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    Fun day was full of joy and now comes again whole week of practice. Practice itself is not a problem. We sit and we play. We focus and we try to be as good as accurate as possible. Of course there is a lot of fun because even we practice we may see some improvements that build us up. The problem many times is just to find a time to do it. We need to find time. Planning helps. Staying focus on tasks we need to perform helps, that kind of focus we learn and practice playing Even the worse duties can be performed quicker and stay behind us much faster when we are focus so we can win some time for what gives a lot of fun - playing music. Let's do that. Me focusing on my stuff, you on yours just to be again better after this week by using what is left to practice, learn, master those skills we need to have. Let's have fun every single day this week, let's play. Who knows where it will lead us. Only one way to check: practice again and again and again. Today is a day we control so let's control it that way we find some time to play our instruments and have a lot of fun! Have a great day! Take care
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    Again day to play, again day to practice. No matter how great we did yesterday there is still a lot to learn. No matter how bad we were yesterday there is something to be proud of. No one was born with set of skill to do anything right away. It is true that for some of us there is easier to accomplish something, it looks like we were born for it, but on the other hand there are plenty of us who sometimes struggle on the way. There is one cure to that, practise those skills, over and over again and one day we/you will be there. If you practise your instrument, I mean you play your instrument you for sure noticed that some things/skills we master faster and some not. There is nothing to cry about it. Just acceptance and learn, practice, play. Soon or later that skill that ability to play will sink in you and you will have it. Let's have it faster by practising what is hard, and at the same time have some fun playing and being proud what we already achieved. So, in that in mind how great we can be if we play let's play, practice, and have loads of fun. Let's change our recent struggles and weakness into strength. Action is the key. So, let's act and play again today. Let's find time to do it. Enjoy the process. Have fun! Have a great day.
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    We can't expect miracles unless we put some time to actually make them happened. So in order to play well we need to put hours of practice, more we play better we get. More we practise more skills we master. Better we get more fun we have but on the other hand more we see how much is still to learn. It sound quite obvious but still we need to be reminded that fact that nothing was done and probably will never be done without that effort we need to put to make our goals become reality. So, let's be a bit closer again, let's practice today harder then ever. Let's take advantage of good days and play as much we can, let's take advantage of bad days and force ourselves to play anyway and build up our character when it is tested. On both occasions let's not forget it is still fun to play. It is time just for us. It is time to improve. It is time to enjoy what we can do and dream what we will do in the future... on condition that we never stop! Action! That is a key word... without action we will never get better, we will never discover what is right for us, we can't discover what we might do wrong, we can't correct our mistakes. So, let's play and learn Have fun and play! Have a great day everybody.
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    ... and another day to spend with our instruments and music. Great! Right? Yesterday I spend some time uploading my progress to youtube. Below you can see where I am now. This is piece of music I work on right now. Still needs a lot of practice, but it gives a lot of pleasure to play it anyway, even though there are some ups and downs. Point is that I can play. Not perfect. Who cares. Most important is that we can. Practice will do the job and bring joy So, I go back to my daily routine to finish what needs to be finished and have my piano time. You can do the same, and as well I hope at least a little enjoy this progress recorded video. Let's play. Let's be better. Let's have fun. Let's have music in our lives played by us
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    Another step to take that is plan for today. Play those notes. Practice those exercises. Having fun all the way. Spend time with music. Can't wait till the afternoon when there will be chance to better again. I am not for sure and maybe you are not there yet when you want to be with your skills to play but we must remember it's a journey through countless hours of play and joy. Struggle sometimes. But when we look back we will know it was totally worth it to spend this time practising. We know it allowed us to be where we are now. Much further then month ago. Same will happen with this moment. Today we create the moment we will recall and laugh about. Those struggles, those difficulties if they are there will seem like nothing once we reach another level in our music. And then, we do it again. It is never ending story and time spend well I think. Something will stay with us, something we can share, something that brings us joy, happiness, pride. So, let's not hesitate and plan today's session of music with instrument we play. Let's have fun, practice and be again one step ahead so we can take another tomorrow. Play. Practice. Enjoy. Have a great day!
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    Saturday! What a great day to find some time to play. In most cases it should be much easier. Let's take advantage of that and play. Maybe learn something new? Or just like me practice this new piece you are trying to master. Whatever we chose to do, most important will be fact that we spend again some time playing. So, let's have fun today, let's practice, let's again move one step towards our goals. Practice! Have fun! It is totally worth it! I can't live without piano right now, even I am not great playing it. But time spend with it is somehow precious to me. It might happen to you, you never know. Once it happens you will know... Great stuff. I can tell you. So, play, practice, enjoy and run to that place of happiness where nothing matters but the fact that you actually simply play! Have a great day!
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    Early Sunday today just to make some time to play. Though Sunday should be quite full of time to spend with piano, this one looks a bit different. That is why waking up two hours earlier will make that time for piano. And Sunday for me is just fun... so why not to sleep a bit less and enjoy that time of fun. Practice will wait for tomorrow, but on the other hand playing itself is practice. So, let's practice today again even we don't learn anything new. I am excited with just a thought of playing, can't wait till the afternoon when my session starts. Plan your time to play, and play! Enjoy your music and be better then yesterday
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    ...and back to weekly routine again after fun Sunday. It was great to play those pieces we know but it is exciting to learn new as well. So, armed with confidence that it is possible I am looking forward to next week of practice to move again a bit further with my piano journey. There will be moments of frustration or struggle but it always help to look back to those Sundays when you/I enjoy what was achieved so far... and bit by bit, piece by piece of music we build up another part of music to play, to enjoy. So, let's start again, not from scratch but from where we left it last week and learn a little more, let's practice even more we were practising last week. Let's be ready for something exciting to come. There are moments of small victories on the way more significant then other. I am looking forward to experience those again. Funny part is you never know when they come. It is always surprise It is so worth to practice to be surprised and have that great feeling. Let's not wait till tomorrow or next day. Let's practice. Maybe that moment will come today If we don't check we will never know. Practice, learn, have fun playing and have a great day. Take care.
