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#2060211 - 04/06/13 06:34 AM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: curlyfries]
Cobra1365 Offline
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Registered: 05/11/10
Posts: 309
Loc: Delaware
Originally Posted By: LindaR
My number problem I have just given attention to correct (maybe no 1, maybe not) is weak 4th and 5th fingers on my left hand-I finally realized its correctable. I just drag them along with me usually.

Hmmm...My wife says the same thing about me! crazy
Started Playing May 2010 at 51 yrs old, Some Self Learning, Lessons X 3yrs

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#2060276 - 04/06/13 10:07 AM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: Cobra1365]
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Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 6
For me the biggest question is after how many years I can play 5 Beethoven sonatas ?!!!

#2060321 - 04/06/13 11:42 AM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: Okanagan Musician]
curlyfries Offline
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Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 189
Cobra, my piano teacher would stare at my hand and say play stronger. Now I realize I had to shift the way my arm, elbow, shoulder were positioned and look at my hands for awhile..If that helps your wife. And I needed to turn/twist my wrist inward a bit and slow down. I hope that helps at least.

Edited by LindaR (04/06/13 12:13 PM)

#2060331 - 04/06/13 11:56 AM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: newest student]
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
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newest student Offline,

I have read your post, here:

My No. 1 question:

Why cant I learn faster?

And No 2: If I can learn faster, then how?

There are a handfull of people who can learn things like typing and playing the piano much quicker than most, but for the rest of the people, the people will learn at the regular rate.

The limbs move quickly as we know and see, but it is the brain that controls them and it only learns very slowly, and importantly, you have to teach the brain accurately else it will make your mistakes perfectly the way you taught it. But you should know that once the brain learns things like language, skills like running, jumping, playing the piano, riding a bike, it will remember for ever unless your brain is damaged in some way, but the rule is that it takes the brain 6 months on average to recall those skills back to the level they were - from , 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 60, etc. years before.

As far as learning something faster - we all want to - and try to - do or learn things faster but my experience is that the margin of error increases and results in failure, frustration, and often death by accidents. So there is a price to be paid for messing with the brain - with the billions of things it does for us every minute of your lives - perfectly.

Edited by Michael_99 (04/06/13 12:00 PM)

#2062428 - 04/10/13 03:12 PM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: Okanagan Musician]
Lost Woods Offline
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Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 106
Loc: The Netherlands
I found out I have the bad habit of forgetting to lift fingers of the keys when played.. Especially the 4 and 5 in the right hand. Anyone recognizes this? I think because of using the pedal I don't hear it but when I tape it I see it. When I play without pedal I think I don't even hear it cause I'm used to the sound while pedaling. Gotta work hard on this bad, very bad habit.

#2062818 - 04/11/13 09:35 AM Re: Adult beginners - what is your number one question/problem? [Re: Okanagan Musician]
Stephen300o Offline
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Registered: 08/22/12
Posts: 62
Mostly a lack of talent, talent is the most expensive commodity. But also the cheapest..

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