It’s Easier to Practice When the Music’s Fun

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, September 5, 1913: I have such a pretty piece of music. I think I’ll have this one in better condition than my other ones, because I like it and it isn’t very hard.

A 1913 Song Book

A 1913 Song Book

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Way to go, Grandma! I’m glad that you’re finally able to play some fun music—and you’re going to be well prepared for your weekly piano lesson

You’ve only been taking lessons since June—and so many diary entries have suggested that you’ve struggled to practice.

It is so much easier to practice pretty music than uninteresting pieces. Maybe you’re getting past those boring “beginner” pieces.

12 Responses

  1. I definitely agree with her. It is a lot more fun to practice a piece that is fun or something that you know the melody of.

  2. Oh, those beginner music books were SOOO boring! It is nice to read that Grandma’s finally enjoying her piano.

  3. This is so true! I am not a music person but my husband is a band director, one of my daughters also, and my son is in college majoring in music education although he really wants to perform. We told him he needed a backup plan! I have been around it enough to realize that if the piece is fun they will practice more.

  4. Ah, the joy of finding something both pleasing to play AND within your skill level. Then you’ve got something you can practice and practice until you get it just right. I still have a couple of those memorized, after all these years.

    • When I was a child taking piano lessons, I can remember a couple Christmas songs and Broadway show tunes that I really liked to practice. Unfortunately I didn’t stick with it, and can barely play any more.

  5. My Mom took lessons in her 60’s! Just goes to show it’s never too late to start! Sorry not relevant to your post but I keep thinking Helena should have started as a young child every time I see a piano post and then I just remembered my mom.

    • The older I get, the more awesome I think it is when people in the 50s, 60s, 70s or beyond learn new things. People like your mother can be role models for us.

  6. This is an encouraging diary post!

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