How do you practice piano?
That is the golden question.
How do you get to a certain level, play a certain piece?
I am and I’m not.
I’ve been through the tears and struggles of practicing wrong. Forcing myself to practice.
It is hard and stressful.
No one ever talks about this, just like no one ever talks about the number of times a gymnast falls off the vault before the Olympics, and what it feels like to risk smashing your own head to the ground in front of a million people.
I took several long breaks from piano because of this. Like the violinist Ji Hae Park, only without severe depression.
Sometimes it was a race against myself. “When will I accomplish this?” I’d think.
Here’s how to get through that.