Here’s a bit of explanation.
The Art of Practicing approach is about doing less and feeling more.
It was born from my years of practicing meditation—which is also about doing less and feeling more.
I came to this simple, still posture at the piano directly through meditation—a practice of continually letting go of habitual restlessness and reactivity in your body and mind.
What’s great for a musicians is that this non-activity opens up the space for amazing things to happen inside your body, which is where music lives.
So you can get more satisfaction from connecting with music on the visceral and tactile levels, and you don’t feel the need to move around so much when you play. Everything comes from within.
And here’s what the arrows are about:
They show how you can use the force of gravity to support your playing mechanism while also receiving energizing feedback from the ground and from the instrument.
What’s also great is that after my posture changed at the piano through meditation practice, I learned that there’s a fundamental athletic principle at work here: When you really connect with the ground, it instantly allows your arms to be more free and powerful. Stability allows mobility.
You can learn the particulars of putting this basic principle into action—along with so many other elements of technique—in my new flextime course, Unlocking Natural Piano Technique. (Even if you just watch the recordings.)
There’s just one more day to apply. So check it out.
And if you’re thinking you can wait till next year, we might not have the funding then to offer it with these huge scholarships.
Not sure if it’s right for you? Let me know if you have any questions, or if you’d like a short conversation to help you figure it out.
Here’s to your freedom and confidence at the piano.