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    Jaro, Can I ask you what do you play everyday and what kind of exercises is it you practice? What grade have you reached?
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    Hi Pitiphera, Yes of course, I am glad to share. I follow designed program which I use to develop my skills. Right now I am on Level 5 out of 6 there, but there are pieces on level 18. I guess once you reach end of level 6 you need to take learning process in your own hands, though there are exercises in library for further levels. So, how my practice look like: usually I start my warm up with the pieces I know, not all of them I play of course every day but sometimes I just play few times the piece I feel is right for me. Those are on my blog or youtube channel. Then after ca. 15 minutes I switch into my program. I usually start with technique exercises (for example last few days I was working on F major scale and chords in 1st, 2nd, 3rd position + at the end you play them all with scale itself plus arpeggios). Those are technique exercises and sometimes they are quite boring to play, but I know they warm me up quite well. I repeat some exercises from previous sessions and again it takes about 15+ minutes. After that I am quite warmed up and ready for something new. I follow next exercise on my list and try to master it as good as possible. Not always is easy to learn it during one session and usually takes a bit longer. Good thing about it is that somehow next day it is much easier, and next day after that even easier. Once I finish with that exercise I switch to method exercises where I have some short or longer pieces to learn. Sometimes they are part of longer piece but this what I learn is to train even more what I have learnt in technique section. Right now, I am learning Canon in C. It is pretty hard I must admit because it uses all, maybe not all, but a lot of skills I have learnt so far and are combined in one piece. At the end of the month as usually I will record it and share on my blog. Then when I have enough time left based on what I had to do for living or just to take care about other things that are quite known for any of us, I learn new piece of my choice from the level I am right now. Just to have again new piece to play and have fun with it on my fun Sundays. I usually end my session with playing again few times pieces I know just to develop a bit the sound I produce playing I try to play a bit with my piano just to want more of that fun. In this way I can't wait to start again next day. I wish I had more time but I take it slowly with all time I have for my piano.
    Most important is that we play. Our ability to play rises with each practice session we take. So, let's play again today.
    Ps. 'Potiphera' - if you have more questions I am always glad to answer and share
    Have a great day! Take care.
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    Another day and another chance to improve. First is to plan the day to find time when I, we can spend with our piano. Today is a day of something new for me. For you maybe it is practising what you've been working on for some time. Key is to continue no matter how hard it is. I can relate to that situation because it is hard sometimes but after certain hours of practice we finally will get it right. Sometimes faster sometimes a bit slower but with practice one thing is certain... it will happen. So, maybe it is today? We must check it or even make it happen by practising today, playing those notes, having fun and create that moment of joy when finally something whatever it is you work on is finally going right. So, play today, play hard, have fun, focus and be better then yesterday. I will be with you doing my exercises and playing what I play. We are all in this together though we may not know each other, though we don't know what we play... but if we play and practice we are on the same journey. Let's enjoy it. PLAY! Take care and have a great day.
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    Yesterday did not look like I imagined it in my head. I spend only 30 min with my piano. So, today must be better. I lost forever one and half hour of fun that was planned in my head for yesterday. Not always days go on as we plan it. A bit of of lost of time here and there and there you go. 30 mins only. Well, new improvements are in place already and I hope for the best So, let's play today. Let's not loose a minute of planned fun that piano gives or any other instrument we play. It is better maybe to say let's not loose the time of fun that music gives. Right? Let's practise hard filled with joy that we can. My new routine and my plan I put there: my new routine for the morning. Just give myself and maybe you as well something to start your day that will lead to practise and follow your plan for today and for me mine. Practice, learn, have fun! All the best.
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    ... and another day. Weather is rubbish outside so there is plenty of time and energy to play today. You might be in location where is hot... I am jealous a bit already ... then should be easier to warm up and play those notes you learn quicker with your hands warmed up. As for me always having some plan of practice works well (I share it here with few more words to read). I truly recommend to have a bit of plan, best in writing to make things happen faster and not waste time wondering what to do next. It is much better I think spend this time playing. So, let's play again, let's enjoy the music we play, let's find our weak points and practice, practice, practice. I will start in few minutes, I hope you will find for your practice too. Let's have fun today playing. Have a great day!
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    Back on track after quite a morning. So, we have Saturday, and plenty of music to learn Not today, but in long term... yes. So, let's not waste time and keep playing again and keep learning new skills again, and keep developing those we already have. My plan with few more words is there: My plan for today. Create yours if that helps you as help me and LET'S DO IT AGAIN! Play, practice, enjoy and have loads of fun while playing or after, being proud of what you achieved during practice. Sometimes we might not see progress we make, but every minute spend playing actually moves us further into direction of our goals. I say/write our goals, because one thing I think is common for me and you: we want to play piano or any other instrument right? So, let's PLAY! Let's make this Saturday count
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    No secret I love my Sundays thanks to piano. I play today simply to enjoy the progress I made so far. I am certainly not there where I would like to be, but I as well know that learning to play any instrument is not a one month task, it is life time task. We start from nothing and improving every day, and there is plenty music to play on each level so we can enjoy our journey even we are not there where we want to be. My plan is simple for today and its there with few more words: My plan for today . Create yours and enjoy every minute you play. It is totally worth it. PLAY, practice, have loads of fun!
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