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2 week layoff...
#3026551 09/18/20 08:53 PM
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I’m back...we moved across town (actually to another town in the county). I JUST uncovered my keyboard and got everything plugged in & functional...Now What?????

What specifically can I start back with after 2 weeks of no practice—Jr. Hanon? Scales?


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Play the repertoire you were working on/playing before the move. You might be surprised at how well it goes 😊


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First time playing after a holiday, I just play whatever I feel like. Trying to find my way back. Next day, my ordinary practice routine.


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Originally Posted by dogperson
Play the repertoire you were working on/playing before the move. You might be surprised at how well it goes 😊


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start back exactly where you left off. But if there has been any loss of skill, you may have to play slow and methodically to renew those neural connections. I find this quite disconcerting, and very annoying, but it does come back quickly.


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Play the repertoire you were working on/playing before the move. You might be surprised at how well it goes 😊


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start back exactly where you left off. But if there has been any loss of skill, you may have to play slow and methodically to renew those neural connections. I find this quite disconcerting, and very annoying, but it does come back quickly.

When I took two weeks holidays earlier this year, I went back to the beginning of my method book to build my fingers up again and to see how much skill I had retained. Usually when you backtrack, you surprise yourself with how much you may have improved over time despite the break!

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Play the repertoire you were working on/playing before the move. You might be surprised at how well it goes 😊


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start back exactly where you left off. But if there has been any loss of skill, you may have to play slow and methodically to renew those neural connections. I find this quite disconcerting, and very annoying, but it does come back quickly.

When I took two weeks holidays earlier this year, I went back to the beginning of my method book to build my fingers up again and to see how much skill I had retained. Usually when you backtrack, you surprise yourself with how much you may have improved over time despite the break!

Glad to hear this. I also forgot to add that there have been times when I was struggling with a particular piece and a break has done so much good. It seems related to the concept of learn something and sleep on it before coming back, only with a longer break.


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2 weeks isn't very long. Last year I was away for the whole summer and ended up playing on a public piano once a week. Didn't play scales and other exercise pieces. I had a few Bach Suites that I transferred to a tablet and carried them around.

During the time away from home, I didn't learn new pieces but played the ones I practiced just before the break. After returning home, I felt that I can play the old pieces reasonably well and started learning new ones (at the same level).

There are certain pieces like a waltz that I learned a while ago at my level (intermediate). Anytime I don't have other pieces on the list I'd take some of these pieces out and play them for practice.


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