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    Whatever happened with your relationship to the human piano teacher you were considering ?

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    Hi all, again next day, again new practice to do. Again the same struggle with time. But somehow it must be done. It must be delivered to be a bit better or to understand more or simply to discover to what is missing in our journey. 'Tikoo Tuba', you mentioned piano teacher I was considering. I am still with no teacher, though I am working hard to make time available to spend with her a bit of time each week. You see I have my priorities. I work on something that will create more time for me and my piano, teacher included, to help me with what my app is giving me already. Problem, no it is not a problem, it is decision I made, I am putting whole my attention to create more time so I don't have to worry about it later and simply have it. Changing your income source is not sometimes that easy, it is time consuming. Would be great to have it all straight away, but in this case work has to be done! Loads of work. In between I need to keep going with my piano journey. I am focusing on what I have and how to use it as best as possible right now, to make future better and more comfortable later. There are some struggles, I have my obstacles, it all takes time and hours of work. But bit by bit I am closer to what I want to have. Like with the piano practice, one day at the time, one step closer every day, each hour working on my project and piano as well pushes me closer to my goal. I am enjoying my journey though it might not be the perfect road I could imagine. I am happy and take as much fun from what I have and I fight for more. Back to task of a day: PIANO PRACTICE! Play today again! Have fun! Learn something new! Enjoy! Be great! Take care and have a great day!
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    Journey continues... I hope it is same for you. Step by step we move forward. Further we are more we see in our horizon to learn. How great is that? Few months back there were only less then one minute pieces on my program to learn, and it was a lot. Now there are longer and longer pieces to master, and I am happy that I can. But at the same time we need to keep in mind that we actually can't stop. There are days when best would be to rest, put everything aside. Relax. Watch maybe some TV, but then at least in my mind there is this voice telling me that if I don't do it what it should be done today, I for sure will have to do it tomorrow. And next stop on the journey will be postponed. No, I don't like that. I want to reach another station today if possible. Action! Learning! Practising! Spending time with my piano and for you with your instrument of choice will bring us closer to next step, next challenge, next achievement another level of mastery. Luckily for us playing music brings loads of joy. Sometimes it is of course frustrating while we learn new skills but it is totally worth it, because once we have that skill we can do much more then before. Quite obvious statement, right? But at the same time once we know more we more likely to see and understand how much more it is there to master. It is like never ending story. But it is worth it. On the way there is so much fun and pride from even small accomplishments. We can't afford to miss that, we need to make that happen as often as possible. That is why we need to play and practice. Let's do it again today. Let's find those minutes when we can play and enjoy our progress. Let's forget about everything around us and sink into those sounds we create. Not perfect yet? Of course, at least in my case. But what is perfect? Maybe fact that we are doing it is perfect. So, let's be perfect today. Play, have fun, learn something new. That sound like perfect plan for today. Now is time to act towards what has been planed and be again even smallest step ahead then yesterday. PLAY! I will. Take care. Have a great day.
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    Your a life coach , eh ? Exuse me , I'd like to hear more about your human teacher when that day of the week comes around . Yes , I am following your posts ... perhaps to see how your daily practice at writing is coming along . Writing about music is itself a passion .
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    Day when I have a teacher did not come yet. When it comes for sure I will share it with you 'Tikoo Tuba' and everybody who reads that. No doubt about this. Yes, I help people going into direction of their goals. Stay on their course. Following their dreams. Do I know everything. Hell no. I rather keep then doing what is their life choice, to do what makes them happy. Changing your life and doing what you really want it is not always as easy as it many times sounds. It sounds so simple, right? But there is more to it. Doing your old work yet and shifting into different direction requires many times a lot of effort. Not everybody finds it easy. I believe it is worth it. It requires a lot of changes. Way you see the life. What is important. Not for me, but for person that is subject here. Many times we need a support, somebody who listen, who understand, who will discuss challenges with you. Somebody who will be by your side in difficult times to keep going. Even it is an hour a day going into direction of your dreams. Repeating action. Slowly at the beginning. One step at the time. Fighting what we were thought that doesn't suit your recent life choice. Changing those habits that you don't want in your life anymore. That is a big challenge, not only for me but for many as well. I am not saying I am miracle maker. You are the one who makes them happen. One simple change by one simple change at the time until you have what you want. And then again once you are there there are new challenges again, those we never imagined will be there. There are situations when you reach them and nobody is there for you. Nobody who will understand or simply be there for you to keep you going. Happy that you are on your course. Into life you always wanted to have. I am not miracle maker, or maybe I am sometimes. I am happy when people do what they love. Whatever it is. You see people blossom with small achievements. You see this spark in their eyes, this happiness. That is beautiful. I have it when I play piano. So, I don't like so much expression 'life coach' because I can't teach you life. Who can? I am more like a guard that once you step on your chosen path I guard and help you stay on the course. Like here, I am on my course with my piano journey, I have a lot of obstacles I don't even mention here too long story. But I am keep going. Fighting all what comes along bit by bit. Life challenges us so much sometimes, but we need to laugh back and do what we can. And we can a lot. We never know unless we start fighting back. So, if there is anything you need to fight back, do it today. Solve just one bit of the problem. Do something and of course play piano or your instrument of choice today. You and I will do it again today, right? To be another step closer to what we want! Playing music. Practice. Don't forget about fun part. We are in this together. I truly hope you do much better job with your music then me! Let's shine today Take care.
