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    It was good day yesterday, though I reduced time of fun to minimum and was working on this exercise that gives me so much trouble. Finally I got it in really slow tempo... I am not there yet... but based on experience from my practice sessions now it should be slightly easier. Hard work pays off. Happy to have it already I could spend more minutes having just fun with what I know how to play already and enjoy my piano. SO, I really recommend working hard, it gives you loads of satisfaction and moves you a bit forward. Rest of the time I spend to finally putting together my monthly updated where I am with my piano journey. I am on my level 5 in my app. And there are pieces that are up to level 18. Well, I am still beginner, but happy one because I am moving forward. If it is the same with you, let's be proud that we are there were we are. Year ago I was almost zero... today... much further.
    So, today we move again forward. I am not sure I will ever play pieces on level 18. That are for true pianists, with proper education I guess, pianists you can hear and watch playing most advance pieces you can imagine. There is no doubt that one day it would be beautiful to play like them, there are years to come to get there, and there is possibility that will never happen. But aiming there, why not? Who knows, maybe not me, but maybe you are true talent, that needs to be awaken... play... you never know. Maybe even me, who knows. Many times it is said something is impossible, only because no one has ever done something. Try, maybe you will be proof that is different. Play today again. Have fun. Practice those hard bits - they lead to promised land.

    Below my monthly update with my progress. Simple piece for many advanced piano enthusiast, piece that thought me a lot of things though. I will write it on my blog soon. Still running out of time to do it all. But video is ready. It is not perfect, because it is a documentation of the process. This bit of music is now part of my FUN DAY play. Take care. Have a great day!

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    And another day... another day to play... another day to improve... another day to learn something new... another day to have a bit of fun with music... Let's focus on day tasks and do them as efficiently as possible as quick as possible to save as much time for what we want to do. Play better, play more, and enjoy faster our music. Nothing to loose only more to gain. Let's have fun today. Let's PLAY All the best to all of you
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    Days of focus for me. I almost learnt that exercise that gave me so much trouble, apparently it is new for me that is why was so hard. But bit by bit I did it. It is not perfect yet, but now I am able to play it from the beginning to the end with no mistake most of the time. Only one way can lead us there, to mastery faster then anything. and it is obviously: practice every day. Oh, with that experience I even more suggest for all of us to remember there must be a lot of fun part in your practice sessions too. Just to keep going. We want to keep going right? When I see how people can play, I always remind myself that they had to go through same path to get there. If they get there we can too. Of course some people are more talented and it comes for them easier, they reach level of mastery faster then others, it doesn't mean though we can't do it. It doesn't mean we can't enjoy our own music, path to get to the place where we will be proud of what and how we play. One stays always the same... we need to have this practice time. More I believe better. Of course when you can do it more. I remember times when even one hour gave me real kick and I couldn't do more. Now, after about one and half hour I feel my hands are on fire, literally I feel the warmth and everything I know to play seems more easy to play, but I have only two hours during my day for my piano. So I save that last half hour for having more fun and leave piano hungry for more. Another day probably will come, and there will be again chance to improve... but let's not forget that we, now have today. Now we can control. With now we can actually do something. So, let's plan tomorrows, let's dream about them but let's do the work today! Let's improve a bit again today. Let's have fun today! Music is fun, only sometimes gives a bit of struggle while we learn new stuff, but then it will give us even more fun. We want more, right? Let's move a bit to more today. Have fun with your music today, have a great day, and enjoy. All the best.
