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#2157555 - 09/25/13 04:40 PM Holiday study
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Registered: 09/03/06
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Loc: Greater Manchester, England
Hi all, I am away on holiday to France next week for 11 days, I will not have access to a keyboard or piano at all. As a beginner returner, it is important to keep hold of any skills learned.

Please can you advise me on what to do without a keyboard to maintain my learning. I would appreciate all and any advice, please keep it step by step for me as a beginner.

I know that people have said one can learn lots away from the piano, but I need to know precisely what to do and how.

Thanks for any practical or theory tips.


Edited by Shey (09/25/13 04:41 PM)
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#2157587 - 09/25/13 05:38 PM Re: Holiday study [Re: Shey]
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Bring with you some sheet music that you have recordings for, maybe just a little above your current playing level. Try to read along with the score as the music plays (in your earbuds while travelling, or wherever).

Another thing to do is to put a single piece on repeat play, and listen to it as you analyze the tune as best you can (e,g, looking for significant chords, and listening to these shifts in harmony).

If you're doing this over several days, then try reading (viewing page without listening to audio) one of your previously read/studied pieces. See if you can read the sheet music and imagine/remember what it sounds like.

I used to do this with stuff like Masterwork Classics, the Keith Snell Piano Repertoire series, and the Festival Collection. You can also do it with future parts of whatever method book you're working from, or recordings and scores you've downloaded and put together from the internet.
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#2157693 - 09/25/13 10:08 PM Re: Holiday study [Re: Shey]
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This sounds like terrific advice to me, and stuff we can do whether on holiday or not.
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#2157696 - 09/25/13 10:10 PM Re: Holiday study [Re: Shey]
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Step 1. Have a wonderful holiday!
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#2157727 - 09/25/13 11:23 PM Re: Holiday study [Re: Shey]
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Once again, excellent advice. Thank you.
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#2157729 - 09/25/13 11:33 PM Re: Holiday study [Re: Shey]
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I've got two thoughts here.

First: don't focus on expanding your abilities. Bring things you've already played and/or are still working on. Focus on fingering and technique hurdles. (ie- "I can't get to that B-flat.. why not?")

Second: take the break. 11 days will not kill you, and the brain will work on "problems" even while you are away from them. When you come back, you may find yourself more rested, ready to go, and some of those pesky issues may already be solved for you.

Most of all -- enjoy the vacation(US)/holiday(UK). smile
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