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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    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).
    Another day and first part of practice behind me. Loads of FUN. You too, PLAY, PRACTICE, ENJOY.

    'Dimace' - thanks for checking the video and giving another valuable suggestions. I will follow them. I tried to follow your advice about playing as a machine. And had to tell that you were completely right. I was like machine. I hope with all new approach and practice this will change over time. Thanks.

    I am doing as well those Hanons, and actually just focused on first one with training my strength in C and bringing G as well slowly with one black key F#. I play it slowly first with each hand separately, repeating 4th finger like you suggested hammering the key few times. Then I increase speed and play it Forte, and then legato. Then I play it again from slow speed to full from my app which is at the moment 60 with each hand separately and then both together. Then I start staccato. And here comes the question. I learnt from various sources there are three types of staccato, or how you can play them:
    1. Finger staccato. (like grabbing the keys)
    2. Wrist staccato.
    3. Arm staccato.

    I try to with slow speed utilise 1 and 2 with Hanons and scale up and down. For arm staccato I try to play chords from scales. Is this right approach or you may have some suggestions?

    Ps. I moved back to some simpler piece to work on that 4th finger as well. I try it like notes show with right fingering and then wherever I can I play 4th one. Will see soon results of that. Short piece, but hope will help to strengthen the finger.

    Again to all who read... PLAY and HAVE FUN today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Another day and first part of practice behind me. Loads of FUN. You too, PLAY, PRACTICE, ENJOY.

    'Dimace' - thanks for checking the video and giving another valuable suggestions. I will follow them. I tried to follow your advice about playing as a machine. And had to tell that you were completely right. I was like machine. I hope with all new approach and practice this will change over time. Thanks.

    I am doing as well those Hanons, and actually just focused on first one with training my strength in C and bringing G as well slowly with one black key F#. I play it slowly first with each hand separately, repeating 4th finger like you suggested hammering the key few times. Then I increase speed and play it Forte, and then legato. Then I play it again from slow speed to full from my app which is at the moment 60 with each hand separately and then both together. Then I start staccato. And here comes the question. I learnt from various sources there are three types of staccato, or how you can play them:
    1. Finger staccato. (like grabbing the keys)
    2. Wrist staccato.
    3. Arm staccato.

    I try to with slow speed utilise 1 and 2 with Hanons and scale up and down. For arm staccato I try to play chords from scales. Is this right approach or you may have some suggestions?

    Ps. I moved back to some simpler piece to work on that 4th finger as well. I try it like notes show with right fingering and then wherever I can I play 4th one. Will see soon results of that. Short piece, but hope will help to strengthen the finger.

    Again to all who read... PLAY and HAVE FUN today!
    Forget the bold…

    When you make your videos, look at them. Compare them to the older one. This is a good way to see your progress and your mistakes. In the future try to include also your body. (not your head, your upper body to the shoulders) I want to see how this is participating. Play and enjoy!
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    All right everybody... time to relax and have some fun. So, lets PLAY, PRACTICE, IMPROVE and ENJOY... after all it will be another step to mastery Start now!

    'Dimace' - thanks again for suggestions. Have a great day!
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    And again back to piano practice. As usually enthusiastic as usually loads of things to learn and practice. But lets remember we have time, not all can be done overnight. Lets keep impatience locked somewhere and patiently practice those skills. When we add up all those days with practice we will gain one day skills that will help us play more and more advanced pieces.

    So, I start now with my app PM and Hanons and scales as a warm up and a bit more plus some real fun learning new piece of material and recovering some old one, much easier too play (fingering) but challenging to make it sound like music not MACHINE playing (my error). Have fun. PLAY, PRACTICE, ENJOY
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    Will today be filled with new joy, new discovery, new skill, new... new... There is only one way to check it out while having some fun too Let's play again, let's focus on some challenge we have and let's take it one step closer to finally mastering it. So? You already know what I am going to write: PLAY, PRACTICE, HAVE FUN! Who knows, maybe today is a day we will have this WOW moment Somehow it always surprises you. Play!

