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#1651035 03/30/11 01:13 PM
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Hey guys.. Currently I am on Alfred book 1 pages 36+-
My progression started to slow down after I got into G Position
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Quite depress..
Any suggestion on how can i overcome this? frown

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Don't worry. There's no problem here. Your fingers and mind are just not used to it yet. Play the G major scale over and over again, getting comfortable with the F#. It takes a little time, but not nearly as much as you fear.
Be sure to practice the I, IV, IV,and V7 positions over and over and over--with both hands--until they become comfortable.
In no time you'll wonder what the problem was.


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either take a step backwards and take a break. or take a step forward and work harder. or get advice from a teacher


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i call it the paino because its where i put all my pain
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G major scale? you are not practicing enough - or right, IMO. first hands separately - RH then LH. Practice - practice- practice --- slow -- real slow --- with a metronome. Start with 25 reps, each hand - slow reps; then 25 more. Use a counter to keep track. Don't even think about speeding up or hands together. Do this for a week - every day. Then get back to us. If the book has you playing chords, take the same approach with the chords.

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As in life, you will get knocked down many times. The important question is "Will you get back up again?"

I think how far you progress with your piano studies depends a great deal upon how you view obstacles (there will be many more in the future). You may have just hit your first one and are unsure how to handle it. Your feelings of frustration are perfectly understandable and I would be surprised if anyone said they've never felt frustrated with their piano studies.

For me, I view obstacles as a personal challenge. When I hit a roadblock, I tend to work even harder to try to overcome it. Patience, an understanding of what is needed to overcome the obstacle and persistence are the keys, in my opinion. If you simply give up and tell yourself you can't do it, then slow progress will quickly become no progress.

Be accepting of the fact that when you venture into new territory (i.e. such as playing in a new key, for example), the unfamiliar will always be harder than the familiar -- there is simply no way around this. As your practice more and more, the unfamiliar becomes increasingly more familiar, and the difficulty inevitably subsides.

Try to keep a positive mental outlook and embrace being patient. It's easier said than done, but if you can do these two things, I think you will have taken giant steps in solving your particular problem.

Hope this advice helps.


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If I could add a little to what I said before--and add a little to what others have wisely said--the key is calm patience, with the emphasis on calm. After we've repeated something (as adults) 10 or 12 times, we too often feel that we should have mastered it.
This is just not the case with piano. It may take 100 times, or 1,000 times, depending on what you're doing. The trick is to stay calm, stay focused, and remind yourself that you're learning something with every repetition, even though it may not feel like it. I'm currently working on the Bb minor scale. At first it felt like all thumbs in boxing gloves, then just all thumbs, then eight thumbs. I'm patient, though, playing it for just 5 minutes every day, and it's getting almost simple now. It will happen for you.
Too, give yourself permission to get up and walk away. Maybe it's for 10 minutes, maybe until tomorrow. It doesn't matter. The rest time is absolutely necessary for you to process unconciously the new skills you're learning. Just as the rests in music are as important as the notes, so the rests in your practicing are as important as the hours you spend at the keyboard.
Akira is right; obstacles should be a challenge, not a stop sign. If you're a video game player (which I am not), think how many hours you've spent trying to get to that last level or solve that last puzzle or find that last clue. The piano is the same. If you can't master the Gmaj scale today, the piano isn't going anywhere. It will welcome you back tomorrow for another go. And you'll be shocked at how much easier it is next week.

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What Michael Steen and Akira are talking about - what I hear anyway - is the root enjoyment of learning the instrument. Keeping it simple, being persistent and patient, working diligently and calm. It's almost like a zen thing, a discipline. I have gotten where I love doing that - love practicing. Just keep at it and it will come to you.


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Thanks everyone!
I will work harder on it smile
I believe I can make it!

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You can and will make it, it's just practice and patience. After 13mnths of playing I have gone through many obastacles I was unsure I would get through. Some nights I was so frustrated with myself that I would stop the practicing relax the night away and start fresh the next day.

I am not a patient person and I expect a lot of myself and I had to teach myslef that there is no finish line with the piano, so who was I racing? I now take each obstacle as a challange because they won't ever stop, we learn something new everyday. Enjoy what you are learning and think how great you will feel when you oversome this next hurdle.


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