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#475125 - 12/28/07 04:10 PM I've hit the "musical wall"!  
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Don't mind the title, it's something I just thought of, but I have a problem.

It's been a little over 6 months since I started playing the piano again and let me tell you, I really surprised my family. I even played for them during the Holidays. I'm now able to play anything by ear(which is exactly what I wanted).

Well, I'm in a bit of a rut. For the past 3 days, I've sat at the keyboard trying to play some music. Well, even up until today, it feels like I've hit a wall. Now, don't get me wrong! This happens every now and then. Some days I feel really relaxed at the keyboard and play what ever I feel, but on some days like today I fill stiff and find it hard to enjoy playing. Playing the piano is something I will continue my entire life and won't give it up for anyone. I know it's what I will teach my kids someday! I'm passionate about music!

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#475126 - 12/28/07 04:28 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!  
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This is my 'theory'.

I think that throughout the day, our concentration levels vary. Logic would dictate that in the morning, you've just awoken from a good night's sleep (presumably) and that the you'll be the most mentally alert in the morning (as opposed to be both physically and mentally exhausted after a hard day at the office). Try a little experiment and start playing in the morning.

Another thought that occured to me is that maybe you just need a rest. Perhaps you are mentally and/or physically fatigued even in the morning (maybe you don't sleep well at night). I would think that would have a lot to do with concentration.

I think the rut that you're going through is more commonly called frustration. I can't imagine any of us that don't experience that from time to time. Maybe you need to take a break from it for a few days, and hopefully return refreshed and ready to go again.

Again, just some theories. Try it. What do you have to lose? smile

#475127 - 12/28/07 04:45 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!  
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This is my 'theory'.

I think that throughout the day, our concentration levels vary. Logic would dictate that in the morning, you've just awoken from a good night's sleep (presumably) and that the you'll be the most mentally alert in the morning (as opposed to be both physically and mentally exhausted after a hard day at the office). Try a little experiment and start playing in the morning.

Another thought that occured to me is that maybe you just need a rest. Perhaps you are mentally and/or physically fatigued even in the morning (maybe you don't sleep well at night). I would think that would have a lot to do with concentration.

I think the rut that you're going through is more commonly called frustration. I can't imagine any of us that don't experience that from time to time. Maybe you need to take a break from it for a few days, and hopefully return refreshed and ready to go again.

Again, just some theories. Try it. What do you have to lose? smile
Actually, the last theory you've stated makes sense! There would be days where I'd practice or play for over 2 hours almost everyday. This is how it's been since I've started playing at the keys. That's more than enough time for anybody!

#475128 - 12/28/07 06:58 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!  
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Sometimes, a good challenge can help inspire you. Find a song that you would love to learn how to play, and I think that ought to get you out of your rut.


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