Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about balancing work and fun in your practice. I have often said that if you’re practicing correctly, it’s hard work! There are some things that are just really tough in practicing. Things like memorization and refinement—to do these things correctly, you must be present and focused. So what is this idea of having fun in your practice? Practicing can be rewarding, but fun isn’t exactly the right word. However, if you’re so hard on yourself that every time you practice, you may get to a point where just the thought of going to a piano gives you a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach, and you don’t even want to practice anymore; that is where you’ve lost the balance.