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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    By the Hanon! If you already have it, very well. You will see that are special / dedicated exercises for the 4th finger (right and left hand) Do some of them. Another, every day, practice method: Touch all the keys with your left hand. Don't press them. Let your hand relax for some seconds and then start to hit the key which lies under your 4th finger with moderate speed and power. Make, for example, 4x1/4 tact light, then harder, after 3x1/3 tact harder, then light, then very light, etc. Don't move your hand or your arm. Stay relaxed. Repeat. In one month you will see good progress. If you can afford it (and you don't already have) buy a cheap piano. The cheapest one is much better for practice, than the most expensive keyboard. Grüß aus Berlin.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! My first thought was about Hanons, I stopped playing them but I did for some time, I see now I need to go back to them. I actually enjoyed them. Thank you as well for those exercises you just wrote as suggestion, I certainly will do them. You can't even imagine how grateful I am for your help and input. I am always open for suggestion from much more experienced pianists Vielen Dank

    Ps. I am starting to think about having piano, even cheap one to practice on it as well if not only. You are absolutely right that playing on piano even cheap one is better than on expensive keyboard. I guess it is time to take that next step and take your advice seriously since actually I have experienced significant difference in playing on real piano once I had a chance. Thanks you as well for making me realise that necessity. Amazing, how much one post can change... THANKS
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    It is time to start improved a bit practice session for me. Based on advice from 'Dimace' (Vielen Dank Nochmal - google translation I hope it is OK. ) I start my session with Hanons and those hand/4th finger exercises. Luckily I have those plenty Hanons in my app PM. Like 20. Multiplied with scales number. Wow. Loads of fun Now I recall I have used them some time ago and actually I've noticed quite improvement while playing them. Don't know why I stopped. Time to go back to that routine and play them for some time. Other then that, I, with you more experienced and maybe less experience too will start PLAYING, PRACTISING and HAVING LOADS OF FUN. Let's lift our mood and spirit with some music we like to play, or play some that will lead us to play at some point those pieces that take our breath away PLAY! HAVE FUN! I will... right NOW!
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    I don't know the Piano Marvel. It seems good and you like it. This is important. To like something. With my 47 years piano experience I can advise you (I hate advising…) only one thing: Correct Practice, Correct practice, Correct practice. The important is not the practice but the ''correct'' You can practice all the day long and do nothing. You can practice only 2 hours and make miracles. A good teacher is highly recommended. (Hanon, Czerny & Tausig! You must have ALL). Bravo!!!!

    (I have seen a video of you in You Tube, with the Für Elise... Free your self! Make mistakes! But DON'T play like a robot! Music is feelings and not just to hit the correct keys. The great Horowitz was making mistakes on stage… And? He was playing whole worlds. Colors and feelings beyond the human fantasy. Forget the technical correctness. It will come by the time. But, if you continue to play like machine, the true music will NEVER come)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    I don't know the Piano Marvel. It seems good and you like it. This is important. To like something. With my 47 years piano experience I can advise you (I hate advising…) only one thing: Correct Practice, Correct practice, Correct practice. The important is not the practice but the ''correct'' You can practice all the day long and do nothing. You can practice only 2 hours and make miracles. A good teacher is highly recommended. (Hanon, Czerny & Tausig! You must have ALL). Bravo!!!!

    (I have seen a video of you in You Tube, with the Für Elise... Free your self! Make mistakes! But DON'T play like a robot! Music is feelings and not just to hit the correct keys. The great Horowitz was making mistakes on stage… And? He was playing whole worlds. Colors and feelings beyond the human fantasy. Forget the technical correctness. It will come by the time. But, if you continue to play like machine, the true music will NEVER come)
    Hi again, and again I am impressed with great advice. Thank you for your input. I was thinking for some time to find a teacher as support to finish this PM program. You know, I was wandering around at some point before I started that course/program and was moving nowhere. This app actually made me moving forward. I agree with you 100% about playing like a machine, and Für Elise as you mentioned is great example. I am now focusing more and to release that tension. I am working on it. And again just an idea came to my head. Will keep it to myself yet. Need to sort out few things right now. Will focus on it tomorrow. Thanks again for great advice, especially its delivery by not killing my spirit even though I know I do a lot of mistakes. After all all you could see on my videos is from self learn. I have a feeling that new doors have just opened for me. And I really appreciate that you threw me and my practice into different/right direction.

    Wow. 47 years of experience. I feel like baby now! Only almost two years of practice and enjoying what I could for many more years. But I always say, it is never too late to do what you enjoy doing even just for your own FUN.

    By the way, I did my practice today, and following great advice, spent ca. 45 minutes on Hanons and my 4th finger exercises. Rest of time I spend continuing with my program PM. You too, no matter how advanced you are, play, practice and have fun. Oh, new thing: practice right way, it is better then just playing like machine I love that, and since tomorrow will try to change a bit my approach to my practice. Thanks again 'Dimace' for being here for me and anybody else who reads those daily posts.
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    Hello , Jaro . Are you a Moton Robot ? That's ok . You obviously survive ... mode: life coach .

