Playing the piano is a physical activity. Overuse syndrome is real and not uncommon problem. According to a CBC article it is the number one cause of young students dropping out of music programs in university.
For adult music students burnout among the driven and enthusiastic is not uncommon. The middle aged golfer Dan, invented the Dan plan. His plan? He would practice golf for 10,000 hours and go pro.
His body let him down in the end.
So, what you do you do if you recognise yourself in these stories?
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.