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#3117108 05/13/21 10:12 AM
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I have played my new piano everyday since April 20th, until yesterday. Played golf and went to a 95th birthday party for a very spry friend. I may have burned a couple brain cells. Hope they weren't piano cells!

Actually I find a break now and again is beneficial for me. Now I'm anxious to get back to my beautiful girl!

Have a great day everyone.


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In the first year I used to freak out when I missed a day but not anymore. It's a long-term endeavor. Don't worry about it. Or if you do you can always visit the MOYD thread (is that still maintained?).

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Let's not talk about burning brain cells... I often sit in my zoom lesson with nice craft beer and then ask my teacher "whoa, whoa, whoa dial it back... can we repeat that" hahah It's all about enjoying the process, right? I don't know if it's a downfall but I always have so many questions I'm also too curious about everything we study.

Yes, I agree time off is just as important as time at the piano.

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I don't miss days often, but when I do, I'm excited for the day that follows. I have found that going at it with a fresh mind can do wonders.

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Taking a break is very good imho. I don't play when I have holidays, so a few times a few weeks every year.


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Originally Posted by ranjit
I don't miss days often, but when I do, I'm excited for the day that follows. I have found that going at it with a fresh mind can do wonders.

+1 Ranjit. I feel the same.

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Originally Posted by Sebs
Let's not talk about burning brain cells... I often sit in my zoom lesson with nice craft beer and then ask my teacher "whoa, whoa, whoa dial it back... can we repeat that" hahah It's all about enjoying the process, right? I don't know if it's a downfall but I always have so many questions I'm also too curious about everything we study.

Yes, I agree time off is just as important as time at the piano.
Well, I have learned I can't enjoy an adult beverage and try to play. So, I schedule wisely. 😆

I agree with everyone a break is a good thing. I should probably take a couple days off. But to paraphrase John Mellencamp, I've got more days behind me than in front of me. No time to waste!

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
In the first year I used to freak out when I missed a day but not anymore. It's a long-term endeavor. Don't worry about it. Or if you do you can always visit the MOYD thread (is that still maintained?).
Is partying an acceptable excuse? 😎😇🤔


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Haven’t missed a day since I started over 4 and a half years ago. Had days where I do less but never nothing

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Originally Posted by Wayne2467
Haven’t missed a day since I started over 4 and a half years ago. Had days where I do less but never nothing
Impressive!


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Originally Posted by Wayne2467
Haven’t missed a day since I started over 4 and a half years ago. Had days where I do less but never nothing
Impressive!
Each to their own and whatever works/ suits best👍

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Originally Posted by Wayne2467
Haven’t missed a day since I started over 4 and a half years ago. Had days where I do less but never nothing
I usually don't miss days. But I have a feeling you will have to skip a day occasionally if you're truly pushing yourself to do better. After a few days of consistently putting in 4-6 hours, I will just not be able to play the piano once I'm mentally tired. (After about two weeks of that kind of regimen, maybe.) It's totally possible to play every day if you're not pushing that kind of regimen though.

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Don't people occasionally just have fun at the piano, if you feel you need a rest day from practicing? Don't feel you must be working on or at your favorite instrument every day. After all, all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.

On the days when you can't concentrate (for any reason), just sit at the piano and doodle. Anything that doesn't require you to play specific notes with strict accuracy and timing, and therefore doesn't require 'work'. Play as fast or as slow as you like. As loud or as soft as you like. Your fingers will thank you for it.

For instance, sitting at the piano yesterday, after a long hard day at work, I couldn't concentrate, dreaming of a vacation I couldn't take this summer in the Swiss Alps (hiking and climbing) because of a pesky spiky bug, and visions of edelweiss hiding amongst the rocks in the mountains came into my mind, so I decided to improvise variations on Edelweiss instead, in the style of Schumann (as I had originally intended to practice Kreisleriana). Pretty soon, I was playing Do-re-mi in the style of his good friend Brahms. (My mind works that way.) My fingers got their daily exercise tickling the ivories, and I had a great time, as did my piano. All without stressing my grey cells......

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I actually plan ‘away’ from the piano days. Especially if I worked hard on quarantined part or preparing for something. I need the space and often find it allows my brain to digest, and noticed it comes together better.

I love sight reading some easier piece from the pianist magazine when it comes out. It is just fun, not a designated piece for anything in particular.


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Originally Posted by bennevis
On the days when you can't concentrate (for any reason), just sit at the piano and doodle. Anything that doesn't require you to play specific notes with strict accuracy and timing, and therefore doesn't require 'work'. Play as fast or as slow as you like. As loud or as soft as you like. Your fingers will thank you for it.
I've found that if you're constantly stretching yourself, there occasionally comes a day where your brain is sort of overwhelmed and needs some rest, even from doodling.

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Originally Posted by Wayne2467
Haven’t missed a day since I started over 4 and a half years ago. Had days where I do less but never nothing

Wayne2467 - Bravo!

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Don't people occasionally just have fun at the piano, if you feel you need a rest day from practicing? Don't feel you must be working on or at your favorite instrument every day. After all, all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.
Recently I've been finishing my playing day with pieces I have learned previously. This is the fun part for me. Constantly trying to learn new pieces gets to be a drag after a while. I'm working in Level 1 books but I feel I've actually learned more difficult pieces already. Going back and having fun "just playing" helps to reinforce the progress I've made.

I tried to practice tonight and everything was awful. The piano won't spring legs tonight. It will be there tomorrow.


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Originally Posted by SunnyKeys
Recently I've been finishing my playing day with pieces I have learned previously. This is the fun part for me.

I have made a whole book (pdf) with favourite pieces. After my regular practice, I can play whatever I feel like, and many times that means playing from that book. smile


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Originally Posted by SunnyKeys
Recently I've been finishing my playing day with pieces I have learned previously. This is the fun part for me.

I have made a whole book (pdf) with favourite pieces. After my regular practice, I can play whatever I feel like, and many times that means playing from that book. smile

I have discovered there is a balance, especially at my level of play. There are a few pieces I enjoy playing and like to keep fresh. At the same time, I have to let some pieces go because there is not enough time to keep them all fresh. It is refreshing, again at my very meager point, to see I can bring a piece back after not playing it for a while in much less time than it took me to learn it in the first place. I need all the little victories I can get!

I do need to clean out my notebook again.


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