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    No matter how hard my session is I can't wait till it starts. I know if I sit and do the work that have to be done I will be one more step forward. I hope you too have that drive in you that keeps you moving. It is worth it to do it. Playing gives so much fun and joy. Those moments are so great that I am so sad that I have no more time to stay and do it. Maybe one day I will have plenty for sure when I retire. For now I need to be satisfied with all I have. Let's be happy even it is half an hour a day, or maybe more. We still move forward, bit by bit. So to make that bit forward happen we need to practice today. Let's do it. Let's plan it. Let's have fun. Who knows where this session will lead us. What we will experience today? What improvement we will make? What we will finally master? I am looking forward to all those whats. Are you? There is only one way to check what is behind that corner... practice again, and again and again. Have fun! I will. Take care. All the best
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    It happens sometimes. I managed to play only half an hour yesterday. Not always everything goes like we plan. I am not worried though. I am happy actually, because I am hungry for more today! Though, my day look stuffed with so many things to do, I really hope I will manage to spend more then those 30 minutes playing. We need to do at least a bit to move forward, to enjoy our music. It will not happen overnight. Practice moves us further and further into areas we only can imagine now with our musical skills. Sometimes we move faster sometimes slower. Good example is this exercise that I was struggling with. I thought I will not be able to do it. I was frustrated a bit, but now, I can do it. Not perfectly yet, but it is part of my warm up now, so it will become second nature at some point. So, let's play again today even it is half hour, it has to be today, not tomorrow. Doing that every single day works much better then once a week for three hours or more. It actually works with everything you learn. Works perfectly. Consistency and enthusiasm will brake every obstacle that we meet on our journey. So, let's crash those obstacles, whatever that might be, one by one by playing again today, tomorrow, end every single day to come. Let's have FUN too. Take care
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    I consider myself still a beginner in piano. But I already experience something that may a bit discourage you on your journey playing or learning your precious instrument you play. It is like more you know you are able to notice how much you don't know, how long it will be till you get what is in front of you. That is why fun part is so important on the journey. That is why it is important to acknowledge what you already done. That is why it is so important to be proud of what you can play right now, even though it is not perfect yet. In moments like these I try to recall where I was one year before and where I am now. I recall the power of patience. So, I will spend today a bit more with pieces I can play, not so many yet, but to have a bit of more fun then usual practice day learning new, new, new. Just to enjoy a bit a music I can play. Then I will move forward to learn and practice all the new stuff that came along this week. Apparently in my program exercise after exercise it is something new at this stage. Great! Once it will be learnt I will move another bit forward. I hope you learn a lot too. So, to have it done, no matter how I feel, how you feel we need to take a time we have and practice. Yes, practice again. Play. Play. Play. Learn. Learn. Learn. Have fun, fun, fun. Enjoy the moments with our music. Enjoy the moments right after being proud that we did it again. That we moved our music a bit forward, though sometimes it doesn't feel that way. I believe its moving. The moments of surprise when we actually will surprise ourselves what we can do. Great stuff. So, let's play again. Let's have fun. Let's make this day count! I wish you great day! Take care.
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    Another fun day for me came along. Looking forward already to play those pieces with freedom of doing mistakes or maybe not. Just relaxing and playing and having fun. I truly recommend to plan one day of fun only to charge batteries for incoming week to practice, practice, practice. Good things happen. Yesterday for example I was learning new piece of material and the process of memorising and playing went much smoother then usually. I consider those moments as a sign that my skills improve a bit. That moments keeps you wanting more and more. Enthusiasm rises. Very important to have fun. Though it is a lot for me still to learn I still keep my or try to keep my motivation high. I don't think, well maybe a little I do, about further future I focus on here and now. So, let's focus on here and now today and play whatever we can play and have a lot of fun. Let's be proud what we have and look forward to what is about to come. Like I said you never know when you will surprise yourself with what you can. And can be better when we practice, practice, practice or simply play, play, play. Let's do that today. Play and have fun. All the best to all of you Have a great day with your music, whatever level you are. Take care.
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    Day of fun was actually real day of fun. I had a lot of fun playing yesterday though it is still far away from my goal. But again I am far further then it was half year ago. So, practising almost every day, helps a lot to make a progress. Realising how much you learnt during last half year will help to build confidence in what you and I have to do in next few months. But again, we need to take it day by day. I sometimes like to think what will be in next few months but I know exactly that I am only in charge what is happening today. That is why most of attention I put into today's practice. What is going to be. What I am going to practice. How long I am going to practice. Do I have enough time to do it. Do I need to move things around to make that happen. Do I need to skip some less important things. Maybe not to do some things at all. Priority is obvious, at least for me. Finding that time to spend those minutes, hours with my piano. I recall how well it worked for last six months, and I imagine how it will work in next six months. That keeps me focused, that keeps me going. But not only this. This day of fun I had yesterday does it too. How great you feel when you can actually do something that seems impossible one day. That proofs that saying "impossible is just a word". Actually it is. Only one thing helps us to make that saying be reality to us. Action! We need to act towards our dreams. Even we do something wrong. Soon enough after dozen of tries we find out our way to do it right and move forward one step again. When we count those small steps over some time it will make huge difference between where we were and where we are and where we going to be in the future. So, with no more ado, let's practice again, no matter how boring next step can be, no matter how hard it can be, no matter that we completely don't know how to do it. It will come to us. Sooner or later. Practice and time will be our cure for what bothers us if there is anything at all, sometimes it goes smoothly. Then great. We need to go further to find place where we struggle to overcome it and be again better, much better then we were. So, have fun today, play, be great, be proud and enjoy your music no matter what level of mastery you accomplished so far. It will be better. Practice! Have a great day. I try my best with mine Take care.
