If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
My daughter, Amira, was given an assignment by her piano teacher: learn and master Chopin’s Nocturne in E Flat. Not the original piece, as she is only at the second-B level, but a simplified children’s version.
But apparently, no matter what version, Nocturne in E Flat can be a challenge, and learning the piece became an adventure in frustration for my daughter. So she was given a bit of advice: Master the right hand first, measure by measure. Then the left hand, measure by measure. Then play both hands together, measure by measure.
One measure at a time. Slow and steady. It took time, but guess what? She can play the piece now, and more importantly, Nocturne in E Flat has ceased to be Nocturne in Aggravation for her. Finally, my daughter can appreciate the beauty of the music.
If all I can do is start crawling, or start learning measure by painstaking measure, then I will begin. Page by page. Word by word. Day by day.