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    Things go wrong sometimes even we try our best to make things happen the way we like. It happened to me yesterday. Though, I have everything planned, life surprises us with new challenges. I had one yesterday and had to put my attention to it all the way. It had to be done yesterday, but that meant for me cut my piano time to the minimum. I played a bit of course. Not enough though. I am not going to cry about it. I got the lesson. Now, a bit smarter I hope will plan better my actions and avoid again situation when I have to miss what gives me so much fun. So, today, though my new challenge needs still a bit of attention I will not miss my piano time. Like mentioned, a bit smarter then yesterday will work on what just came to work on but practice must continue. Over some time my problem will be solved. Proper action is planed. Will see how it works. But most important is that piano practice will not be missed. So, back on track. Piano session today, again for me and you. Or your instrument of choice. We will have a lot of fun playing. Right? I guess we do. Even there is something new to learn. We know already that this will work great for us. Move us forward again to play even more advanced pieces of music. Play music we like to play. Once we do, there is even more fun. We don't want to miss that. So, let's arm ourselves in patience, perseverance and do it what needs to be done. Practice. Practice. Practice. Let's enjoy as much as possible today's session. I will. I hope you will too. I wish you all great day! Take care.
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    I could have days like yesterday every day. Somehow everything worked fine though there was a lot of to do. Of course there was in between proper piano session. Not always is like this. That is why we need to have our session planned and do whatever is necessary to do it. Even we are overloaded and we do what we really like makes us happier. I works that way for me at least. Many times life rewards us for our effort and then we want even more. So, try it. Today I am a bit tired, but based on what happened yesterday I am full of enthusiasm less with energy but maybe life again will reward me with some breakthrough. Worth to fight for it. So, with no more ado let's do it again today. No matter what let's find this time to practice. To move our skills a bit further, shape them a little bit. Most important let's have fun. Playing is fun. Playing brings joy. Playing brings satisfaction. Further we go more happy we get. Let's have great Saturday. Let's play and do whatever needs to be done and be proud again. Over time when we add up all those days of effort that will give us great achievement. Let's be best we can with our practice today. Let's play as many minutes we can even it is only half an hour. That is better then nothing. Of course I am planning a bit more then half an hour but life surprises us with obstacles sometimes. Let's play, let's have fun... not tomorrow, not some day, TODAY! Playing music is fun even it may be simple music, even we are beginners, even we are advanced in music. I feel and I hope it is fun for you as well. Play! Take care.
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    Sunday! Day of fun! Only fun! Let's play again and maybe have a bit more fun then usually, I will because Sunday as you already know is my day of fun only. Let's do it!
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    New week. New challenges. It will be quite a struggle for next two weeks but somehow it must be done. I have to leave my piano for two weeks, and play the old one which I mentioned few months ago. Once I get where I am going I will share with you what I need to practice on for next two weeks. Reason is simple, I again fly to my parents to help them out a bit but they don't have piano. They have something though to play on. Will be enough to practice scales at least and some of the hanons. Sound will be horrible, but it still have keys. Not the best solution for me, but it will keep me going and keep a habit of playing every day alive. So, I guess it will be easier for you, I hope to play with what you have. Not always we have what we want, but let's do as much as possible with what we have and wait for better times. So, today again we play, right? Just to be a bit closer to our goals. Play new piece of material, practice some skills, play old pieces you know already... anything. Just to enjoy the fact we can, just to be better, just to have fun. PLAY! Take care.