    I am starting now!
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    It might be scary at the beginning but when we keep going all those overcome fears will become our assets.. More we know, more we learn, more we understand, more we see where our weak points lies. It is only up to us to strengthen them, one by one, day by day while our practice, or simply by taking action. Patience and commitment takes huge part here. Over time, for some of us faster for some of us a bit slower, but eventually we will get there where our hopes lies. PRACTICE, LEARN, HAVE FUN on the way and you will reach your goals.
    My practice starts NOW! Have yours too. After all it is loads of FUN
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    Again time to have some fun and practice those skills. Today and next few days for me is step back for a bit, playing short piece from my app PM. Will have fun playing it with given fingering and (Dimace) changing it a bit and playing with using more often 4th left hand finger. First version will be ready soon, the other a bit later as usually on my yt channel. I find it quite good exercise, and gives an idea of the fact that fingering is something we can always change that suits our hands. Mine are quite thick

    Anyway PLAY PRACTICE and HAVE FUN as usually
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    A bit disorganised due to change of routine but nothing changes with: PIANO PRACTICE. It is time to play again. So, join me and play too. Practice, play and have fun.
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    Weather is great in my location, it is a shame I can't go out due to common difficulties... but there is something we (I as well) can do: PLAY! HAVE FUN! IMPROVE! LEARN SOMETHING NEW!

    So, with no time to waste, I start my PM app, and then after few practice Hanons and scales will come time to try to master, as well as possible, some piece of music to enjoy... and try to make it sound like music. We will see what practice will bring. Do yours! After all it gives loads of FUN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Again time to have some fun and practice those skills. Today and next few days for me is step back for a bit, playing short piece from my app PM. Will have fun playing it with given fingering and (Dimace) changing it a bit and playing with using more often 4th left hand finger. First version will be ready soon, the other a bit later as usually on my yt channel. I find it quite good exercise, and gives an idea of the fact that fingering is something we can always change that suits our hands. Mine are quite thick

    Anyway PLAY PRACTICE and HAVE FUN as usually
    Your Tarantella was quite good! Keep going, my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Your Tarantella was quite good! Keep going, my friend.
    Oh, thank you. I will keep going. Ups and downs happen. I really appreciate your comments. Soon you will have another one to asses... mercy please NO! I rather face the truth, it is easier to correct mistakes then.

    Anyway, I did a bit of practice today already and recorded some as well. More about it tomorrow. Hopefully will manage to upload it to my channel.

    But, now it is time to have even more fun by learning something new from my PM.

    You too, find time today/tonight and have some music time (piano, guitar, violin etc.) HAVE FUN, CONTINUE WITH YOUR PRACTICE, and most of all: ENJOY YOUR PROGRESS
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    Early start today, because there is a lot of things to do before I will be able to play. However as promised another piece I use for some exercises I practice recently. 4th finger from my left hand used seldom but I change fingering a bit as well to use it more often playing this piece. Will find some time to record it as well... probably next week. For now, enjoy this one All comments welcome.

    So, play today, move a bit forward and as usually HAVE FUN!

    And now for you: Satin Gloves from my program on my YT Channel
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    Very well! As I have seen from your PM video, you have no body issues. You are sitting correctly, you make no unnecessary movements, your shoulders are natural, etc. It should be beneficial to make again this video playing with some P, F, PP and FF of your choice. The way you feel it, outside the score. Especially when you start playing, the first bar, must be with greater decision.Don't be afraid to hammer (a little bit and for practice reasons only) the piano. Built up your self confidence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Very well! As I have seen from your PM video, you have no body issues. You are sitting correctly, you make no unnecessary movements, your shoulders are natural, etc. It should be beneficial to make again this video playing with some P, F, PP and FF of your choice. The way you feel it, outside the score. Especially when you start playing, the first bar, must be with greater decision.Don't be afraid to hammer (a little bit and for practice reasons only) the piano. Built up your self confidence!
    Hi, thank you for your comment. Happy that I actually do something good. Thanks for another advice. I did play yesterday like you suggested, and must say: I REALLY ENJOYED THE RESULT. I see a bit of problem with letting control go, being a bit afraid of making mistake, thinking in this case a bit outside the box. I got it now. Thanks.

    Back to practice, whoever reads it. Let's have some fun. Go forward even you think you are wrong, soon or later you will get it right. So, let's PRACTICE, PLAY and HAVE LOADS OF FUN!!!
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    Happy Easter everybody. Let's have some fun today and play a bit of our instruments just for fun, just to enjoy Of course a bit of warm up will be handy but then... lets release it and have fun.
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