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#1598520 - 01/16/11 10:25 AM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
PaulaPiano34 Offline
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Registered: 10/16/10
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I just practice technique while reading or watching a movie never my pieces and its not like I sit there for hours, I watch/read while practicing scales for only around an hour....and, yes, I know it's a very, very, very bad habit and I'm trying to kick it.

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#1598523 - 01/16/11 10:33 AM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
Nyiregyhazi Offline
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Registered: 07/24/09
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I do a lot of practise while listening to podcasts. What I'd say is that it's very useful if you do very slow practise with particular attention to quality of movement and even tone. However, I think it's a waste of time to just run your fingers.

#1598528 - 01/16/11 10:45 AM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
PaulaPiano34 Offline
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I am preparing for a solo concert and my concerto debut and so I always practice my program twice slow and once fast for around 2 hours and then I spend about 2 hours on details (and I do not practice that in front of the TV) with around an 1 hour of technique (and yes, I must admit that that's with a book or a movie on).

#1598541 - 01/16/11 11:16 AM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
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hmm. well, it sounds like you're capable of making your own decisions on these matters. I apologize for the tone of my previous post. Still, mindless scales are hard on the body's playing mechanism. Once you know the scale patterns of the major and minor keys, you know them for life. I do not see the need to constantly reinforce the same old same old motoric patterns.

I almost never practice scales-and when I do, they are not major or minor. I prefer to improvise my own scales on the spot-much better for the brain and the fingers than doing the same bloody scales all the time-what good can that possibly serve?

I liken it to walking. I know how to walk. I don't need to practice walking, or remind myself of how to walk every day.

What concerto you doing?

#1598564 - 01/16/11 11:52 AM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
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Mozart's 25th Piano Concerto for this year (concerto debut and national competition)
Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto for this year (competitions) and next year (performance)

#1598651 - 01/16/11 01:54 PM Re: Staying relaxed during scales and Hanons [Re: custard apple]
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the only scales I really practice are the blues scales. about half the time I am playing while I have jazz playing in the back ground. I'm not exactly playing with the music, but definitely in the same key as the song. other than that I never play while other things are distracting me, other than my kids doing their kid things.
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