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#16 sbhoa

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 21:02

After my disastrous exam I feel like giving up.

Sorry to read that you had a bad exam experience.

I hope that soon you remember that music is not just for exams.

As someone very helpfully reminded me an exam is just a snapshot of your playing...and who looks good in a snapshot?


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:17

After my disastrous exam I feel like giving up.


Yep I've had that before. No harm in taking a short break without giving up totally?
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 15:09

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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Every week. :)

 

As everyone else has said, it usually comes back.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 09:32

After my disastrous exam I feel like giving up.

Never give up on something you love! Although exams are great and really boost confidence if you get a good grade, they're not a true reflection of the persons pianist abilities. If the exams have brought you down, why don't you leave them for a while and work on some pieces outside the exam syllabus? smile.png

 

I sadly don't play half what I used to. sad.png Ironically, I'm a music student but I chose not to do the performance side of things, more the musicology and composition so right now my essays and projects take priority over piano practice. 


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 03:21

Not really. Although I don't always practice. But that's because I know that when I sit down at the piano. I have to go through the ridiculous volume of technical work and do focused work on the pieces that I get sick of from time to time but still have issues that haven't been resolved. Or I prioritise other things in my life. 
But in general, I like working on new pieces and playing them. 

 

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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How on earth were you playing for 40-50 hours per week?


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#21 Thepianist

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 11:59

I did it for 9 months but then it got a bit too much. I've calmed down now with it, I felt like I was going insane lol. As for your experience I can imagine it must be mentally draining just playing the same difficult passages over and over again.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 15:09

I did it for 9 months but then it got a bit too much. I've calmed down now with it, I felt like I was going insane lol. As for your experience I can imagine it must be mentally draining just playing the same difficult passages over and over again.

Yes, it can be for all of us but it's called practice. 

It can help to mix it up a bit and maybe even allow only a set amount of time on one thing before moving on to something different.

It's also a good idea to stop and think whether you are going over the difficult passages again and again in the same way. If you are doing this and not feeling that you are getting anywhere it may well mean that you need to do it a different way or a few different ways. Sometimes it can be that we haven't really identified the problem and a bit of teacher input can help.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 11:17

Thanks for your response Sbhoa , yeah I do try and mix it up. I just try not to be over obsessed with the practice side of things now. Trying to go out a bit more and things else I'm going to get to 40 and think where did the last 10 years go??
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:15

My motivation to play and practice is generally sinusoidal over time.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 13:31

I never lose motivation to play, but sometimes I'm too tired to do much or too stressed to concentrate so it would be a waste of time ... but coming to this later in life, I do appreciate what it is that I am doing, so I don't think I'll ever lose motivation.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 15:44

Actually I should correct myself as that's a good point. I'm always happy to play something through or to just mess around. It's the motivation to do serious practice or learn new things that tends to be quite cyclical.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 14:40

Actually I should correct myself as that's a good point. I'm always happy to play something through or to just mess around. It's the motivation to do serious practice or learn new things that tends to be quite cyclical.

 

angel.gif Of course, that's where the wing cycle comes in handy.

Lowersinth: If only you could remember where you lost it! sad.png 

Dagwood: Quack! woot.gif 


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 16:16


angel.gif Of course, that's where the wing cycle comes in handy.

Lowersinth: If only you could remember where you lost it! sad.png

Dagwood: Quack! woot.gif

 

 

Haha! OLTVA needs to make a comback. :D


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 15:00

No, I don't lose the motivation to play, but just now I still have a heavy cold which I have been trying to ignore for the last few days as I have been so busy with other things, and right now, I have to say, the temptation for another cup of tea with the custard creams that jumped (unknown to me of course ...) into my shopping basket earlier today does seem to be winning ... 


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:40

Snap , I've got my next exam at the end of March and I'm not practising nowhere near enough. Just so tired all the time :(
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