As a child, I loved playing piano...music...pieces...'stuff' that would impress family, friends, and others. But I definitely did not like practicing!
My teacher was a very smart lady, and a little intimidated by my mother I think, but she didn't force me to play scales, etc., and gave me music I liked. I always managed to make it sound good, by devising my own ways of getting those notes in to express what I was hearing in my head.
It was only in my middle forties that I consciously realized that I was `teaching` the same way, with more direction for `pattern memory', but with the goal being that these `students` would play music, through piano, or any other instrument, for the rest of their lives for their own pleasure. That in the course of being `taught`, they would NOT be put off by rules, the `right` way to play — the `right` music to play — and what `grade` they were in.
I have chosen certain prevalent patterns such as triads, arpeggios, tremolo, to name only three of the 20-30 in my books for beginning to advanced level, and set them up in sections. Each of these sections contains 5-8 compositions in the public domain classical repertoire which uses these patterns extensively. That is how the technique is learned.
I give a list of additional examples on the explanatory page preceding the musical examples. These additional examples contain non-public domain music, as well as jazz, popular, and any other selections I have come across in my researching, which I feel demonstrate the pattern being represented.
This does not mean that if a student wishes to do scales, etc., in the traditional manner, that he/she should not. Please...learn standing on your head, upside
down if you wish.
Just enjoy what you are doing, and do it as best you can.
And don't forget..MUSIC...self-expression through sound is what it's all about.
Thank you for reading my spiel, and now I hope you pick up a piece of music you like, and just play! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!