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#2441182 07/13/15 06:33 PM
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Hi!
How do you practice piano when being away from home? Do you just skip playing piano for some time?

I am a young adult who never went to music school/university and I wonder where you play piano if you're not studying piano at university? There must be other places than just playing at home.

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I have had luck at churches. This is nice because the feeling of playing in a large space is awesome. Find a church large enough that someone's in the office during the day.


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You mean on a church organ? But that's not the same, although I admit that I've always wanted to play on a real church organ. grin

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Many churches have pianos as well as organs, at least in the UK.
There are so many aspects of music to learn, why not spend your time away from the instrument studying music theory, or composing something in your hear, or transcribing.

I think it was Beethoven who said the best instument you can practice with is the one in your mind. It's certainly the most portable!

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Churches, schools, hotels, restaurants, bars -- It depends what you play. Piano stores are a maybe -- They may like it if you inspire other customers to buy, but not so much if potential buyers want to hear their own playing. At Guitar Center stores, you can generally get on a digital with headphones.



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I played a so-so Knabe small grand in a gorgeous huge sanctuary with stained glass windows (Presbyterian) and a fabulous newish 7' Yamaha in a very ordinary plain sanctuary (Baptist).

I was on a business trip and just scouted a couple of churches, and offered a donation if I could play for an hour. It was an excellent experience, and allowed me to keep up my MOYD commitment.

It was fun and I highly recommend it. I just went on a weekday morning and knocked at the church office and asked.


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You can normally have a play on music store pianos, or if on vacation you will normally find pubs have an old piano you can have a practice on, even if it's slightly out of tune!


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