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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    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.
    Again I am grateful for your suggestions, and certainly will put it into my routine. Starting today. I consider myself lucky that somehow you appeared here with your input. I hope your suggestions will also help others who read those posts. So, without waiting to much, I start playing NOW. So, let's have some FUN and enjoy some music and work on some progress in whatever we might practice right now.
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    What is better start of a week then piano practice. I did my piano (Hanon) practice first thing in the morning and now I am ready for regular one You too have fun playing today some music. Practice those skills you are after, learn that piece you would like to play, stretch your skills and most of all, as always HAVE FUN. Time to do some progress... let's practice: NOW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    What is better start of a week then piano practice. I did my piano (Hanon) practice first thing in the morning and now I am ready for regular one You too have fun playing today some music. Practice those skills you are after, learn that piece you would like to play, stretch your skills and most of all, as always HAVE FUN. Time to do some progress... let's practice: NOW
    Our piano tuner canceled his appointment, to dangerous .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Our piano tuner canceled his appointment, to dangerous .
    Oh yes. I wouldn't risk playing as well something might explode

    Sadly due to new restrictions regarding common problem we have around the world I spend just a moment with my piano. Loads of work to reorganise my life to meet new restrictions here in UK. Job is almost done. And for sure tomorrow! Right in the morning. All is set, piano in place, motivation high and can't wait to do it... tomorrow though for me.

    But you may be in a bit better situation... so, you already know what I am going to write: YES! PLAY! and HAVE FUN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Oh yes. I wouldn't risk playing as well something might explode

    Sadly due to new restrictions regarding common problem we have around the world I spend just a moment with my piano. Loads of work to reorganise my life to meet new restrictions here in UK. Job is almost done. And for sure tomorrow! Right in the morning. All is set, piano in place, motivation high and can't wait to do it... tomorrow though for me.

    But you may be in a bit better situation... so, you already know what I am going to write: YES! PLAY! and HAVE FUN
    I have to wait, it's sounding now as if you standing on a cat's tail, bus as soon as they can they come,................... man you made me enthusiast again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I have to wait, it's sounding now as if you standing on a cat's tail, bus as soon as they can they come,................... man you made me enthusiast again.
    Poor cat... poor tail... and your EARS Yes, better to wait.

    I am happy you are enthusiast again, that makes us two at least.

    So for other enthusiasts who can play today, let's do it and as usually have a lot of FUN. I am waiting right now for sun to go down, it would be a shame to loose it since this is such a beautiful day, and will be even better when I and you will make our sound better by simply practising again and making even small progress.

    HAVE FUN!
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    Few last days delivered unexpected difficulties but... NOW I will have my two hours of FUN. No time to waste, so I start my app PM and I am beginning that time of FUN playing, practising and improving.

    You too, find perfect time to play, or make time to play and HAVE FUN!
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    In the middle of my practice session and after those Hanons and a bit of scales practice. Thanks to your advice 'Dimace' I am experiencing something new during my sessions. First my play for some pieces I recorded already I sound even worse then before. But this actually good thing. I am following your advice plus I watched some YT explanation from some pianists to even better understand your suggestions (staccato, legato, piano, forte) and I was doing few things wrong. Probably I would notice that earlier if I would have not electric piano. I am happy anyway, because now I am focusing a bit more during my Hanon and scales exercises on technique like I supposed to. Due to that my playing simply collapsed a bit because I don't have that skills yet, but it is improving. So, thanks again... I have loads of Hanons here in my app PM. I will never get bored with that, there is always something new to practice.

