What’s it like taking music lessons with a TakeLessons instructor? This month, we’ve been following student Julie through her experience taking piano lessons with San Diego teacher Jordan M. Like many students, Julie was a bit nervous before her first lesson. Where is she at now? Take a look at her blog entry from her third lesson here…
I’m a little more than 3 weeks into my piano lessons and coming up on lesson #4! Now that I am past the basic logistics and fundamentals (notes, keys, etc.), I have been working on playing with both hands at the same time. Jordan and I have been working on 2nds, 3rds, fourths, and 5ths and incorporating these chords into my practice.
This past week was extremely challenging for me and it was the first time that I experienced frustration since I started lessons. As I’m adding additional elements and techniques, I’m finding that there are so many different elements to focus on and I’m having trouble keeping track of paying attention to multiple pieces at the same time. I have found that as we continue to add different challenges, I’m having the most trouble keeping a constant rhythm. So, at my lessons and when I practice at home, I’ve started to use a metronome which has helped me keep a steady pace as I play. I’ve created a weekly practice schedule to help keep myself accountable for practicing between lessons. I’ve scheduled 20 minutes into each day; however, I always end up practicing for much longer than 20 minutes. Once I sit down, I become so focused on what I’m playing and before I know it an hour has passed by. I really love challenging myself and practicing is a lot of fun. I’m also a perfectionist, so when I can’t play a song all the way through without making a mistake, I won’t stop practicing until I get it right.
Because of this, I’ve discovered that I truly love playing the piano and I’m passionate about progressing and getting better as time goes on.
For more in this series, browse through our Student Spotlight tag!