Over the past couple of weeks I've been doing a lot of brainstorming with my students during their lessons. Often we'll use brainstorming as part of our methods for trying to solve problems, but lately I've been using it more as a way to intentionally create problems. Now, why would I ever be so mean as to make life more difficult for you? Lets find out.
There's a certain life-cycle that most of you go through when learning a song:
1. Learn the song
2. Finish learning the song
3. Promptly forget the song
Your experience is the same as everyone else's - Step 1 takes up the most time, and it's usually the part you want to get over and done with quickly. A lot of you have expressed that you most enjoy playing piano when you've finished learning a song, so why not extend that part of the process and build some extra skills at the same time?
Here's where the brainstorming comes in. Suppose your task was to come up with a list of possible ways to make playing the song you just learned harder. What would be on that list? Here are some ideas for your next practise session to potentially make that hard-earned song more difficult again!
Are there any others that I've missed on the list above?
Things I've been watching/listening to this week: