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My plan is to keep writing an entry each day to keep me on track and see how I progress, and any new insights I arrive at. I've finished writing posts for the first 12 days.

Here are a few of the entries:
https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/day-5/

https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/day-8/

https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/day-9/


What do you guys think? I've always wanted to start some kind of a blog due to my interest in writing, and am quite happy that I finally got the motivation to follow through.

I will make sure to reply to any suggestions! smile

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Nice way to combine two interests. I like to keep track of how long I play every day, month, year. I think my journal keeps me accountable to myself. I try to set monthly goals, review them at the end of each month and year. The 6 month or year reviews are where I can see that I have made substantial progress.

I read in your blog you had your first in person lesson. How long have you been playing? I would be interested to read your thoughts and impressions on the different forms of instruction.

Good luck with your blog and playing.


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Originally Posted by SunnyKeys
Nice way to combine two interests. I like to keep track of how long I play every day, month, year. I think my journal keeps me accountable to myself. I try to set monthly goals, review them at the end of each month and year. The 6 month or year reviews are where I can see that I have made substantial progress.
Hi, thanks! I might think of doing that in the future, but I'm too scatterbrained for now and am not thinking too far down the line laugh

Are there any ideas in the blog which you liked in particular?

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I read in your blog you had your first in person lesson. How long have you been playing? I would be interested to read your thoughts and impressions on the different forms of instruction.
I have been playing for around 5 years, and started taking lessons during the lockdown. I might write about that someday! For now, I will just say that online lessons were certainly effective, but very subtle technical issues are better explained in person.

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Hi BlizzardPiano, it is a very nice idea! However, you don't do much to draw the reader into the text. In the first paragraph of the first day, we only get very little information about you, and why is this day 1? I would have liked some kind of introduction to you and your practice.


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What do you guys think?

Hi BlizzardPiano, it is a very nice idea! However, you don't do much to draw the reader into the text. In the first paragraph of the first day, we only get very little information about you, and why is this day 1? I would have liked some kind of introduction to you and your practice.

You're right! I should edit the first day and come up with some kind of introduction page.

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Originally Posted by Animisha
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What do you guys think?

Hi BlizzardPiano, it is a very nice idea! However, you don't do much to draw the reader into the text. In the first paragraph of the first day, we only get very little information about you, and why is this day 1? I would have liked some kind of introduction to you and your practice.

I completely revamped Day 1. Have a look!
https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/day-1/

I added a description of myself. I also added in a bunch of images, it's probably gone a bit overboard, but heck, I was having fun! I'm finally on my way to blogging nirvana :P To those over here, I am quite serious about the blog, but I don't really care for writing something which reads like an academic text -- it's always a fun challenge to try and convey things in a fun manner while not losing quality.

I'd say that one of the advantages to the stream-of-consciousness style I have here over something more dry, like a textbook, is that I'm free to go off on tangents and come up with wild conjectures.

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I completely revamped Day 1. Have a look!

BlizzardPiano, much, much better!


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I like the new day 1 post. So, if you had to do it all again, when would you have made the leap to in person lessons? I'm struggling with this decision now. Also, do you find that one lesson a week is enough, too much...maybe fodder for another blog post after you've had a few more.


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I completely revamped Day 1. Have a look!

BlizzardPiano, much, much better!
Thank you!

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Originally Posted by SunnyKeys
I like the new day 1 post. So, if you had to do it all again, when would you have made the leap to in person lessons? I'm struggling with this decision now. Also, do you find that one lesson a week is enough, too much...maybe fodder for another blog post after you've had a few more.
I'm pretty happy with how things have gone so far and have learned some valuable skills by trying to learn on my own. That said, if I could get a good teacher at the start and afford one (neither was possible for me at the time), I would have done that. I think good teacher is imperative here -- I don't think it would have made much of a difference, except for motivation, if I had an average teacher.

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I had a very interesting day yesterday, and was able to get into a sort of flow state. It's rather mysterious and hard to analyze such states where your hands just seem to glide over the piano, effortlessly. They are characterized by a suspension of judgement, which makes it hard to analyze what actually went on! Having a recording helps sometimes.

Do you have similar experiences to share?

https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/13/day-13/

I find the concept of flow quite fascinating. The book that goes by the same name by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is also worth a read.

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