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“Mommy, my fingers won’t obey me!”

Sunday, October 06, 2013

That was the complaint of my 6 year old daughter when practicing piano 35 years ago.

She was a very conscientious child and always wanted to keep up with her sister who was 3 years older. The problem was that each time she came to the same few measures, she stumbled over them. This frustrated her immensely.

I had the same feeling this past week. Whenever I come to a particular hill, my legs won’t obey me. They will not run up that hill. I walk it instead.

Back in 1978 I reminded my daughter of her piano teacher’s solution. Each practice session concentrate just on the difficult measures. Play them over and over, 8 times, as slowly as necessary to keep the correct rhythm. Then play the entire piece.

So that’s my plan too. One day each week I will run that hill over and over, even if in the beginning it’s VERY slowly.

If I can stick to the plan, maybe I’ll have the same success as my daughter.

For the record, she never gave up. Both she and her sister played piano competitively through college while having enough time for class and many other activities (like marathons).

Practice (train) intelligently and concentrate on the hard stuff. That’s my plan for the week. We’ll see how it goes.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COLOR-BLUE 10/12/2013 6:42AM

    Brooklyn, I have faith in you! Just as your daughters succeeded and went beyond their expectations, emoticon too!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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TLG71567 10/8/2013 11:45PM

    Great advice. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 10/8/2013 11:08PM

  That is the exact same advice I gave my younger sister oh, so many years ago, when she was struggling with a piano piece and some difficult measures. You brought back a good memory. She conquered the measures. Though, unlike your daughters, she pretty much gave up playing piano as an adult.

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LINDAKAY228 10/8/2013 1:08PM

    You can do it one step at a time and breaking it down until your legs will obey!

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WILSONWR 10/7/2013 10:12AM

    You've always had a practical approach to overcoming any problem. Good for you!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/6/2013 10:45PM

    Great plan! You can do it. Let us know how it works out for you!

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MERRYMARY42 10/6/2013 10:21PM

    I will put that in practice as I try for 30,000 steps on Thursday, I will say 5,000 steps at a time, and hopefully I will succeed

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PHEBESS 10/6/2013 7:05PM

    Yup, you have a plan! And those legs will learn to obey!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/6/2013 4:08PM

    Perfect plan for conquering a difficult passage! Now, how do I conquer the desire to enjoy life, without going overboard? emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 10/6/2013 12:18PM

  OMG sounds so simple when you think about it! I will do the same when I get to the hill section of training.

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MYSTERYROSE74 10/6/2013 10:25AM

    Fantastic plan! I need to put this into practice too. Do the hard stuff over and over. emoticon

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DR1939 10/6/2013 9:15AM

    We do most of our walking on hills and it gets challenging at times, particularly if the wind is in our face. Good solution.

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CELIAMINER 10/6/2013 9:08AM

    I love reading inspiring blogs like this one. Instead of rah-rah and woohooo, you propose a useful solution to difficulty!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/6/2013 9:02AM

    A good plan! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/6/2013 8:33AM

    The things we learn from our children . . . and the wisdom and the kindness that comes out of our mouths when directed at THEM!!

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DARJR50 10/6/2013 8:21AM

  good advice

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