Absolutely not. I’m going to need a bit of time before I can fully grasp this thing, but I plan on getting a few lessons and practicing every day, and eventually I’ll be an absolute breeze. I still remember the first time I practiced with them. I’d come home and I could do nothing but sit through a lot of practice. I didn’t even have a practice mat, I was just sitting on my back for hours and hours, and I was like, ‘Oh my god this is so hard.’ But you learn so much from practice and you start getting a different rhythm and feel for what you can do now, so I know I can improve.”
You mention that in your practice you can still catch yourself in a rut or make mistakes. Can you explain why that is?
“First off, I have so many habits for a really good pianist, and I’m definitely one of the biggest pianists you’ll play with. When you play with a real, live teacher, you learn how to use your body and your brain. If you’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what I do now, I have to learn something else,’ you will get caught.”
On the other hand, do you take a break from practicing to get away from what is going wrong?
“I do. But it’s because I just have a very strict routine, and I have to be on my game every day, and have to go over all of my mistakes. I have to practice every day, and as soon as I’m finished it’s over. I’m usually home by 6pm and I’m practicing until midnight. So I would have to take a couple of days off. I never know when the next morning’s going to be, or how long it’ll be until I’m ready to play again. If I want good and great piano playing, I need to work all day. If I want to be better, then I’m out there for a long time.”
You said that the most obvious signs that your progress is coming to an end are when you play with just one or two other people. Can you tell me something else in terms of when this might happen for you?
“We have three members of the band, and we’re not so competitive. It’s not like we’re like, ‘Oh, we’re going to do this, we’re going to do that.’ It’s just, we’re practicing together on a day-to
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