Category: "What I've Learned from Playing the Piano"

Pausing in Place

September 5th, 2014
How many times have you been told to reach beyond your comfort zone? It's popular advice that spills from the mouths of career coaches as well as the pages of motivational self-help books. But we cannot forget the occasions when success requires a different approach. more »

Inspire Me Please

September 7th, 2010
"I'm sad that he wants to quit," Andy said to me, speaking of his teenage son who had been learning to play the guitar. Strangers and friends often express feelings like Andy's after they hear me play a song on the piano. They ask me what I think about… more »

What I've Learned From Playing the Piano - Final Entry

January 22nd, 2010
The last entry in my "What I've Learned from Playing the Piano" series is simply a recap.  The end of the series does not indicate the end of learning because as long as I continue to play, I will continue to learn.Here's what was written over the l… more »

What I Learned from Playing the Piano Part VII: Remember What is Important

January 11th, 2010
When a performer sits down to play, it's likely that he is concerned he'll make a mistake. In Part II, we talked about the crippling power of vanity and how nervousness can ruin a performance.  In addition to controlling one's attitude, a seasoned… more »

What I Learned From Playing the Piano Part VI: Hobbies are Vital

December 29th, 2009
The recent gift-buying season proved just how difficult it is to select a present for someone who has no hobbies. It's easy to find a new project for a model-building enthusiast, a book for the avid reader, or warm clothes for the skier, but when it… more »