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#2303988 - 07/19/14 10:34 AM Playing my piano after being away all week...
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Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
... this must be what it feels like for meth addicts to score after going without for days. Better for my ivories, though.

I blame Keith and Shaun. They made me an addict.
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#2304064 - 07/19/14 03:23 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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question, do you feel like you played better after a week off?

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#2304078 - 07/19/14 03:45 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: joonsang]
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Originally Posted By: joonsang
question, do you feel like you played better after a week off?


The first day of my trip I played for a couple of hours on a marginal piano, and I was not happy. After three days without touching any kind of piano, I arrived home ahead of schedule last night and so was able to play a bit late at night -- it was okay, but I was tired.

This morning, after the first good night's sleep in a week, I played well (for me) -- at least as well as before the trip. Whether that was because of taking a break for a few days, a good night's sleep, or both, quien sabe?

This time the break didn't hurt my playing. That's good enough for me!


Edited by ClsscLib (07/19/14 05:26 PM)
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#2304133 - 07/19/14 05:48 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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You do miss the thing after a short time. Always glad to get back to mine.. I find an improvement to my playing occurs too. . .
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#2304274 - 07/20/14 04:20 AM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
.. I find an improvement to my playing occurs too. . .


Same here sometimes. I forget stuff during a break, but it seems that I forget more of the mistakes and bad habits than the parts I have right. If I'm messing up on a song, it helps to put it aside for a week, and play other things.
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#2304280 - 07/20/14 05:04 AM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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I had the same after returning from my Holiday although I didn't miss it very much when I was away, the feeling of playing again was one of euphory.
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#2304522 - 07/20/14 07:18 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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Ah, an addict blaming his dealer...

I am in bad shape after all that time away. I knew I was in trouble when I started to dream about my piano, as compared to my old spinet, which was also in the dream, with keys like a bird's nest of balsa wood! Which is probably exactly what they are, now...

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#2305055 - 07/21/14 07:53 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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Loc: Australia
Just back from a long weekend and in a very last minute decision put the digital in the car. Only got a few minutes each day on the piano and felt so guilty not doing scales and sight reading practice.
Strangely however upon return I do think the rest has done me good.
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#2307172 - 07/25/14 09:17 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: Marinelife]
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Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Originally Posted By: Marinelife
Ah, an addict blaming his dealer...



Those two aren't dealers; they're *kingpins*.
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#2307227 - 07/26/14 01:31 AM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
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If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.Ignacy Paderewski, (1860-1941) Polish pianist and prime minister of Poland in 1919.
Where did he find all the time?

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#2307249 - 07/26/14 04:18 AM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: Museusmusic]
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Originally Posted By: Museusmusic
If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.Ignacy Paderewski, (1860-1941) Polish pianist and prime minister of Poland in 1919.
Where did he find all the time?

I think it was Jascha Heifetz, violinist extraordinaire, who first said this, and then the quote was attributed to others, including Horowitz.
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#2307409 - 07/26/14 03:47 PM Re: Playing my piano after being away all week... [Re: ClsscLib]
DinaP Offline
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Registered: 08/31/12
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I find that after a few days away I actually do better in some ways -- hand position, scales, exercises, and some tunes though I may have to play a bit slower at first.

Not sure why.

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