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    Trip day. I need to forget about playing today. I did a bit of playing just few seconds ago, just to say goodbye to my piano for next two weeks. But you... you need to keep going. Do whatever it takes to play, every day, every minute spend with our pianos or other instruments of our choice makes a difference. Over time those moments accumulate into progress we do. Sometimes it bigger progress, sometimes it is a bit smaller progress... but once we play daily, there will be always some. Some to be proud of. One day we will have it. It is a journey. We build a house of skills one brick at the time, those bricks are represented by minutes, hours spend with our instruments playing. So, play again today. Play hard. Play beautifully. As beautiful as you can. Sound will come soon or later. There is something that can be right away. Fun and joy! So, have fun. PLAY! Take care.
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    For me it is resting time from my piano and becoming hungry for more! Due to my holiday time. I still need to practice a bit scales on that thing I need to bring from basement later on today. I'll take a picture... you'll see how great that thing is. Anyway will work for scales practice. So, I hope you have great plans for practice today. Something more exiting than I have. So, play, play, play, have fun, have fun, have fun... and of course great day. Take care
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    I hope great day and great opportunity to improve once again today for you. One condition though! Play, practice, have fun with your instrument by playing whatever you want or know. Simply spend some time with music, and playing. For me another day with few minutes scales practice on my temporary practice tool. So, I am a little jealous and already miss my piano. But it is good time to relax, get hungry for more, and enjoy some music by simply listening to it. You play today! I listen to some music! You practice! I will think about it! Be better then yesterday! Practice, play, have fun! Take care.
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    Every minute we spend with our precious instruments moves us closer to the goal we set for ourselves. We can't stop. We must continue. We must be focused on what we want. We must do it. There are obviously more musts... I stop here though, to not forget that part where we have a lot of fun. I like this quote I use very often in my life: 'discipline is not enemy of the enthusiasm'! I love that phrase. It helps me build discipline and have fun at the same time or wait for fun to come while doing things which sometimes are boring and hard but necessary to move on next step. So, with that in mind, I wish you great day of practice, loads of fun. As I promised below you can find link to the picture of the equipment I am practising scales for half and hour a day during my holiday.
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    I rest from my piano but this half hour with scales and my New Piano You on the other hand, you can I hope practice today again. Maybe it will be a piece of music you always wanted to play, maybe it will be a new exercise that will lead you to new skill you wanted to master, maybe it will be... well... anything. It is totally worth it. Sometimes we need to lose something for a moment to realise how much it means already to us. I can see that now even more then I saw it last time when I had had brake from my piano. So, practice, learn something new, have fun... soon will come the time you are going to miss it... brakes happen. Then you will know. Then you will feel that hunger to play... and once you have it you will never stop. That is what I feel. To reach that we need to practice. Wake that hunger up. Wake it up a bit more today. Practice. Have fun. Enjoy. Take care.
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    You don't have to be perfect with your music to have a appreciation from your audience. Though, today (Sunday) is my day of fun I had one yesterday. I will have another today as well. As you know from previous posts I am on holiday and no access to my piano but on Saturday I visited my brother who has old out of tune piano. My family was with me and I decided to play a bit on it anyway. Really not good sound. But this piano is more as furniture there then tool to play on it. Such a shame. They have different interests than playing the music. However I have chance to play few pieces I know for them. It was quite an experience. They were amazed that I can actually play. They really were amazed with what I can do with piano right now. I know there is a long road in front of me yet. But that experience showed me that you don't have to be great to play for certain audience. Of course I wouldn't play in public yet, but my family was first audience and they gave me great kick to keep going. You see, they knew me as somebody who can't play, they thought me playing is just a whim. They did not expect such a progress. That I actually can play. So, what I am trying to say, that after few months of practising you can actually play for certain public, even though it is your family, friends. This shows that for some audiences your music can be enough to play, and you can make quite an impression. So, practice. Play. Have fun. Soon or later you will experience great moments of pride of your achievements and will give you another kick to keep going even further. I played for them few of my pieces I shared on my blog like:
    Missing you
    What a wonderful world
    For Elise (only part of it)
    Hallelujah
    Yes, that was my short and first piano performance in front of more then one person at the time. Of course, it was my family, they weren't judgemental as they could be. Instead they gave me a lot more... satisfaction, pride and will to keep going further.
    So, play, have fun, find your public that will push you forward to be better. One day at the time. Let's do it. Have a great day with your music. No matter what level you are right now. No matter how good you are. It is a process... soon you will amaze yourself. One condition though: we must practice! Play! Have fun! Take care.
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