Find a way to enjoy playing the piano in any situation. You owe it to yourself, and yes, it’s possible.
It’s possible to sit down at the instrument, in front of an audience, and thoroughly enjoy yourself.
During my many years of playing piano at home, in senior centers, in schools, at Carnegie Hall, at jazz festivals, and just about anywhere else I can find a piano, I’ve come to realize that it’s up to me to find a way to enjoy myself wherever I’m performing.
The key for us is to listen to the music and enjoy it. More specifically, it’s to allow the part of us that enjoys playing piano to open up a little and manifest, in the midst of all our conflicting emotions. It’s about “flow.”
I once decided to play a very simple piece in a big formal concert for about 800 people, and study if it was possible to completely relax on stage, as if I was playing for myself in my own living room. To my astonishment, I found that this is indeed possible.
The key is to allow ourselves to tap into our enjoyment of the act of playing piano.
No matter who is listening.
No matter where we are.
No matter what we’re playing.
Yes, it’s possible, if we decide to study the process for ourselves. It may take some time, but once you come out the other side, it’s wonderful. In a sense, it’s being selfish in a positive way. You love music, and you won’t let anything interfere with your enjoyment of it. Do it for yourself, and as a by-product of sorts, your listeners will receive more as well.
Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”