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    You seem crazy fingers , like it'd be better if you were addicted to open-mic night at the coffee shop .

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    Hello again, "Tikoo Tuba" - Maybe I am crazy fingers, who knows Problem is they close all coffee shops here at 6 p.m. No chance for open-mic night at coffee shop Maybe one day though... never say never, right?
    But we have another day and my crazy fingers can't stop writing to motivate myself and hopefully some of you. Who knows maybe I am not doing even right job, but well... maybe it will improve. Something inside me tells me to do it. I know, it may be wrong approach, but you never know unless you do it, right? So, again few morning words before I start my piano session, read it if you like: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-2-2019/
    Most important thing is to stay on the course: Practice, practice, practice!
    Plan your sessions with piano, follow the plan and lets be better then yesterday! Action! Only action related to our goals will lead us to meet them. No action, quite obvious, we stay in the wonderland. Cheers. Have a great day.

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    I am not interested in your commercial sales-job . The software product you are advertising has no soul . You will never know it is wrong approach .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    I am not interested in your commercial sales-job . The software product you are advertising has no soul . You will never know it is wrong approach .
    Sorry to hear that you take it this way. I am not advertising anything here, I am writing what I am using to master my piano skills, I don't claim the right to say that it is perfect solution. However it works for me, I mentioned somewhere, I am not going to dig now where, that I am thinking to connect it with a real teacher. I think that I know what you meant that it has no soul. Well, it has some... but we could argue about that probably for hours. What I mean, it is program created by people who know how to teach piano, and it keeps me going, while knowledge expands even slowly it brings thoughts about like I mentioned teacher. Comparing to tutor is quite cheap for the beginners like me. My point is in this was exactly what happened to me, that once you are sure piano is for you and you have some basic knowledge how to practice, what is good for you or what is bad for you it is easier to switch to teacher, or even find the proper teacher. The other thing you mentioned that "sales-job", well sorry to disappoint but there is no big money in there. It barely covers running website. Main goal for this what I am doing is to stay motivated, and obviously not you , but maybe someone will be motivated that we are in this practice challenge together. That is all. No hidden agenda. That is why I am keeping this in one place only, I mean one thread on this forum. Ending that answer to your opinion, which is more then welcome, maybe simply avoid this thread.
    Please, note I write this with open heart, I am more then sure that when we would speak in person you would more understand my purpose of doing what I am doing. Written words many times can be understood with wrong intention... but, I understand that you don't like it. I wish you all the best with your piano developing skills. Thanks for insides and take care

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    I have heard the playing of students who learn from a mechanical program . Crazy fingers .

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    Waking up too late makes me difficult to follow my daily morning routine. So to quickly stay on the course, one thing before other duties must be performed there is one must which helps a lot to stay on the right path. It is plan for todays practice. Lets plan our actions with our piano today My will be as usually ca. 2 hours divided into three sessions (scales, new material, fun). Will add up some more later during a day, but now... duties call! I hope you did better today then me and will find more time to start a day with ease and do whatever charges you up to go through a day. I wish you all the best, especially great piano practice full of joy

    Editing this now, since I came back from work and did not have time in the morning... but wait I actually had...
    Funny thing happened today morning, I just won 1 hour for my morning session. Like I mentioned above, I was so rushing in the morning I lost time control. Luckily it ended up great for me. More there: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-3-2019/

    With great start of a day I wish you that it will be great for you as well. Have fun with your piano. It helps with moments of doubts Take care
    Last edited by Jaro; Jun-03-2019 at 14:56.

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    Piano is a toy. Play with it to bring joy. Dedicated to Tikoo Tuba, with respect and love.

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    Crazy fingers , rainbow eyes
    walking the world with a bowl
    and spoon , a blanket
    and a toy piano

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    ... and another day in this beautiful world where we have possibility to enjoy loads of things. One of them is obviously piano That is why we are here right? Lets be great today, as great as possible no matter what level of piano skills we have. I believe that with each practice, even though not successful at the first glance we become better. Discipline is a key... and don't forget about enthusiasm. These two are not enemies. I cover it in more words there on my daily morning post: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-4-2019/
    Here, lets keep it short
    Lets find today few moments of joy while practising, moments when while hard practise something, anything went right. Lets be happy of our small achievements, be proud of them to feed our enthusiasm which will lead to feed discipline to do it every day.
    'Millionrainbows' wrote that piano is a toy. Thanks for that inside... sometimes I forget about it. And I can't agree more. It is a toy, lets play with it (practice, practice, practice) and have great fun while doing it. Till tomorrow... Take care

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    Remember the magic number "one." Today I will practice one scale, the major, in all 12 keys. Today I will play arpeggios in one key. I will play all major and minor keys one time. I will work on one piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    Crazy fingers , rainbow eyes
    walking the world with a bowl
    and spoon , a blanket
    and a toy piano
    Time to get rid of the blanket, Tikoo. That thing's starting to stink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Remember the magic number "one." Today I will practice one scale, the major, in all 12 keys. Today I will play arpeggios in one key. I will play all major and minor keys one time. I will work on one piece.
    That is great! I am stilling this "ONE" Thanks! Till today I was thinking about "three" as a magic number all because this song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL6PcEC8Hzk

    Now, at my piano during my practice "one" will become magical

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Time to get rid of the blanket, Tikoo. That thing's starting to stink.
    Sorry joke .

