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I know there are no rules is the ideal approach to average a piece every 8-10 days? Or do you do pieces that take 1 day and some that take 2 weeks..

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Hi Sebs!
I think this is very hard to answer. Everyone approaches the challenge differently. As for myself, I am not really keeping an eye on the time the pieces take in order to get to 40. So if it takes me 2 days or 2 weeks or longer, it is ok. I put a lot of value in rotating pieces constantly, specially as a beginner, to practice different skills in different contexts. So maybe if according to you, every piece is taking too long (this is again very subjective), I would try to balance them out and throw some easier ones in there as well.


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Hi Sebs
There's no one approach, and it's about finding what works for you. Like you, my "main" pieces tend to take me months and whether or not I'm working with a teacher this is likely to be the case. But alongside them I will work other pieces of varying levels of difficulty. I may not give the easier pieces a huge amount of time, and typically only get them to a rough level. If I'm not enjoying a piece I'll drop it and move on. The main thing I want to get out of it is variety.

For example, for me it might be something like:
5 main pieces (3 on the go at any one time, spending an avg of 6 months working on the piece)
10 mid-range pieces (1 or 2 on the go at a time, each one taking 6 weeks say)
10 easy pieces (each one taking c. 3 weeks)
15 very easy pieces (1 week to 10 days)

In a given week I might work on 6-8 pieces, and on a given day on 3 or 4, with the lion's share of the time on my main pieces.

Now in practice when I have tried to do this while working with a teacher, I end up focusing on the teacher assigned work (the main pieces) and everything else I'd like to do falls by the wayside - not just other pieces for this but also holding onto repertoire, sightreading, playing through other music for fun, etc etc. That's a big part of why I have sat this out the last couple of years. But I don't have a teacher at the moment, and want to have variety, so it feels like a good thing to try again now.


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Originally Posted by sisi
The journey has officially started! My list:

1. Minuet in C K6, Mozart

It's a lovely beginning! Can I give you a little advice? Watch your own video couple of times and tell your right hand to learn from your left hand. You have very natural flexible left wrist, but your right one is little bit stiff (not completely frozen, but too stiff). It's a very common problem, I think (at least I've seen it many times) and if you pay little bit of attention - you can correct it before it becomes limiting habit.

Good luck with your study and thank you for sharing!

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Thank you scorpio!


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Originally Posted by sisi
The journey has officially started! My list:

1. Minuet in C K6, Mozart

It's a lovely beginning! Can I give you a little advice? Watch your own video couple of times and tell your right hand to learn from your left hand. You have very natural flexible left wrist, but your right one is little bit stiff (not completely frozen, but too stiff). It's a very common problem, I think (at least I've seen it many times) and if you pay little bit of attention - you can correct it before it becomes limiting habit.

Good luck with your study and thank you for sharing!

Thanks so much for pointing that out! I'll definitely pay more attention to my right wrist.


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Hi Sebs
There's no one approach, and it's about finding what works for you. Like you, my "main" pieces tend to take me months and whether or not I'm working with a teacher this is likely to be the case. But alongside them I will work other pieces of varying levels of difficulty. I may not give the easier pieces a huge amount of time, and typically only get them to a rough level. If I'm not enjoying a piece I'll drop it and move on. The main thing I want to get out of it is variety.

For example, for me it might be something like:
5 main pieces (3 on the go at any one time, spending an avg of 6 months working on the piece)
10 mid-range pieces (1 or 2 on the go at a time, each one taking 6 weeks say)
10 easy pieces (each one taking c. 3 weeks)
15 very easy pieces (1 week to 10 days)

In a given week I might work on 6-8 pieces, and on a given day on 3 or 4, with the lion's share of the time on my main pieces.

Now in practice when I have tried to do this while working with a teacher, I end up focusing on the teacher assigned work (the main pieces) and everything else I'd like to do falls by the wayside - not just other pieces for this but also holding onto repertoire, sightreading, playing through other music for fun, etc etc. That's a big part of why I have sat this out the last couple of years. But I don't have a teacher at the moment, and want to have variety, so it feels like a good thing to try again now.

That's a lot of pieces to work on even without currently having teacher assigned work. For me teacher assigned work is main focus and doing this challenge to make sure I pick pieces I can play and enjoy and not just give up on.

