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AuthorTopic:   late bloomers
Pete
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posted: 3/26/2005 at 6:15:40 PM ET
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One technique I find works well with all age groups to overcome this problem is to limit practice time to 20 min sections..an hour a day is divided into three 20 min segments, for example.
Another effective way to overcome this is to switch to improvising between scales and exercises, perhaps your teacher has suggested using pentatonic scales, etc, like this as a way to sharpen your ear and think outside the square?

suzyq
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posted: 3/27/2005 at 12:11:26 AM ET
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Hi Pete,

Thanks for your suggestions.

I only know major & minor scales + chords and inversions, & how can we leave out Hannon. Wish I could improvise.

I wonder if it makes sense to do scales and then work on one of the muisc pieces and than maybe Hannon - vary the order in which things are done.

As for time, I'm not much on keeping track. When I'm not working, usually I start around 10AM and end around 12:30-1PM. Guess there's an inner clock that says "enough already". When I'm working, usually I'm lucky if I get a hour and half in.

Happy Easter to you and all who ask and anwser questions.

toonz
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posted: 3/27/2005 at 12:33:34 AM ET
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Hey suzyq, I know what the problem is. Your fingers are being possessed by the gravitational pull of the full moon. In a couple of days all will be fine.


suzyq
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posted: 3/27/2005 at 9:22:02 AM ET
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Toonz,

I like that one - I'll have to remember the "gravitational pull of the moon" when I next sit down to practice. Thanks.

squeekee
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posted: 3/28/2005 at 11:28:40 PM ET
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How exciting....
I started the piano at 30. I don't get to practice everyday, but when I do I only go for about an hour. I mix up my practices every time too. Some days I do hannon's other times I do scale work but I always work on a song everytime...I am anxious to master a piece. I will do scales or hannon's to 'warm up', this keeps me from cramping. I am left handed so my right hand seems to get tired out from having to do all the work. It feels undexterous and clumsy so I tend to clench it alot. And some times after wards I find it helps to run through some easy hannon's to 'cool' my right hand down.
Have fun on your 'later' life adventure...I luv playing the piano.
squeekee

suzyq
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posted: 3/28/2005 at 11:35:39 PM ET
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Hi Squeekee,

Welcome to the club and a lefthander just like me. My left hand is much stronger I find - and as you know the melody is in the right - guess we'll have to as my teacher tells me compensate, how, I don't know.

I think I'll give your method of practice a go, mix it up a bit.

toonz
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 1:26:00 AM ET
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While we are on this right hand, left hand topic I want to add that I am right handed. When playing guitar you depend on your left hand to do a lot of work. I am just learning finger picking technique with the right hand. I thought this was going to be an absolute nightmare but much to my surprise it is coming with very little effort. It is still the left hand that is holding me up, or in this case letting me down. Same problem, different instrument.

Pete
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posted: 3/29/2005 at 6:04:24 AM ET
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As toonz says, the left hand does much of the work on guitar..which is why it is crazy to lose the advantage of lefthandedness by playing a left-handed guitar, to say nothing of having to reverse every chord chart for the next sixty years or so.
Left-handed persons learn 20% faster than the average right-handed student, if the student is started on a right-handed guitar.
I have a dream (now where have I heard that expression before..?) that some kind and thoughtfull person will one day pile every left-handed guitar in the world onto some tiny deserted South Pacific atoll and then tow it out to sea, and sink it.

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