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    ... and again go back to practice mode Fun session was great, if you had one yesterday too you know already how it feels to play some music even it doesn't sound great yet. It is fun to be able to play. Right? But we want more, you and I and there is only one way to move forward. We need to go back to practice mode and train our skills. So for next few days again, hard work in front of us, developing our skills, practising new piece of music, practising new exercises, mastering those skills we already posses. Day by day, week by week we are going to be better. Only one condition stays in place. Practice those every day. Like an athlete trains his muscles we must train our muscles too, different one. Loads of work in front of us, but it is fun... reward is on its way. Lets earn it. Lets practice. Lets be better then last time we put our fingers on our instruments. Most of all as usually lets find fun in it... and simply do it Have a great start of the week. I wish you all the best and great breakthroughs while playing... whatever you can, even though you are great already there is always something new to discover. I hope you will, I hope for me as well that I will too. Take care
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    Sun is shining beautifully, it is morning and a lot of things to do. Which is great. One of the most things is piano practice. You know it takes some time to make it a priority. At least it was for me. Amazing things happen after a while once you practice every day. It becomes a habit that there is no way not doing it. No matter how many tasks you have one stays always at the top to do. You naturally start prioritising and one with the top priority is your piano or whatever you play practice session. This is what we want to achieve. By experience I can tell it works. So no matter how long are your sessions with your instrument, keep doing it every day. One day you will experience what I am experiencing. I get up in the morning and first thought is to think... well when I will play my piano today? I already know it will be done, it is only decision based on what it has to be done first. There was a time I had my morning sessions for half hour. It worked great for me, but somehow it changed naturally into one long session playing. We all have different duties to perform so it is obvious that we need to find our own unique way to find right time for our music. It is totally worth it. So many advantages to be around music. One of them is simply you can play, day by day better. So, no matter how hard it is for you (it was for me too) to find this time to practice. I really recommend to do it. One day, as I mentioned it will become part of your daily routine, which you will not miss. You be hungry for more. You will be happier. You will be proud of your achievements. You will be playing even simple music at the beginning but you will be playing. Today I feel so great that a while ago I started this journey, that I would be selfish to not recommend it to you. So, no matter how hard it is, fight for it! Do it every day, play, play, practice, practice, have fun. One day you will experience this joy, and great thing about it is... it will give you even bigger kick to do it even more, or wanting more. Great stuff. So, lets play today again, lets have fun. Let music enter your world and stay there... well forever Great day everybody. Have small and big successes today. Don't miss them. HAVE LOADS OF FUN!
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    Yesterday I had the worst time with my piano. Yes that is true. Though I love great shiny weather it gave me hard time to practice. I literally was wet from heat... though, there is great lesson I just learnt. Environment where we play is a huge advantage if it is set right. Don't ask me though what is right, I guess we all need to figure it out for ourselves. For sure my room with the piano must be well air conditioned. It is easier to focus, and we know because we practice every day, right? We know how important is to stay focus while we learn to play. So, today I share with you what might be obvious for you already, and it kind of was for me too. Lets create close to perfect environment for our music/practice/piano/guitar/etc. based what we can achieve with what we have. I think it will give us advantage to focus, feel comfortable and as result we will learn faster. All right, that is all. I wish you great practice time today! Have fun!