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Hi Sebs!
I think this is very hard to answer. Everyone approaches the challenge differently. As for myself, I am not really keeping an eye on the time the pieces take in order to get to 40. So if it takes me 2 days or 2 weeks or longer, it is ok. I put a lot of value in rotating pieces constantly, specially as a beginner, to practice different skills in different contexts. So maybe if according to you, every piece is taking too long (this is again very subjective), I would try to balance them out and throw some easier ones in there as well.

Thanks! This is helpful and even if a pieces is taking little longer than expected doesn't mean I have to scrap it and move on but just adjust as needed. I'm really excited to get some variety!

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The journey has officially started! My list:

1. Minuet in C K6, Mozart

2. A Neat Beat, Martha Mier


Feedback is welcome laugh


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Originally Posted by Sebs
That's a lot of pieces to work on even without currently having teacher assigned work. For me teacher assigned work is main focus and doing this challenge to make sure I pick pieces I can play and enjoy and not just give up on.

In my hypothetical above, I was assuming all the main pieces would be my teacher assigned work, and that would indeed take most of my time and attention (in case I didn't make that clear).


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Originally Posted by sisi
The journey has officially started! My list:

1. Minuet in C K6, Mozart

2. A Neat Beat, Martha Mier


Feedback is welcome laugh
That was indeed a neat beat! good job sisi smile


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Originally Posted by sisi
The journey has officially started! My list:

1. Minuet in C K6, Mozart

2. A Neat Beat, Martha Mier


Feedback is welcome laugh

Playing like this after two months and you need feedback??
Please, I need your classes!

My congrats


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smile Thank you for the kind words!


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very good job Sol Finker! nice selection of sounds from your digital to match the pieces smile very enjoyable

Here I begin my list for this year! Finally got some time to sit and record these pieces. Hopefully this challenge will help me to relax and play better when recording. Very often I start to miss a lot once I press the record button. Anyways, here my entries for today smile

1. Jewgeni Tetzel - Prelude
2. Balys Dvarionas - Prelude
3. Alexander Goedicke - Tanz


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very good job Sol Finker! nice selection of sounds from your digital to match the pieces smile very enjoyable
Thanks a lot. A bit clumsy I think but 2021 is just starting.

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Here I begin my list for this year! Finally got some time to sit and record these pieces. Hopefully this challenge will help me to relax and play better when recording. Very often I start to miss a lot once I press the record button.
The rec button freezes my fingers, too.


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Great sound!
The first Prelude invites to sing. The second is very nice and very well played. I love the Tanz too. My congrats.


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I really enjoyed the Sufboard Boogie great sound and played so well!


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very good job Sol Finker! nice selection of sounds from your digital to match the pieces smile very enjoyable

Here I begin my list for this year! Finally got some time to sit and record these pieces. Hopefully this challenge will help me to relax and play better when recording. Very often I start to miss a lot once I press the record button. Anyways, here my entries for today smile

1. Jewgeni Tetzel - Prelude
2. Balys Dvarionas - Prelude
3. Alexander Goedicke - Tanz

Great work. I like that that I get to find new music in this challenge that I would never have heard. I definitely enjoyed this one a lot 'Jewgeni Tetzel - Prelude' and you played it great!

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Please count me in. I tried this a few years ago and didn't make much progress. I have a better plan now that aligns with the approach I'm taking to get back into playing more regularly. Plus I got a lot of new music so I need to get to learning and recordings all the pieces!

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Originally Posted by Sol Finker
The rec button freezes my fingers, too.
Isn't it frustrating?! Hopefully recording ourselves more often will help us with that smile

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Great sound!
The first Prelude invites to sing. The second is very nice and very well played. I love the Tanz too. My congrats.
Thank you Jaime, I really enjoyed learning and polishing the second prelude. The other two pieces were pretty fun to learn as well.


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Great work. I like that that I get to find new music in this challenge that I would never have heard. I definitely enjoyed this one a lot 'Jewgeni Tetzel - Prelude' and you played it great!

Thanks you Sebs smile I am glad you enjoyed the pieces. I also enjoy a lot discovering composers and pieces that are not so popular and that I have never heard of. This challenge seems a perfect place to do so. Looking forward to hear/see what you are learning soon smile


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Nice playing! I'm working on these too :p


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Originally Posted by AndresVel
Here I begin my list for this year! Finally got some time to sit and record these pieces. Hopefully this challenge will help me to relax and play better when recording. Very often I start to miss a lot once I press the record button. Anyways, here my entries for today smile

1. Jewgeni Tetzel - Prelude
2. Balys Dvarionas - Prelude
3. Alexander Goedicke - Tanz

I've never heard of these composers :0. I really like the 2nd prelude.


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