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#475125 - 12/28/07 03:10 PM I've hit the "musical wall"!
piano_hg Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 7
Loc: Orlando, FL
Don't mind the title, it's something I just thought of, but I have a problem.

It's been a little over 6 months since I started playing the piano again and let me tell you, I really surprised my family. I even played for them during the Holidays. I'm now able to play anything by ear(which is exactly what I wanted).

Well, I'm in a bit of a rut. For the past 3 days, I've sat at the keyboard trying to play some music. Well, even up until today, it feels like I've hit a wall. Now, don't get me wrong! This happens every now and then. Some days I feel really relaxed at the keyboard and play what ever I feel, but on some days like today I fill stiff and find it hard to enjoy playing. Playing the piano is something I will continue my entire life and won't give it up for anyone. I know it's what I will teach my kids someday! I'm passionate about music!

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#475126 - 12/28/07 03:28 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!
Akira Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 1645
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
This is my 'theory'.

I think that throughout the day, our concentration levels vary. Logic would dictate that in the morning, you've just awoken from a good night's sleep (presumably) and that the you'll be the most mentally alert in the morning (as opposed to be both physically and mentally exhausted after a hard day at the office). Try a little experiment and start playing in the morning.

Another thought that occured to me is that maybe you just need a rest. Perhaps you are mentally and/or physically fatigued even in the morning (maybe you don't sleep well at night). I would think that would have a lot to do with concentration.

I think the rut that you're going through is more commonly called frustration. I can't imagine any of us that don't experience that from time to time. Maybe you need to take a break from it for a few days, and hopefully return refreshed and ready to go again.

Again, just some theories. Try it. What do you have to lose? \:\)

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#475127 - 12/28/07 03:45 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!
piano_hg Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 7
Loc: Orlando, FL
 Quote:
Originally posted by Akira:
This is my 'theory'.

I think that throughout the day, our concentration levels vary. Logic would dictate that in the morning, you've just awoken from a good night's sleep (presumably) and that the you'll be the most mentally alert in the morning (as opposed to be both physically and mentally exhausted after a hard day at the office). Try a little experiment and start playing in the morning.

Another thought that occured to me is that maybe you just need a rest. Perhaps you are mentally and/or physically fatigued even in the morning (maybe you don't sleep well at night). I would think that would have a lot to do with concentration.

I think the rut that you're going through is more commonly called frustration. I can't imagine any of us that don't experience that from time to time. Maybe you need to take a break from it for a few days, and hopefully return refreshed and ready to go again.

Again, just some theories. Try it. What do you have to lose? \:\) [/b]
Actually, the last theory you've stated makes sense! There would be days where I'd practice or play for over 2 hours almost everyday. This is how it's been since I've started playing at the keys. That's more than enough time for anybody!

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#475128 - 12/28/07 05:58 PM Re: I've hit the "musical wall"!
Morodiene Offline
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Registered: 04/06/07
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Sometimes, a good challenge can help inspire you. Find a song that you would love to learn how to play, and I think that ought to get you out of your rut.
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