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    and anybody else who reads those daily posts.
    I am one of theme, I admire your determination, if I was 50 years younger I would follow you.
    Beside the music your devotion is a milestone on this site, they all brag about "composing "we we hardly see a one note on paper.
    Keep going, I keep reading .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I am one of theme, I admire your determination, if I was 50 years younger I would follow you.
    Beside the music your devotion is a milestone on this site, they all brag about "composing "we we hardly see a one note on paper.
    Keep going, I keep reading .
    Thank you 'Rogerx' for support. I can guarantee that I will keep going. Now with a bit of input from 'Dimace' I changed a bit my practice routine, and must say that it opened new door for me. It is only two days but I can see new exiting things to happen if I keep going this direction. I am really looking forward to next month practice.

    I am glad to hear someone is actually reading it and takes it as kind of encouragement... maybe not only to piano practice commitment but anything we do in life. Step by step forward... let's learn bit by bit... improve and most of all, HAVE FUN.

    I actually relaxed a bit or pushed myself to relax while playing, because as noticed on some previous posts, apparently I was too tensed to be perfect, which I wasn't anyway (perfect) and it took quite a chunk of joy from playing. So, again, new month will bring I guess loads of FUN.

    But back to business: PLAY, PRACTICE, RELAX while playing and have a lot of FUN!

    Ps. I did already my session, morning with some exercises I found from Karl Czerny in my app PM. and later during a day Hanons + 4th and not only 4th finger exercises + regular program I follow. And suddenly my piano time extended a bit... what I am happy about ... and still I remember when at the beginning 45min was quite a challenge. It is not anymore... it is just a beginning

    PLAY PLAY PLAY!
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    They say on TV, on internet and actually everywhere you go to stay home, don't go into crowded places etc. Well, why not use this time to spend a bit more playing music. Staying calm. Relaxing... and having some FUN at the same time. I did already what was planned for today, but who knows... if all that needs to be done will go smoothly then I will win some extra time to have even more time.
    You too: PLAY, PRACTICE, RELAX and HAVE FUN.
    Let's calm a bit down in this 'crazy' time that affects more and more of us. Hopefully not for long
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    It is time to start some FUN. Have yours too. PLAY and have FUN
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    Early start today... Due to fact I got this new exercises: Hanons and 4th left hand finger exercises I had to add ca. 30-45 min of practice to my routine. Funny enough doing Hanons I've noticed how tensed my hands were and that actually I had as well some problems with my 2nd finger on my left hand. So, practising Hanons already gave some improvement even though it is too early to open a bottle of wine and celebrate. As mentioned in post above it should be visible after one month of practice. So, patience and consistency must be in place. Not mentioning that FUN part is there as well. I find Hanons quite enjoyable to practice. So I have FUN during this process. But enough about me. What about you?

    Do you have some problems, struggles? Share with other people more advance in your instrument, don't worry about criticism, wait for those who actually want to help you and share their knowledge and take it to improve your music not those who wants to simply feed their ego by telling you are bad. We all are in some areas. Learning is a process, sometimes really long process. Most important is to focus on yourself and how much great time it gives you, how much it moves you to your goal, how much you improved since last month, how much you can play now vs what you were able months ago. Have fun. But don't forget about daily practice... I start mine now! As usually with my PM app because at least right now there is almost everything I need. Not all... but enough to keep going.

    So, PLAY, PRACTICE, PERFORM in front of your family, friends and HAVE FUN!
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    Guess what? Time to practice and have a bit of fun and quality time with my piano. Yes, I consider every hour with my piano practice as quality time. So, let's play again, let's fill air with music played as good as we can right now. Tomorrow will be even better. PLAY!
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    Why not to play a bit of music today/tonight... to start weekend with some enjoyable moments during this 'crazy' times. Actually, there is one thing good with all that social time limitation. We need to stay home in some countries already... so why not to play a bit. Improve. Practice. Soon or later this storm will be behind us and if nothing will affect us (hopefully not) we end up with a bit more skills then before instead worrying all the time. It is not easy task for some of us due to work we do and life we lead but let's try to see positive side of it and be aware of all warnings at the same time.
    So, I start my session now as usually and still with PM app but soon it will change... (soon means ca. 6 months) So, PLAY, PRACTICE, and HAVE FUN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Guess what? Time to practice and have a bit of fun and quality time with my piano. Yes, I consider every hour with my piano practice as quality time. So, let's play again, let's fill air with music played as good as we can right now. Tomorrow will be even better. PLAY!
    Correct statement! Keep going!
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    And again good start of a day. It was quiet morning so I made it a bit louder by having a bit of fun with my piano and set my mood for a day with enthusiasm by completing what was planned regarding piano practice (Hanons as warm up + 4th finger exercises + plus closing level 5 in my app PM I use partially for learning + working on those pieces from method section) It was partially a bit of struggle but further in the practice session more and more joy I had.

    So, have your fun. Simply PLAY or PRACTICE those skills that give you problem right now. Only continues action taken every day will take us faster to the place we want to be. By the way, slowing down and as mentioned by 'Dimace' practising right way helps to improve faster then just playing. (I am guilty of that mistake in many areas of my practice. But now slowly improving and changing those bad habits)

    Ps. Five stars from my program (prove below), and moving slowly to section 6. Once it is finished I will purchase new PIANO Can't wait for it. One of the goals that keeps me going

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    Try also the 1st exercise of Hanon (CEFGH /HGFEC) in many various keys. (to put your fingers also to the black keys). After this, legato, staccato, P, F, etc. and with various rhythmical combinations and speeds. Your goal> Every single note MUST sounds equal to the previous and to the next! You will be amazed with your progress. Well done, my friend.
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