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#2113882 - 07/06/13 06:13 PM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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hahaha hilarious!!
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#2113883 - 07/06/13 06:15 PM Re: Stinky!! [Re: KurtZ]
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You can rinse a recorder out under the tap, can`t you? Or soak it in a suitable cleansing solution (not drain cleaner, preferably) shocked
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#2113924 - 07/06/13 07:43 PM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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I'm just popping back in to report that the Amazon return went off without a hitch. My account has already been credited back for the smelly book, and the new copy that I ordered to replace the smelly one has arrived.

The only harm done was to my bank account, since I "vengefully" threw in a couple of extra piano booklets when I ordered the replacement for the stinky book. Shopping while peeved can be dangerous...

... but now I can report that this practice guide is pretty cool. It's only a 3 page laminated fold-out, but it's densely packed with excellent practice hints. I've been finding it very energizing to look at when my practice gets unfocused.

Wheras this very similar looking item is a 100+ page book (by the same author) which expands on the condensed nuggets of practice wisdom in the previous item.

I may actually prefer the condensed version, though. It packs more of a punch when my practice gets languid (as can happen in hot weather).


Edited by tangleweeds (07/06/13 07:44 PM)
Edit Reason: details, details...
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#2114019 - 07/07/13 12:03 AM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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Interesting books, thanks!
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#2114108 - 07/07/13 09:07 AM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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Weeds,

Can you give us an example of one of the tips from this guide that you think is most useful?


Edited by JimF (07/07/13 09:08 AM)
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#2114287 - 07/07/13 04:13 PM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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Most of the suggestions I have run across before, via the forum and one book or another. I think the impact comes from having all of them densely packed on a largish fold-out pamphlet, which allows my eye to scan over a wide assortment of options until it lands on the one that makes me think, "Bingo! That's just what I needed."

An interesting one was for learning a difficult series of chords:
First play the top notes of all the chords, then the bottom notes, then the top and bottom notes together. Then go through options like middle & top, and middle & bottom, just the middles, etc.

Another I hadn't tried before was, when a short passage is difficult, not just to play it over and over, but to play it forward and backward, until one can loop back & forth, faster & faster.

Others include classics like starting learning at the end of a section, and learn it working forward.

But I think I will end up using it mostly as a practice-rut buster, for when I catch myself phoning in mindless repetitions of a difficult passage, and realize I need to shake myself out of comfortable habits.
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#2114526 - 07/08/13 06:30 AM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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That sounds handy Tangleweeds! Might get it myself.
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#2114530 - 07/08/13 06:56 AM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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To peterws and Michael 99 - FYI, you can re-type what others say here in order to quote them if you wish, of course - or you can simply use the Quote button below to make it much quicker and easier...
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#2114557 - 07/08/13 08:51 AM Re: Stinky!! [Re: tangleweeds]
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Thanks for the description, Weeds. That does sound handy.
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