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#2508655 - Yesterday at 05:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Casinitaly - I can relate to your fears when playing the acoustic - especially with a complaining neighbor downstairs. It is difficult living in an apartment with a piano. I moved to a townhouse on top of a shopping center with no one above or below me because I always feared I would disturb the neighbors if I practiced on my grand. I played it, but I did not do deep practice on it. My teacher has noted the difference since I can actually practice on the grand. So perhaps practicing with the silent feature would give you the same effect.

I think keeping the accoustic makes sense from a development standpoint. I think it really makes a difference to play one regularly. Plus, you say you love it!

Don't be discouraged by periods without progress. This is most certainly not a linear process!

My AOTW is getting on the same page as my teacher and having a wonderful lesson. I have been the typical "bad" student, who listens to what her teacher says, and then does it my own way. After my crash and burn at my piano party on the Beethoven Sonata I decided to solve a technical issue once and for all, and put myself in her hands completely. I am working on two short grade 6 pieces and am using them to focus on feeling and eliminating tension in the non playing fingers. One piece focuses on chromatics and is a thumb tamer. The other is filled with jumps and running passages. I can go no faster than the speed where there is complete relaxation - no flying fingers. It is working! I am slowly building up speed on them again, as she allows. I can just see my teacher doing "Hallelujahs" after four years of trying to get this through my head. The last two lessons have been very positive, and though I am not there yet, I can see improvement. From now on I pledge to be a better student!

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#2508674 - Yesterday at 08:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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@SwissMs - I so enjoy hearing of your progress - even when you hit a glitch, you get over it so gracefully.

You have some valid points about using the silent mode - the keys are weighted properly - though I do have to say that now that I'm trying to put more nuance into my playing I do notice that it is "easier" to play quietly in Silent mode than in acoustic mode - I often get empty notes in acoustic whereas in Silent they show up..... In any event that's a minor detail - it is like switching pianos, they all have a different feel.

I am not convinced I will give up the acoustic, but .....I am thinking and experimenting.

Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard. BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

#2508700 - Yesterday at 10:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Casinitaly, I can relate to your dilemmas.I first went back to piano down in our beach condo because I saw they had opened a music school across the road and I could get lessons in a place I could walk over to.Because it was a condo I got a Roland digital and could play as much as a I wanted and whenever I wanted. The feel was as close to an acoustic as you could get and I still love it. I upgraded the headphones which I think makes a great difference. Back home I have a disclavier Yamaha GC1 which is wonderful because you can put it in silent mode. We don't have neighbors to worry about so that feature lets me play in the middle of the night those times when I can't sleep but everyone else is out of it! It also helps if I'm in tough practice mode and other people are around who would otherwise have to listen to me repeating stuff and just not doing things that are 'easy listening'! But most of the time at home I play acoustically which is such a real pleasure and the real reason I practice! If you have room then keep the acoustic, or if you can't then try a digital piano which won't take up so much room either - but get good headphones. Good luck, tough decisions!

#2508865 - Yesterday at 06:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry to hear you're in one of those rough periods we all seem to pass through now and then. Hopefully setting aside the pieces that were proving troublesome will allow you to get over this bump in the road.

Even worse to have it compounded by neighbor/acoustic vs digital issues.

I can understand your frustration... Mrs JimF has days when my piano is an icepick in her ear. Usually she doesn't say anything, but I can hear it in the way she breathes and walks around the house. It really affects my concentration and usually I have to give up practicing in frustration on those days. I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to have to think about the neighbors every time I sat down.

I hope you can keep the acoustic, because I know how good you can sound on it. Does your teacher have an opinion on silent system vs digital?


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#2508883 - Yesterday at 09:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 3639
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Originally Posted By JimF
... Mrs JimF has days when my piano is an icepick in her ear...

Oh dear. This must be hard for both of you!

Fortunately, Brewer (says he) does not mind my practice, and puts in ear buds to do whatever he is doing. Right now there are a lot of repetitions of jumps and blocked runs to get Grieg's dwarfs fit for their marching orders. I'm rather tired of listening to it, but I told my teacher that as long as he didn't give up on it and I wasn't injured that I wouldn't give up on it.

Cas--worrying about neighbors is awful--you never know what's up with them.
Everything in moderation, including moderation. --Oscar Wilde

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