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#1 Thepianist

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:13

Having been out socialising the past 2 weeks I haven't been bothered to play that much anymore. I've been still doing little bits but just wondering if it will come back to me. I've enjoyed going out which is something I rarely do having not been out for 3 years. I've gone from doing 40-50 hours a week to about 10 the past 3 weeks. I really miss composing my music and I just feel a bit like I'm finding playing exam pieces and other music just a bit boring. Does anybody else have this problem?

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:17

Yes, all the time. It waxes and wanes. I always come back to it. Sometimes other things in life are temporarily more important.
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:08

Yes, all the time. It waxes and wanes. I always come back to it. Sometimes other things in life are temporarily more important.


Phew that's good to know that there is someone else who else has this. Thank you for taking the time out to reply.
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:29

The short answer is No! I always feel like playing -- but perhaps that's because I don't have much time to practise owing to other commitments so I'm always 'hungry'.  It sounds like you've had rather a surfeit of practising so taking a break to do other things for a while is probably a good idea.  In the meantime I would just keep going with the "little bits" so piano doesn't fall off the To Do list completely.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:44

I definitely have periods of a few days, up to a week, when I seem to have little enthusiasm to play. But them I'm not doing exams or having lessons.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:52

Thepianist - If I remember you're doing Grade 7 next year and you're almost ready now with the pieces? Psycholocically, that would be tough to find motivation - there's no desire (and certainly no need) to practice those three pieces any more, and yet it seems hard to move away from them when they are still the main focus.

 

If I'm right, I'd suggest putting those pieces back in the cupboard for now, listen to some of your favourite composers, pick a piece or two that will be challenging to you and give those a go! 40-50 hours a week is a heck of a lot (I do about half of that and I consider myself a hard worker!) and it could be that you need a break anyway just because that was too much.

 

But keep enjoying the socialising! smile.png And the composing too!!


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:35

As others say it does sometimes have an ebb and flow and sometimes life interrupts.

10 hours a week is still a very respectable amount of practice and you can still progress at this rate. You 40 to 50 hours is a very high workload and unless you are on a full time music course could easily become hard to sustain.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 13:15

I've done it for the past 8-9 months and I just feel now that I will reach my goal to be a music teacher eventually there is no rush. Thank you for all your responses it's helped me a great deal.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 15:44

Definitely an ebb and flow - my practice has been very much reduced this summer/autumn due to stress/illness. I am working on actively accepting that I don't always feel like practising or playing. Starting to get back into it - e.g. this lunchtime I went to practice at the music college near my office. Exams start next week so today the piano tuner had been in. Having half an hour on an absolutely freshly tuned piano was fabulous!


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 00:04

Don't worry :) it will come back, I'm guessing us humans just go through phases. I did 6 hours today which I was happy plus my teacher gave me some encouragement aswell which was nice. Just got to keep plodding along.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 12:51

It's not so much a lack of enthusiasm as a lack of time. Other things in life must necessarily take priority at times and there are those times when I feel so tired or achey that I just know trying to practice properly would be a waste of time.

I came to music - and indeed, piano - after years of wanting and being told I couldn't. Now I can, and I revel in it and snatch whatever chance I have to make music. If I can't practice piano or saxophone (the latter, I really can't do at the moment because I'm missing some front teeth) then I simply sing or listen or read.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:08

Oh no!! Sorry about the teeth! I hope that gets sorted out really soon!!


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:21

It's not so much a lack of enthusiasm as a lack of time. Other things in life must necessarily take priority at times and there are those times when I feel so tired or achey that I just know trying to practice properly would be a waste of time.
I came to music - and indeed, piano - after years of wanting and being told I couldn't. Now I can, and I revel in it and snatch whatever chance I have to make music. If I can't practice piano or saxophone (the latter, I really can't do at the moment because I'm missing some front teeth) then I simply sing or listen or read.


Yes I see what you mean. Sounds like your really passionate yourself about music. I hope you get your teeth sorted soon. What do you prefer to play the piano or sax?
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 17:49

It's not so much a lack of enthusiasm as a lack of time. Other things in life must necessarily take priority at times and there are those times when I feel so tired or achey that I just know trying to practice properly would be a waste of time.
I came to music - and indeed, piano - after years of wanting and being told I couldn't. Now I can, and I revel in it and snatch whatever chance I have to make music. If I can't practice piano or saxophone (the latter, I really can't do at the moment because I'm missing some front teeth) then I simply sing or listen or read.

Yes I see what you mean. Sounds like your really passionate yourself about music. I hope you get your teeth sorted soon. What do you prefer to play the piano or sax?

That's difficult to say because each has its pros and cons. I'm very familiar with the sax and so I can play fairly complex stuff relatively easily. The down side is that when I do play then it has to be got out, set up, warmed up and put away again afterwards, not to mention only playing during the day (neighbours are great but I don't want to run the risk). On the other hand, the piano is there and merely has to be switched on to a volume suitable for the time of day. However, only being grade 2/3 there's still a lot that I can't play yet.

Hoping to get the teeth sorted very soon - broken teeth/crowns from a childhood accident that need to be replaced with dentures and I just haven't had the money. Luckily I'm between bands at the moment so there's no pressure, although I guess I'll pay the price once I do start playing again.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 20:48

After my disastrous exam I feel like giving up.


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