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Initial post: Nov 20, 2012 9:45:34 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:24:45 AM PST
I hope semi-pros will come to the table...
(music not their full time job, but not completely amateur.)

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 7:03:12 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 2, 2012 8:37:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 8:45:14 AM PST
scarecrow says:
I still consider myself an amateur pianist and I've been playing for decades.. . . not each decade,, , ,I don't practice everyday, which is why I consider myself an amateur, "Sailing the Seas depends on the Helmsman", well if my ''Helmsman'' doesn't practice. . .

But if I have something then I practice hours everyday. . .

1--each time you return from vacation you always still need to do exercises, scales, Hanon, this gives an 'electricity' to your playing, like a good vibrant violin tone;
or as 2-- Toscanini once said"you must be like a little bird ready to fly away. . .',well your hands need to be in shape to ''fly'';

3--always push yourself, you know'' no pain no gain'',
4--always work smarter though not harder, , ,meaning always think of your problem;(I know that's not always evident without a teacher) and most importantly listen to the piece, a recording, you want to play,
5--and practice everyday, so you are 'connected''. . . but think about how you practice,
and
6-- always look for something new to accelerate your technique and reading ability;
7--You need to sight read everyday, play melodies from a book, ten a day, both hands if possible; Slow, then speed up, the next day, or stay slow, byt always push yourself to play faster. . . at the right time;don't worry about the mistakes, the continuity is important;
8--Yes Count,when you play; play with a metronome, even if torture, then shut it off;When I practice
I would leave my metronome on for hours at a time;
9--but it is more important to simply read something new everyday;or whatever you didn't get the previous day;
10 Don't look at your hands all the time, learn to play by simply looking at the music; learn space,Immanuel Kant,Galileo would be proud of you; this is a good first etude on space. . .that distance between your head/eyes and the keyboard;
11--For your main music work; have a clear idea of how the piece goes, and know when it is not there;, where you are going,
Yes you need to be your own critic. . .
11a--play for friends, no matter how many mistakes you make, make a carrot cake and invite friends over for coffee--, have a concert, once a week, if possible;
12-- all music is really is knowing where your are, and where you wanna be. . .movements to and from . .
13-- always practice for tomorrow, how can I improve this tomorrow, sit down and make a list of errors, they will be the same whether Ravel, Hanon, or Bartok.

Bartok's Mikrokosmos are good, buy the first 3 Books,you can get them used; depending on your level.then play them at the speed he says, then faster or slower, be creative, also read the Left hand as it is in treble clef and vice versa, always find new ways to test your reading ability;

Bach is good, the'' Inventions'', and or short pieces,easier ones from WTC.
14-- always try to play 'real' music not arrangements; ;
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