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    We all have so many things doing a day. Loads of responsibilities like work, children, shopping, career development etc. It is hard sometimes to find time to work on our skills. I know, I have the same. No matter what though, we need to figure out to find this time, cut what is absolutely necessary to spend some time every single day with our instruments and play them. I think or more I know by experience that every day practice works great. It pushes us forward step by step much faster then if we choose just one or two days a week. Constant repetition every day works in our favour. So, cut TV time, order shopping online, focus and do whatever needs to be done without hesitation to win this time for our music. It is totally worth it. Remember it is only our time, time of passion, time of loads of fun, time of being proud, time to learn new skills, time to relax, time to build valuable routines we can use in other areas of our lives. Plan it! Do not miss time of joy with your instrument. Don't miss playing to feel great. Practice to be better then yesterday. Have a lot of fun. There are some moments of frustration, but they go away quickly once we practice consistently every day. So, today is another day. Maybe your first. We all start at some point. Do it. You will never regret it. All right. Lets have fun and play today! Good day everybody
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    Guess what? Lets practice today. I am sure you experienced that when you practice sometimes challenges or difficulties from the day come to your mind and disturb your practice time. I've noticed when that happens I am not that effective in playing at those moments when I am completely focused. Happens. I am trying though, forget about the whole world once I start my practice session. I treat it as time only for me. It is not always that easy. But it helps to focus and be only with my piano, and it would help to be with your instrument of choice. I've started some time ago just to switch off everything around phone, radio, not TV I don't use one for a while This time must be just for me. Sometimes I give myself more or less 5 minutes to sit in silence and focus on what is about to happen. I think about incoming practice. I forget about everything and then I start my practice. Kind of meditation, but not really. Just few moments to calm down, and focus. Once you are focus your session will go much better. I works for me. Who knows maybe it will as well for you. So, lets practice today, lets forget about everything but the instrument we play. Lets be with our whole body and mind there. Lets try not to let anything disturb us. It will work great for us, I already know. It is our time that belongs only to us. Lets make it special! Lets have loads of fun by playing and becoming again, better then yesterday! I will try today be better even smallest bit. I hope you will be better too. To achieve that, to experience this progress, to experience what we are capable of we need only one thing to do... actually play! Lets do that! I wish you all great day. What a wonderful feeling to be around and have a chance to move forward our dreams/goals forward Even one small step done today counts Lets have FUN and PLAY! Take care.
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    You do not help me much - a little I 'spose . Love you .

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    Can't post anything… maybe this will go through If yes. PLAY TODAY AGAIN
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    Am I more lucky today with posting? Will be there error again? We will see in a seconds... maybe minutes. Actually it is good thing. I will keep it short to save as much time of yours and mine for FUN DAY. Today is Sunday. Mine FUN they only with piano. Playing, experimenting with sounds, with keys... I take the piece I have been learning for some days now and just add something or change it just for fun. It is not that easy but brings a bit of fun. No pressure today to move forward with some exercises, new skills just playing what I know already trying to make it sound better a bit then last Sunday. I really recommend to you this day of fun. Plan it and have it in your practice routine. That is why we want to play, right? To have fun, joy of playing. I think it is not lost time, it is still practice, and more developing sense our own sense of sound, music I guess. Sounds we like more then others, keys that sound good together, sounds that don't sound good as well. You know, simply experimenting and playing with all the keys. Good to have some base piece of music to try to add something or change something there. That is why we practice, right? To maybe one day create something new. Even very simple but that belongs only to us, or comes only from within us. SO, lets have fun today, or if your plan is to practice hard today, lets do it. Another day with our music That is great way to spend some time. I love it. I hope you too. If not, yet... keep going... it will happen. I've noticed that it is easier to have fun now, when I can play a bit more then half year ago, I guess we need to gain some skills first to really enjoy the play. Ok. Good day everybody. I repeat it again: HAVE LOADS OF FUN! Practice!
