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#2163619 - 10/08/13 06:35 PM Just a small shift in perspective  
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I practice in short sessions spread throughout the day, and I arrange my life so I have to walk past the piano regularly, to encourage myself to sit down and play on the spur of the moment.

So it always bugged me that when I spontaneously sat down to play, it took so long for my DP to boot itself into readiness for music. I consciously struggle for equinimity, but there are always those dumb little frustrations in life that make me want to roll my eyes and sigh like a teenager. And the time it took my piano to boot was one of those dumb little things.

I just went and timed it. It takes all of 12 seconds --plenty long enough for a sigh and eyeroll, right?

Last week it came to me that I could take that 12 seconds to calm and center myself, and get myself into a meaningful musical space. And all of a sudden those 12 seconds of silence become a ritual of deep personal spirtuo-musical (is that even a word? wink ) significance.

So *then*, I find myself becoming peeved that I have accumulated so many ingrained and unthought habits created to fill up those 12 seconds, like turning on the DP then adjusting the lighting (because my inner teen needs to emote over some kind of drama, right?) Dangit, I've missed my special moment again!

Fortunately, my inner Buddha reliably points out that I can take those same 12 (or more!) seconds to center myself even if the DP is already ready and waiting for me to play. And it's really been helpful for deepening my practice.

I just thought the whole series experiences were an interesting and amusing illustration of how small shifts in perspective determine how the human mind decides to color experiences good or bad.

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#2163628 - 10/08/13 06:57 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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A nice story, tangleweeds, and a good reminder of the importance of centering oneself and the benefits of taking the time to focus and take a few cleansing breaths.


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#2163636 - 10/08/13 07:19 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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tangleweeds, I have read your post, here:

subject: just a small shift in perspective

I practice in short sessions spread throughout the day, and I arrange my life so I have to walk past the piano regularly, to encourage myself to sit down and play on the spur of the moment.

So it always bugged me that when I spontaneously sat down to play, it took so long for my DP to boot itself into readiness for music. I consciously struggle for equinimity, but there are always those dumb little frustrations in life that make me want to roll my eyes and sigh like a teenager. And the time it took my piano to boot was one of those dumb little things.

I just went and timed it. It takes all of 12 seconds --plenty long enough for a sigh and eyeroll, right?

Last week it came to me that I could take that 12 seconds to calm and center myself, and get myself into a meaningful musical space. And all of a sudden those 12 seconds of silence become a ritual of deep personal spirtuo-musical (is that even a word? wink ) significance.

So *then*, I find myself becoming peeved that I have accumulated so many ingrained and unthought habits created to fill up those 12 seconds, like turning on the DP then adjusting the lighting (because my inner teen needs to emote over some kind of drama, right?) Dangit, I've missed my special moment again!

Fortunately, my inner Buddha reliably points out that I can take those same 12 (or more!) seconds to center myself even if the DP is already ready and waiting for me to play. And it's really been helpful for deepening my practice.

I just thought the whole series experiences were an interesting and amusing illustration of how small shifts in attitude determine how the human mind decides to color experiences good or bad.

_________

Interesting post. I have a yamCLP50 that is 30 or 35 years old so - half my age being 64. When I was a young man I was told that anything you plug in and is digital - if you turn it on or turn it off many times a day, weeks, months, years, it is hard on the electronics and - definitely wears out the on/off switch. If a switch doesn't turn on - do you know who you would get to fix it and would they come to you or would you go to them. Would they have the the right switch because there are millions of switches that are made in countries all over the world and different switches are made for different models and different makes of digital pianos and do you think that your local supplier of digital pianos would have the exact same switch available to you for the whole of the life of the digital piano and what do you think the cost of getting and inserting/replacing the on/off switch on your digital piano would be.

Let me stress that I am speaking very, very respectifully to you. For the whole of the life of my digital piano, I have kept the digital piano on for the last 35 years and only unplugged the yamCLP50 when I moved it 3 or 4 times around the house. Everything still works, but I would lose sleep if I thought I had to find or fix an off/on switch that turns on the digital piano that is 35 years old.

cheers,

3B08DPS

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#2163639 - 10/08/13 07:22 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Funny how things look so different from different angles in life; I have learned. I kinda did that this morning too, funny you mention. I also practice in short bursts too kinda. But all it takes really is a couple minutes/seconds to center yourself I guess. I am going to try to do this more as well grin

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#2163643 - 10/08/13 07:26 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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I used to wonder a lot whether switching on and off was more stressful than leaving it on all the time. Then I read a post in the manufacturer's forum where someone asked about this, and they manufacturer advised turning it off when not in use (I think the concern was electrical fluctuations). Before that I used to just turn my DP on in the morning and leave it on all day.

OTOH, I'd certainly be wary of messing around with a 35 year old switch. And I'm old enough to remember the days when you'd never shut your computer off unless you had to, because spinning up and down a hard disk of that era was the most likely way to kill it.


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#2163659 - 10/08/13 07:54 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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When I had a DP, I just left it on all day on days when I was home.


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#2163726 - 10/08/13 11:16 PM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Ah, I long for that someday when I can say, "Back when all I had was a DP..."


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#2163752 - 10/09/13 01:28 AM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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What a great "life lesson" Tangleweeds.

You've made me think of taking a different look at some of the little things that irritate me and making better use of my time than being crabby.


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#2163776 - 10/09/13 03:42 AM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Amazing! Everytime I go into a piano shop and switch on, it does take that time to boot up. Of course, my own does it in 3; my last one did it in 2.

It`s 3 seconds too long. In that time I`ve blown up the Houses of Parliament (when the Queen wasn`t there, she `s not always there) and used my AK47 on the assembled, robed Judiciary. All to the tune of "The March of Scippio" . . .

And then I settle down to play. And the phone rings. crazy


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#2163824 - 10/09/13 07:08 AM Re: Just a small shift in perspective [Re: tangleweeds]  
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