Beginner Piano Lessons: The Key To Success
So you want to play piano? It’s always been one of those things that’s been on your list. In addition, you’ve decided to look into getting started by doing some research (the fact that you’re here reading this might serve as proof).
The key question:
Do you really want to play piano or have you been in love with the idea of it all?
Perhaps you’re wondering “What’s the difference?”
There’s a big difference. The proof is in the pudding. It may interest you to know that about 90% of the people we talk to who inquire about getting started with piano lessons don’t follow through.
Now, we’re not here to cast any blame on anyone. We are simply acknowledging the facts. There is a huge difference between entertaining ideas with passive wonder and entertaining ideas with action. The huge difference consists of the rewards and benefits that go hand in hand with following through with the latter.
What’s most interesting? Well, the reservations that the majority of these people have about scheduling that first lesson are usually unfounded. Whether it’s that sense of commitment they fear, the feeling that they won’t live up to expectations (whose?), or they simply don’t know if they have what it takes to succeed, each and every single one of these internal voices they have chosen to adopt having nothing of value to offer them.
We are fortunate to have met individuals who had the same kind of reservations but decided to “take the leap” anyway. What soon happens? Well, within the first lesson or two, we are generally faced with a “what took me so long to do this?” kind of attitude.
It’s really simple. Just make the decision.
“It is in your moments of decisions that your destiny is shaped.”
– Tony Robbins
Recently, we were joined by a new adult student. This individual had no previous experience whatsoever. She didn’t even have a piano or keyboard at home. We’ll refer to her as “Julia.”
Julia, like so many others, expressed that she had always wanted to play the piano. Even talking about it brought a huge smile to her face. During her very first lesson, as she sat at the piano with no clue as to how to begin, that wonderful smile never straightened. As she placed her hands and fingers on the keyboard, it was evident that this was a first-time experience. It just didn’t feel natural.
Julia came in for her second lesson, each time feeling a little more at ease, despite the fact that her hands and fingers were still a little reluctant to cooperate. By the third lesson and fourth lessons, that began to change a little. The progress was slight but evident.
One thing that never changed was Julia’s smile which was accompanied by her genuine enthusiasm. With some encouragement, Julia didn’t even consider the idea that playing the piano was not possible.
By the fifth lesson, after doing a little shopping, Julia invested in a digital piano. Just when it didn’t seem possible for her enthusiasm to be any greater, she proved otherwise. While talking about her new piano, her face had a glow that radiated a passion that is indescribable. As the lesson progressed, it was obvious that she couldn’t wait to go home to apply her lesson to her new instrument.
By the way, it’s significant to share this. Julia’s decision to purchase that piano was not conditional on those lessons going well for her. She knew she was going to buy that piano. She was shopping for it from day one. Julia’s unconditional decision to enjoy those lessons and to buy a piano so she could have fun practicing at home represents the key to making it all happen.
Julia would be the first to tell anyone considering getting started with lessons that desire and a simple decision is all that is necessary. She doesn’t have any concern about not living up to someone else’s expectations. She knows for a fact that she has a piano teacher who accepts her situation unconditionally.
Earl Nightingale has been acknowledged as saying that “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Julia is already a success. She is just starting to play familiar melodies. Her fingers still fumble. But that smile sticks. She has learned to laugh at errors. Not only does she “believe” that she will be enjoying many more levels of success as she continues, she knows it. So do we.
The difference between Julia’s experience and that of the 90% we were referring earlier to is a tiny one.
Julia said “Yes” to the possibility and acted on it.