Tune in to the chatter in your mind while you are practicing. Whats going on in there?Read More
I had played piano for over a decade, but my fingers still plunked piano keys with the precision of bratwursts.
The way I saw it, I had an excuse: I had never taken a formal lesson.
Piano became a hobby in junior high. I wish I could say I was inspired by a Mozart concerto and had a grand vision of morphing into a musical maestro. But the truth is that I just really liked Linkin Park. We had a piano in our living room, and I thought it’d be awesome to learn “In the End.” That was my grand vision.
Those first nine notes, which I insisted on learning by ear, took me a week and a hundred iPod listens to unlock. I was not a musical prodigy — I was just persistent and obsessed with a rock band.
The more I played — and I would learn every song from Hybrid Theory — the better I got. Songs that used to take me weeks to learn would take days. Then hours. It was addictive.Read More