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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: LXXXVIIIdentes] #2592000
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Originally Posted by LXXXVIIIdentes

Absolutely phenomenal - but I could not bring myself to practice afterward. I can't compete with that!


I can't compete with this one:




How are you feeling, Phillip? laugh

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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592004
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I tried it but the piano is bigger than the window.


All goes to prove how versatile digitals can be . . . . .


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Love the Bartok! It reminds me of a percussion quintet we did in 9th grade - I had been trying to escape the clarinet, for which I had lost all love (possibly, ahem, as a result of not practicing and thus getting no progress), by volunteering for the percussion section, and they needed a chimes player for a percussion quintet at the state Solo and Ensemble Festival. We weren't at this level for musicianship, but we had so much fun.

Philip, you have helped us all by bringing up the subject of re-finding motivation - so many good comments have appeared! I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.


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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592092
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I do also think that one reason is probably that here in the Northern hemisphere we are almost at the shortest day. I think many people lack drive at this time of the year. I certainly do.

Things are much better now, though and I am hoping they will continue to improve. I have to be able to play something by the date of the piano party here in July 2017.

I was asked, separately, about my progress on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". I have got the left hand almost correct now, but have forgotten the right hand, so have had to start and relearn that. I am also working on an arrangement of "Les Trois Souris Aveugles" and have great hopes for that.

All is well. I get a bit down in the mouth sometimes but I have a great life and am eternally grateful for the blessings I receive.


Currently working towards "Twinkle twinkle little star"
Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592133
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Are you further north than you were last year?


This time of year, I put up lots of lights and light things on fire.


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Phillip you need a heart check up to see if you in love.
Who is the unlucky one?

Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592137
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
...down in the mouth...



This expression always makes me think of a cat shaking its head after having eaten a bird.


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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592146
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I do also think that one reason is probably that here in the Northern hemisphere we are almost at the shortest day. I think many people lack drive at this time of the year. I certainly do.....progress on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".....

All is well. I get a bit down in the mouth sometimes but I have a great life and am eternally grateful for the blessings I receive.


Tis the season .... to somehow find the stark beauty in the fallen landscape and cold winds that have seemingly stripped bare much of nature's life and greenery .... our twinkling big star is less than three weeks from the depths of its annual decent whereupon it seemingly will lie dead, for three days, only to rise anew, again. Meantime, we are tasked with thumbing our noses at the old man while being grateful for what was, for what we had and will have again in the coming new year.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lvKBjH5IS94





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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592196
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1. I don't know if I am farther North. I suspect I am about the same.

2. Love. I think we can dismiss that.

3. Setting fire to things. Mmmmmmm. Those attending the piano party ask me about that one.


Currently working towards "Twinkle twinkle little star"
Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: peterws] #2592204
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Originally Posted by peterws
Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I tried it but the piano is bigger than the window.


All goes to prove how versatile digitals can be . . . . .


Haha, laughed out loud on that one.

Not my CS-11 though, I'd be hard pressed to throw it anywhere. Maybe with 4 guys... smile

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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I think many people lack drive at this time of the year. I certainly do.


Me, too. I can't fini...


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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: malkin] #2592451
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
...down in the mouth...



This expression always makes me think of a cat shaking its head after having eaten a bird.


It makes me think of my dentist.... ;-)



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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592476
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By happy coincidence while on another website with a forum I found reference to the following thread contributed to by many including a lovely rendition linked by BeccaBb

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1820549/What_bad_habits_do_self-taught.html



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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2592568
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I just can't seem to find any enthusiasm to practice.


Philip, to remain enthusiastic about anything requires a reason for such enthusiasm. Often times a staleness will develope from playing the same music or the same genre of music, and this pattern needs to be occassionally broken with the introduction of new music, to maintain one's interest in playing.

I don't recall where you are in your abilities or learning but I suggest forgetting about the classics for a while and instead emmerse yourself in a different genre of music. This will help keep your interests alive and may even start you on a journey you'd have never expected otherwise., ie., composing.

It is quite true that the classics are a fundemental part of the piano learning experience, teaching you the emotion of music where other types fail, but classics are not the one-all-do-all as many preach as being the only "true" piano music, which is absolutely rediculous and far, far from the truth.

So break out of your unenthusiastic shell and explore the huge array of different music out there and I believe that you will find much that will reignite and maintain your flame of enthusiastiasm to practice.

I wish you well.

Regards,
Andy


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Yes, I think I need a change. I do find that swopping between pianos also seems to encourage me. At present it is too cold in the ballroom to play the big one, so I am doing most of my work on the B.


Currently working towards "Twinkle twinkle little star"
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Some Rock & Roll...YEAAHHHH! yippie smile smile

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I just realised I invented a new word, "enthusiastiasm". I must do a better job of preuf reading from now on, LOL.

Regards,
Andy


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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: PhilipInChina] #2593511
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Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I just can't seem to find any enthusiasm to practice.


I enjoy piano but lately haven’t had the time or energy to practice, which leaves me feeling like I’ve lost or quit the practices.
I decided to use “academics”, however simple to give me feeling of achievement, to a degree.
I use Alfred’s group piano which is for beginner’s and (maybe more advanced in book 2) for non piano college majors.
I think it helps with reviewing, and satisfies my sense of, at the least “doing something”
And at most an academic achievement (though self taught)- not really a “practice a great classic feeling”, but none the less keeps me at the piano .

See some exercises here:

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Cheers!!!

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That's the book I'm using now in my Keyboard Skills class at University - we're in volume 2 - it's brutal!

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Re: Lack of enthusiasm [Re: piano_primo_1] #2593529
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Originally Posted by piano_primo_1
Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
I just can't seem to find any enthusiasm to practice.


I enjoy piano but lately haven’t had the time or energy to practice, which leaves me feeling like I’ve lost or quit the practices.
I decided to use “academics”, however simple to give me feeling of achievement, to a degree.
I use Alfred’s group piano which is for beginner’s and (maybe more advanced in book 2) for non piano college majors.
I think it helps with reviewing, and satisfies my sense of, at the least “doing something”
And at most an academic achievement (though self taught)- not really a “practice a great classic feeling”, but none the less keeps me at the piano .

See some exercises here:

[Linked Image]

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[Linked Image]



Anything that keeps you in the game is good.


However, it sounds like you have lost direction and with it ... motivation.

I would suggest to you that you may need to go back a few steps and start working on some musical pieces that you can actually play well within a week of practice and start building a repertoire of things you can play beautifully.

Sometimes we spend a lot of time practicing things we CAN'T PLAY and when we can barely get through it hesitantly ... we move on to the next hardest thing.

That can be very depressing and saps our will to continue.

Maybe you need to take an honest look at your skill level and learn to play a few pieces that are well within your skill set and learn to play them very, very well and take pride in playing them beautifully.

Then start spending more time on each piece from here on out and learn to play each piece well before moving on.

Or ...not ...

Your call.

Good Luck

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