Even though everything else isn’t that simple, that is. So there’s no need to worry about something like a mistake. You’re already a pianist and you know how to analyze. And not all pianists play the piano, or evolve in it. But we all have the option to, without anything holding us back, except fear and doubt as an emotion. Because it’s impossible for progress to be impossible, by the argument of every correct note you play.
Have a good night you guys. See you next week.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalms; Chapter 2
A storage container. It’s this mechanism that has existed in countless amounts of people throughout the world since the beginning of humanity.
It’s a storage container to process information of the soul. But think about this. These containers allow there to not only be one world with no variation, but countless different worlds inside of each other, inside of each individual soul that exists in the world.
It’s a reverse of the typical multiverse theory. There could have only been one functional world, but instead, because of the blessing of life that was given to the construction of this world, there will be a countless amount of totally different world’s in heaven through humanity. As many as there are people that are different.
Like how we say that people are “In they’re own little world” when they’re thinking a lot about something. I’m sure that every single second of each persons life on this world has been so different, and so increasingly different over time, that to feel what someone else was actually thinking would not be to see or feel the world how we do now in any way. Because of so many moments of us perceiving differently compiling over time.
That makes me wonder where all of this good communication that God tries to suggest for us to use with each other is leading.
How will finally be able to reach into each other’s minds and worlds to see things that make each other worth being for? What amazing things we could do with that? It will transform the dynamic of everything that we know and love . It’s always been one of my greatest wishes to be able to dream with people I’m close to.
I hate that I don’t have to switch chords on the wall to turn on my keyboard.
I wanted to take a minute to bring up this concept I stumbled across today. It has to do with the very popular question; if there is an all-powerful designer, why must He structure his own self into three different forms?
Why the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as the Bible puts it?
Might it make more sense if this God was just one perfect structure?
I think that I’ve found that the answer to this. It does make sense to think of it as just one perfect structure. But this one perfect structure has a set of three duties that it acts out in order to hold together the physical lives of humanity, and the kind of world that allows us to learn and change,
For example; what are the three primary forces that we can witness and investigate into in this life?
We have space, the invisible force that allows matter to occupy itself, where it is. The invisible force that is; where everything is, and why everything is. And even though it is itself invisible, technically humans can look at space and the things in it. But with our eyes and position, we are not able to see all of it, or it’s vastness.
We have time, and time is also an invisible force that we perceive. It allows space and matter to change, and affect each other in different ways continually.
Finally, we have matter. Matter is the physical, solidity of energy.. Matter is the thing that is bound in our universe by cause, effect, and change.
Need I explain any further? Also check out the post on this blog labeled "Three kinds of beings in this world?", it’s speaking about the same topic from just a different direction
There’s a thing that we call the present. It’s the thing we are always witnessing, one life. It’s all one reality comprised of these ultimate factors. And even though the world is fallen and the constructs of Earth are outside of perfection, God is in the design of it. But when a human not only has what God has designed, but has God on their side forming them and their future, it changes their world into an absolute one. Where there’s no need for the negativity that comes along with our space, time and matter. We’ll have God instead.
Because just like space, the Bible says that this God, that we aren’t able to fully see now has designed humanity and this existence. And by laws of reality He alone allows it to have it’s form.
Just like time, the Holy Spirit, is an unseen force that if allowed, can work for each human’s soul, and cause change, and growth.
Just like matter, the Son is said to be the observable solidity of God. The physical thing that was given to humanity that is the only thing capable of moving us into a good eternity. The Son of God wasn’t just matter, but God’s matter, with the ultimate physical effect. To defeat the negative aspects of change that the human mind is capable of, so that they might be with God in Heaven.
In the book called Romans it says,
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20)
It’s saying, look around your world. And see the structures and patterns of God’s ultimate design. See the design in your mind, and in the psych of humans throughout history. Search for answers and resolve while you still have the Holy Spirit to help you get to Jesus, to get to God. That’s what happens when someone tells God they want his help and order in their life. The Holy Spirit comes in and paraphrases, “You have time now. Lets work on this.” The spirit shows you who lived a life like yours and did it the best (Jesus). Then allows you to study Him and act under his ideals. And then at the end of all of your struggles your world becomes opened up, and you are given fulfillment and sustenance from your Father. It’s a good trade-off for pain and death.
Now, I’ve brought up what God’s trinity design is and why it’s important. But I wanted to show everyone some key Biblical elements that say in the pursuit of the true God, you will find a holy trinity. Because, quite a few psuedo-Christian beliefs try to suggest that Jesus being man, was not fully God.
Even though he was important enough for the world to base our system of keeping track of time off of his death and resurrection; lots of groups don’t give credit to Jesus for being the true God, even though they will admit to believing he existed. Some say that Jesus was just a prophet. Some say he was an insightful, loony man. Some go as far to say that he was the spirit brother of Satan, and everything in-between has come along with sprouting beliefs. But the Biblical truth is that God, the Spirit, and Jesus are exactly the same and one. And they have equal power to the next, but operate under different criteria. These versus are to point out that it’s not only the Father and the Spirit that are above death and challenge.
In the book called Galatians and many other passages it does say that the resurrection of Christ for our sins would be according to the will of God and our Father,
“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia. Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5)
Here as you can see at the beginning it says God the Father had raised him from the dead. Then in the book called Romans it says,
"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."
Here it’s pointed out that, while it was the Father’s hand that overcame death in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is also the force that raised Jesus from the dead..
Then finally, my favorite part, to clarify Jesus’ standpoint and ability, he says this, in the book called John;
“Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
That’s Jesus talking. He just said that he has the power to lay his life down, and to take it again. Because he was and is the same “I Am” that has sent himself to suffer and sacrifice his self- for the sake of fairness, and for each creations salvation from nothingness.
To sum all of this up, the Bible says that God can be clearly seen in this world, and there is no way of excusing it or denying it. Any president, government staff, or citizen will be able to see God. Every scientist, every animator, and every individual will know what is like reality and what is not on some level or another. Like, if you think 3-D animation looks more realistic than 2-D, you see God. And he knows it.
Funny thing about animation. I was listening to a study on some specific kind of cells in our brain. They’re responsible for holding the information that allows us to understand cartoons. Strange, right? A built in function that allows us to look at a cartoon, or a two dimensional surface and understand that it has no reality, life or depth. We have quite a few of those distinct little processes, that allow us to see what has life and functional reality in it, and what doesn’t.
“some scientists agree”. what does that mean. some scientists. that could be two scientists. two scientists agree. two agreeable scientists isnt very credible. do it again. more scientists.
this is my favorite post
No this is my favorite post. Even in regards to the line “Scientists have found…”.
Everyone, remember to ask these things:
What is their data that should make me believe this?
Who are the other scientists, that are saying that this is incorrect?