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Just curious to find out. Choices are:

A-Yes, I have played more

B-Yes, I have played less

C-No way, I have played the same than before

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You can explain your answer.

My vote is A. Not specifically for having more free time, as I already worked at home before, and my work has been almost the same... But because I have relativised things and found that playing was an important thing for me and life is too short and unpredictable to miss opportunities!


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My vote is a slight A. I have played just a little bit more because we have not visited friends and family. But other than that, I am early retired and can play every day. cool


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A plus plus plus. I had been thinking for several years of returning to piano but never could get myself to go look at pianos. Sometime after COVID started, I decided it was something I really wanted to get back to. So I went from not playing at all to playing almost every day.

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B. Covid effected me and my family. I still deal with the consequences of it. Even few months after. The health is not the same anymore. Even if I try to have a super healthy lifestyle: eat tons of fruits and veggies, take some vitamins and supplements from canadian pharmacy, drink plenty of water and meditate once a day. My playing time defiantly decreased.

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AAA

I started playing piano cause of the Lockdowns. 40 y.o. beginner ^^


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Definitely A for me. Just more time at home and more access to it when there's less to do outside the house. It's been nice.

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During the early total lockdowns here I certainly spent more time on music, but then all activities around the house and section increased because we couldn't go out anywhere. Now the lockdowns have ended and Omicron is hopefully decreasing things are more or less as they were three years ago aside from travel, which doesn't interest me anyway. So my answer is A but not hugely so.


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D - Other

I support the music ministry for a small church, so when the Bishop instructed the parishes to close our doors for Sunday services including our activities with community outreach, I didn't practice our hymns for several months. Maybe Covid-19 had an indirect impact on my motivation to practice piano.

So before I returned to music ministry, I was feeling the need to get my hands on some new music and signed up with an online subscription service for digital sheet music for piano. The subscription is great because I get to pick 2 new pieces of sheet music each month. I have so much fun practicing now that I lose track of time and can handle practicing for up to 2-hours at a time.


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A-I play a lot more!

With reduced activities I've had more time. I started playing more, and really got into it! I've played piano on and off throughout my life but since COVID I play more than I ever have before.

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No unfortunately. I still cannot make up my mind to start playing piano again since my love for it was killed at music school. But perhaps - if I allowed my love to be killed by circumstances - I don't want it as much as is required to play something awesome? I don't know

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No unfortunately. I still cannot make up my mind to start playing piano again since my love for it was killed at music school. But perhaps - if I allowed my love to be killed by circumstances - I don't want it as much as is required to play something awesome? I don't know

Hi Cognizant! You cannot find the answer to this question by thinking. You can find out by getting access to a piano and then committing to ten days of daily practice - regardless of how it feels. After these ten days, you'll probably know. And if you still don't know, you commit to twenty more days of daily practising.


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No unfortunately. I still cannot make up my mind to start playing piano again since my love for it was killed at music school. But perhaps - if I allowed my love to be killed by circumstances - I don't want it as much as is required to play something awesome? I don't know

I have a story. Decades ago, when I was studying the violin as an adult, everyone in my teacher’s studio attended a masterclass with Pinchas Zukerman.

At the end of the master class Zukerman took questions. My teacher’s best student, an Asian girl of about fifteen, raised her hand and asked, what do you do if you’re sick of playing the violin? We were all stunned.

Zukerman looked at her, and seemed to sense her circumstances, that she was an advanced student who was weary after ten years of hard work. He thought about the question for a long time and said simply, put the violin down for six months. If you’re driven to play the violin, you will pick it back up. If not, you won’t.

I don’t think any of us can tell you what to do. If you must play the piano, you will go back to playing the piano. You are the master of your own fate. You decide every day what you will and won’t do.

I am sad to hear that music school killed your love of playing the piano. That’s exactly the opposite of what it should do.

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Definitely A


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