    To all who read this... it is time to practice for you too... if not NOW, then have it in your mind that IT HAS TO HAPPEN TODAY! Why loose those moments of joy improving your skills and your sound. You see, we all are rubbish at some point, and through practice, and advises from more experienced musicians we can only get better. So, practice and have fun to reach your goals faster
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    Keep going, my friend. Scales and arpeggios are also VERY important. Try scales (for the beginning) which have up to two black keys. Major, minor, etc. You must play these up to TWO octaves ONLY. Not more! Up and down. Your goal> Equal, balanced sound. Don't be in a harry. Put your fingers firmly into the keys. Use metronome, if you have one. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Keep going, my friend. Scales and arpeggios are also VERY important. Try scales (for the beginning) which have up to two black keys. Major, minor, etc. You must play these up to TWO octaves ONLY. Not more! Up and down. Your goal> Equal, balanced sound. Don't be in a harry. Put your fingers firmly into the keys. Use metronome, if you have one. Enjoy!
    I knew that, but I've just realised recently what to focus on while practising them reading your suggestions... and actually I really enjoy that process. Saying that it is time to continue and do it again... So, let's play again today, let's have fun and let's enjoy those steps we take to be better every day Time to START!
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    It is time to start play/practise today. Me as usually with Hanons and scales plus continuing with my PM program which actually slowed down a bit due to Hanon exercises. But it is fun anyway, focusing on playing it right (hopefully) and improving slowly brings joy because I guess that leads to mastering more and more skills which will pay off later
    So, work on your skills, work on those pieces you want to play and as usually HAVE FUN and if there are moments of doubt, struggle... do not worry, it will pass! But you know that already, right?

    PLAY, PRACTICE, ENJOY!a
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    Hi,

    I start my day by performing some meditation. It keeps me going throughout the day. Then some light cardio.

    After breakfast, I go to my favorite place in my home and practice the violin for a good two to three hours. That is my morning routine. Then I rest for some time, have lunch and spend time with family and pets.

    Then again when everyone gets busy with their routine. It's me and my violin again. Usually, I take online lessons at night and practice them in the morning.

    That's my routine would love to hear everyone else's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehak View Post
    Hi,

    I start my day by performing some meditation. It keeps me going throughout the day. Then some light cardio.

    After breakfast, I go to my favorite place in my home and practice the violin for a good two to three hours. That is my morning routine. Then I rest for some time, have lunch and spend time with family and pets.

    Then again when everyone gets busy with their routine. It's me and my violin again. Usually, I take online lessons at night and practice them in the morning.

    That's my routine would love to hear everyone else's.
    Hi All, practice done plus some video which I will try to share tomorrow... and as usually had some fun playing, though some struggles as well. It is a process, right? So, spot your piano, violin, guitar or any other instrument you play and HAVE SOME FUN.
    PLAY, PRACTICE, ENJOY

    Ps. 'mehak', my morning routine, in few words, for most of days is meditation, listening piano music for some time, piano exercises for ca. 30-45 min, reading, planing day, recently meditation and yoga thanks to my partner who develops her online business based on those... and of course breakfast and coffee ... two or three hours with music: great way to spend some time, right?
    I see this is your first post on this forum, so, I do the honers saying: It is pleasure to have you here, and I am more then sure you will find it as a great source of knowledge, advises and who knows, maybe friends
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    And again it is time to have some fun. After watching few videos where piano teachers show how to play staccato it is time to put it into action with my Hanons. On the way I actually learnt that it comes from the name of composer Charles-Louis Hanon. It is never too late to gain some knowledge, right? Anyway, it is time to play, practice and have some great time. You too, plan it for today and enjoy the music you play

    Ps. This video is the one done just few days after new piano routine with Hanons, so improvements may not be visible yet. Enjoy watching and I am really open for your suggestions. Last time thanks to 'Dimace' new improved practice was introduced. Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    And again it is time to have some fun. After watching few videos where piano teachers show how to play staccato it is time to put it into action with my Hanons. On the way I actually learnt that it comes from the name of composer Charles-Louis Hanon. It is never too late to gain some knowledge, right? Anyway, it is time to play, practice and have some great time. You too, plan it for today and enjoy the music you play

    Ps. This video is the one done just few days after new piano routine with Hanons, so improvements may not be visible yet. Enjoy watching and I am really open for your suggestions. Last time thanks to 'Dimace' new improved practice was introduced. Have fun.
    Much better this one. I listened more music and less robot. Attention! Do you know how many times you used the 4th finger of your left hand in this (small) piece? ZERO! Null, nada! Maybe the finger placement you followed excludes the use of the 4th, but try to involve ALWAYS this finger when you play. It is essential. If you don't do it, it will be weaker (it is weak of its nature in comparison to the other fingers) and after you will have a lot of difficulties to bring it back to full power. I saw progress. Keep going!

    (play some easy scales Piano (P). When it comes to 4th, play Forte or FF. Try to hammer the key! Up/down vertical-direct movement).
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