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    Loads of things to do today? Don't forget to put some attention to your piano skills Lets practice, practice, practice to be better even a bit today then we were yesterday. After all we are living a dream by playing piano. And it doesn't have to mean that we play wonderfully already. I look at it this way: playing good/well/great/beautifully etc. is my ultimate goal/dream but playing and practising is already living a dream More I cover on my blog: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-5-2019/

    But here, as usually lets take deep breath and plan your and me mine piano activities for today. It helps a lot. Once planned lets play and like 'millionrainbows' said in one of the posts above:
    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.
    … and why not to do a little more than this "ONE"? Are you ready to live a dream? Lets play! Lets be better then few moments ago! Lets grow our knowledge and skills! We after all are on the same journey.
    Have a great day! All of you, full of unexpected great moments. Take care.


    Ps. Tikoo Tuba wrote:
    Here is a movie about an evil piano teacher :

    The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T
    Thanks for that, I already googled it... it is quite old movie and certainly goes on my list to watch. Thanks.

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    Yesterday was quite good day, but there is nothing that will stop us to have even better today. And if you had bad day, well then it is even more probable that today will much better then yesterday. But we are here to play piano, so plan your daily practice, do whatever you can to improve your skills even it is just one thing, one scale, one chord, one piece of music, anything ONE like in this quote from 'millionrainbows':
    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.
    My plan is there and a little more (read it if you like): https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-6-2019/

    By all means lets make this day count. Move less important things away and Practice, Practice, Practice.

    So lets do it.

    For the end you can see where I am with my piano progress, I recorded that yesterday. Am I great? No. Am I where I want to be? No. Is there loads of work to do? YES. But learning even small bits moves me forward. It will move you as well, whatever source you have to play piano. Do it! Enjoy watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39GJB1JVufA

    All right, have a great day! Time to practice for me... I disappear now from here Take care.

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    I haven't played in years. Earlier this year, I got an 88key keyboard and was shocked that I'd lost the ability to read the bass clef with any degree of speed! So, that's my goal. For this month of June, once a day for one hour, I'm going to practice only the bass clef on the piano. I have to get that muscle memory back before I can even try playing pieces again after such a very long time.

    I've also noticed that, even just playing a little bit, I'd forgotten there are "piano" muscles that have long been dormant! Even though I use other fine muscles in my hands for percussion and flute as well as drawing, etc., these muscle movements are so specific and finely tuned for piano that I have actually been sore after playing. I don't know why that makes me giggle, but there you have it!

    Okay, I'm on board: bass clef practice one hour per day, month of June. (a.k.a. starting all over again!)

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    'MJSeka' - great to hear you are back on your piano journey. It is great to know, that there are others trying We are in this together now ... and I have some experience to come back from other activities after long brake and... it is just hard at the beginning and suddenly it comes back piece by piece. It may even sometimes surprise you. Great feeling. I hope you will experience that moments. Anyway, I am glad you are on board.

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    Today I cover a little bit about masterpiece - huge subject, but I touched it a little there:
    https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-7-2019/

    When I look at... stop wrong... when I listen to some of the masterpieces of music I wander how it is possible to create something that beautiful, what it takes to be at that spot and be able at least to touch this greatness. Then quick reflection comes and old sayings that what was created and done by person can be done by anybody. But... there is this but... we need to work for it. So lets work. Lets make a masterpiece of how we work today to improve our piano skills. Lets be prepared for chances to come and to take advantage from them. I am not saying and even not ready to create recognizable masterpiece of music. Do you remember where I am? I am there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39GJB1JVufA&t=2s
    But I will and I encourage you to create or do your best with what you have right now, today and extend your ability for tomorrow, by simple action: practice, practice, practice
    Have a great day. Make it count. Keep masterpiece in mind

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    Go-Go-Ja-Ro! Go-Go-Ja-Ro!

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    Oh yes, GO-GO-JA-RO! I will keep that in mind and when I am ready, I will try to compose the melody to it at some point. Did I just write "compose"? Hell, yes. It will be something VERY simple since I am not at that place yet. But climbing there

    Anyway, we have next day and it is time to practice again. Do all the work over again. Practice whatever you practice again. I think for this post the word "again" is a key word. Lets use it then... again. Lets repeat actions we did yesterday again... and if we struggling with anything lets try to do our best... again. Slowly but surely forward... one step at the time.

    As usually I posted something on my blog, read it if you like, today my thoughts went into directions of patience: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-8-2019/

    Most of all, practice today as much as you can, we all are busy but moments with the piano are priceless.
    Have a great day by the piano and with all other things you do

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    and here comes a day when I am running out of time. So, I will keep it short today. There has to be as much time saved as possible to do my practise sessions. You know I have three a day 30+/60+/30+. Probably I will not be able to add those plus minutes to them. But we will see... Sunday, supposed to be relaxing day, but it will not be this time. How is yours? Are you ready to play today? Right now maybe?

