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    Spent quite a time in nature and now as every day comes time to play some notes So, firing my app PM for warm up and later continuing the process of improving those sounds I create by playing. So, you too don't forget to PLAY, to PRACTICE, to HAVE A BIT OF FUN
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    And again came time to do some for ourselves: Yes. Play, practice and enjoy I am starting now. Shorter today than usually but I count those moments with piano as on of the most valuable time I can spend during a day Have your time with music. Why not: NOW.
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    And again time to play a bit of piano to sharpen those skills, correct what needs to be corrected, explore a bit as well. You too, have your time with piano or any instrument you might play today: PLAY, PRACTICE and as usually HAVE FUN
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    Busy day... not that busy though to find some time to move a bit forward... find your time in your busy day and have some fun playing PLAY, PRACTICE and ENJOY
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Busy day... not that busy though to find some time to move a bit forward... find your time in your busy day and have some fun playing PLAY, PRACTICE and ENJOY
    Don't forget to post a video again. Moving forward is very good, but better is your way to be controlled. Progressing (you are doing this) with errors is half the correct progress. Have a constructive WE. (Don't forget also, to register the time you are practicing. My experience says that about 8 hours per day are ideal but you can do with a par hours less)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Don't forget to post a video again. Moving forward is very good, but better is your way to be controlled. Progressing (you are doing this) with errors is half the correct progress. Have a constructive WE. (Don't forget also, to register the time you are practicing. My experience says that about 8 hours per day are ideal but you can do with a par hours less)
    Moving forward... moving forward... thanks again for lesson. I wonder now, are those words like mantra to me, just to keep going, not necessary in the right direction, not necessary with right speed. I think I am guilty of failing in that part. You meet somehow with my thoughts from past few days, when I was recalling other of your advice and was thinking why the hell I don't ask for advice, help. This in not excuse here but me realising the fact that there is still fear in me, fear that keeps me seek perfection before I show anything and it is so WRONG approach because based on my videos you/anybody can say I am not perfect and never will. I am on the as I call it journey and there will be ups and downs, mistakes and victories. So on Tuesday evening latest I will have last piece of video recorded again showing how I TRY to implement your last advice. And I will share something more so if possible using your will to help point what can be improved or done differently.
    You mentioned 8 hours a day, oh that would be perfect. For now, I had to be satisfied with 2-3 hours a day. But I am making loads of changes in my lifestyle right now to be closer to those 8 hours. It sounds scary a bit though and at the same time: WOW if I could do it 8 hours, using those hours properly... where that will lead? How well it will work for me and anybody who does it?
    I think it is still quite a time to reach that time spend with piano daily, but NEVER SAY NEVER Right?
    So, saying that lets use time we have right now to do a bit for ourselves and our music. PLAY - ENJOY
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    It is hard to get here today, too many viewers! It looks like this forum attracts loads of future musicians Maybe not this particular topic, but still hard to get here for as I remember third time this week. So quickly: go grab or sit next to your instrument and PLAY! HAVE FUN of course. Have a great session
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    It is time to start Monday with some practice. Tomorrow recording time... But now it is playing time! Fun time but at the same focus time... let's move forward a bit. I as usually start my warm up with Hanons from my app PM and later again working on that last piece recorded plus new one and first I learn directly from music sheet in paper form Loads of fun ... You too PLAY, PRACTICE and HAVE FUN!
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    All right, below is again that piece I uploaded last time, but this time I played it without support of my PM app, and I tried to focus more what 'Dimace' suggested few posts up after I uploaded last version of that piece.
    Still there is loads to work on, but I have to say, that since I was introduced to play more and more with your heart I have more and more fun playing. I still struggle a bit, well quite a lot doing so, but step by step I am getting there. So, waiting for some suggestions and I am sure based on what you see there can be few

    Anyway don't forget to: PLAY, PRACTICE and HAVE FUN today with your piano or any other instrument you play. For me: I go for a walk in the forest and then come back to play a bit more. New piece, new way of learning it, completely from paper sheet of music. Quite challenging but LOADS OF FUN!

    Enjoy video. Stay on your track. Continue your journey. Don't doubt you will finally make it: whatever it might be. I am fully with you in my heart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    All right, below is again that piece I uploaded last time, but this time I played it without support of my PM app, and I tried to focus more what 'Dimace' suggested few posts up after I uploaded last version of that piece.
    Still there is loads to work on, but I have to say, that since I was introduced to play more and more with your heart I have more and more fun playing. I still struggle a bit, well quite a lot doing so, but step by step I am getting there. So, waiting for some suggestions and I am sure based on what you see there can be few

    Anyway don't forget to: PLAY, PRACTICE and HAVE FUN today with your piano or any other instrument you play. For me: I go for a walk in the forest and then come back to play a bit more. New piece, new way of learning it, completely from paper sheet of music. Quite challenging but LOADS OF FUN!

