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    Let's work a bit on our skills today. Let's enjoy our progress. Years must past to play as we want... It shouldn't stop us to enjoy what we can do today: PLAY, PRACTICE have FUN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaro View Post
    Yes, I am fine Rogerx. Thank you for asking. Had quite few challenges, but everything ended up well. Of course I was as always occupied with pianos. Yes, plural... I said pianos, because couldn't be in my location and struggled a lot to have my hands on the keys. Luckily, had a chance to play two pianos and one grand piano (only once) and practice what I just uploaded. It wasn't perfect time to practice, but still if you really want something you can find ways of doing it. Unfortunately, after coming back to my old friend - my piano - I've noticed how bad it sounds, how bad are keys and had three days of horror to use it again. It is a necessity now to organise better piano for myself. One day it will happen.
    Anyway, below is the piece of music by Ludovico Einaudi "I Giorni" I was trying to put together as best as I could with help of online teacher this time. I am trying new approaches and I am almost off PM app that lead me to this stage.
    I hope you will (whoever will watch/listen to it) enjoy. With fingers crossed (not when playing) I am looking forward for more. Comments more then welcome.


    Ps. I am back and hungry for MORE! As always: PLAY and ENJOY!
    Welcome back, my friend. The piece is OK (the performance) but your piano is a worthless piece of no sense. Please, throw it away! It is same to play on an instrument like this. Think of your efforts, your time, and, your future, and buy something decent. (not good. DECENT) I see progress (the piece sounds quite well) and I hope the next one to be played with a REAL piano. BRAVO.

    >> Don't forget the character of the piece. At the end sounds like something classical or pre-classical and this is a mistake. This is lounge (and modern as a composition) music. Most of the piece sounds like this, but with some parts we have issues. Try to hold everything together, like a long breath, well tenuto, suonando, a unity which represents maybe a nice dream or something else, always beautiful, calm and quiet. Draw an image into your mind and follow it.
    „Es gibt drei Arten von Pianisten: jüdische Pianisten, homosexuelle Pianisten -- und schlechte Pianisten.“ V. Horowitz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Welcome back, my friend. The piece is OK (the performance) but your piano is a worthless piece of no sense. Please, throw it away! It is same to play on an instrument like this. Think of your efforts, your time, and, your future, and buy something decent. (not good. DECENT) I see progress (the piece sounds quite well) and I hope the next one to be played with a REAL piano. BRAVO.

