Many of the problems and issues that I and my students grapple with have very little to do with our pianism and musical understanding, and rather more to do with our physical limitations, tension, mental state and internal beliefs.
We all have a life outside of our piano playing, and it is clearly worthwhile considering the connections between our experience of life and our ongoing musical development. But where do we start?
One of my initial reasons for starting the Pianodao site was to reflect on our journey as pianists in the broader context of our journey through life – and to do so in the context of my interest in Daoist philosophy. You can read more about why I started Pianodao here.
The Pianist’s Reflections
This is a special series through which I reflect on specific aspects of the pianist’s life and character. Here are the articles in the series so far:
- The Pianist’s Anonymity
- The Pianist’s Anxiety
- The Pianist’s Emotions
- The Pianist’s Expertise
- The Pianist’s Handshake
- The Pianist’s Lineage
- The Pianist’s Self-compassion (Frances Wilson)
- The Pianist’s Solitude (Frances Wilson)
A new series of articles now appears early each month, offering seasonal reflections and advice based on Daoist wisdom.
The following articles about lifestyle issues on Pianodao have proved popular with other readers:
- Is Mindfulness Relevant to Piano Playing?
- Social Media and Feelings of Inadequacy
- Three Basic Lifestyle Questions
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