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#55 LDT

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:18 AM

I've worked out that to-date I've done approx 250-300 hours of practice on the concertina....(and 48 on melodeon.)

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 05:56 PM

I've worked out that to-date I've done approx 250-300 hours of practice on the concertina....(and 48 on melodeon.)


I think everyone else will be with me saying 'Well done'. That's what it takes, pure and simple. Effort.

(If your other half's away and there's nothing on the idiot box and you spend the evening mucking about on the concertina in the comfy sofa because no one minds does that count as practice? Or is it too much like fun?)

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:37 AM

(If your other half's away and there's nothing on the idiot box and you spend the evening mucking about on the concertina in the comfy sofa because no one minds does that count as practice? Or is it too much like fun?)


Ooh no, that all counts.

Here the snooker championships are on TV at the moment, and that gives hours of restful and undemanding eye candy whilst the fingers can roam around the concertina, playing tunes as they pop into my head or just running over scales and chords.

It all counts as playing time, and I've never been one for worrying about whether any particular session of playing any instrument is 'practise' or just 'playing' ... personally I think people (not you LDT, general observation) get far too hung up on the idea that they have to 'practise' in a formal structured way with clear defined objectives to make any progress, rather than benefitting from sheer time spent enjoying playing music on, and spending time with, their chosen instrument ...

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:19 AM

(If your other half's away and there's nothing on the idiot box and you spend the evening mucking about on the concertina in the comfy sofa because no one minds does that count as practice? Or is it too much like fun?)


Ooh no, that all counts.

Here the snooker championships are on TV at the moment, and that gives hours of restful and undemanding eye candy whilst the fingers can roam around the concertina, playing tunes as they pop into my head or just running over scales and chords.

It all counts as playing time, and I've never been one for worrying about whether any particular session of playing any instrument is 'practise' or just 'playing' ... personally I think people (not you LDT, general observation) get far too hung up on the idea that they have to 'practise' in a formal structured way with clear defined objectives to make any progress, rather than benefitting from sheer time spent enjoying playing music on, and spending time with, their chosen instrument ...


I think that's actually my view too; that any time handling the instrument is a good thing, regardless how oblique it may seem.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:27 AM

I've worked out that to-date I've done approx 250-300 hours of practice on the concertina....(and 48 on melodeon.)


I think everyone else will be with me saying 'Well done'. That's what it takes, pure and simple. Effort.

(If your other half's away and there's nothing on the idiot box and you spend the evening mucking about on the concertina in the comfy sofa because no one minds does that count as practice? Or is it too much like fun?)

well I counted the time I spend just doing scale when the adverts are on the TV...or while the news is on. ;)



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