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    Observing those fingers of mine in my left hand and through some practice exercises it looks like major problem is in finger no 3. Thanks 'Dimace' for pointing the problem there. Now, once I notify that weird behaviour it is easier to work on it. Apparently once playing Hanon in C and working on that gap between those fingers I've noticed that my 3rd finger (left hand) likes to lean or kiss finger no 2. Once I focus and play it slowly it is without much tension there to keep it straight or straighter. I guess it will take a bit of focus and slow practice then faster and faster to teach that finger to stay where it should stay. Now is time to undo some what was done through daily practice. Good thing is that gap will be much smaller. At the same time 4th finger needs a bit of correction too, but not much I guess, because when I try it too hard there is quite a tension in my upper part of hand that causes pain. So, I will work for now on my 3rd and a bit on 4th and let's see some results and if necessary correct it even further.

    But enough about my problem. Work on your imperfections to make your music better to impress whoever you want to impress or simply like me to have loads of FUN and enjoyment from the fact that we can sound better... day after day, week after week, month after month. So, let's play! Let's do another step forward. ENJOY!
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    And there are days when you think why the hell you are doing this? What's the point? Where it leads? So hard to start anything... well... let's use it as a call to action to review goals and maybe adjust the path we take. Maybe instead of playing listening to some nice music and just relax... NO! Those fingers needs more practice! Some practice must be done. But listening to some calm piano music certainly will help

    So, I hope you are exited today and will take advantage and you will PLAY, PLAY, PLAY! Me: Need to rewire a bit but some practice time will be involved!

    HAVE FUN as always! PRACTICE.
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    Well done! Only a specialist can accurately say which finger has problem. You suffered some injuries, as you said, and maybe the rehabilitation wasn't the best. Take care (you are doing well) always to notice these ''mirror'' effects between the fingers. Try always to have your fingers rested over the keys. Otherwise you could injured other parts of your hands. Keep going, my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Well done! Only a specialist can accurately say which finger has problem. You suffered some injuries, as you said, and maybe the rehabilitation wasn't the best. Take care (you are doing well) always to notice these ''mirror'' effects between the fingers. Try always to have your fingers rested over the keys. Otherwise you could injured other parts of your hands. Keep going, my friend.
    When we are young and feel invincible we do some crazy things that we need to pay for later. That was my mistake of playing basketball with injured fingers. I even played with broken finger (really not smart thing to do) but still remember that game. Used my left hand, not my dominant hand. Focused of my limitations every shot I made was right in the basket. That brings reflection, that if we are focused and commit to what we want to achieve we really can make it happen. So, let's focus on those small imperfections, lack of anything we may feel we don't have and through PRACTICE and working on them turn them into our strength. I might not be able to play some really great pieces composed by almost countless great ones but I will still pursue that dream to play piano as good as I possibly can with what I got. It will take time, but I can promise to all who read it... it is totally worth it. It will not come to you overnight but through daily practice. One day you wake up and look back and realise how much you accomplished... and it will always feel like beginning because with music there is no end. Every day is new discovery. Every day is new challenge. One after one will make us stronger, will make us more complete, will make us more happy. Now is the best part, once you and I accept the challenge and focus on ACTION: real fun come to us. Playing is fun. It is hard sometimes but with one hundred percent I can say: IT IS FUN. IT GIVES A LOT OF JOY. So: PLAY, PRACTICE and experience that FUN!

    Thanks again Dimace for great input into my journey. Day by day I feel I understand more and at the same time I see how much left to learn. Great! I don't like to be bored How can I? How can we? ... with music

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    No problem!
    Pleasure to be here and i hope everyone is safe during these mad times

    I'm taking this time to learn about violins and i'll share my updates here!

