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#3165427 10/20/21 09:22 PM
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I quit piano when I was in my university years and a few years ago, returned to lessons for under two years. I took a longer than expected break and returned to lessons again recently. I completed my RCM grade 8 but getting back into practicing consistently is challenging.

I lost my job earlier this year and am finding it challenging to develop a routine that involves practice. It was a lot easier with a 9-5 job to practice before or after and even easier before I entered a relationship. I'm also working with a professional on my mental health.

My goal is to gain confidence in playing and become a lounge pianist.

If you are working a non 9-5 job, what are you doing to ensure a consistent practice schedule?

If you are in a relationship, what are you doing to manage both?

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I'm semi-retired. My weekly routine include going to the local supermarket with friends (share ride arrangement). Other days I'd volunteer at a 2nd-hand store sorting out items to be resold. Once a week I'd go bike riding with a group of seniors for 2 hours. In between I go to music practice with a music group once a week in the evening (2h) and to a piano teacher once a week in the evening (1h).

I am a night owl and tend to practice music at night. I have relatives overseas and spend a few months of the year with them so I'm used to staying awake at late hours. I don't have to worry about missing a day of practice since I practice late at night. My practice hour would start before midnight yesterday and into today so to speak.

When it comes to music practice, I do a lot of active as well as passive practice. Active meaning practicing a piece on a keyboard / piano. I'd be making recordings along the way. Passive practice is when I'm on the road going somewhere and listening to the playback of my pieces. Other times I'd be sitting down and reading the score of a new piece including time & key signature without actually playing. I learn as much listening to a soundtrack as actually playing.

During the pandemic lockdown, many indoor facilities closed including offices, stores & restaurants. People who dislike spending hours in front of a computer screen would be out bike riding during the day. When I'm inside, I also do music arranging (taking pieces that were written for other instruments and rework them as piano pieces). Many people who passed conservatory levels play from sheet music for piano but have not done any music arranging or composing. Working on pieces with your own edits is be time consuming but at the same time keep you engaged. You're trying out different ways to play a section of music by moving notes around on paper and trying the sequence on keyboard. Just trying a few notes to see how they sound would take up half an hour easily.


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