    Enjoy video. Stay on your track. Continue your journey. Don't doubt you will finally make it: whatever it might be. I am fully with you in my heart

    Why you have so much fear? Does anyone want to kill you, if you don't play well or make some errors? What I have seen in this video is by far your worst effort ever. It is completely wrong. You have tried (your thought was good and brave) to make something you can't support it by every mean and way. It looks like a patient someone cut him off the oxygen. Don't be disappointed!!! Generally you are doing FINE! But in such cases clear words are needed. No discounts can be made. Till today you had your way. Today you lost completely way and destination. Return to as usual way of playing without delay. It is better to be monotonous, uninspiring, mechanical etc. than to play something has nothing to do with our instrument. Keep calm. (sometimes your hands are trembling) Get focused and concentrate! Moments like these, it is very good you don't have a piano teacher. You are avoiding very negative comments. The moment you don't have to apologize to your teacher for a performance like this, feel FREE! You see, your teachers opinion MUST be accepted by you. My opinion can be accepted by you or not. Huge difference, my dearest. So... Return to your normal way of playing immediately. For the next two months at least. Keep doing your beautiful progress. After these two months we shall see if we will try again to have some freedom. Keep going and have fan!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Why you have so much fear? Does anyone want to kill you, if you don't play well or make some errors? What I have seen in this video is by far your worst effort ever. It is completely wrong. You have tried (your thought was good and brave) to make something you can't support it by every mean and way. It looks like a patient someone cut him off the oxygen. Don't be disappointed!!! Generally you are doing FINE! But in such cases clear words are needed. No discounts can be made. Till today you had your way. Today you lost completely way and destination. Return to as usual way of playing without delay. It is better to be monotonous, uninspiring, mechanical etc. than to play something has nothing to do with our instrument. Keep calm. (sometimes your hands are trembling) Get focused and concentrate! Moments like these, it is very good you don't have a piano teacher. You are avoiding very negative comments. The moment you don't have to apologize to your teacher for a performance like this, feel FREE! You see, your teachers opinion MUST be accepted by you. My opinion can be accepted by you or not. Huge difference, my dearest. So... Return to your normal way of playing immediately. For the next two months at least. Keep doing your beautiful progress. After these two months we shall see if we will try again to have some freedom. Keep going and have fan!
    Good. Moment of truth. I tried. I failed. Big time. I hope that will teach me something. It looks I misunderstood all the great advice I got. FEAR! I think about it and maybe in some way... NO... for sure it stops me... a bit of personal journey: my parents, great people, but they fear a lot of things and maybe just maybe they implemented that in me in early age, and I live with that fear and it is so familiar that I actually don't recognise it as a fear. Well... result is disastrous that certain based on my last video. I am not using that as an excuse. I am where I am with my piano journey, and whatever is causing that results is in ME. I have to work on it. I have to release it. I have to make things happen.
    Ok. I will go back to regular routine but on the other hand I would like to try to correct it. Work on it. Maybe, just thinking at loud here, some easy piece of music you could suggest that I can handle to play to try what we discussed in previous posts. To find the path, to find understanding, to try...
    I am glad you are so honest with your comments. I am willing to go back few steps just to make things right. Do you think continuing is right thing to do, there are in the program more and more advanced pieces and I am worrying simply not to follow the path of doing it like you mentioned: monotonous, uninspiring, mechanical etc. Maybe going back a bit and try to do opposite. Just and idea. I hope I am not lost case. I will keep trying. I will keep playing. I will try to find this freedom you talk about. I think it will unleash me and work in general great for me. Looking forward to hear what you think about it.

    Anyway, today all who read those posts: keep going! keep playing! Keep having fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Good. Moment of truth. I tried. I failed. Big time. I hope that will teach me something. It looks I misunderstood all the great advice I got. FEAR! I think about it and maybe in some way... NO... for sure it stops me... a bit of personal journey: my parents, great people, but they fear a lot of things and maybe just maybe they implemented that in me in early age, and I live with that fear and it is so familiar that I actually don't recognise it as a fear. Well... result is disastrous that certain based on my last video. I am not using that as an excuse. I am where I am with my piano journey, and whatever is causing that results is in ME. I have to work on it. I have to release it. I have to make things happen.
    Ok. I will go back to regular routine but on the other hand I would like to try to correct it. Work on it. Maybe, just thinking at loud here, some easy piece of music you could suggest that I can handle to play to try what we discussed in previous posts. To find the path, to find understanding, to try...
    I am glad you are so honest with your comments. I am willing to go back few steps just to make things right. Do you think continuing is right thing to do, there are in the program more and more advanced pieces and I am worrying simply not to follow the path of doing it like you mentioned: monotonous, uninspiring, mechanical etc. Maybe going back a bit and try to do opposite. Just and idea. I hope I am not lost case. I will keep trying. I will keep playing. I will try to find this freedom you talk about. I think it will unleash me and work in general great for me. Looking forward to hear what you think about it.