    No matter what, we need to spend some time in front of the piano, playing, practising. We need to keep that thing going. I know that I will regret tomorrow if I will not make it happen. And as much I love to relax and just do nothing just to rest, I hate even more when I do nothing when I know that there was something better to do for myself. Piano actually relaxes me. But today, different duties appeared to be performed. So, with that in mind, I encourage you, maybe you will be busy as I am, to do something great for yourself as well. I suggest time with piano since we all I believe love it. Lets save every possible minute to practice again and spread our wings to play, in your case maybe, beautifully now... in my case just, to be those minutes closer to play better and hopefully one day it will sound right. We can't stop! We need to practice

    Have a great day. I will put something more on my blog. But now, l am need too run! Take care

    My plan for today's practice on my blog: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-9-2019/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Oh yes, GO-GO-JA-RO! I will keep that in mind and when I am ready, I will try to compose the melody to it at some point
    Well , instruct your keyboard to record . Play something freely . Software will print the score . Let's see it . I hope you will become more interesting than a joke of a coach .

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    Hi on this rainy morning (rainy in my location). Though the weather doesn't makes me feel today good I am looking forward to our next week together practising our skills. I hope your is sunny and makes you feel ready for next week and what is going to happen. New week, new challenges, new obstacles to overcome, new hopes for improvements, new hopes to experience those magical moments in front of our pianos and our lives. Those magic that happens from time to time when you finally make your hands/fingers do something what was impossible few practices before are priceless. Worth to practice... worth the effort. So, however your week looks like, however you think you are busy try your best to plan time to spend in front of your piano. It may not reward you instantly but it will for sure in the long term. Those improvements sometimes come suddenly... when you actually think you getting worse... then magic happens. Lets have magic in our lives. Lets practice... with joy. Lets have fun!

    My plan for today will be there once I put it there: missing link yet but once I organize my day will put it some there … a bit how long to practise or I practise to help you out: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-10-2019/

    Have a great start of the week. Monday, we can make it great for ourselves Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Hi on this rainy morning (rainy in my location). Though the weather doesn't makes me feel today good I am looking forward to our next week together practising our skills. I hope your is sunny and makes you feel ready for next week and what is going to happen. New week, new challenges, new obstacles to overcome, new hopes for improvements, new hopes to experience those magical moments in front of our pianos and our lives. Those magic that happens from time to time when you finally make your hands/fingers do something what was impossible few practices before are priceless. Worth to practice... worth the effort. So, however your week looks like, however you think you are busy try your best to plan time to spend in front of your piano. It may not reward you instantly but it will for sure in the long term. Those improvements sometimes come suddenly... when you actually think you getting worse... then magic happens. Lets have magic in our lives. Lets practice... with joy. Lets have fun!

    My plan for today will be there once I put it there: missing link yet but once I organize my day will put it some there

    Have a great start of the week. Monday, we can make it great for ourselves Take care.
    Jaro, I tune in to your thread just for inspiration. Thanks for the "positive injection!"

    It's true: music is a never-ending experience, and you never stop learning! It will last you well into your old age.

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    Hi, thanks. I agree with you and I love that part of "never-ending experience". There is so much to learn, so much to experience and it starts to bring more and more fun. The worst part was to start and go through early beginning process. Now, I can and wish to everybody to experience those great moments of joy while playing. Take care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    Well , instruct your keyboard to record . Play something freely . Software will print the score . Let's see it . I hope you will become more interesting than a joke of a coach .
    Now, now, Tikoo! You are usually so joyful. Be nice to nice people, that's an order!

    Jaro, I just made a "breakthrough" in my jazz guitar playing. Now, it is truly endless pleasure to sit down and play or "practice" as it is sometimes called.
    Last edited by millionrainbows; Jun-10-2019 at 22:17.

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    Both together today: answer and daily post
    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post

    ...I just made a "breakthrough" in my jazz guitar playing. Now, it is truly endless pleasure to sit down and play or "practice" as it is sometimes called.
    Wow, that is great! Guitar is such a great instrument. I tried years ago twice with no results. Long story. Instead of crying I gave my guitar to a teenager girl once I heard she was playing and couldn't afford one. I thought, well, for sure she will make better use of it. And she did... I saw the video when she was playing few years later with her band during some school event or something like that. She was playing her/mine guitar. Great stuff. I am glad I did that, who knows maybe I would try to play it and never meet my piano

    Anyway, jazz you say. What a great music. I am a little jealous No, I love my piano now. It is going quite all right and looking forward to experience that 'breakthrough' you are talking about. Maybe not with jazz yet. Jazz such a beautiful music with any instrument actually. I would be glad to hear you playing one day. I am more than sure it will be pleasure. Maybe... one day... who knows...
    We never know what will bring music into our lives and how it will change it. I cover it a little in my blog sharing there what we discussed yesterday: https://pianopracticechallenge.com/june-11-2019/

    Reading your words millionrainbows "...endless pleasure to sit down and play..." I am thinking and enthusiastic today even more to sit in front of my piano and get there where you are right now. Did I mentioned already I am a bit jealous? In good way of course I want to be there! Right now! There is only one thing stopping me... to finish this post... than I sit. So, whoever read this already lets do or be one step closer to "endless pleasure" - lets PLAY and have FUN!

    Ps. 'millionrainbows' I truly would like to hear or see you playing...

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