    >> Don't forget the character of the piece. At the end sounds like something classical or pre-classical and this is a mistake. This is lounge (and modern as a composition) music. Most of the piece sounds like this, but with some parts we have issues. Try to hold everything together, like a long breath, well tenuto, suonando, a unity which represents maybe a nice dream or something else, always beautiful, calm and quiet. Draw an image into your mind and follow it.
    Hello, thank you for still being here for me. Yes, I am more aware of drawing an image in my mind. Finally somehow it sinks into my body, hard to explain but it is something that I can't explain, and I understand how hard it can be to explain. But those changes I start to feel... I am pretty sure that it was much easier to follow that image when I was playing on the real piano or, though for just one hour, on grand piano. The keys... I had literally tears in my eyes, those keys responded completely different, the touch you give to them, strength... it is almost a necessity to follow the picture, and the sound that stays in the air, though you stopped playing those keys, and went forward with piece of music, somehow, I don't know... just hanging there, though not there any more. Those moments were precious. I am so glad I started this journey, well, more then three years ago. And big YES, my piano MUST be changed. As soon as I will have that possibility I will do it. Unfortunately it still have to be digital, for next year or two. Living situation force that decision. But, hell, I am on changing that. Those changes don't come easily, but with a bit of effort I am sure I will do it.
    In this piece I know, there are some mistakes, things to correct... I am sure with practice will come improvement. Soon, another piece I am working on. As a little bit of breath, though challenging anyway. Well known, played quite often by countless amount of people... but as always brings joy and feeling to move one step, even small, forward.
    Thank you again!
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    Plan is simple for today... memorize last part of new piece and of course some PRACTICE. How about you, do you know already how you will spend time with your piano? PLAY! Have FUN!
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    It is amazing, that sometimes those fingers stay cold and resist to warm up. Short brake for me, and will be back with my practice. How about you? Are you enjoying your practice already? PLAY it is FUN, though under this FUN-word there are countless feelings you will experience! PLAY!
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    Today two piano practice sessions for me. I hope fingers will be warmer then yesterday. I hope you have already planned your time with piano and you are looking forward for new discoveries what you can do and yesterday thought it is impossible. PLAY, PRACTICE, have FUN!
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    Let's just enjoy whatever we are working on with our precious instruments. Though there might be obstacles... they always occur... let's enjoy the ride. Soon or later we will achieve what we are struggling with and meet new challenges. Let's HAVE FUN! PLAY!
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    No pressure, no obligations, no stress... just enjoying the piano. After all it is our passion, right? PLAY! ENJOY! HAVE FUN!
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    Ufff... that was long day, but luckily there is a friend waiting to play with My piano Have fun with your piano, and PLAY, PRACTICE and ENJOY
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    Today, a bit of theory to practice scales at the beginning (circle of fifths), helps me understand why those scales are build that way they are build, and then fun begins... practising new piece and new skills it requires. So, join me with your own quest in PRACTICE. Let's have some FUN.
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    My fingers are today like little sausages... I think you can relate. Happens sometimes Curious how today's practice will look like. About to start! How about you? Are you ready to PLAY? Let's have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siennn07 View Post
    Hi everyone, I'm a new member looking for some advice. I used to learn the piano as a kid, but gave up along the way and now I'm keen to start playing again as an adult. My skills are pretty rusty, any good songs/pieces to recommend for a beginner to intermediate level? Thanks all!
    The fastest way I know of to re-acquire the muscle memory skills and re-familiarize yourself with sight-reading and effortless playing is - to choose 10 or 20 song sheets of your favorite songs (a varied collection) and play them over and over until you can do it in your sleep. Make it a daily obligation (or every other day). Because even as adults we have a limited attention span. You don't necessarily have to enjoy it.
    Many teachers don't like this because of what Glenn Gould called "accrued bad habits" and "bits of business" creep into your playing. Don't do it if your aim is to become world-class player.
    Albert Einstein, "I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luchesi View Post
    The fastest way I know of to re-acquire the muscle memory skills and re-familiarize yourself with sight-reading and effortless playing is - to choose 10 or 20 song sheets of your favorite songs (a varied collection) and play them over and over until you can do it in your sleep. Make it a daily obligation (or every other day). Because even as adults we have a limited attention span. You don't necessarily have to enjoy it.
    Many teachers don't like this because of what Glenn Gould called "accrued bad habits" and "bits of business" creep into your playing. Don't do it if your aim is to become world-class player.
    Thanks for your advice. Actually, I have been working on some pieces I like. It is far from 20 yet, but getting there. Most crucial right now is to release my wrists, I am still stiff but I have some moments when I actually can feel that release. Great feeling, then, magic happens, also occasionally yet. This what was mentioned by Dimace. Pictures in your head appear, playing becomes effortless, though I guess you always need to stay focused. Playing piano is so complex. I just experience moments of the beauty that instrument brings to our lives. Day by day getting there
    Anyway, I am already after my 2hours practice today. If there is any of day left in the evening, with pleasure will join anybody who is going to PLAY AND ENJOY today. PLAY, PRACTICE.
    Ps. Those words of wisdom from our topic friends, are not only for me. I hope you take as much from those advises as me. I am just an example, exposed with my current status to all the wisdom that comes from more experienced pianists, musicians, friends. Take it and have fun PLAYING TODAY!
    I am grateful to all of you that you are here for me and others.
    Have a great day!
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    It is going to be hard to find today some time for my precious instrument, but somehow it must be done. You too, find your time and let's PLAY, PRACTICE and as always ENJOY! Who knows what we will discover today, what we will be surprised with. PLAY!
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    So cold today in my location. Missed to turn on the heating. Must wait in my gloves to warm up my hands a bit. Luckily don't need to use my hands for next 20 minutes... then I start my practice. Join me today with playing whatever you are working on right now. Let's make some step forward PLAY, PRACTICE and as always ENJOY!
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