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Starting new things

I love student faces on their very first day of starting a new instrument. It doesn't matter if you are 5, 15 or 50 years old, starting new things can be scary. We might wonder, what did we get ourselves into? This is completely normal and in no way an indicator that you aren't capable of conquering this new challenge.When those feelings of fear kick in, just remember the best antidote to fear is taking action. Think of why you started this goal in the first place and write that down so you can look back at it later. Maybe you signed your daughter up for music lessons and after day 1 she says, "I don't want to do this, it's just too hard." You might even second guess yourself and ask yourself if she

should continue if she doesn't seem to enjoy it...well I'm here to give you some encouragement to hang in there a bit longer than just one day...actually give it a year. I know you likely didn't let her crawl forever right? First she had to start rolling over, then propping herself up, then sitting up, then crawling. Eventually when she did take those first magical steps, she probably took a tumble here and there but you just kept at it and here she is, thriving in gymnastics! By the way, how long did that take? Was she doing back flips right out of the womb? No, it took time, probably a few years before she could do a coordinated dance. The same concept applies with learning music because initially it's new. Remember it's new for everyone not just you. So if you see Rachmaninoff or hear Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, they started exactly where you did. If you want to be able to play a beautiful song, don't give up on the first day! You've just begun and you absolutely CAN do this!


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