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I have read the book "Music and the Mind". It helped me understand why, depending on my mood, physical health, environment and time of day/night, I perceive my piano producing sublime sound, or emphasising my playing deficiency. Our mind and fingers has to respond with microseconds to the sound of every note we play, so that the next note is concordant with that just heard. Of course we must beforehand set the level of expectation so that even if we are playing loud and dramatically, we can control and adapt our playing to be within the limit of the instrument. Of course we can get 'carried away' and the event that can bring us back down rapidly is for our nearest and dearest to say "your playing too loud!" Conversely, when I am playing Chopin or John Field Nocturnes late at night (or anytime really) and my wife barges in through the closed door I jump out of my skin and cannot continue. ' Heightened state of mind' I think its called. She of course just says I get "carried away" and she is of course correct. I'm in love with her and my Bluthner but I could do better with both. Perhaps this Christmas season I can bring all of us closer in harmony and love.
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You are not alone in mood changes Beemer .Enjoy your
piano, play your piano for your wife , express your love.
Christmas wishes, Karyn

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
You are not alone in mood changes Beemer .Enjoy your
piano, play your piano for your wife , express your love.
Christmas wishes, Karyn

Karyn,
I wish you too a very Happy Christmas and may your Sauter bring joy to all who hear it.
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Originally Posted by Beemer
Originally Posted by Lady Bird
You are not alone in mood changes Beemer .Enjoy your
piano, play your piano for your wife , express your love.
Christmas wishes, Karyn

Karyn,
I wish you too a very Happy Christmas and may your Sauter bring joy to all who hear it.
Ian

Thank you !

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A lovely post Beemer. Merry Christmas to you and your patient loving wife!


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Originally Posted by j&j
A lovely post Beemer. Merry Christmas to you and your patient loving wife!

....and Merry Christmas to you and all whom you love,
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Is this book you referenced?
https://www.amazon.com/Music-Mind-Anthony-Storr/dp/0345383184

Maybe I should read that.

I am also super sensitive to sound when I'm practicing. I've tried to explain it to my husband that, when I'm playing the piano, my whole being is focused on sound in a way that it isn't in any other activity, including passively listening to music. When I'm so tuned into sound, other (unexpected) noises are magnified, so a sound I would normally not even notice can make me jump if I hear it while playing. I think he gets it. Sorta.

Having said that, he puts up with me playing the piano every day, never a word of complaint. So I try not to mention it too much if I hear him banging around while I'm practicing.


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Yes, that is the book.
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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
Is this book you referenced?
https://www.amazon.com/Music-Mind-Anthony-Storr/dp/0345383184

Maybe I should read that.

I am also super sensitive to sound when I'm practicing. I've tried to explain it to my husband that, when I'm playing the piano, my whole being is focused on sound in a way that it isn't in any other activity, including passively listening to music. When I'm so tuned into sound, other (unexpected) noises are magnified, so a sound I would normally not even notice can make me jump if I hear it while playing. I think he gets it. Sorta.

Having said that, he puts up with me playing the piano every day, never a word of complaint. So I try not to mention it too much if I hear him banging around while I'm practicing.



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I find playing late (after 9 pm is late these days ) in the evening tends over stimulate and is not any good for insomnia .,Although sometimes I play until 9.30.
When I was younger I would play until 11pm on occasions .My husband still is keen to listen.
There are times he practices the recorder so the Roland is useful then.
A times we shall play duo on 2 pianos or I accompany him on the piano while he plays the recorder.
There are of times of course when I practice a particular piece and I feel I am driving him a little crazy. Same goes at times when he practices those Telemann exercises on the recorder?
Oh well life is not perfect !

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
I find playing late (after 9 pm is late these days ) in the evening tends over stimulate and is not any good for insomnia .,Although sometimes I play until 9.30.
When I was younger I would play until 11pm on occasions .My husband still is keen to listen.
There are times he practices the recorder so the Roland is useful then.
A times we shall play duo on 2 pianos or I accompany him on the piano while he plays the recorder.
There are of times of course when I practice a particular piece and I feel I am driving him a little crazy. Same goes at times when he practices those Telemann exercises on the recorder?
Oh well life is not perfect !

Certainly life is not perfect for my wife as she has to listen to me practicing my new instrument....an Alto Saxophone!
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Originally Posted by Beemer
Originally Posted by Lady Bird
I find playing late (after 9 pm is late these days ) in the evening tends over stimulate and is not any good for insomnia .,Although sometimes I play until 9.30.
When I was younger I would play until 11pm on occasions .My husband still is keen to listen.
There are times he practices the recorder so the Roland is useful then.
A times we shall play duo on 2 pianos or I accompany him on the piano while he plays the recorder.
There are of times of course when I practice a particular piece and I feel I am driving him a little crazy. Same goes at times when he practices those Telemann exercises on the recorder?
Oh well life is not perfect !

Certainly life is not perfect for my wife as she has to listen to me practicing my new instrument....an Alto Saxophone!
Ian


I hope all our PW friends and families find that their biggest problem and concern for Christmas and the New Year 2020 is finding enough time to enjoy playing their beloved instrument(s). grin


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I get so immersed in practicing that my wife has learned that, if she needs to interrupt me, she has to approach the grand piano from midway along its side so I can see her coming. If she suddenly appears at my side and starts speaking, it startles, almost frightens me!


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