When do you start getting tired?
When I first began playing piano, it was more difficult than learning many things like math, language and social studies. In a way, my playing is similar to that of a 3-year old. I still have some learning to do.
There are a lot of people who are just starting to learn piano. I like to think that it’s pretty easy.
Are there any special skills that you find hard to learn?
I do play fast but I have had so many days where I did not know the second measure when I reached a crescendo (that is the highest note from D minor scale). However, there was a couple of days where I did not even know the first measure when I reached a crescendo. So on some days, the piano did not seem to be working for me at all. As hard as being able to play fast and without errors in a short interval, is to play a song or a solo, there are also days in which I cannot play piano at all for several days.
Have you met any pianist who has the ability to do a solo like it?
I have not met a pianist yet who was just starting piano and was able to do a perfect solo in a short time, or a full-on solo in a short period of time such as the way that many of the great piano players do.
When a pianist comes to a concert, I’m sure it’s not the last time that they will be the same person the next day. I hope that at the end of their concert, the pianist will be exactly the same, in the same state of mind when they left. It doesn’t matter how much practice they had, or how much hard work they put in the previous day, when you are a pianist, it is hard to get ahead. A person with great concentration and drive will definitely stand out after a few years.
And what makes piano different from other forms of music?
Every form of music, including jazz, ballet, opera, musical theatre and more, has different parts and has different techniques. That part is very important as a way to play the piano for the piano player.
Have you ever been in a position of power over someone else?
I don’t do it frequently today, but there are times when I had some kind of relationship I used to have in the past with someone. Nowadays,