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    Thanks again Dimace for great input into my journey. Day by day I feel I understand more and at the same time I see how much left to learn. Great! I don't like to be bored How can I? How can we? ... with music

    Great Evening to ALL who are here
    I'll thrive on your enthusiasm and can't wait to start again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I'll thrive on your enthusiasm and can't wait to start again.
    Can't wait, ha! Great feeling, isn't it? June is closer and closer... day by day

    Luckily I can, and I hope all other members, who read it, as well. So, those who can play today let's do it again. For a while. Just to celebrate the fact WE CAN! PLAY, PRACTICE, HAVE LOADS OF FUN!... I will NOW!
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    Let's continue our journey today again. This train never stops. It is only up to us how long we will stay on one particular station missing those trains that will take us further to next stations. Playing is our train, stations are our accomplishments, challenges, satisfaction, improvements, skills. It is up to us how our train will look/sound like. More practice, more regular practice and our train will improve and at some point... who knows... you will design/compose your own train! Do not wait to start too long... PLAY PRACTICE ENJOY - Be creator of your own train

    Ps. And apparently this post was about train
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    As boring as it may be but today start is again with Scales and Hanons to me... still just touching the subject. In almost every profession if not every profession basics are most important. So as warm up as usually focusing on basics time to start my practice session.

    How about you. Are you ready to make this day count? Let's play, practice and do another step towards better sound, more skills, greater understanding of music etc. Time is NOW. PLAY!
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    Another day, another chance to improve. So, without waiting too long I start my PM app and start working on those fingers of mine... slight improvement noticeable already... much more to do though. It all takes time. Some things we can't speed up, only through daily routines we can make things happen faster. Slow means fast, day by day and results will come. Would be great to have it all straight away but then satisfaction from effort we put in there would be smaller I guess. So, let's play, practice, improve and be happy/proud of even small steps towards our goals.

    HAVE FUN TODAY! PLAY!
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    So it is time again to play today. If you haven't done it yet, jump straight to it because: THERE IS A LOT OF FUN! ... and will be more once you get better and better. I love it, because after all that effort there is a promise land music offers: no limits whatsoever Let's run there through step by step process of improving our skills and correcting mistakes we will do, fails we will experience etc. All to make us stronger and better in playing any instrument we might play. So: PLAY, PRACTICE, HAVE FUN! I will in seconds

    Have a great day!
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    Early morning wake up but it was worth it. Full of energy looking forward to play again. I hope you too feel enthusiastic what today's practice will give you. Maybe not straight away but in long term... another step to reach your goal. So, plan is simple for today: PLAY , PRACTICE, WORK ON IMPERFECTIONS and: FUN!

    Next upload of my progress to hopefully inspire you a bit that hard work pays off. In this piece there are still things I struggle with but it is a journey of new discovery of the problems and working on them on daily basis. Then at some point instead being a problem they will become your/mine strength. So, heads up, practice leads to miracles and what seems to be impossible after some period of fails becomes more easy and finally a skill to use while playing.

    Below new piece I work on. All comments welcome. Have fun watching and most of all have fun playing your music:
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    It is again time to continue what we started: PLAY, PRACTICE, LEARN and HAVE FUN! I will as well in just few seconds Join me and lets grow together day by day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Early morning wake up but it was worth it. Full of energy looking forward to play again. I hope you too feel enthusiastic what today's practice will give you. Maybe not straight away but in long term... another step to reach your goal. So, plan is simple for today: PLAY , PRACTICE, WORK ON IMPERFECTIONS and: FUN!

    Next upload of my progress to hopefully inspire you a bit that hard work pays off. In this piece there are still things I struggle with but it is a journey of new discovery of the problems and working on them on daily basis. Then at some point instead being a problem they will become your/mine strength. So, heads up, practice leads to miracles and what seems to be impossible after some period of fails becomes more easy and finally a skill to use while playing.

    Below new piece I work on. All comments welcome. Have fun watching and most of all have fun playing your music:
    Not bad at all. Calm and sustained sound. Right hand, very good. Left, keep working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Not bad at all. Calm and sustained sound. Right hand, very good. Left, keep working.
    Ufff... I am happy that there is something good. Great.

    Yes, I feel that my left hand is much weaker than right one. Somehow, my right hand, since I started working seriously on Hanons and Scales trying implement what you suggested relaxed a bit more.
    Left is trying to catch up. But with those suggestion I got from you I believe... No! - I will make it strong and finally relax it much more then it is now. It is quite slow process though. Due to those fingers on my left hand it gets tired quite quick when I work slowly to correct those imperfections. But some rest playing different exercises relaxes it again a bit, and then I am back on those exercises again and over and over again

    It is actually fun when you know you work on something you KNOW will improve your skills. Quite enthusiastic about that and focus on the task.

    Thanks again for good words. Happy you did not spoiled me too much and said: "Left, keep working" <- I am on it!
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