“During my 25 plus years of piano teaching, a significant portion of my clientele has always been adults -adults who have a life of their own, established in their own right when it comes to their business or other – who just made the choice to supplement their lifestyle with getting involved playing music. Among those whom I’ve had the privilege of coaching have been nurses, doctors, successful businessmen, lawyers, men and women from all avenues. The differences from one person to another were plenty, let me tell you. But each and every one of them had one thing in common – they wanted music to be a part of their lives.
Well, that certainly doesn’t surprise me.
‘Why’ you may ask…
You see, it’s my conviction that each and every one of us has the innate desire and ability to express ourselves musically. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was right on the money when he said ‘Music is the universal language of mankind.’ That being true, why should anyone be deprived of the ability to speak this language? Bill Evans, legendary jazz pianist, composer, arranger extraordinaire stated, ‘When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.’
So let me present another question to you. Why should anyone deprive himself or herself of this privilege of self discovery? Trust me, friend, if you have not given yourself the permission to get involved expressing yourself though music, you are depriving yourself.
Now, I can already hear what many people are thinking at this point. ‘But, Dave, how can I express myself musically when I don’t even know one note from another on the piano?’ Or ‘Dave, I only know how to play one chord, and that’s it – how in the world can I be creative?’
Whatever comebacks you might have to my claim, let me counter your offer with this. When you were a child and you knew nothing but ‘goo goo’ and ‘gaa gaa’ … why didn’t you let that stop you from learning more? Hmmm? Answer that for me please.
The truth is that you had a natural desire to express – and you learned little by little. Now the big question: as you listened and learned a little here and a little there, did you judge yourself for what you couldn’t yet say or understand? Let me ask you that again. Did you judge yourself for what you couldn’t yet say or understand?
Absolutely not… and why? Please pay attention to the answer to this: the reason you didn’t judge yourself for what you lacked was because you did not yet learn how to judge yourself! Did you get that? The reason you didn’t judge yourself for what you lacked was because you did not yet learn how to judge yourself!”
– excerpt from I Always Wanted To Play The Piano But…