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Feb 28 2012, 10:19 PM
Joined: 25-October 11
Member No.: 343293
Some days I feel like I want to quit playing and that my life will be a lot less complicated without the hard work in trying to make the time for practice.
How did others get around this?
Mar 4 2012, 05:41 PM
Joined: 8-October 10
Member No.: 137057
I hit a pretty hard dip last year, a year after I started playing. Not having a teacher I had pretty much no idea what to do and came pretty close to giving up. Instead I booked myself into an ABRSM grade 2 exam to motivate myself and give me an aim (the main problem was that I had reached all the long-term goals that I had set myself and didn't know what to do from then on).
That worked pretty well and since then I set myself the goal of grade 5, followed by 8, and then eventually I would hope for a dipABRSM.
I'm almost at 5 now and I'm still going pretty strong. I've had a few dips this year but I find having a piano always around helps, so that I can just every now and then sit down and play a little something, even if I haven't practiced regularly for a week or two.
Basically: having a long term goal and not pressurising myself into playing keeps me going relatively constantly.
Although I understand it's probably difficult to do this with a teacher.
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