QUOTE(Oddball @ May 31 2007, 02:54 PM)
I never practice piano. Never. I play the piano. Because practicing is DULL. Go and play something you LIKE: then move on to something you're working on, and take it from there.
I know what you mean, but . . .
As a kid I used to just play
piano: That's why I was never very good. Right now I am playing the piano again. However, now I have a goal, or several to be precise: I want to be able to play Schumann's Etudes Symphonique, the Chopin Etudes and Ballades and Liszt's Leibestraum no.3 (O, lieb) and Paganini study no. 3 (La Campanella). These are not easy pieces. Even to contemplate learning these pieces is madness, at the moment, so in the interim I'm working on grade 8. If I get that, then I'll work on the Diploma; then, maybe, the pieces for LRSM and beyond, not for the sake of the bits of paper, but as a way of developing "in bite-size chunks". I'm certainly not going to get there without working, if then, nor without expert guidance, so I go to lessons again, and I practice
as I never did when a child.
Yes, I practice but I still enjoy it. I even enjoy the exercises: Eventually it may be that I will be able to play perfectly any scale, arpeggio, broken chord or chord sequence you care to name, at blistering and awe-inspiring speed. Until that day I will continue to practice. I love the music I practice. I am prepared to put in the boring hours to get it right considering the time spent as an investment.
In short, the journey to musical virtuosity is long and arduous. So much so that although it helps to keep the long term target in mind, whatever it may be, if you don't enjoy the journey you won't make it.
The first question is, where are you going? The second is, how are you going to get there?
QUOTE(Scaramouche @ May 31 2007, 11:07 PM)
It doesn't really get me anywhere . . .