I Don't Practice, Just Play

I was fortunate to grow up in a house with a piano and lots of sheet music.  Never had a formal lesson, but learned almost entirely from figuring out new songs on my own.  It was my therapy before I even knew what therapy was.  Music was a way to escape to a better world. 

After many years of playing, I've gotten fairly good - or at least some people consider me to be a real pianist.  But that was never the goal.  I don't like to think of "practicing" the piano - as if learning a song or technique is mostly just preparation for some future payback.  I love my time alone at the piano, and I have felt this way since the beginning.  If there is an opportunity to perform for others, that is just icing on the cake.  

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4 Responses Feb 22, 2009

There is no such thing as practicing if you enjoy playing, you are right. Practicing has such negative connotations, like something you have to do to instead of want to do. Just to lose oneself in the music is reason enough to play. If one day I'm an old woman with arthritic fingers, I will still play, and my mind will trick me to remember how beautiful the music once was, as it always will be, and I will feel it all over again.

good for you . i played the organ when i was a child but not now! i bet you are good!

I know what you mean. I never felt the time passing me by when I was whispering a love song to my piano. That was another life!

Wow! self taught pianist, that's really impressing. I wander if there is anything you are not good at!<br />
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I wish I had time to play. It's been 10 years since the last time I played!! I just keep my piano as a coffin of my dreams.