Playing since the age of five, Lang Lang practiced hours a day. At nine years old, his teacher stopped teaching him stating that he lacked talent!
But he didn’t quit and today he is considered the world’s top pianist and play concerts all over the world, including at the White House.
Lang Lang is considered a piano “virtuoso” which means he can play any piece of music. He is amazing to listen to and to watch and is a model for us all to follow. His experience teaches us all to follow the following four rules:
Believe in yourself. Don’t listen to negative messages and people.
If you don’t practice you will never play well. Piano playing is like a perfect equation: What you put into it is exactly what you will get out of it. (See Suzuki).
Think about how you look as well as how you sound when you play.
When you are well prepared and put your heart into your playing it always shows.
Piano is the ultimate instrument in terms of skill and demand: Two hands have to play together simultaneously while navigating 88 keys. They can play up to 10 notes at a time. To manage all those options, pianists have to develop a totally unique brain capacity — one that has been revealed by science. (based on the article in PianoParents.net).