    Anyway, today all who read those posts: keep going! keep playing! Keep having fun!
    You are NOT a lost case. No one can lose through music and piano. DON'T press your self too much. Relax! You are not a convict. You are a piano scholar, who wants to learn and make progress because he LIKES it. Some easy classical pieces maybe can help you. Try them together with your normal learning procedure. (Clementi for example) I want also to listen some Hanon ^ Czerny. Without them we can't make big progress. Videos with some exercises from their books could make the difference. Keep going. Nothing can be stop you. I know it, YOU KNOW it!
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    So... Here you are: Muzio Clementi and his Sonatinas (small sonatas) Choose one of them (buy first the scores, or download them from the internet), practice it and performe it the way you see in this video. Thousands of piano students have learned to play with them. Do the same! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    So... Here you are: Muzio Clementi and his Sonatinas (small sonatas) Choose one of them (buy first the scores, or download them from the internet), practice it and performe it the way you see in this video. Thousands of piano students have learned to play with them. Do the same! Enjoy!

    I found some in my app PM, great. Thank you.

    Today is rewiring day. 'Dimace' I started to read again all the advice you gave me so far from the beginning you appeared here in this topic and honestly I F..... up. Anyway, great we did this video with the worst ever music , because it is wake up call for me. I need to do some changes to continue in better manner so next step will be more efficient. So, as you asked I quickly fired up my piano and recorded how I practice Hanons for warm up (hammering the keys, playing quicker, slower, with hands separately not included there but I am doing this as well). On the video my try to play forte, staccato and piano. Plus Hanon in G I play using pedal for note before black key F# and after. I tried to bend my hand to reach with my short 5th fingers but it did not work. Finally I figured out to use pedal for playing those notes and jump with my hands a bit forward towards black keys. I hope this is fine. Anyway looking for suggestions. I start new chapter where more videos will be uploaded, just to avoid if possible another disaster. Hopefully something good will come from it... NO... It must come something good. Thank you again for your time, for all you do for me and others who follow and possibly use all we do here to better every day Below Hanon in C and G first exercise.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    I found some in my app PM, great. Thank you.

    Today is rewiring day. 'Dimace' I started to read again all the advice you gave me so far from the beginning you appeared here in this topic and honestly I F..... up. Anyway, great we did this video with the worst ever music , because it is wake up call for me. I need to do some changes to continue in better manner so next step will be more efficient. So, as you asked I quickly fired up my piano and recorded how I practice Hanons for warm up (hammering the keys, playing quicker, slower, with hands separately not included there but I am doing this as well). On the video my try to play forte, staccato and piano. Plus Hanon in G I play using pedal for note before black key F# and after. I tried to bend my hand to reach with my short 5th fingers but it did not work. Finally I figured out to use pedal for playing those notes and jump with my hands a bit forward towards black keys. I hope this is fine. Anyway looking for suggestions. I start new chapter where more videos will be uploaded, just to avoid if possible another disaster. Hopefully something good will come from it... NO... It must come something good. Thank you again for your time, for all you do for me and others who follow and possibly use all we do here to better every day Below Hanon in C and G first exercise.



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    WELL DONE! Please do the same in two and four octaves. In the 4 octaves drill we want piano- legato as conclusion. After this the exercise is complete and you can proceed to new ones. With the sonatas, happy to know that you know their importance. It will be good for you to perform them ALL, until the end of the year. This means one sonata (circa) per month. They seem to be easy, but, believe me, are SERIOUS classical works (Muzio is VERY good composer) which will drive your play to the next (and much more than this) stage. Your goal is> Piano, PP, Forte, FF, crescendo, diminuendo etc. to be perform as better as you can. Also some accelerando or ritenuto should be very good to be heard. Your tempi MUST be +10 -10 of the suggested. (performance stage) For your practise stages do it the way is convenient to you. Well done and keep going!

    *Legato, staccato, etc. will be also there, but you already know this...
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