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Offline stormx

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Feeling sad and piano practice
on: April 24, 2006, 02:10:18 PM
When you feel sad, or depressed...

Do you avoid the piano at all?
Do you stick to your scheduled routine?
Do you change it focusing on slow and lyrical pieces, or on fast and happy pieces instead?

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Offline Siberian Husky

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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #1 on: April 24, 2006, 04:48:07 PM
hi stormx..i remember you back when you first joined..hope your in the best of health.

When im sad is the best time i play. Of course i havnt set much time aisde for piano lately. But i vividly remember when i was heavily into practice, i would last longer and play with more efficiency in times of low or sad moods. Some people avoid any activity all together when times are bad, but i see it as the best way to harness all the energy, be it bad or good.
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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #2 on: April 24, 2006, 04:56:35 PM
i am rarely sad unless i don't get time to practice.  this makes me sad.  then, i look over at the piano and get all teary eyed.  especially when my daughter yesterday told me to 'stop practicing the piano' so she could think to do her homework.  i was wondering if it was because she was actually concentrating on the music - or was it that she didn't like what i was playing?  or what?  anyway - i did stop because homework obviously comes first.  but, i had this sinking feeling that i was headed for less practice time unless i find someone's quiet abode and can borrow practice time on someone else's piano.  there's no neighbors around here that have piano, though.  i am stuck with chaos in the afternoon and evening and chores in the morning.  unless. UNLESS i abandon all responsibility for laundry dishes cleaning - and just start playing the piano all the time they are gone at school.  i don't like it when the neighbors suddenly pop over though and the house is really messed up.

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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006, 05:18:44 PM
When I'm feeling sad I use that energy to compose "Blues" songs like this one.

"The Big Shot"
Lyrics: Cal DiFalco
Music: Me

https://www.artistcollaboration.com/~johnny-boy/MP3-Big%20Shot-ICE-CAL-MIX.mp3

No matter what you're feeling, that energy can become productive.

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Stop analyzing; just compose the damn thing!

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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006, 05:51:05 PM
i can play quite well when depressed, i find it makes me focus and all that energy spent crying/moping around/shouting IM BORED gets put into playing. when im very tired i like to play slow songs because it calms me down, and i can play them easier so i dont have to concentrate as much.
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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #5 on: January 23, 2023, 11:34:33 AM
When you feel sad, or depressed...

Do you avoid the piano at all?
Do you stick to your scheduled routine?
Do you change it focusing on slow and lyrical pieces, or on fast and happy pieces instead?

 :-\ :-\

I cannot focus well when I'm moody and sad... It just make my practicing progress even worse bcos I'm already in a critical mindset of myself being such a bad person and plus to master exam pieces? Oh no. I'll beat myself up even more and I can't practice well with such a mood....

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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #6 on: January 23, 2023, 01:17:20 PM
Sitting in silence and letting the thoughts churn over and over is much worse. Keeping your mind occupied is always good if you're feeling down.
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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #7 on: November 16, 2023, 01:20:09 AM
I use the piano to ease stress and workload at work. But, weirdly, I can't play the piano when I'm anxious. The sounds that came out were not what I had hoped for, and I felt much worse.
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Re: Feeling sad and piano practice
Reply #8 on: November 16, 2023, 02:47:18 AM
when i feel sad then a run through Chopin's op 27 no 2 usually does the trick
I'd love to learn all the Schubert sonatas someday

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