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#2215372 - 01/15/14 06:46 PM Milestones and slacking off
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Registered: 06/22/13
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Hey guys! I wanted to talk about hitting miles stones and having fun with new found abilities.

I've found that once I got to the point where I could do simple improv i ended up playing around too much and learned a lot less. I've since gotten bored of the techniques I'm able to employ during those fun sessions and have gotten back to pretty strict practice only and focusing on the things Im NOT good at vs having fun with the things I can already do well.

Does anyone else experience this? I got a whiteboard to help organize my practice. Like writing down all the songs assigned each week and noting which measures need extra work. I can't stress how helpful that has been. I go to a song im working on for lessons and usually theres only one of two problem measures.... you know how those method books generally are using pieces to teach you one or two things a song. Now with the whiteboard, I jump right to those measures and practice them.

Can anyone else relate?
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#2215397 - 01/15/14 07:45 PM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Sweet06]
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I'm not entirely sure this is "slacking off". It's equally important to enjoy your successes as it is to work hard to get them. If you don't take enough time to enjoy the success, you'll burn out. Just make sure that, if you're trying to progress, there's still a balance of "work" involved. wink
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#2215419 - 01/15/14 08:33 PM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Sweet06]
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I totally relate to both slacking off and being organised. As a self taught guitarist I spent years improvising on my own and getting absolutely nowhere. When I took up piano I determined I would be disciplined without of course sacrificing having fun which is how I view most my interaction with piano. So now if I ever find myself wandering off into improv I just immediately cut myself short. I have an exel spreadsheet I use listing all the pieces, scales, exercises etc I am working on. I use it everyday and tick off if I practiced something or not. If I see I have been neglecting something for a few days it's a good reminder to get my act together.
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#2215437 - 01/15/14 09:18 PM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Sweet06]
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I totally appreciate the perspective change!
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#2215891 - 01/16/14 07:52 PM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Sweet06]
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Originally Posted By: Graham Fitch
Think of practicing as investing, and performance (or playing through) as spending. Too much of both isn't a good thing. Successful people in the business world have learned to strike a balance between the two.

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#2216055 - 01/17/14 06:46 AM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Derulux]
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Originally Posted By: Derulux
I'm not entirely sure this is "slacking off". It's equally important to enjoy your successes as it is to work hard to get them. If you don't take enough time to enjoy the success, you'll burn out. Just make sure that, if you're trying to progress, there's still a balance of "work" involved. wink


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#2216076 - 01/17/14 08:09 AM Re: Milestones and slacking off [Re: Sweet06]
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Registered: 11/03/12
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I've found that once I got to the point where I could do simple improv i ended up playing around too much and learned a lot less. <snipped some stuff> Does anyone else experience this?


Sweet06, yes I absolutely had this experience. When I started to do some simple improve it was so exciting to me I wanted to do it all the time. However, I was wasting valuable practice time doing it on pieces I was trying to learn instead of things I already knew how to play. Once I realized this, I forced myself to do it only when noodling around and not during practice.
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