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I have cemented my core practising to such a degree that if I go even a day without practising I loose it man. I just loose it! Do You Hear Me, I JUST LOOSE IT MAN! [Linked Image] cursing

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But one of the things I have not managed to cement as a habit is all the other stuff one needs to do to improve at the piano. Things like study more advanced theory, do ear training, work on transcribing, work on improvising, etc.

Just curious, how does everyone else work these aspects into their daily routine?

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Originally Posted by polyphasicpianist
I have cemented my core practising to such a degree that if I go even a day without practising I loose it man. I just loose it! Do You Hear Me, I JUST LOOSE IT MAN! [Linked Image] cursing

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But one of the things I have not managed to cement as a habit is all the other stuff one needs to do to improve at the piano. Things like study more advanced theory, do ear training, work on transcribing, work on improvising, etc.

Just curious, how does everyone else work these aspects into their daily routine?


For the amateurs who play piano but also have a job to attend to on the side, in my view, its impossible to make time for everything. I have 1-2 hours of practice daily. In this time, for the time being, i concentrate on sight reading and repertoire. For warming up few scale runs and some chords. Thats it. When ill reach a certain level with sigh reading i'll shift my concentration to other areas of learning.

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Hey Poly,

Well, maybe I'm lucky - I have fewer obligations in life now. Aside from my day job, music has become sort of an "obsession" so I try to devote as much time to learning as I possibly can. So, on lunch break after I eat, I study a bit of theory or do some ear training on the iPod. I get up a little earlier in the morning and practice all kinds of stuff before heading off to work.

Evenings I will again practice at the instrument, then may spend time on theory with a book or video, or do some rhythm exercises with drumsticks & a pad, or sight read, whatever. Sometimes, any one of those activities (except for the set-in-stone 1 hour on the instrument) may take up from 15 minutes to 1 hour throughout the day so in the end, I may have ended up doing average 2 hours of study and practice per day. On weekends, I might end up doing 3 or more hours a day (sprinkled throughout the day) of any activity related to music. Time flies so fast, i usually don't limit myself to so-many-minutes for each activity.

At the end of the week, I've covered a few hours of each important acivity that builds my music education. Its all the little bits here and there that count in the end, I think. I still have time to relax, see my friends, do the dishes and the vacuuming, etc... No time for TV though!! but I don't miss it at all smile

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Sign up for an exam. There is an exam here that covers theory and aural and some analysis together. Once you have a date, oh you will do the work, don't worry.

For improv, volunteer for an amateur group that would be delighted to have to play and improvise for them - you'll improve a lot. I've been musician for dance groups and acting groups - great fun!

In other words make a date with destiny and suddenly you'll be working on these skills in order to be your best in front of others (or on paper).

Transcribing, dunno, what do you want it for? A specific goal could help.


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Originally Posted by polyphasicpianist
But one of the things I have not managed to cement as a habit is all the other stuff one needs to do to improve at the piano. Things like study more advanced theory, do ear training, work on transcribing, work on improvising, etc.


Me neither...Now I feel incomplete.


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Originally Posted by John_In_Montreal
... No time for TV though!! but I don't miss it at all smile

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Me too. I've hardly watched any TV for about three months now since I got my piano. (The less you watch the less you care). It's all about priorities.


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Originally Posted by Canonie
Sign up for an exam. There is an exam here that covers theory and aural and some analysis together. Once you have a date, oh you will do the work, don't worry.

For improv, volunteer for an amateur group that would be delighted to have to play and improvise for them - you'll improve a lot. I've been musician for dance groups and acting groups - great fun!

In other words make a date with destiny and suddenly you'll be working on these skills in order to be your best in front of others (or on paper).

Transcribing, dunno, what do you want it for? A specific goal could help.


That's a good idea.

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With regards to the theory side of things, the longer you are playing and the more songs you learn, then more confident you will become with recognising different things relating to the theory. I'd suggest running through certain topics once a week, so focus on one area for a month or so then move on to a different area.

For sight reading try & do 5-10 mins per day every other day. Maybe do that instead of scales to warm up with if you are limited on time.

Improvising is something again you will get better at the longer you have been playing. Try and improvise playing the Blues or Jazz styles. So maybe learn a rock & roll piece and put a solo in the middle, using some blues scales.
Try little projects out every couple of weeks and find something you are interested in.

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Originally Posted by polyphasicpianist
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Sign up for an exam. There is an exam here that covers theory and aural and some analysis together. Once you have a date, oh you will do the work, don't worry.

For improv, volunteer for an amateur group that would be delighted to have to play and improvise for them - you'll improve a lot. I've been musician for dance groups and acting groups - great fun!

In other words make a date with destiny and suddenly you'll be working on these skills in order to be your best in front of others (or on paper).

Transcribing, dunno, what do you want it for? A specific goal could help.


That's a good idea.

Aha, glad I checked back. I would like to remember the theory I used to know, and learn some more (writing fugues would be interesting ) but I haven't made any time at all for it, except to buy the books that I'll use....eventually. As soon as I book for an exam I'll be doing lots of homework and loving it. Fortunately my piano teacher is happy to mark my work and give guidance.

Transcribing I've done lots in the service of composing. I transcibe what's in my head. I think unless you have a purpose for transcribing, a wish for the transcribed piece, then I don't know why you'd want to do it? Did you want to compose? or arrange?


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My time is limited to I completely neglect technique. My repertoire is fairly advanced and I learn technique within the pieces I'm playing. I'm not proud of this and I do not recommend it. I've been teaching myself theory.


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