So you want to learn to play the piano...Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 14:59
A friend of mine who's currently overworked casually mentioned that next year he'd like to work less, and learn how to play the piano. So this article caught my eye this morning, and I thought I'd share. If anyone has read the book, or has insight into this method, please chime in. - Michael
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by Richard Eisenberg | NextAvenue.org
Every day, I walk down the stairs into the living room and there it is: The Piano.
This glorious grand Knabe belonged to my mom when she was a child in Newark, N.J. Then, my sister, Robin, tickled the same ivories growing up in our family’s suburban house (I can hear her playing Beethoven’s “Für Elise” now).
But when my parents downsized to an apartment a few decades ago, they had no room for the piano and neither did Robin. So my wife, Liz, and I inherited it. We don’t play.
I can bang out a tune by ear with the wrong fingers, but that’s about all. Periodically, I’ve thought about taking lessons and decided against it. I felt that I’d be embarrassed about playing badly, which would lead to aggravation and then anger. What fun is that?
The way to overcome my fears
He convinced me that I can get past my apprehensions by following his rules. If you’ve put off learning a skill due to similar concerns, you should rethink your inertia, too – especially if you’re in your 50s or 60s.
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Video of Josh Kaufman explaining the method, from his website: