Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Can you take criticism on how you play music?

Unfortunately, there's a lot of people out there who like to say what they think. At times these actually decide to turn that into a living and so the critic is born.

This interesting creature very often likes to say bad & ugly things about you. Not all are so.
However, some of the hardest things you may hear will actually come from people you know & love.

When I was around 12/13, my piano tuner finished his job and asked me to try the piano out.
I wanted to impress him & my mom so I played the piece I was studying. When I finished the last note, I felt all cool about my 'amazing' performance, only to turn around and find a cold, stern face. He said: "You can't play the piano if you put no feeling into it" and walked away.

Useless to say, I felt terrible about it. However on that day I learned three of my life's most powerful lessons:
  • Don't let others tear you down if you know have given your best
  • Learn to turn harsh criticism into constructive feedback
  • Never get comfortable at what you do. If you feel easy, it's time to move on to a new challenge
Now you can go off feeling sad for little 12-year old Christian verbally demolished by his piano tuner or go and buy one of my CDs and tell me if you think there's feeling & emotions in it!



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