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    Next week of practice in front of us. Oh yes, I am exited, maybe not so exited about the struggle that will come with new exercises that will need to be performed but the fact that when I master even one of them I know I will be closer to my goal of playing better on my next fun day (Sunday). So, equipped with patience and thought what can be in next few days I am actually looking forward to do the work. That work is as usually practising every day on the way to next FUN DAY of mine. I hope you have yours too. Those days when you don't think much about what was yesterday or what will be next day but TODAY. Just playing. It was yesterday. Now, we have today. The only day we have to do something. Lets focus on that day only now. What we can do to be better again. I see only one option. Playing and practising today. No matter how many things we have to do, how busy we are, we must find this time to play again. It is fun anyways. Even like I mentioned there is some struggle from time to time. Actually on the way especially at the early stages, I am still there, there is much more to learn then to simply enjoy the play. But what a wonderful feeling it will be when we finally get what we practice now. It may happen anytime. Sometimes you are doing so many mistakes, you expect hours of practice and suddenly somehow it happens, you get it, it is there with you, it surprises you. Still great mystery to me, how those brains or ours work. Would be great to know, but instead what I know for sure is that when you actually put in action whatever you do or play there comes the moment of great joy and understanding. Lets not focus of how it works, but do what works and of course it is: practise! Practise with joy! Practice with plan! Practice to be better! Practice because you want it! Practice because there is no other way to be next step forward! Practice to make your dreams come true! No matter what stage of mastery you are, we all know practice is the only thing that will keep us going. So, lets go further today. Lets play and have loads of fun. Today. Maybe now? For me it will be in few hours. Can't wait to start Great day everybody
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    Sometimes practice does not bring those results we expect. Some exercises may give us more then usually difficulty to master them. We are, maybe more I am based on my experience tempted to put them aside and do something more enjoyable on my piano. Then this bell rings in my head, that no matter how difficult it seems right now it must be done. No matter how boring it is, again it must be done. Soon or later this will hit me back and one day it has to be done. Why not do it straight away. Focus and master it to move on to what is coming, and there is for sure coming FUN part soon or later. By practising we are another step closer to that fun part. If I don't, if we don't do it then this fun part stays away for longer. So, when that moments occur I wear my perseverance suit and keep going. Through practice and only practice it is possible to move quicker to the promised land... Maybe today is your day of breakthrough that is just waiting for next minutes, hours maybe of practice. Something that will awake the musical beast that may sit in you waiting for that moment when it can take over and deliver what seemed impossible days, weeks, months ago! Let's feed that beast today with some more practice, some more music we play, some more time studying what we need to learn. Let's have fun no matter how boring it may be what we practice today. It is simply another step, that must be taken. One is certain for me at least, once it is done, there is always satisfaction that even the smallest step forward was done. So: PRACTICE! BE GREAT TODAY! BE PROUD! I will Join me Most of all, no matter where we are, what we do, how we do it... LET'S HAVE A GREAT DAY! Sounds good? LET'S DO IT.
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    What a wonderful day in front us. We have a huge chance to become better then yesterday playing our instruments, for me of course is piano, for you? Guitar? Violin? So many possible ways and instruments to bring joy that music gives when we play it. Listening to music is great but actually being able to play, even simple pieces gives a lot of joy. Once you practice and play you know that already. So, lets use it today to move our level a bit higher, even a smallest step. It still will be a step. By doing this daily over months we make huge steps, we are more willing to do more, we want more. That is how it works for me. Only time limits me, maybe it limits you too. We all have to eat, right? Earn that money to support our families. It takes from us plenty of time. We need to find though, between our duties, tasks this precious time for music. It is totally worth it. You will see how much joy it gives once you play daily and one day play what you always wanted to play. Oh, great stuff. I promise you. So let's use this day, to practice. To be better. To have fun. To one day impress maybe someone that is close to you with the music you will be able or you are able to play already. Most of all let's have fun! Let's be proud of our journey. And lets take it all what can give us like inspiration, motivation, joy, happiness, pride, mood changing etc. List can go on and on. Why not to use it for our advantage? PLAY! LEARN! HAVE FUN! TODAY! Maybe NOW?! Take care and have wonderful moments with your instrument whatever you play, how well you play! Joy is there. Take it!!!
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    Time... always a struggle. So many responsibilities and stuff that needs attention. Things that must be done. Still managing to do my piano practice. I really hope you don't miss your time to play. It is great reward for hard work, whatever you do. Sometimes started to happen recently after more or less one and half hour of practice. It is great feeling. Somehow playing is much easier when I feel that. Great experience. You start to feel like a child a bit. Nothing matters you just play, better or worse but you just don't want to stop. I mentioned time before. That is my struggle now. Once I am on fire I need to almost end my playing sessions. I can't take advantage longer then 30 minutes of it. But still is worth it to get there. I hope it will happen more often and earlier... or I need to find another 30 minutes to enjoy that state. And it is totally worth it. You start to feel like a child. Just playing, just having fun. I don't know how it works. For sure more you stay playing more often it happens. Be at that state. Practice. Find it. Enjoy it. Nothing can replace it. It motivates to find more time. Put some more effort to use day wiser, more effectively to have that time just for you and music you play. It makes you wanting it even more to go through those boring exercises - there are some. I have in my program one piece of music which is OMG so boring. Totally not mine. But it is part of the program. I guess I will learn from it something. So it must be done. Do yours boring stuff as well. Bit by bit... and open the door to something more interesting. You like. You love. You want to play. So. Let's be like children today, and not worry about anything while we play. Let's use that time to relax and focus on our game. Let's play and have FUN! Loads of FUN. We should, because we will be playing Take care everybody.