    I see Jaro is promoting A.I. piano lessons for about 16$ a month . I'd give a piano lesson once a month for 16$ , and should a student need more from me I work for cookies . Stop by anytime . Nothing stinky going on .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    Sorry joke .

    I see Jaro is promoting A.I. piano lessons for about 16$ a month . I'd give a piano lesson once a month for 16$ , and should a student need more from me I work for cookies . Stop by anytime . Nothing stinky going on .
    It is not completely right. With discount code is cheaper. But I am not going to write about this. You find so many reasons to discourage instead motivate. That is main purpose of mine here. Maybe I am not perfect doing that, but by doing you become better. Of anything. Piano, guitar, any craft, any sport, any profession actually. And yes, on my blog I promote this like you mentioned A.I. piano lessons. There is nothing wrong with that, especially that this A.I. actually made me keep playing and making my dream come true. So There must be some soul given into this app especially that it was created by people. Is it perfect? Of course not. You need to use as well different sources of knowledge. It is obvious that any program will teach you all information. We are all different in the way we consume knowledge with some similarities. Huge subject to discuss. So I am not going into that room here. But back to A.I. app that improved my piano skills. Well, of course it is not perfect, but like I mentioned gave me what I need right now, me playing piano. Should I stop? Hell, NO! I learn from it and practice with it. Do I do everything right? No! Of course not. But it helps me understand where I lack the knowledge, made me more aware what I need, what is required etc. Then I search for that knowledge between friends, books, online sources etc. And I keep going. 12$ a month I pay for that is small price comparing to teacher. I spend with my app ca. 40-60 hours a month practicing. It gives me feedback right away if I am doing something wrong. And if I do, I work on that part of material. It will not give me of course straight answer, I need to search for it, but this is journey for me, I am willing to search for it and grow. It would be easier with a teacher, but if you compare even half of hours I spend with my app 20-30 multiplied by what you offer 16$/h then I wouldn't be able to play, anybody can do the math. Even with just 4 hours a month with a teacher it is still great source of additional knowledge. I don't say replacing teacher. Human being is always the best solution, but when I have a choice of not doing and doing with quite good in my opinion app. I choose ACTION. I choose to play even my choice based on what your opinion is wrong. Especially that those apps have great amount of sheets to play. Simplified version of great music, so you can enjoy playing even on basic level music you like. Anyway, Time will prove that you or me were wrong. Will see. At this moment this app is the best thing that could happen to me. It works for me. I don't claim the right to say is right for all people or its users because I don't know. I actually checked and right now more then 130 000 people use it, teachers use it to support their lessons, children use it, I use it and I see results. So it can't be that bad. How I look at this, is that 130000 people are playing, maybe some of them right now at the piano, fulfilling their dreams, like me when I play. I don't play perfect, so what! But I play! It was my dream. And I am happy about it that I can do it. No matter where is the source of knowledge. One day, maybe it will be teacher... right now I stay where I am with my piano journey. I know that I am after my today's practice sessions better then yesterday and I was using my app, not all the time obviously. Maybe not doing fast enough progress but I am doing progress and at this moment with resources I have this is the most important thing for me. I am living my piano dream. Cheers.

    Who knows, maybe one day we meet and I bring some cookies and we can play... together
    With respect and hope for great day tomorrow. Take care.

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    Perhaps Jaro will become a good teacher .



    Here is a movie about an evil piano teacher :

    The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

    Plot

    Young Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig) lives with his widowed mother Heloise (Mary Healy). The bane of Bart's existence are the hated piano lessons he endures under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker's influence, and gripes to plumber, August Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes), without result. While hammering at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a musical dream.

    In the dream, Bart is trapped at the surreal Terwilliker Institute, where the piano teacher is a madman dictator who has imprisoned non-piano-playing musicians. He built a piano so large that it requires Bart and 499 other boys (hence, 5,000 fingers) to play it. Bart's mother has become Terwilliker's hypnotized assistant and bride-to-be, and Bart must dodge the Institute's guards as he scrambles to save his mother and himself. He tries to recruit Mr. Zabladowski, who was hired to install the Institute's lavatories ahead of a vital inspection, but only after skepticism and foot-dragging is Zabladowski convinced to help. The two construct a noise-sucking contraption which ruins the mega-piano's opening concert. The enslaved boys run riot, and the "atomic" noise-sucker explodes in spectacular fashion, bringing Bart out from his dream.

    The movie ends on a hopeful note for Bart, when Mr. Zabladowski notices Heloise and offers to drive her to town in his jeep. Bart escapes from the piano and runs down the street to play, his dog, Sport, joyfully capering at his heels.

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