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Re: Concentration in a time of distraction
Stubbie #2961005 03/27/20 02:19 PM
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I realized I was having focus issues last week, so have started working on something that takes application, but concentration lapses are ok. As I’ve gotten older and since breaking a wrist several years ago, my ability to play up to speed has really declined. Mostly I play ragtime and mostly just for myself, so it’s no biggie, but figured I could set aside these next couple months to try to improve in that area. So each day I take two or three rags and work on getting them faster. Do a couple slow hands apart, then get out the metronome. Take it first at 40, then 60, 80, 100, 120. As 120 is a good place for me to settle at, next week I’m going to add a 130, which will be really ragged, but will give me more comfort “dropping back” to 120.

Figure if I’m too mentally distracted to work on anything new, or refining existing repertoire, I’ll just try to improve on a limitation that’s more mechanical.

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i have been playing piano less without lessons. i have been able to practice my pieces as not had lesson for 2 weeks which is still normal. i think to have no lessons for months will require a change in practice strategy. i have been trying mendelssohn prelude but i dont think it is working very well. i think the problem it is too hard to learn without any help so i gain a lot from playing in lessons. my teacher started me on rachmaninoff d major and i am struggling to progress on it without lessons and seem to be stuck on practising it through slowly. i am not sure if i will just wait until i return for lesson for that one as it has some technical challenges with rolling chords and things that i probably cant work out myself. i will change tactic and i think i will try to teach myself another scarlatti sonata in the next week or two when i am sick of the two i am currently working on. strange times. good luck. stay safe !

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We're so lucky to have piano. It's has always felt like an isolating hobby to begin with and so feels like a very comfortable place now. Lot's of people going stir crazy, twiddling their thumbs and (hopefully not) filling their minds with anxiety. We have a relief for that and it's precious.

It's painful seeing the world suffer and praying for it to get well soon.







What a lovely post.

I’m praying too.

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How can anyone be expected to concentrate these days?!

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I spend more time at the piano now that I don't have to travel to work every day. Actually, I have the opposite problem that the piano is making it harder to concentrate on work. laugh

As for advice, I would say try to find something that will renew your enthusiasm for the piano. Maybe there is this one piece you always wanted to learn, or maybe you can learn some new improvisation tricks. Whatever floats your boat. My current motivation: With this whole stay home situation I ordered some recording equipment and decided that I'm going to start recording myself. Now I need to polish some pieces to get them ready for playing in front of the camera.

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It must be hard for people whose interests are all outside the home. I know someone who was hoping to qualify for the Olympics.

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I have not been practicing since this whole thing began. I live in NYC which is the epicenter in the U.S. I have to spend most of the day dealing with the virus although I don't leave my apartment except to get packages in the lobby.

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MarieJ #2962289 03/31/20 04:17 PM
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How can anyone be expected to concentrate these days?!

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Just noticed the initials on that drawing “MJ”! That’s really good, MarieJ!... or is it just a coincidence?
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One so rarely sees original artwork on the forums these days… sigh.

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