Some of the wonderful folks over at Jemsite.com asked me to write a guest post for their blog. Although the site is primarily geared toward guitar enthusiasts, they wanted something that would be applicable to all musicians. Thus was composed, I’m Dreaming…Of Becoming a Great Musician:
Some things in life occur instantaneously. Learning to play a musical instrument is not one of them.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent many an aspiring musician from entertaining grand visions of becoming an overnight virtuoso. Here’s how it usually works: You hear someone perform a musical selection that sends shivers up your spine. Inspiration strikes and you determine that you, too, can learn to play that piece. So you set out to acquire the necessary equipment, music, and instruction to make your dream a reality. This is the oft-traveled path of an eager teenage student to the door of my piano studio. And so begins my role as teacher-turned-cheerleader-turned-counselor as I try to keep the dream alive amidst the rigors and realities of the daily discipline of learning a musical instrument.