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    Let's not think to much today. Just play. Just practice. Whatever is in our your minds. Whatever problems we might have. Whatever we need to do. Let's find today again like days before some time to play only. Let's put the whole world beside and let the music take over us. Only us and our instruments. No matter how hard the practice might be, no matter how much we struggle with part we learn. Let's focus only on that activity. Enjoy and play today. I love those moments, for most of the times it is so relaxing and at the same time hard work but relaxing first. Nothing matters. Time only for us and music. Can't wait till is ca. 6 p.m. That is when I will start today Plan it and do whatever it takes to have your time with music you play. Totally worth it. It became like addiction to me already. I recommend that kind of addiction. I think it is one of the best you can have. At least something good may come from it. Be addicted to play. Practice again and again. One day you will amaze yourself how far you marched and how well you can play. So, let's march towards our goals/dreams today, who knows what will be around next corner of our path. We can't possibly know, unless we get there. Let's get there, with fun, joy while playing. Take care. Have a great playing session
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    What a weather today! Rainy and windy in my region. Somehow this kind of weather makes me more lazy than usually. I need to fight that laziness far more then usually. And again I will need to put in action my routine of doing everything in single small steps. This time instead 15 minutes it will be in 30 minutes periods. I am not down. I feel all right only weather makes me wanting just to relax. I truly recommend that routine when you are dis-motivated, extremely tired or like me today simply lazy. Works for me maybe will work for you. Once you start doing stuff whatever it might be, it is getting better. At one point it might be that we are again on the right track. Hopefully energy will rise after few half hour tasks. Usually does. It should be easy with piano, since that gives fun and joy. So, I start my day with one of the 30 minutes tasks. You, I hope feel great ready to move your dreams forward a bit again, much more then I will today. I know it can be hard for me, but sometimes on days like this somehow more is accomplished then on regular day. Kind of reward for trying. So, I am looking forward that something will surprise me. All, right back to the business. Let's learn something new today! The only way to do it is to actually do something. Let's play! Let's have fun! Let's take another step to be better with our music. Have a great day! I try my best with mine
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    Early morning today for me, so many things to do, and to keep this wheel rolling I must sometimes get up early to have time later in the afternoon for my piano. It is not always easy to organise a day the way you want it to have this time of fun with your instrument. But it is totally worth it. Reward comes with playing and moving forward. One day we will laugh at the struggle we may experience today but for sure if there is a bit of struggle we need to do whatever is possible to keep going. So, let's keep going. I start with all the things must be done today to have those minutes in front of my piano. I hope you are more comfortable with your time and you will play again, practice whatever needs to be practised to be again a bit better then yesterday. So, let's make things happen not tomorrow, but TODAY. Have fun and have a great day! Take care.
