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Piano Practice Tips
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:36:35 PM »

Well, as everyone knows, I've been gone for a while, and am super out of practice with my piano skills.
Even before I left, I was getting really out of practice.
However, the time has come to be serious again. So, what kind of warm ups/thingies are recommended?
I honestly forget where to start in the whole technical practice side of things.
It's been a while, ok?
Also, I remember (and still have) trouble when doing two things with both hands that are quite different and have different rhythms, especially when the LH isn't that repetitive in a song. Are there any suggested exercises to help with that besides playing straight music?
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 09:48:01 PM »

I don't know much warm-ups (didn't know people used them) and I can't say "play music" as you said don't say that so... The only real way I got into playing two different rhythms well is by making up something. If you make up some warm ups (1) you can easily achieve exactly what you want, (2) you don't have to go searching for them, and (3) you can BECOME FAMOUS with "Maelstrom's thingies". Or you could not become famous, that's up to you.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 09:54:46 PM »

Well, as everyone knows, I've been gone for a while, and am super out of practice with my piano skills.
Even before I left, I was getting really out of practice.
However, the time has come to be serious again. So, what kind of warm ups/thingies are recommended?
I honestly forget where to start in the whole technical practice side of things.
It's been a while, ok?
Also, I remember (and still have) trouble when doing two things with both hands that are quite different and have different rhythms, especially when the LH isn't that repetitive in a song. Are there any suggested exercises to help with that besides playing straight music?
You can waste a lot of time warming up; remember that a warm up is only to get your fingers moving.
That said, I highly recommend, if you're not playing things like this, to use scales and arpeggios as warm ups. You can also do some Bach little preludes, if you're into classical.
I'd also recommend going through your old repertoire and bring that back up to scratch.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2016, 03:22:46 PM »

You can waste a lot of time warming up; remember that a warm up is only to get your fingers moving.
That said, I highly recommend, if you're not playing things like this, to use scales and arpeggios as warm ups. You can also do some Bach little preludes, if you're into classical.
I'd also recommend going through your old repertoire and bring that back up to scratch.
^This is pretty much exactly what I was going to say. I was also going to recommend a book called Hanon (Which also comes in a virtuosic edition) which has not only scales, but scale degree patterns and other tricky moves for the sake of getting used to them for whenever they may appear in a piece. It's an exercise in hand dexterity really.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2016, 03:34:36 PM »

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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2016, 03:41:52 PM »

It shouldn't necessarily be avoided. Depends on what you're interested. There's plenty in the vanilla version but if you think virtuoso is for you, go for it.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2016, 03:43:04 PM »

I have hanon but it's ew to practice with stuff like that
im not a serious pianist k
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2016, 03:49:41 PM »

Lol it is a bit trudging to go through, but very effective.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2016, 04:18:11 PM »

Hanon can be a waste of time depending on how much you do it, though. The point is to develop dexterity over time, not to play every exercise like a Chopin etude.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2016, 04:33:52 PM »

It shouldn't necessarily be avoided. Depends on what you're interested. There's plenty in the vanilla version but if you think virtuoso is for you, go for it.
I mean, what's the difference.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2016, 05:44:26 PM »

I would just recommend finding sheet music of whatever songs you like and learning them. At least, that's how I did it after only having 1 year of piano lessons. And this is NinSheetMusic, right? Voila!
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2016, 07:38:11 PM »

What I do is play sheets that use new techniques, and keep playing those until I can do them.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2016, 08:20:07 PM »

I mean, what's the difference.
Well I've only seen the vanilla, so I'm not familiar with the virtuoso, but it seems to feature virtuosic moves such as a crapload of octaves and such.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2016, 04:16:08 AM »

Well I've only seen the vanilla, so I'm not familiar with the virtuoso, but it seems to feature virtuosic moves such as a crapload of octaves and such.
IIRC it's just two different titles.
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Re: Piano Practice Tips
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2016, 04:31:00 AM »

I would imagine that the content varies as well though. The stuff in the book I had (vanilla) wouldn't have counted as virtuosic.
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