What are some things you want to learn in life? How about things you need to learn? How excited are you at the prospects of either? Now, what about things you want to unlearn, whether stopping or changing to do, think, or believe? And things you need to unlearn? Were answers for things to unlearn as obvious as things to learn? Are you as excited about things to unlearn as things to learn?
If you were asked what you learned from a list of people you could recall to any extent, could you give an answer for each of them? It doesn’t have to be something new, good, or useful that you learned from them, necessarily, just something. Can you?
How much of a mistake do you consider a mistake you made to be if you learned something from it? Are you the type who retells yourself the story to reduce the value of the mistake with a silver lining, even if you don’t reduce it quantitatively like making it half a mistake? Or are you the type who stick with a mistake is a mistake? Or perhaps you go the other way to consider no mistake to be one if you learned something from it like I once did? I changed from that view because I found I was letting myself off the hook too easily for my liking regarding accountability.
About a month ago, I saw an article on the BBC, with video, about pianist James Rhodes and his attempt to teach the masses to play a Bach prelude (in C, BWV 846) on the piano in six weeks at about 40 minutes per day. I thought it was convincing. I liked how it wasn’t about scales and other monotonous piano and mandatory musical teachings. And I thought six weeks at 40 minutes a day was a reasonable commitment I could commit to just to see if I could do it as a catalyst to a more serious attempt at learning piano. So off I went to order a cheap keyboard and James Rhodes’ How to Play the Piano book, to be supplemented by his website, to learn the piece below!