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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Now, now, Tikoo! You are usually so joyful. Be nice to nice people, that's an order!
    A few nights ago I dreamed a forum screen . A message from you . I read it . Reluctantly and grumpily , I have given what you asked and all's well .

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    Repeated action leads us to improvements. So, lets repeat again what was done yesterday. Like athletes train every day to perform their best at the day of competition we need to practice our skills to be better and do it without even thinking. It works same way for us... muscle memory has to be trained daily. Depends what are our expectation from what we want from our music development we need to act accordingly. It comes faster or slower depends of the each individual. We all learn with different tempo. One thing is common we need to practice. One thing is certain talent alone will not play... there must be hours spend in front of your chosen instrument and effort put to improve. Even we do something wrong, that effort will pay off at one moment when we notice our wrong approach but it is much better to try, try, try to finally do it right. We become smarter and move forward. Most as usually part will be to have fun. Focus and fun and results will come! Lets practice again today. Lets be a bit closer to promise land. Lets enjoy the process... Even simple music gives a lot of pleasure to play because it is us who play it. Some time ago I did not even dreamed to play what I play today, and today I know that day when I will play what is already on my list to play is coming closer and closer. I know it will be the same for you. Only one thing we need to do over and over again. Remember to practice as much as we can... and it will happen sooner then you think So, have a great day playing any instrument you play, have a lot of fun and... I'll see you tomorrow My practice for today will be my usual 30+/60+/30+ (scales/new material/FUN)
    Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    One thing is certain talent alone will not play...
    Talent alone will play , be at play .
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    Never ending story with practising our skills or mastering them. Even the best have to practise. Of course I guess that their practise looks different to this what I and maybe you as well as beginners or still in development process must do. Anyway it must be done. So, with no much to add today, there is always not enough time to do all I would like to do... you have the same?
    Anyway, we want that talents we might have shine. Lets let them shine and play by developing our skills DAILY I put my plan on my blog till end of the week to save yourself some piano time. Mostly copy and paste, but it is great to have a plan to follow and if something does not work... improve.
    Great stuff to think about 'Tikoo Tuba':
    Talent alone will play , be at play .
    I focus on that part from what you said:
    ...be at play
    . I believe even though you have loads of talent and when you don't sharpen it, it will not have chance to be noticed. I saw people with loads of talent in different areas then music but not willing to work on it and those with less at first glance but working hard did perform better. Of course once talented person puts some effort... well different story. It is amazing to watch how fast they do what some have to work a lot to do. I guess that is talent. Many talents though died undiscovered by simply not developing them. So, I take that part from what you said and I will:
    ...be at play
    .Who knows maybe there is sleeping touch of talent there. I am happy to see it. Will it appear? I don't know. If I play and practice do I have chance to actually learn there is something? I think yes. If there's not... well, piano gives me pleasure to play, so I will, no matter how talented I think I am.
    Thanks again for your words. Sometimes we discover new at places we wouldn't expect them discovering.

    For the end: Lets have FUN today! Lets play some piano, guitar, cello, drums... etc. Music gives so much joy. Lets take advantage of that.
    Take care
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Never ending story with practising our skills or mastering them. Even the best have to practise. Of course I guess that their practise looks different to this what I and maybe you as well as beginners or still in development process must do. Anyway it must be done. So, with no much to add today, there is always not enough time to do all I would like to do... you have the same?
    Anyway, we want that talents we might have shine. Lets let them shine and play by developing our skills DAILY I put my plan on my blog till end of the week to save yourself some piano time. Mostly copy and paste, but it is great to have a plan to follow and if something does not work... improve.
    Great stuff to think about 'Tikoo Tuba':

    I focus on that part from what you said: . I believe even though you have loads of talent and when you don't sharpen it, it will not have chance to be noticed. I saw people with loads of talent in different areas then music but not willing to work on it and those with less at first glance but working hard did perform better. Of course once talented person puts some effort... well different story. It is amazing to watch how fast they do what some have to work a lot to do. I guess that is talent. Many talents though died undiscovered by simply not developing them. So, I take that part from what you said and I will: .Who knows maybe there is sleeping touch of talent there. I am happy to see it. Will it appear? I don't know. If I play and practice do I have chance to actually learn there is something? I think yes. If there's not... well, piano gives me pleasure to play, so I will, no matter how talented I think I am.
    Thanks again for your words. Sometimes we discover new at places we wouldn't expect them discovering.

