The Way of Piano is unique to each of us. Every one of us has a story to tell: of how we discovered our love for music, the part that piano playing has played in our lives, and what our attachment to the instrument means to us.
Your Stories is a unique collection of autobiographical sketches written by pianists from around the world, and from all walks of life, building into a wonderful tableaux of experiences that offer encouragement, inspiration, empathy and enjoyment. The series includes personal testimonies which will make you laugh, cry, reflect, and celebrate.
You can also submit your own story…
Why share YOUR story?
- Firstly, I would like to encourage you to reflect on your journey – and writing is a great way of doing that!
- Secondly, I believe that all our personal stories have value, and are worth reading. Your story will hopefully be an encouragement to others.
You may be surprised to hear this, but even if your own piano journey has seemed like a steady slog, learning over many years and quietly progressing, your story could bring inspiration to others. So please don’t hold back from sharing your experiences.
What to include
You might want to share a broad overview that touches on:
- When and why did you take up the piano?
- Any memorable experiences about lessons?
- Your performing, and the music you most enjoy playing;
- The hurdles you have encountered, and how you coped with them;
- What are your goals moving forward?
- How does piano playing fit into your broader lifestyle, work, family, etc?
- What does playing the piano mean to you?
Alternatively, you might prefer to focus on one particular story, an important event, turning point or anecdote.
I am keen to share stories which will interest, amuse, encourage and inspire other players, continuing to develop a wonderful bank of stories that celebrate our unique pathways as pianists.
How to Submit Your Story
Filling out the form:
You need to include your full name, contact email, and a short description of who you are. This will appear as the introduction to Your Story if published, so please briefly say who you are, where you are from, what you do. Just two sentences will suffice.
You can also include your website link if you wish this to be published with Your Story.
Lastly, you have an open text box into which you can write or paste Your Story in full. Please aim for between 500-1500 words, but this is just a guideline. There is no required word limit.
Don’t include any links, attachments or images – submissions including these will be automatically rejected.
PLEASE NOTE THE SMALL PRINT:
- Publications cannot be guaranteed, and depends on the quality and quantity of submissions.
- I aim to publish a spread of contrasting stories that reflect a wide range of those submitted.
- Published posts will be formatted to match the Pianodao house style.
- Please don’t use your submission merely for promoting your music, products or services.
- If I am able to publish Your Story, then I will contact you for a suitable photo via email.
- Publication does not guarantee that Your Story will remain on the site permanently.
- Similarly, should you ever change your mind about sharing Your Story here, just let me know, and it will be removed from the site asap.
- Your Story posts remain their author’s copyright, and the site owner accepts no liability for the content.
I can’t wait to read YOUR STORY!
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