Piano Lessons in Tulsa | Confidence

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All right. In the second edition of the Curtis music Academy podcast, we’re going to be discussing how confidence is what we need when we’re performing, how to be confident when performing. This could be performing anything, performing a song, a vocal piece. It can be performing a guitar solo It could be performing in an opera, it could be performing in a dance, you know, like hip hop, dance or dance performance. It could be, you know, vehicle, car performance. So today what I’m really going to hit on is the principles. What does it take to be confident when performing? So without further ado, my name is Steven.

I have been a music instructor for going on six years now. I was going to say going on seven years, but it’s only been, I’ve taught [inaudible] for solid five years and this is going on my sixth year. And I tell you what, I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I love teaching music, I love teaching guitar and giving piano lessons in Tulsa. And it is amazing. I love it. It is the best thing I have. One of the best things I have ever done in my life. And so I would say I’ve got lots of confidence when performing music in front of people. I know that I have practiced and practiced in practice for at least, you know, a thousand hours, a thousand plus hours, you know, probably 5,000 hours of just guitar practice at this point.

And I love music. I love playing the guitar. It’s one of the things I’m best at. I love playing songs. I’m good at practicing. I’m good at disciplining myself at home to practice what I need to practice to sound good doing it. I’m very good at that. And so what I want to do is help give you the tools to be the best that you can be as well. now my first point is going to be competence through repetition. So competence is really the key to confidence. Confidence is the byproduct of competence. So what does it take to be competent at something? Well, first it takes knowledge. You have to know what you’re doing.

You have to know what it is that you’re beginning to formulate. Beginning to play. You have to have knowledge about said thing so that know what to do. The knowledge will tell you what to do. It won’t and how to do it, but it won’t tell. It won’t make you do it. So competence is knowledge plus application. Much application I would say in piano lessons in Tulsa. So took to become competent in anything takes repetitious practice, practice and diligence. Diligence is going to be applied effort over time. And I would give yourself yourself, especially when it comes to piano lessons in Tulsa give ourselves anywhere from six months to a year to become really good at your instrument.

Some people, their sites, their sites are really short and they want to be good in three weeks, sometimes even three days and very rarely three minutes. But it’s very important that you give yourself a smart goal. A smart goal is a specific goal, a measurable goal, an achievable goal, a realistic and relevant goal in piano lessons in Tulsa. And then lastly, a time bound goal, a timely goal. How much time have you given yourself to learn the thing? Is it enough time? Is it too short amount of time? You know, you want to start asking yourself the questions, right? So con competence through repetition. Repetition is going to be the lifeblood of practice and practice will be the lifeblood of competence. And repetition and competence is just the byproduct and well it’s not the byproduct, but it is just the, the key to confidence in piano lessons in Tulsa. So if you want to be good at anything, do it over and over and over again until you can’t get it wrong.

The second point will be confidence. Competence leads to confidence. So when you’re confident it’s there is a true part of being confident where you can be a little over confident. We don’t want to be over confident. We want to be confident enough, confident enough to be dangerous. We want to be confident enough to be dangerous. And so what that means is that you don’t demean yourself or think that you are less, as good as you think you should be. You don’t want to think of yourself as puny or tiny or can’t do anything.

You want to think of yourself as competent and confident about what you’ve learned, what you’ve practiced, what you’ve repeat repeatedly done at home that has made you good and potentially great at what you’re about to perform. Confidence is thinking of ourselves in the best light, and so there you go. That is confidence in piano lessons in Tulsa. My third point is to have more fun. You are definitely confident when you’re having fun, when you’re having fun, you’re not thinking about what you’re not good at, what you can’t do. Because if you were thinking about what you can’t do, what you can’t sound like, how bad you play, you wouldn’t be having fun. So it because it’s not fun to suck.

So we want to have fun. It’s important that we have fun and that we enjoy what we do. And I guarantee you competence leads to confidence, but confidence definitely leads to fun. And so if you’re having fun, that’s a great sign that you know, you’re, you’re doing things in the right order that you’re putting in the practice time that you’re putting in the work that you’re putting in, the repetitions to become good at whatever you’re wanting to become good at. And so I hope you see the key here, when performing really when doing anything, you know, confidence is really just with strength. You know, con is the root, one of the prefixes of it in this width, you know, that comes from the root word width.

So with, fit dense or finite or something done well or with a definition with definition, with, with strength. And so we want to definitely have strength with our performance. We want to be confident with our performance. And so what did we learn? We learned that we, in order to become competent, we have to use repetitious actions. We must do one action over and over and over until we cannot do it wrong. It’s important that we do very well at this. It’s important that we apply ourselves and apply the knowledge that we have been given. The knowledge that we have learned. One of my favorite quotes is knowledge is power.

but it’s only half. True. Knowledge is not power in itself. Otherwise I would be an extremely powerful individual. I know a lot about a lot, I know a lot about music, but that’s not what makes me powerful. What makes me powerful is the ability to apply what I know. And they say that that is the true measure of intelligence is action. And so go ahead and put yourselves, put your knowledge to work, put your knowledge to the plow and make it do something. So it’s important that we definitely do our best. We want to make sure that we are the best at what we do because it is, it is honorable, it inspires others to be great. And it also makes us just better. It makes us more skilled. We can make more money and become a great person, a great musician, a great individual, a great and skilled mentor. Hopefully one day. So anyways, repeat, repeat, repeat, have confidence and have fun doing it.