    For the end: Lets have FUN today! Lets play some piano, guitar, cello, drums... etc. Music gives so much joy. Lets take advantage of that.
    Take care
    Of course, there is a flip side to what you say about developing one's talent: there must be an audience, a compassionate observer, one who encourages, rewards, and gives positive feedback to the artist-in-development. This is what a good teacher does, and is what my mother did for me, when she encouraged my artistic skills. I owe everything which followed to her, and her smiles and praises.
    Even my interest in jazz comes from this; I think most men get "jazz" from records and for other reasons, but my interest and focus in jazz came from my mother playing the "tin-pan-alley" songs, and singing them, on piano. These songs became what we now call "jazz standards:" Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rogers & Hammerstein, etc.

    Jaro, you are special: you are the teacher, the nurturer, the encourager of future talent.
    "The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?"
    -Confucious

    "In Spring! In the creation of art it must be as it is in Spring!" -Arnold Schoenberg

    "We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made us." -Jean-Paul Sartre

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    We practice , practice , practice these words so they become music .

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    "millionrainbows"

    Thank you for your kind words. We all are on the same board, maybe in different places with our skills... but we all try. Right?
    I couldn't more agree with what you said:
    there must be an audience, a compassionate observer, one who encourages, rewards, and gives positive feedback to the artist-in-development.
    But sometimes there is none. And that is why I am doing what I am doing. For us, for me as well.

    I love my parents too, but they were pushing me more in different areas of knowledge then music. I know they wanted and still want what is best for me. Somehow, though what we want is different what our parents think is best for us. Anyway, parents are great teachers, I am happy for you that your mother did all those things for you. Great mom!
    ...And Jazz... what a music. I listen to the radio with Jazz when I work. Such a pleasure. Again, thanks for kind words.


    "Tikoo Tuba"

    Hopefully one day... there will be nothing else but music instead of words (at certain times of course)
    Right now, "practice, practice, practice".
    Ps. oh, I found a teacher. Will see her in two weeks or so. She's on holiday I need more than my app. only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    We practice , practice , practice these words so they become music .
    That's beautiful, Tiko, if you mean what I think you mean. The "whole thing" would be:

    We practice , practice , practice these intents so they become music.
    We practice , practice , practice these words so they become music.
    We practice , practice , practice these actions so they become music.
    "The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?"
    -Confucious

    "In Spring! In the creation of art it must be as it is in Spring!" -Arnold Schoenberg

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    It is motivating and inspiring to come into this thread. My update minus the consistency and diligence of Jaro.

    I am starting at the basics. I'm just starting over. It's been so long, I have to rewire my brain. And, I get frustrated. Frustrated that the exercises are so slow and simple and monotonous. Then, I just started treating it as part of my daily meditations, and heck, I've been doing those since I was a child, and they're simple and flexible and, well, good for me. So I'm approaching these exercises with the attention and patience they deserve.

    So, exercises coming up!


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    Today I will do again what it needs to be done on the way to my goal. It is worth to keep it in mind where we aim. Though, like mentioned post above it may be frustrating. How beautiful is the piano or playing any other instrument as well I believe. It is more or less the same story. We need to develop patience to go through those monotonous moments to finally crack what we practice and move forward. What happens next are those great moments, magical I call them. When we actually can do what was impossible minutes, hours, days ago. Patience in practice slow, slow, slow, faster, faster and with right tempo finally. Sometimes it takes longer, sometimes it comes faster. Either way don't miss that moments of victory. Reward yourself with even big smile, and saying to yourself "great job". Remember that in the moment we need to start over again with another thing to practice to be better. But at least we know that patience pays off well. I heard once saying, that sounded more or less like: How we do one thing, we do all things. So, if we are patient and passionate with our music it is more likely that we will be in our live. How beautiful it is. We not only develop our music skills but as well change our lives. We take it all. As much as possible. Experiencing all that emotions good or bad. We become more aware. Great stuff. And finally by playing we rewire our brains like "MJSeka" wrote. That is true. By learning something new, we always change our brains. We will not be the same anymore. Maybe we are on the way to create something special, maybe not for huge public but for our own, family, friends etc. So, lets rewire today a bit more! Lets do one more step forward. Lets master that part that gives us trouble. Even not successful today, we will be one step closer to succeed tomorrow.
    Thanks you all for sharing... it is motivating that we all are on the same journey. Maybe different places with where we are with our music, but train is the same. Passion. Take care. Lets practice: 30+/60+/30+ for me today. I wish you all the greatest day full of unexpected beautiful moments with your instrument of choice. Once again. Take care
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    Hi everybody, I hope you are all right today and ready for another day with music in your life. If you do it already daily you know how great experience it is and how you get better with each note played. Step by step we move forward to play piece of music we like. Step by step to play from our hearts not only technically just the notes we see on the piece of paper. Once we master those skills to let us unleash different level of understanding and delivery it will be completely different world for us. I need to stay still with practising those scales and follow my program but those minutes of my last session gives such a great reward where I let myself already feel free a bit more and experiment with different speeds, I try to transfer some feelings into my piano through my fingers. It is quite an experience. Not happy with my results yet, but those moments are really great. Sometimes by accident something interesting happens and I know that when it happens once it means it can happen more often once I am in a bit of control of it and it comes through practice those skills in earlier sessions of mine. So, with no more to add today, one question as always stays the same. Did you already planned your time with music today? I hope you did. We need to continue no matter what. For me it will be quite difficult to focus due to events happened yesterday which I can do nothing about. But I need to focus to make those moments with piano last. Life sometimes brings unexpected to us good or bad and we need to deal with both. So, with that in mind, no matter what happened yesterday and how it affects you, try to play a little. Remember? Those moments are priceless in front of our instruments of choice. Music will warm the heart and bring joy and happiness... who knows what breakthrough we might experience today? Whatever level we play now. I believe there is still something to discover.
    Now, as usually for this week my plan looks like: 30+/60+/30+ (plan I put there if you want to know what it means to me: My plan for this week./

