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Difficulty playing a piece when not practiced for a while (Read 150 times)

Offline chemblue

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Difficulty playing a piece when not practiced for a while
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:51:20 AM »
Hi
Hope you are well and keeping safe!

In January 2019 I started learning Beethoven Sonata 14 1st movement. I was making good progress and absolutely loved playing it then my dear mom became terminally ill and I lost her within weeks causing me to have a breakdown for well over 3 months and I struggled to play. I am an adult learner of 58 and been playing for just over three years.  A couple of days ago I thought I would play it again and it is as if I have never played it even though previously I was close to playing it from memory. Can anyone offer me any advice. Should I learn it again from the beginning. Is the trauma of losing my dear heart affecting my memory. Look forward to hearing from you Regards and blessings to you

Offline quantum

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Re: Difficulty playing a piece when not practiced for a while
«Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 01:07:48 AM »
Hi, and sorry to hear of your loss.

It is not out of the ordinary to feel like the work you have done in the past vanish, not having played a piece in a long time.  Do not worry, it will come back quickly.  Giving a piece rest is also a great way to freshen up your perspective of it.  Enjoy discovering the piece all over again.

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