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Ben Vincenti    August 30, 2016

My Biggest Regret

I’ve been thinking if I should write this for ages. It’s a personal story about something I experienced years ago, when I was just 6 years old, and has haunted me ever since. It’s a story about my biggest regret.

At the age of 6, my mother (with the best of intentions) sent my brother and I to piano lessons after school. I remember being pretty worn out after a whole day and the only thing I really felt like doing was going home to play computer games. More so, I dreaded going to piano lessons because I was terrified of our teacher. She was super strict and had zero tolerance for mistakes. She would literally shout at me if I pressed the wrong key or went out of tune. I never peed myself but I recall breaking down in tears on many occasions.

My character at the time was totally incompatible with her teaching style. The fact that I was terrified of making mistakes stifled my learning development entirely. So one day, I gave up and told my mother that “I was never going back to that horrible witch” and that “I would never play the stupid piano ever again”. And I never did. As I got older, I grew envious of piano players. I could have been a great piano player if only I didn’t give up, if only my teacher wasn’t such a b*tch. Still, the fear of making mistakes, of going out of tune, remained me throughout the years and I never attempted it again. This is my biggest regret.

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The piano I used to practice on at my mum’s house

Some good did come out of this negative experience though. I made it a point that Trackage Scheme would have a music school, with professional, down-to-earth and motivational tutors. I wanted aspiring musicians, of any age, to actually have fun learning an instrument, not feel as if they’re going to the slaughter. Isn’t enjoyment what music is all about anyway?

Meeting friendly, down-to-earth music teachers has also changed my mind about piano lessons and I’m really excited to start lessons again with our own piano teacher, Milica. I know, I know, I shouldn’t have waited for so long, but the time never felt right, until now. But hey, better late than never, right?

If you’ve been through a similar experience or started but gave up music for whatever reason, remember that you’re not the only one. It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to fail. Actually, failing is part of the learning process. We just need pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and learn from the mistakes we make. And when it comes to music, having friendly, supportive and motivating tutors makes a hell of a difference, so never settle for anything less.

Don’t live with regret. Join our music school today.

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