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    Some of us must work hard, some have loads of talent. I met yesterday a lady extremely talented in craft. Why I brought it here, I think it is important to remember that at least me, I play because I love music, and though I might not be extremely talented, with work, practice I believe I can reach certain level to play well. Those with talent who practice as we later listen to, we learn their pieces of music we enjoy, we play to make their talent alive by spreading their work around our circles, around the world. If they don't who will know they even had it. Maybe it is you? Back to the lady, she just started her journey because she just discovered or awaken need to do those stuff like necklaces, bracelets, earrings from stones, all sorts of dishes from clay and even she just started this what she already did is amazing. I thought, OMG, that is true talent. What I want to say that she has it, she had it before but she wasn't developing it till now. She is 42. So, without playing, without trying we may never discover that something in us is sitting there to be awaken. Who knows maybe you are one of those undiscovered talent! Playing and learning and practising may awaken it. We can't miss that. You will know because based what I saw is hard to miss. So, play, maybe you are one that is gifted. It will be easier for you of course, but for those like me, not extremely talented, hard work will do some part of work to play with satisfactory level. Or who knows, maybe one day something will become more obvious, and we will be infected by those talented a bit more. Inspired. So, let's play. Let's have fun. Let's discover what is sitting inside us and who knows maybe one day we discover something as well within us and not necessarily in music, we may be led through music to something new. We will never know if we stop playing, practising, moving forward. Let's move forward again. A bit. One step. One hour of practice. One exercise mastered. One new piece learnt to practise our skills. Whatever! Practice. Learn. Have fun. Be great! One day at the time. Today! Take care.
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    Discipline is not enemy of enthusiasm. I heard it somewhere long time ago and use it on daily basis to have things done. Let's discipline ourselves to plan and sit to play whatever instrument we play. Once we are with our instrument of choice, let's discipline ourselves to do a bit of hard work, I mean to master those part that gives us a bit of trouble. Let's discipline ourselves to do that what is not that pleasant to play like other stuff like scales, hanons etc. In the back of the head I keep the thought those quite boring exercises will end in minutes to start the part of my practice session when fun begins. And here come enthusiasm of learning something new, something more enjoyable. Those are not still pieces I dream about to play but those short sometimes pieces of music gives me a lot of fun. My enthusiasm level rises. I guess yours too. With all those small pieces we move slightly forward to promised land. So, let's play again today. Let's be proud of what we know. Let's focus on what needs to be done. Discipline ourselves a bit to do hard work to be ready to play more advanced pieces that will encourage us to want even more! I often remind myself, and look back what I was able to do few months back, and where I am now. It awakens another levels of enthusiasm. Keeps me going. I hope you also want to keep going. Whatever works for you, do it. Even it may sound weird for some of us, if it works for you. Certainly do it. Play. Have fun. Focus. Enjoy. Not tomorrow. Today. Tomorrow will come another part of work to do. But we control today. Let's control it the way that we spend some time again with music. All right, back to my day. I wish you all the best. Again: play, have fun, enjoy Take care.
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    My day of fun today! I am waiting for this day all six days, of course having fun on the way to that day but this day is just a bit of practising new material from this week, and then... just playing, experimenting, having fun with sound. I have one piece within I can play where I actually try and am able to do something. It gives a lot of fun. Of course it happens that still what I would like to do is not withing my skill ability but at least there is something that wasn't months ago. I feel I am getting there slowly. So, playing every day, practising pays back slowly. Anyway, let's have today day of fun, playing whatever we are able to play. Or if you planned learning something new today, have fun as well. Relax and focus. Combining those two somehow makes easier to play difficult parts. I still working on combining those two. It is hard sometimes when you learn something new. But it works. But today I will use what I know and try it again... so one day... maybe soon... maybe in months... who knows... I will be much more relaxed if not completely relaxed while playing focusing only on sound, emotions etc. So, again. Let's have fun today! Let's play. Enjoy every minute while playing simply because we can Take care.
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    Another morning, another beautiful day, another day to make something happen. How we use this day? Let's use it to play again our instruments to get a bit better again. How great it is to be able to sit again and play. How great it is to reach again unknown. How great it is to learn something new. How great it is to master something we work on for some time already. How great it is to reach another breakthrough. How great it is to find out what we are capable of we weren't some time ago. How great it is to feel that something is changed in us so we can play more and better. How great it is to spend those hours with music. How great it is to have fun again. There are so many great stuff coming out of playing. Let's play again today. Let's make this day count. Let's make another small step forward. Let's have fun. We are here because we love music. So, let's have it all today. Practice! Have fun! Be better then yesterday after your and mine today's practice! Let's plan the time to do it and DO IT. Good day everybody. I hope today will be a day when you will amaze yourself once more. That happens more and more often once we practice and play. Action is the key for me. Practice, play and have fun and moments of joy will occur quite often. Works for me, maybe or I am quite sure it will happen to you too. PLAY!
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