Chizuko Yoshihiro

Who is Chizuko Yoshihiro? One of the millions of impressive keyboard players that the world has to offer…

I’ve always said that I just can’t get enough of the Internet, especially Youtube. It is incredible how much you can get from it and of course, how much you can learn – you can learn anything!

Last night, while checking out the plugin called New-Soul Keys I came across Chizuko Yoshihiro, who appeared on my “Youtube suggestions”. She was presented to me as “an amazing gospel pianist” or something like that so I didn’t think it twice as I clicked on the link, which was the discovery of an amazing pianist indeed.

You don’t have to worry if you’ve not heard of her before, but you should feel some kind of happiness now of knowing of her existence… she is a great pianist and a great source of inspiration as she is super versatile.

Chizuko Yoshihiro is a pianist, keyboardist and composer from Japan, best known for her versatility in jazz, soul, blues and gospel music.

She has performed and/or recorded with wide range of artists and bands including the Blues Queen Marva Wright, The Wild Magnolias, gospel music artist Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, a legendary drummer Bernard Purdie, and with Japanese artists such as Yasuko Agawa, Rie Akagi, Junshi Yamagishi, Carlos Kanno, and Jimsaku.

Check out the video that got me into Chizuko:

And after watching that video I have been listening to her album called “Conscious Mind”, which is more a blend of funk and soul, check it out:

Enjoy it!

How to maintain your motivation

Feeling unmotivated to play the piano lately? Is it the cold, the heat or perhaps your piano? It can be anything, however lack of motivation is something you don’t want to face, especially if you are just on the beginner stage. BUT, motivation as you might know is like a cycle, it is like life in general, with ups and downs and the only thing you can do is to enjoy the ride and go with the flow.

Lack of motivation is something you will face at every step in your musical career. Do professional-famous musicians feel it too? Of course. Even the most dedicated, full time musos feel this way from time to time. Why does it happen? mmm… I am not a psychologist or anything like that but everything is in your mind and your feelings. Perhaps there is something else happening in your life that is affecting your motivation for playing the piano. So how can you get motivated again? How can you fall in love with your piano and your playing again?

Piano lovers, 3 simple steps to revive the flame between you and your piano playing:

1. Remember. Why did you start playing the piano? Have you asked yourself lately? Do you know the reasons why you started learning/playing the piano? This is the key to everything! Learning an instrument requires a huge investment of your time and effort so the reasons why you are playing the guitar have to be strong enough to keep you on the right track.

I know you have your own reasons, but let’s make a little chart with the right and not so right reasons that can get you into the piano world.

I started learning to play the piano because of these right reasons:

  • I love how a pianist looks on stage and I knew since I was a kid that I wanted to look like one of them.
  • I always had the dream of playing the piano but wasn’t possible until now
  • It gives me chills everytime I listen to a pianists
  • I can feel every classical piano piece
  • I love how a well played piano sounds and I want to play like that
  • I love music and I would love to learn to play an instrument
  • I wanna be a solo pianists because I love music

I started learning to play the piano because of these not-so-right reasons:

  • My parents pushed me to learn to play the piano but I don’t like it
  • I am learning to play the piano so I can get to know some girls/boys
  • I wanna be a rockstar cause I wanna be rich
  • I want fame no matter what costs…
  • I would love to be on TV
  • etc, etc, etc

So, what is the reason you started to play piano? And of course, why do you practice piano everyday? To achieve your goals! You have to keep in mind that practice is a must, so always think about why you started to follow your dream… write it down somewhere to keep it in your mind, never forget the reasons why you fell in love with this beautiful instrument and why you still are.

2. Inspiration. Tired of the same old piano songs? Your source of inspiration is running out of stock? Get inspired with something new. Remember, inspiration can come from any source, not only music or pianists you like. It can be out there, just around the block… it can be anything you feel a connection with. Going to an open area, like a river or a park, sit down, relax, enjoy the view, the sounds, the kids running, birds flying, anything.

If you ask me, my main source of inspiration is music, not rock, not pop or blues or jazz, music in general! All sorts of music. Another source of inspiration I have found lately is city noises, cars, cellphone ringtones, closing doors and of course, people talking. Try to find a new source of inspiration, something that whenever you feel it, hear it, see it or touch it, it makes you want to go to sit down on your piano and play something.

3. Routine. Is your practice routine boring? Are you tired of it? Is it the most efficient practice routine for your learning and needs? This is a very common mistake. Are we trying to learn too many things too fast? Think about it. If you don’t have any idea about your practice routine check this out.

If you are feeling unmotivated, leave a comment below, tell us about you and your practice routine… we might have the right answer for you or some sort of inspiration that might work for you to get back on the ride to reach your dreams!

I hope this helps and I really hope you are motivated to keep going with your guitar playing! If not, think about these 3 easy steps and put them into practice.