Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
105 registered (anamnesis, al reds, Albunea, alwatson, 36251, ajames, 26 invisible), 1680 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2189258 - 11/27/13 02:42 PM A Forced Vacation
earlofmar Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 2762
Loc: Australia
feeling a bit nervous after just accepting a last minute crew position in a 240km road race next week. It means leaving my beloved piano and not being able to practice for six days. I went to the same event last year but I had only being playing for a few weeks so nothing was lost. Now I have a daily practice regime I feel I am going to lose some major stuff or fall behind. I have an old electronic keyboard which is neither weighted or has full size keys but could act as my security blanket.

Any tips for what you do when separated from your piano and practice regime appreciated.
_________________________
If this life is a simulation can I not be in the easy version where Bach was a drummer

XL, XXXVIII-9-XXX

Top
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2189261 - 11/27/13 02:48 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
peterws Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 5542
Loc: Northern England.
I reckon you`ll find the break beneficial. You`ll forget nothing. Indeed, last time I was away for 6 days, I played better when I got back.
The improvement, however, was short lived! Enjoy the race. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill today watching a crime programme on tele at the gym. Dunno how people do marathons . . .what on earth would you think of when you`re on the road?
_________________________
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe

""

Top
#2189264 - 11/27/13 03:02 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
malkin Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 3881
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
The least frustrating thing I did during my recent no piano period was to work on rhythm. At my lesson, I actually played a piece with dotted eighths and sixteenths correctly!
_________________________
Everything in moderation, including moderation. --Oscar Wilde

Top
#2189274 - 11/27/13 03:26 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
ElleC Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 248
Loc: NJ, USA
I didn't really touch my piano for a couple of months when I got sick and also coz I was a bit depressed smirk anyway, when I got back into it...it seemed like I got better? Reading notes somehow got easier and songs I had known how to play seemed to have matured and sounded better this time around. The 6 days apart could be a good thing for ya. Plus the anticipation of going back to your piano will probably help you focus and certainly get you motivated.

Good luck with your race btw!
_________________________
Adult beginner since January 2013. My only regret is that I didn't learn sooner.

Top
#2189278 - 11/27/13 03:40 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
Sam S Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 2014
Loc: Georgia, USA
Pick a page from a piece you have never played (but would like to). Something easier than usual would be a good choice. Learn all you can from the page without playing it. Try to hear what it sounds like and memorize it.

Then when you get back, try to sit down at the piano and play it!

Sam

Top
#2189287 - 11/27/13 04:12 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
zrtf90 Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/29/12
Posts: 3070
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Enjoy the road race and don't even think about the piano. In six days all that'll happen is your brain will assimilate all you've done recently and ready itself for more.

I take a week away from the piano every three to six months for this purpose.
_________________________
Richard

Top
#2189293 - 11/27/13 04:31 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
Oasismfg Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/16/13
Posts: 172
Loc: So Cal
Breaks are good. I usually feel I play better after one.

Take up guitar while on the road, learn some chords and scales, then some arpeggios. Have a go at playing some of the pieces you know on piano. Understanding both will really open up your brain, and you'll have a blast.

What do marathon runners think about to while away the hours? Pizza and beer!

Top
#2189301 - 11/27/13 04:53 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: Oasismfg]
earlofmar Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 2762
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: Oasismfg
Breaks are good. I usually feel I play better after one.

Take up guitar while on the road, learn some chords and scales, then some arpeggios. Have a go at playing some of the pieces you know on piano. Understanding both will really open up your brain, and you'll have a blast.

What do marathon runners think about to while away the hours? Pizza and beer!


I already play guitar Oasismfg and no way would I take one of my two beautiful acoustics on this sort of road trip. I take your point though about trying to play the same piece on both. I haven't tried that yet.

Marathon runners at my level take around four hours for a 42km run. The person I am crewing for will take around 40 hours with no sleep or rest. We will all have switched our brains off after the first four hours lol
_________________________
If this life is a simulation can I not be in the easy version where Bach was a drummer

XL, XXXVIII-9-XXX

Top
#2189363 - 11/27/13 07:14 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
Rerun Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 1072
Loc: Louisiana
Originally Posted By: earlofmar
feeling a bit nervous ...

Any tips for what you do when separated from your piano ...



Most of your competition would probably tell you don't carry the high C string with you, carry the harp.
_________________________
Rerun

"Seat of the pants piano player" DMD







Top
#2189378 - 11/27/13 07:53 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
rnaple Offline

Silver Supporter until April 24 2014


Registered: 12/23/10
Posts: 2199
Loc: Rocky Mountains
Originally Posted By: earlofmar


Any tips for what you do when separated from your piano and practice regime appreciated.


Buy a Casio PX-5S. Bring it with you. There's an awful lot of waiting around....
_________________________
Ron
Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George
The focus of your personal practice is discipline. Not numbers. Scott Sonnon

Top
#2189416 - 11/27/13 09:52 PM Re: A Forced Vacation [Re: earlofmar]
Oasismfg Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/16/13
Posts: 172
Loc: So Cal
[/quote]I already play guitar Oasismfg and no way would I take one of my two beautiful acoustics on this sort of road trip. [/quote]

Maybe get a pawn shop beater?

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
Piano Summit 2017 - Join Us!
along with Chick Corea, Jonathan Cain,Set Rudetsky, Ray Chew, Onree Gill ...
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
(ad)
Calculator Looks Like Piano Keyboard
Calculator that looks like a piano keyboard
Piano Keyboard Calculator

New in the Piano World online store (PianoSupplies.com) now.
(ad)
Pianist Magazine
Pianist Magazine - Helping you become a better player
(ad)
Teaching Children Music
Teaching Music to Children
(ads)
PD - WNG - MH
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tours
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Avantgrand Touch settings
by Chris Warren
08/31/16 10:54 AM
Lounge Lizard -- AAS Summer Sale - $99
by Charles Cohen
08/31/16 10:43 AM
New edition of a biography of Scott Joplin and a review
by Jake Jackson
08/31/16 10:25 AM
delete thread wrong section
by Cutestpuppie
08/31/16 09:52 AM
DIY: Who does your key cover monikers?
by LanceMilton
08/31/16 12:16 AM
Forum Stats
84,830 Registered Members
44 Forums
174,876 Topics
2,551,888 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission