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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
    That's the best description of John Cage I've ever heard!

    Practice tip: If you can do it slow first, you can do it fast later.
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    Very simple today. Lets play! Loads of things to do today in my case but I can't forget my piano. Maybe you are in the same situation that day shows up with no time to do what we would like the most. However busy it might be we can't forget our goal to play! Though session plan is in place it will be hard today to find those minutes 30+/60+/30+ by the piano. So I change it for today only to play between tasks that need to be done. Simply very busy day, but music will be my brake between what life brought to me. Don't forget about your piano time and have fun. Busy day, short message. I hope you are in more comfortable situation than me and you will do what should be done in proper way. Lets practise and be better than yesterday! Lets enjoy every moment by the piano or other instruments you might play. Who knows maybe today we will notice some improvement that will make us proud. We will not know if we will not play. So, lets do it. Again. Lets have fun. Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post

    Practice tip: If you can do it slow first, you can do it fast later.
    Oh yes, it is so true. Even though your fingering might be wrong at the beginning it somehow changes during practice. But starting slowly is crucial to me at least. Then faster is a pleasure to play. Patience comes into play at those time. Slow. Patience. Slow. Patience. Faster. Patience. Faster. Patience etc. Then you have it... and you can work on this soul touch that changes a lot how you sound. But this is great tip. So simple and so true.
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    Half week behind us and there is still a lot to do. Luckily it is something that we like to do if not love to do. Playing is great. It doesn't matter how bad we are today there is only one possibility if we practice. We will become better then yesterday. So there is nothing else to do to move forward but sit in front of our piano, take our guitar or any instrument we chose and simply play and enjoy the process. It is hard sometimes. I know. I am there. I don't know how about you but I feel much worse next day if I don't do anything today. If I do my part today I know I will wake up more enthusiastic tomorrow. This happen actually today. I did my planned practice yesterday, I feel I learnt something new, I am a little confuse with some parts of my music development but hey, today is a day, today is maybe a day when I will figure those things out. It doesn't matter I do it right or wrong, right is better of course, but I know that I am one step closer to finally get it. So, plan what you need to do today with your music and do it. I will. Be with me and practice your skills as well. This way, you and me will become better again. One day we will much more enjoy our music than today. No matter how hard it is today, know that one day it will be so simple. Lets have fun today. Lets enjoy music. Practice! Take care.
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    It is going to be quite busy weekend which actually starts today. Life brings unexpected tasks and somehow I need to squeeze there my piano sessions. Well... it will not be easy but it must be done to continue with the journey. Why resign from something that brings the joy. To feel a little more motivated I sometimes, I try recently do it on daily basis, I listen to some music right after I wake up. Literally. I turn my PC and listen to something I would like to play one day. It somehow motivates me to work hard. Or not to forget to do one more step today. So, today I was listening to one of my favourite pieces I would like to play one day. So, with that piece of music I wish you great day and fun with your music you will be playing today.
    Here is my piece of music for today that will keep me going: Mariage D'amour Isn't it beautiful?
    Have a great day everybody
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    It is going to be great day. In my location weather is great finally. I guess the longest day in the year brought that weather It helps stay optimistic and start my day with piano (scales). Though the day is long there is loads of things to do that I could easily use 30 hours today. No matter that there are so many tasks to perform, one thing stays on the list more important then other which is piano practice. Choice is quite simple... Why resign from something that brings joy and fun? No way. Especially that I know I will be better then yesterday. You will too once you practice. So, lets have fun again today. Lets play some music. It doesn't have to be perfect... we seek perfection. It will come to us with exercises and enough hours of playing. So, lets play today again. Lets have fun. Lets be better then yesterday. FUN. FUN. FUN. I am starting right now my piano day. I hope you will not forget to do it as well. I wish you all great day with your chosen instrument and breakthrough. Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    . Patience. Faster. Patience etc. Then you have it... and you can work on this soul touch that changes a lot how you sound.
    What is soul touch about ? Seems organic to me : so how do you learn it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    What is soul touch about ? Seems organic to me : so how do you learn it ?
    Hi, I guess I am looking for that organic touch, trying to play and transfer the mood through the hands/fingers hitting the keys. Don't know how to describe it. I guess everybody feels it different way. Do you learn it in certain way? No, I am playing and experimenting while playing. I guess that is how I learn it now.


