“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” -Poet John Dryden
What habits might mold beautiful music?
Attend a concert with a friend.
Make space for beauty and quiet.
Try something new. Add a twist on a song you’re practicing by playing in accordance with an adjective (zippy, bold, timid, scary, lovely, cautious, etc.)
Every day/week, find something to do that gets your creative juices flowing. Draw, play, create, write, shape, sew, mold, paint, etc.
Spend time with creative people.
~~~Spend time with the piano–become good friends!~~~
Every day, play a song you especially like.
Challenge yourself. (Play a rough spot through 3 times without mistakes and then reward yourself.)
Incorporate finger exercises that will strengthen your fingers and improve agility.
Record yourself at the start of playing a new song and again once progress has been made. Watch to compare (and be encouraged!)
Vary the times of day that you practice to determine when you’re at your best. Mix it up now and then to avoid getting in a rut! Or, perhaps keeping to one set time may work best for you.
Observe what others do…in person, youtube, etc.
Read…books from the library, online, magazines, etc.
Technology is education”s best friend these days! There are computer games, Ipad apps, etc.
But be careful with this one. Technology has a way of swallowing up loads of time. Spend the bulk of your time at the piano and find your greatest enjoyment there!
Stay relaxed yet faithful! It won’t be possible to achieve your goals every single day. Pick up where you left off tomorrow. Each day that you follow through reinforces a habit, which in turn “make us.” (!)