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    I can't wait when I will sit to my piano and enjoy music again as much as I can with what I can do. Do you? I hope you do. Me, again I will try to practice this not so much enjoyable piece of music in my program. Though, it has to be done. Like in every profession there are moments when we need to do something that is not what we would like to do but its on the way to the part where we actually can enjoy it. So, I treat that exercise, that piece of music as a step I need to do. It goes much slower then others when I have a lot of fun with, but still it needs to be done. Probably I will not master it even today. But I really hope in next few days it will be done. I need to split it into smaller pieces, to enjoy the other part of my time with my piano. I can't loose my enthusiasm. Good things are on the way. I know it. I am more then sure you also struggle sometimes. Its nothing new to us. Right. We need to overcome it faster or slower. Anything that will work for us, to keep us going. Ok. I am done with crying about how hard this is. It is not actually, I am back into my natural state now. FUN PART. Yes, fun will begin again today. Once we sit by the piano or take our instruments into our hands that's when, I think, we enter the world of joy. Nothing matters. Only us and music. No matter how well we play. Everybody who is great today, was at some stage at the point where you are, where I am. What did they do to become good musicians to play so many beautiful pieces. They practised. They played. I guess they had a lot of fun too. They had their goal in mind. They were willing to move forward no matter what. So, let's join them in their journeys and do the same. Let's play today again. Let's master that bit we struggle with. Let's enjoy the process. Let's have FUN. Let's play some music. Good day everybody
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    I struggle with that piece I am learning now. This is new skill I develop on my piano journey. Last exercise which was quite enjoyable based on carol 'Silent night' was introduction to that new material, skill I am developing now. But this one... uff... I completely don't like it. I know though, it is in my program, so I have to do it. So, for me today is again my routine I put in place when I really struggle with some piece of material: slow, slow, slow, a bit faster, a bit faster, a bit faster... bit by bit till I will master. I will play it till I will love it. Maybe it is small lie here, this one I will not love, at least this piece of music but what will stay with me is that skill I am mastering. I hope today will do some progress. So, I will arm myself with a lot of focus and patience and DO IT. I am more then sure you reach from time to time that kind of piece of material on your journey. We can't let that stop us. We must move forward. We must do it somehow. After that we will have even more joy. After mastering that part that gives us trouble will be for sure something enjoyable. For sure we will have another skill in us to play something that brings more fun and joy. So, whatever is your struggle, no matter how hard it is, do it anyway. That saying comes to mind right now, that many do what is fun and easy instead what is hard and necessary. I like to think about this exercise I am struggling with now as hard and necessary. It keeps me going. So let's do it. Let's play again. Let's have fun and joy - I try my best today. I put in mind as well the fact that tomorrow is my day of only FUN with my piano. So, looking forward to it. That is why I have that one day when I don't think about what to learn (there is plenty yet) but what I actually can play now. Even it is not perfect or too advanced yet. This time is coming. We need to do whatever works for us to keep us going. Going into direction when we can amaze ourselves with what we can do. So, again: Let's have fun today, let's play, let's do this another step forward in our journeys. Take care everybody and I wish you great day, wherever you are. Just have one
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    Day by day passing by. And again we have Sunday. End of another week of our journey with our music. Today for me as usually on Sunday is FUN day. I don't focus on moving forward. I stop for a moment. I stop for a day. I simply enjoy what I already can do. I really recommend if you practice hard. Whole week is pushing a bit forward, bit by bit to reach that day when you, I have only day of fun. Playing what I know, what we know if you have that day today as well. Enjoying results, spotting what to work on during incoming week. Having fun is as important as trying hard. So, lets have a lot of FUN today. Let's stop for a moment and enjoy what we already can do. No matter we still not there where we want to be yet. We are for sure a step or few further after another week of practice. Let's enjoy that today. Let's simply play. All the best. Take care
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