Spiritual Exercise

Piano Player by Sir_Leif at flickr.com
In his column for the FT this week Harry Eyres writes about taking piano lessons again after an improbably long time since his last one.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect from my lessons,” he says, “but I thought fingering, accuracy and rhythmic sharpness would be on the agenda.  Not a bit of it.  We have hardly gone into fingering and he seems positively to relish wrong notes.  He is almost entirely focussed on the quality of sound I make, which is too hard and restricted.  This is turn has to do...