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#3166174 10/24/21 04:29 PM
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I'm a ² year beginner who has practiced an hour every day during that time. I'm on holiday for 2 weeks and am petrified of forgetting everything I've learned! 2 questions. Should I just take a break and do nothing pianowise or take some piano reading material with me ie. Chord/scale or sight-reading books to practice? Any ideas as to what I should or shouldn't bring would be most helpful.

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Don't fret!

Enjoy your half term holidays, and come back refreshed and raring to go (in PM-speak). On the piano, I mean.

Though, if you encounter a decent piano while in the Canary Islands (hopefully not La Palma), or whoever you're going, have a tinkle, just for fun.

When I go away on holiday, I forget all about the piano, unless I happen to encounter one, in which case I'll play everything except Für Elise on it (because I never learnt said Elise).


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Take a break and don't think about piano for those 2 weeks. Don't worry, you will not forget everything. In fact, you might even find your pieces easier after a break. It seems like a paradox but our brain continues organizing information even when we don't play.

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Bring your sunscreen, glasses and sneakers. Leave the piano books at home—- you really will be fine 😀


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A break now and then is actually a good thing, so think of it as part of your piano progress.


One more concrete suggestion though. If you are working on a new piece or something that's especially challenging or that has shaky spots, for your last practice before your trip, play those bit (or the piece) a little more slowly, maybe play a few sections super slow before putting the piece away.

then, when you come back to practice after your trip, think of easing yourself back into it, again slowly.

Somehow this seems to help.

Enjoy yourself!


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Way back in 2014 I took 5 months off to hike the Appalachian Trail. I was a bit rough for awhile when I got back, but I recovered. But when I go on shorter trips I take a keyboard...

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For me I noticed that after a break of N weeks I need N/2 weeks to fully recover technically. It may be a good estimation.

It's a good idea really to get some material for sight-reading with you. Visualization of playing is wonderfully effective. But I agree with others that at least one week should be spent totally practice-free. And after the complete rest take some time to think of your piano life in general, maybe you'll want to change something.

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Piano takes a lifetime, taking two weeks off is nothing to worry about ;0


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Most breaks, I find that it is great to not play for a few weeks and then come home and play the piano and be amazed at my own (admittedly pretty poor) skills.

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My experience is that a 1 week break may actually help improve some pieces you were working on; but 2 weeks not so, and you might need a couple of days to get back to where you were, although it might actually end up where you were and some minor improvement. I've not tried this as a deliberate practice methodology though!

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Well, I'm going to find out how a break of 3+ months works out when we head south for the winter in the motorhome. smile

I'm looking forward to getting out of the cold but not missing the piano. I'm still thinking about a portable unit but I'd have problems one storing one or just setting up an 88 key. 61 key and 76 key ones just feel weird because Middle C is off to the left so I have to sit off-center.


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Originally Posted by NXR
Well, I'm going to find out how a break of 3+ months works out when we head south for the winter in the motorhome. smile

I'm looking forward to getting out of the cold but not missing the piano. I'm still thinking about a portable unit but I'd have problems one storing one or just setting up an 88 key. 61 key and 76 key ones just feel weird because Middle C is off to the left so I have to sit off-center.

I have a yamaha keyboard - 88 keys - that I use when I'm camping in the trailer. I keep it in a soft case, and it either travels on top of the bed or in the shower. It requires some cooperation when my wife is camping with me!

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Originally Posted by NXR
61 key and 76 key ones just feel weird because Middle C is off to the left so I have to sit off-center.
You may sit wherever you like actually. 😉

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Originally Posted by NXR
61 key and 76 key ones just feel weird because Middle C is off to the left so I have to sit off-center.

My 49 key holiday keyboard has a function that makes it possible to shift octaves. Very useful! So maybe when you chose your holiday keyboard you get one with this possibility.


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