    And today is that day for me, when fun takes most of the time during playing and trying to find that touch when the music starts to sound better to me. I hope you all will have a great day by the piano or with any other instrument. Playing, learning something new, and most of all having fun... that are my wishes for today. How it will be? There is only one way to know... Do it. So, lets play some music today Take care.
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    Another week starts. New hopes of improvement rises. Today is my day when I look back to my last week to make some corrections in my daily plans to spend quality time with my piano It is not always perfect what we do. But I believe it is better doing even it is not perfectly fine just to discover room for improvements. We are not perfect, at least I am not. But doing and going forward in my piano journey lets me find those mistakes one by one. Sometimes those mistakes slow you down, sometimes bring new discovery etc... in big picture they push us forward to be just a bit closer to promised land Us playing and fully enjoying music we play. So, I don't see other option like keep going. So, lets do it again and again. Lets play and have fun. Lets be aware what we do to find those things that may slow us down and move faster a bit forward. Day by day we are better and better on condition we practice. Have a great day. Lets have a lot of fun and play Take care.
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    Two chicken-pickin' riffs learned today from the Doug Seven DVD... eight more to go. At first, I thought these were completely foreign to my style, but as I progress, I realize that "my style" and ability are morphing into something new. And these gateways are opening up new gateways I did not know existed.
    Also, I realize: I am a beginner, just like you. I will always have a "beginner's mind."

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    Two chicken-pickin' riffs learned today from the Doug Seven DVD... eight more to go. At first, I thought these were completely foreign to my style, but as I progress, I realize that "my style" and ability are morphing into something new. And these gateways are opening up new gateways I did not know existed.
    Also, I realize: I am a beginner, just like you. I will always have a "beginner's mind."
    Few minutes ago I didn't even know what "chicken piking riffs" are. Now, I know I knew I will learn something new today, even it is not a piano knowledge I'm trying develop. 'millionrainbows' those sound great! Congratulation! That is way to go. You just inspired me to keep going I need that too sometimes. Thanks.

    I am so happy that you reached those gateways you did not know existed, I know what you are talking about. I guess by moving forward we will discover more of them. Great stuff everybody. That is why music is so powerful, you never know what you will discover and you don't know when actually. It always surprises you. Again... Great stuff.

    You know, once my basketball couch said to me and my team mates something like: "I don't want you to be professionals, I want you to be best amateurs you can be." I believe it was about heart and enthusiasm. At least I take it that way. We, with beginners minds" will always stay enthusiastic. Not, that professionals don't. But based on this saying, lets stay beginners and be happy like children discovering something new, and try to be as often as possible if not always enthusiastic

    Happy for you! Great stuff you are learning now! Hope will be able to hear you playing one day Take care.
    Ps. Thanks again for sharing your journey and giving a bit of motivation to me
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    It is like never ending story. At least this one is quite pleasant. Playing brings joy, playing build some muscles related how we do things (patience, commitment, perseverance, accuracy etc.) Great stuff very useful in other part of our lives I guess. So, why not play again today? Move forward just a bit. Be just a small step forward to reach the goal of playing easily and with greater joy then when we need to practice basics. One day those basics will become like breathing, we will not need to think about it and will be automatic. I am getting there slowly... are you? We have no choice if we want to play well... we need to do the work. Lets try to keep our enthusiasm high, and learn something that gives us joy while we learn things that needs to be done. Those boring exercises lead us to the part of our music journey when we can actually play something that will give us a lot of fun. So, lets continue walking there. Lets take another step forward. Lets practice today and be happy about what we achieved, even it is the smallest step we could take. Have fun today, and do your part. I will do mine. Take care.
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