    Have a great day today! Play with heart! Have great fun and don't let those moments just pass you, take as much you can from them! I will. We all should do Take care.
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    And another Sunday... there will be many of them while we keep improving our skills... but Sunday for me or in my weekly plan is just to have fun and enjoy what was done during past week. So, I will play today all I know already and enjoy improvements. Do you have your fun day? I know it should be fun every time, but while slowly practising new material sometimes it is hard to have proper fun. Not today though! I have my fun today. I hope you have fun day planed as well to simply play, play and play! Warm up first though. Thirty minutes of my scales practice and then... FUN!
    Lets have loads of FUN today playing. Lets let this day charge us with energy to improve even more during incoming week. Lets see where we can see improvements and what part we need to work on. No judgment today! Relax! Play! Tomorrow is time to start again with daily practise but... today only playing is important! SO, have FUN today or plan one of the days to have only fun. It helps me to keep going. Maybe it will work for you too.
    Have a great day everybody.
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    We start another week with our music. How great is that. I look at this incoming week and what I see is hours I will spend in front of my piano. I know that whatever will happen I will have this time with my music. Most of all I am looking forward to next Sunday when will be my full FUN day with my piano. I truly recommend that you plan one day free from learning new things, notes, skills etc. and just enjoy your progress and music you learnt to play already. No matter what level you are. Based on my experience it gives a lot of joy. So, with that in mind I prepared my plan which I will follow for next week. My plan is: here (wait for it, I will put it on my blog in the afternoon ) Can't miss my morning scales session. Matter of choices, blog or piano? This one is simple: Piano of course . I hope you had some great discoveries by the instrument you play. I hope you did improved a bit. I hope you are more and more commit day by day... I guess when you are on the right instrument and you practice you reach at some point the moment that you want simply MORE. Great feeling. A bit of a problem to find time, for me, but I like this kind of problems. Challenges. So, lets have this problem. Lets reach moment when we don't want to stop. Lets reach moment when the hunger to have only fun will push us to develop our skills as quick as possible through daily time spend with our piano or any other instrument of your choice. Lets play music you love, you enjoy. Lets have FUN! Lets play! Good day and week to all of you.
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    One more update for today. I promised you in previous post my plan for this week. I know it is more important to me, it is my plan, but maybe you will create yours and follow. We want to play pretty good at some point that is why we need to do whatever that works and keep us in front of the piano or any other instrument of our choice. Planning works for me. Maybe will as well for you. So, I put mine on my blog and I will follow. Here it is.

    Ps. By the way today's sessions are done for me. I will have some more time by the piano, but more just for fun then practice. Having fun is most important by the way. Lets have fun together
    Take care... till tomorrow
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    I hope you are ready for another day with music. Isn't that beautiful? We again have chance to improve and most of all we can enjoy playing. Such a great thing. I wonder why I did not start playing long time ago? I sometimes regret did not start few years ago but I push those thoughts away and I am proud that I am doing it now. It is better now then never. Will not do this mistake to stop to not have even more regrets later. Imagine where will we be in one year? Exercising every day. Even with slow progress we have no chance but moving forward. We will be musically smarter, more patient (yes music teaches patience, at least me), more happy (those hours spend playing bring loads of joy), we might meet great people on the way, we actually may surprise ourselves what we are capable to do. Magic moments will happen. But we need to keep going. Lets do that simple thing. Just play today. Just have fun today. Just enjoy every minute of music... and have a great day! Lets make this day count for our music journey. Take care.
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