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    Default How Do You Choose What To Play?

    Do you choose:
    - by composer
    - by time period
    - by friends recommendation
    - by difficulty
    - by type
    - by secular or sacred
    - by arranger/arrangement
    - all of the above/none of the above
    - by something else

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    For me, it's a combination of composer and spur of the moment.

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    By whatever I fancy listening to at that moment in time.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

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    As above, general I don't do one composer all day
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    I'm really just a guitar player, but I have a midi keyboard (weighted) and Pianoteq. I "practice" very seldom on piano, but use the levels of difficulty according to henle.de although I heard it's probably not so exact. Anyway I played through some pieces at level 4: a bit Bach invention bwv777, 2 Chopin preludes and a menuet (kv315a) by Mozart. Pianoteq is neat I think, I had a cembalo for Bach and different fortepianos for Mozart & Chopin. I have the belief that playing piano will make me better at guitar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    I have the belief that playing piano will make me better at guitar
    I think applied theory may be easier to do on the piano keyboard, particularly as you get to more complex scales, chords and chord progressions. Also voice-leading and counterpoint, e.g. with Bach chorales, two- and three-part inventions. Maybe the subtleties of note pressure and legato playing are easier to acquire on the piano, then transfer to guitar. I know that guitarists develop technique and theoretical knowledge differently than pianists, and their musicianship can be formidable. Anyway, good luck with the piano and try to play at least a bit every day!

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    I usually start with some technique practice/warm up; such as scales, Bartok Mikrokosmos, or Czerny. Then I'll pretty much dig into my piano bench and pick whatever strikes me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I usually start with some technique practice/warm up; such as scales, Bartok Mikrokosmos, or Czerny. Then I'll pretty much dig into my piano bench and pick whatever strikes me
    I think I understood OP wrong, I thought he means as in music choice for listen on a day
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