Remarc wrote:Maybe you can also see it like a jogger. He runs and runs and runs, but never arrives at a destination. Nevertheless, he runs every day. Why? Because the target is running.
Similarly, we should probably see it playing the guitar. It is not a question that we reach a certain standard. The point is that we can indulge in one of the best hobbies daily.
I'm also not a really good guitar player, but am looking forward to playing every day on my beloved instrument.
The journey is the destination.
Thanks all and especially Remarc, I found this particularly helpful. I'm gonna keep reading music and playing. I can't see myself playing 5 pieces for the rest of my life. I think the cycle
is the way to go. I think cycling through the pieces I want to get better at (and incidently what I've been doing) is the way to go and keeps me "well rounded". No I'm not a "master", nor maybe will be, but I've definitely improved my playing and sight reading over the years. I think I just need to take a little breather ..... not give up (can't do that), just take a few breaths here and there and maybe cut back a little on playing, especially on my days off.
I'm trying though to narrow what I'll concentrate on at one time. When I get tired of this "set", I could change up a few pieces to "concentrate" on, but have a larger group of pieces (maybe 50 or so) that is my "pool" to choose from. So pieces will go in and out of this "pool" of pieces that I enjoy working on.
Just work on trying to keep the "pool" under control (not too many new pieces).
As I get older though (40 yikes!) I find that I'm cherishing more the "important" and enjoyable pieces that I want to play, such as more Romantic pieces that Segovia played like Tarrega things and Chopin, Mendelsshon and so on. Not so much "difficult" pieces, but pieces that are very "lyrical" and harmonious are what I'm being drawn to lately. Pieces like Ponce's "Tres Canciones" that I always seem to come back to even after not playing for a year or two; and they're not too difficult to play. To me these are both fun and not so exhausting to play. I also enjoy though the pieces that require more energy, but I play them earlier in the day - Villa lobos etudes, Serenata Espanola, etc .....
My problem is I truly am in love with so many pieces!
I think though that there are different approaches in "practice" to take. For example, I can just sit down for an hour and play through all the pieces that I have memorized or even just the "parts" if I only have those memorized .... sort of "play whatever I can with no fussing about". This is good because it reinforces what I do remember and keeps it fresh in memory. This could be one practice session "type".
Another approach (less stressful - when tired, etc) is to concentrate on just "easy" pieces for the day or session, say after a long day at work and your tired, it may only be 15 or 20 minutes for example. So in that time I don't want to be stressing all out trying to learn new things, etc, I just want to read through something easy just to "warm-up" the fingers for the day - a "review" type day. So I could play through say, Milan's "Pavana I" and maybe Barrios' Prelude in C minor and then call it a day or if I feel like it I can add Adelita and maybe Lagrima and La Catedral Prelude if I have the energy!
So this particular day I was rather tired, BUT still accomplished reviewing (and reinforcing in memory)
1. Pavana 1 Milan
2. Barrios Prelude C minor
3. Lagrima - Adelita
4. La Catedral Prelude
5. Then time for bed .... or just relax and watch t.v ..... and maybe play through some Segovia scales!!
The 5 pieces could easily be reviewed and "run through" in maybe 20 minutes I'd say or less! That's not bad for one day really! I could even make up little "practice cards" of pieces that go well together like this (at least for practice reasons). I could have a "practice card" such as above for when I only have 20 minutes and am really tired and don't want to "work on" much, just want to "review".
I could make another "Easy Practice/Review Card 2" that contained say:
1. Grieg Waltz in A minor (Segovia)
2. Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Then "Easy Practice/Review Card 3"
2. Gran Vals
these would be for those "tired" days when I only want to play for 15 or 20 minutes or up to half hour. Really, I wouldn't have to literally make "cards" though, I could just put all the "easier" pieces in a list and pick from them a couple or few for the session. This way I could see what I've got and what I have to work on on various days, etc, see what I might have neglected for a little while too.
The more difficult things that I'm trying to "work on" like Cadiz and Granada or even La Catedral Allegro Solemne I could save for days when I'm more energized and up to it, not when I'm exhausted, those days are just review, easy type days .... sip on tea and play a couple little easy pretty ones for the day ..... NO STRESS ZONE days!
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