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Pathways for Living

We pianists know that self-evaluation is crucial to our progress and musical development. Pianodao takes this basic principle and places the process of reflection within a much broader context – our journey through life.

Many of the problems and issues that we grapple with have very little to do with our pianism and musical understanding, and far more to do with our physical limitations, tension, mental state and internal beliefs. The work of a piano teacher can sometimes have as much to do with helping students to address these issues as it does with conventional pedagogical content.

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?

I have found that the philosophical wisdom of Daoism (“Taoism”) and other Eastern traditions can offer fresh perspectives and an insightful approach – one which celebrates inter-connectedness in all things, rather than isolating disconnected specialisms as so often happens in Western thinking.


Recent Highlights


The Pianist’s Motivations
This article consider the many and complex motivations we all experience in life, focussing in on the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, and how each pertains to our piano playing.
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The Pianist’s Kindness
How can we encourage the piano community to be a kinder one? As always, the answer must begin with ourselves …
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The Pianist’s Overthinking
If we overthink an upcoming performance, this can undoubtedly contribute to performance anxiety. And in the same way, if we overthink life in general, this can have a significant and debilitating effect on our whole lives.
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Is Mindfulness Relevant to Piano Playing?
Guest author Doug Hanvey explains how mindfulness techniques can be used to enhance piano playing, teaching and learning.
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A Shared Journey

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