• “Being In The Now”… The Key To New Insights

    in Self-Improvement

    Here’s the problem with any activity, skill, hobby, or craft that takes a considerable amount of time to master…

    You might even find this counter-intuitive but it’s: “memory.”

    Here’s why:

    The first time you do something is always a journey of discovery. You’ve never done the activity before so your mind is taking in all the minute details and making lots of connections. Your receptivity to learning is at its height.

    There are no labels or memories or comparable experiences to prejudge the new experience and thus learning is at its highest.

    However, after the hundredth time of doing something, the experience is usually different.

    For most people, the repetition brings about unconscious competence. This is when you really don’t have to think about what you’re doing. Like Nike, you “just do it.”

    In fact, we engage in many activities in an unconscious way, unaware of details that once fascinated us. We, instead, rely on our memories, labels, shortcuts, and experiences from the first time we did it. Unfortunately, this is when learning and discovery drops to zero because memories of past experiences take over.

    But if you live “TODAY” based on your memory of yesterday, you miss the gift of the present moment totally!

    “The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present!”
    -Bill Keane

    When you sit down to the piano, do you sit down with a fresh mind, open to learn new things? Or have you gotten stuck in what you “already” know?

    It’s great to have mastered things “unconsciously” but it could also be holding you back from mastering new things! In fact, the world changes so much that if you’re living based on a memory of the 70s, you keep from seeing things as they truly are.

    The next time you’re at the piano, try an exercise where you “forget” what you’ve learned about a particular chord or progression or key, and just approach it with a newness and freshness like never before.


    You’ll discover a whole new world. You’ll grow a whole lot faster and improve a lot quicker.

    It’s called “BEING IN THE NOW.”

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    Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

    Attention: To learn more about this, I recommend our 500+ page course: The "Official Guide To Piano Playing." Click here for more information.


    { 8 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Tommy JoAnn Bowers

    Dear Jermaine,
    I am very embarressed. I didn’t know until I tried to follow you on the computer, humming to try to get the note, but my hearing impairment prevents me from finding the notes and my voice doesn’t cooperate, I have pain in my throat when I try to even sing in church.
    I will send the large book and CD back to you and if you will tell me how much I owe you on postage I will send you a check.
    Please, forgive me for the trouble I have caused you.
    God bless you , you are doing a great thing for the people that have the health to do all of these things.
    Sincerely ,
    Tommy JoAnn Bowers


    2 timothy

    i have a genuine interest in purchasing ur song robot, but i am a bass player and your format is for keyboard players. my question is; can u label the actual bass notes on the song robot as this is the only way for me to know what is being played. thanks


    3 Jermaine Griggs

    On the song robot, the lowest note will be the bass naturally. So you can always take the notes played on keyboard (because the note names appear above them) and translate it to the bass. I hope this clarifies things. JG


    4 Dontae

    Hey Jermaine,

    Thanks for all the Lessons man, I know how sometimes things can “wear off” but i just wana let you know, that you ARE making a difference with all the awesome content you bring to the table for new comers.

    I’m not a new comer but i’m an aspiring musician and even though i know a lot already, there i will never be a time where you have nothing else to learn so I always keep the “I’m a Student” mind-set.

    but i wanted to ask you about something i’ve ben trying to figure out for a while.

    when I hear other professional musicians play normally what i call an “Ending Chord” whether it be the “1” or etc, they normally top it off with a fast “Lick” that runs to the very top of the board. I don’t mean just an inversion of the chord, its like some scale or something. could you explain this to me?


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