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How often do you play your own instrument?

Discussion in 'Music' started by anon4561, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Sorry for asking... it's just that since I started my music teaching degree, and then teaching (fourth year now) , I rarely play for fun, and feel as if I'm losing my own music skills

    I get so caught up with the planning/marking/teaching etc, that I have very little time for my own music

    I used to be a full-time musician before I went into teaching, but seem to have just lost the passion for it

    Does anyone else feel the same way?
  2. Hardly ever and certainly not with any regularity - sob sob. I just don't have the time. I know I should find the time and I would love to be playing and singing for my own pleasure but no matter how I try I can't fit it in.
  3. dropje

    dropje New commenter

    Having just started a staff band, me clarinet is seeing the light of day again.
  4. Everyday apart from Sundays as a rule. I think I would go insane if I didn't play anymore!
  5. cmf


    I was pro for 9 yrs before teaching. Was playing with a glam band while teaching 12 yrs ago but I never play for fun any more and I miss it. I have tried to start up and join bands but never find the time any more. I am constantly marking,report writting, up dating scheme of work or trying to learn the programs I use. I have hadSibelius now for over 10 yrs, just got S6 up and running but still have very little skills.
  6. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    As a pianist and organist I played for a considerable part of the day when teaching - chapel services, pupils to accompany (regularly up to Grade 8, and sometimes up to diploma level) and so on.
    But while I found this improved my sight-reading and broadened my repertoire, actually learning major solo works quickly went by the board. I'd hoped to pick up technique in retirement, but it doesn't really work - I often sit down at the piano with the intention of learning something serious and then get frustrated and go out to walk the dog or dig the garden.
  7. I play my own instrument (oboe) very very rarely.Frequently play piano, ukelele, bassoon, euphonium and violin/viola.
  8. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    I play in an amateur orchestra and so play my violin quite regularly. The piano tends to be more of a 'work' instrument, but I do love it when I have time to sit and play for pleasure. I try to challenge myself to learn new pieces but there never seems to be enough 'me' time to do it as well as I would like.
  9. In my 3rd year of teaching, very rarely play my main instruments (woodwind specialist). Got so fed up last year of feeling useless as a musician, having no skills and having no time for 'real music' I decided to have piano lessons again. Got to a g6/7 at school but then not had lessons, although I did accompany a lot of students for exams and still do. I thought that by having lessons fortnightly it would motivate me a bit more, it would improve my piano skills which I use more often than woodwind for teaching anyway and most of all it would make me realise why I studed music at university in the first place! I have a fab teacher and although I don't get to practice as often as I would like, I'm learning stuff that I never thought I would be able to play and enjoying exploring repertoire that was previously totally unknown.

    I do, however, find it hard to balance piano, gym and teaching work!!
  10. Thanks for your replies everyone. Glad to see I'm not alone

    I could easily sacrifice my TES time, and practice piano and accordion, but just seem to have lost the motivation

    And like you did, princess_moose.... I feel completely incompetent and useless as a musician these days

    Maybe if I can catch up on schoolwork, I'll feel more relaxed.....

    PS.... One of you PM'd, and thank you for that......but TES isn't letting me answer messages these days for some reason..... Sorry.... I did appreciate it
  11. I never had the confidence to become a FT professional musician (or the skills) but I do like playing in front of an audience if its music I'm good at. First study is piano and, as Florian says, teaching improves your sightreading no end. However, I have also LOST the ability to memorise music and can only play with the notes in front of me. I CAN still improvise, thank goodness.
    Last year I entered an open piano competition - just a local one - and played in three categories. I did not go to win, which was a good thing as I was beated soundly by a chinese prodigie and a 14 year old with aspergers who practiced six hous per day. However, it was good to prepare pieces to somewhere approaching performance standard and to put myself through the whole performance thing.
    I'm doing it again this year - I've learned a Bach Prelude and Fuge (Bk 2, no. 2 in C minor) and a the Chopin Waltz in E Flat.
    I'm sure that keeping these skills going is part of maintaining and improving my professional skills and therefore worthwhile.
  12. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Well done you! A great motivation [​IMG]
    I did the Prelude and Fugue in C minor from Book 1 for my grade 8 (many moons ago).
    I'm currently learning the piano part to Fantaisie by Gaubert (for flute and piano) to assist a pupil who is auditioning for the Royal College of Music Saturday school - fortunately I don't have to play at the actual audition!

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