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Well I had to take a break from my lessons.
Partly because I hurt my arm but also because I get my self worked up
if I don't think I practiced enough or if I don't think a peice sounds good enough.
My teacher is great and she isn't the one putting the pressure on. It's all me!
So, I took a couple of weeks off to rest my arm and to relax a little bit.
Then last night I pulled out a peice that I had trouble with in the past and it was much better. Probably because the pressure is off.
I guess now I have to figure out how to keep the pressure off and be more relaxed all the time.

Thanks for listening. Hope all is well with everyone.


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I have been feeling like that a lot lately too. So I kind of switched up what I was doing. I give credit to anyone who can practice continually for hours day after day.


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I'm sorry you were getting too worked up over your music - in a negative way! It should be something that helps you relax and gives you pleasure.

It is nice to hear about success after a break - I always find that kind of news inspiring.

I hope you can relax, get your arm back in shape, and get back to your lessons feeling comfortable with whatever progress you can make in a week.



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Nice to see you back, Kymber. A break is sometimes the way to go - not just to get the pressure off, but because sometimes our brains need it just to have time to consolidate what we've already learned. I'm not a "feel pressure" person when it comes to piano, and I don't usually take a break for that reason, but I do switch to different pieces when some are getting "over done" on practice burner laugh That helps me a lot - fresh stuff. But the fresh stuff seems to feed back into the other stuff, and it's better when I go back.

Hope your arm is better, and have fun being back to playing the piano.

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Don't give up Kymber, you play very well.


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Perhaps set smaller realistic goals to reach for each lesson? It's more manageable and if you exceed makes you feel good, rather than aiming to play a whole new piece in a week fluently.


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Hi All,
Thanks for the replies.
I think you all made a very good
point. I was working on a difficult piece for a long time.
I just needed something manageable for a while.

Casinitaly: you are right! My focus lately has been negitive. I didn't even realize it. I was focusing on what I was having a hard time with instead of how far I've come.

This will really help me going forward.


Thanks again everyone!


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We DO put the pressure on ourselves don't we. I've backed off from super challenging difficulty and am enjoying the little things about making music with something a bit easier. It's ok to have that mental break


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There's no shame in taking a little rest, right? Sounds like a good way to stay healthy to me.


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