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#2067135 - 04/19/13 01:25 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
casinitaly Offline

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I am in MOYD - since 2010. I've played every day since I got my dp in Dec 2009 til now -- except 1 day when I was sick, and a handful of days when I was away from home.

There are days where I just play a handful of scales. There have been days where I've only played one familiar piece , there have been days where I've played and practiced for hours.

It is important to me to play every day - it is a promise I made to myself, no one else - and I'll keep it up until I feel something shift in my brain or heart that tells me not to.

There are days when I just focus on practice and other days where I simply play for my own amusement - but I'm on the bench every day and loving it.

Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard. BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#2067184 - 04/19/13 03:26 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
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Registered: 12/29/12
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Last year I used to skip days, now I joined MOYD and I'm sticking to it, even if sometimes it's really difficult to find 15 minutes early in the morning or late in the evening. Some days it was good to have to play or practice, sometimes I simply didn't have enough energy and my practice it's been useless. But for now the positive things of MOYD prevail.

#2067215 - 04/19/13 04:25 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: -Frycek]
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 2070
Loc: south florida
Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Not really. My idea of taking a day off is practicing 30-60 minutes instead of three or more hours. Unless I'm marooned somewhere without a piano, with me not practicing at all is a sign of serious depression. The less I practice the worse off I am.

thumb +1

Pretty much the same for me. My teacher has encouraged me to take days off now and then, but I have a hard time actually doing it. If I ever felt overwhelmed or as though my enjoyment level was being exhausted by everyday practice, then I would definitely back off a bit.
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#2067221 - 04/19/13 04:35 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 396
Loc: Berkshire, England
A strange thing has happened to me over the last year. I dont see my playing as a chore, my journey as a fast fix, or my life as a pianist wanabe...

There is noguilt involved if i cant further my jouney. If i dont get to the piano, so be it. I practice and love being with my piano, however my friends and family are equal in this life of mine.

#2067321 - 04/19/13 08:52 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
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what jotur says. especially re. how sleep helps. i do take days off -- usually mon & tues because i get home from work on those days feeling like i've been beaten with a stick -- i read a book on a musical topic or watch a music-themed documentary, which i probably wouldn't have time for otherwise.

i find practicing when i'm exhausted to be counterproductive, and i fear i risk injury at those times. but it's a totally individual thing.

-- Sometimes I poke. Even if I like you.

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#2067349 - 04/19/13 09:53 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
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Registered: 12/16/10
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Loc: Midwest USA
Many years ago, I used to ride my bicycle to work spring, summer, and fall. I lived in a four-season climate, so the weather was dicey in the spring and fall. Because I could come up with all kinds of reasons not to ride my bicycle, I made up some rules and stuck to them: if the thermometer read 30 deg F or above and it wasn't actively raining (mere sprinkles didn't count) or snowing, I rode. It was good discipline. Having rules helped. (And it was good that there was a shower I could use at work. grin)

There was a time about six months after I started playing that I took a few days off, then a few more days, and then it was a week and a month or so. Then I hit myself up the side of the head and buckled down again.

For myself, playing every day I'm home works better. As Frycek noted, one can take a short break from a piece simply by not playing it for a day or two. There's always something else to work on.
Desire without discipline breeds disappointment; discipline without desire breeds drudgery. (Anon.)

#2067359 - 04/19/13 10:24 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: Ragdoll]
zillybug Offline
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Registered: 12/11/11
Posts: 223
Loc: upstate NY
I usually practice 7 days a week except on a major holiday or when I am away. Since I usually practice between 2 1/2 to 3 hours, taking a day off would be the few days that I practice only an hour. That won't be happening anytime soon. I have our adult gathering in 5 weeks where I will be playing one solo, 2 duets, one quartet, and playing a piece with a cellist. I think I will be pretty much living on the piano whenever I'm not working.

#2068321 - 04/21/13 11:20 PM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
Derulux Offline
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Registered: 06/06/05
Posts: 5446
Loc: Philadelphia
Do you allow yourself a day off? I find this a very intriguing question, and in my typically loquacious fashion, I shall answer it: frequently. wink
Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.

#2068361 - 04/22/13 01:03 AM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
ElleC Offline
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Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 248
Loc: NJ, USA
Maybe cause I'm still new, but so far there hasn't been a day where I find myself not wanting to practice even just for 30 minutes. So I guess that's a no.
Adult beginner since January 2013. My only regret is that I didn't learn sooner.

#2068455 - 04/22/13 03:59 AM Re: Do you allow yourself a day off? [Re: PianoHarry]
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 2425
Loc: Australia
I enjoy it so much at the moment I would be hard pressed to take a day off. I have a running event coming up in May which requires me to be away from home for four days. I have already informed my wife to pack lighter so the DP can fit into our small car.
Goodness knows what I will do when I am off on holiday or the like and may have no access.
If this life is a simulation can I not be in the easy version where Bach was a drummer


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