There were many times when I was learning to play the piano where I would be trying to learn something new (it may have been a new chord, fill or run, chord progression, or song) and I could just not seem to get it perfect like I wanted it to be.
I would become frustrated and perhaps throw my book on the floor in disgust or get up from the piano and just walk away angrily. However, frustration is part of learning. The important part is never to give up. The old timers said it like this “if you get bucked off the horse, go back and get back on the horse.” Otherwise you became known as “horse-shy.” Don’t be piano-shy!
Now that didn’t mean that you had to get back on the horse right then. Perhaps you came back several hours later or the next day and tried again. However, the important part is that you did not decide to just quit and become a loser. You decided to try again and become a winner. As the old saying goes “quitters never win and winners never quit.”
So, if you have hit a stumbling block in your playing or if you don’t even think you have the potential to learn, go back and try again. It’s how many times you fall and get back up that matter. It does not matter how many times you fall. No one has an easy road to learning, and we all had to spend a lot of time and practice and hard work to get to where we are today. (I remember a time in my life when I had a lot of free time where I literally spent 8+ hours practicing everyday.)
So don’t become disappointed or quit when you can’t get it perfect immediately, just go back and “get back on the horse” for another ride, and remember that frustration is part of learning. Now go practice!
Richard W. Smith
The Fastest and Easiest Way to Learn Pentecostal Piano and Gospel Keyboard