Food that makes you play better.

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Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:49 am

I have been away I suppose for a while. But that is because I've been practicing piano.
Along the way I discovered something that might be interesting for others to know, maybe.
Anyway I accidentally came across this food Gingerbread with fruit filling in chocolate by Krakus and Delicje European biscuit by Mondelez. They don't sell these in the mainstream US grocery stores. I don't know if it is the sugar or the chocolate, but I play with more acute attention.
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:52 am

I forgot to uncheck my signature.
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Unread post by parametric » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:10 am

Certainly "Krakus" has been around in the UK for a long time . . . .

I think it's a Polish company, initially they did very good (and reasonably priced) Jams, but I guess they've diversified/been taken over, along the way.

Learning Piano is a strange business and for sure does affect people differently.

I've always found that it "happens by degrees" as you go along.

What you say about acute attention may be to do with the gingerbread, but I would suggest that your brain has just almost subconsciously "understood" an aspect of Piano playing - and it's manifested itself as a feeling of more acute attention to the matter in hand.

It does happen by degrees.

My own example was years ago when I was at Grade 5 - and TRYING to learn a piece of Bach, that had different melodies going on in both hands at the same time.

Usual teacher direction is to practice each hand separately - and then try to put them together.

This, I did - and did and did and did and did . . . . It would NOT go together . . .

Then, after what seemed like weeks trying . . . . . . . It suddenly went together . . . .

I couldn't believe it, and almost froze, looking in bewilderment at my hands - doing different things - and not understanding HOW I was doing it.

I checked again, the following day, and Yes, I could still do it . . . . . Something had switched in the brain, and I had LEARNED.

It led me onto the concept, that the hands actually DO have a memory . . . a belief I still hold.

I think this is also true for guitarists too BTW

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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:05 pm

Hey thanks for the feedback.
And I can say what you said goes very much the same with my observation.
Though I did not start playing since not long ago I do feel learning the right hand part separately and then learning the left hand part separately does not help me to save time or cut corners if you will in learning to play with both hands. Some how it felt like learning a whole different song when both hands were playing.

Anyway, I think muscle memory does take time to record. As for food, I realize I'm not the Paganini of piano (that's probably Liszt), unlike what he had for food, I don't feel offended if people don't see the benefit if not the least psychological effect. ;)
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:57 am

Sounds like no one else will spill the beans on their food of choice.
Anyway back to practicing.
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by zpink » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:47 am

I don't really practice as such, it's more sort of noise-making in my case.
Coffee is the main food most of the times though, it helps even before one starts to drink it, just the smell and the knowledge that it's there. :D ((i))
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Unread post by Buzzard » Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:58 pm

If it involves bacon and beer, i'm on. :D
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:04 pm

Each to his own they say.
But I think caffeine has an upper hand on alcohol.
At least when it comes to practicing the scales.
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:08 pm

"It led me onto the concept, that the hands actually DO have a memory . . . a belief I still hold."

This reminds me of the matrix. The mind can not exist without the body or in this case the hands.
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:43 pm

I admit food is not that high on the list of things to prepare for to play the piano well.
But I just noticed too much sugar is bad for preparation. I had cereal and a donut this morning and my practice was not good. Also I noticed playing in the morning is a bit rusty for me.

Right now I'm learning Delibes and the flight of the Bumble Bee. It is fun, but very hard to play clean. I think I'm a quarter way into each piece. Any tips?
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by Fozzer » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:54 am

There's nothing quite like a nice steak and kidney pie, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, and tasty onion and herb gravy, all served on a pre-heated plate, and washed down with a nice Californian red, to enhance the playing of all my various musical instruments....

...trust me... :wink: ..... :D ....!

(The alternative is going to sleep on my Settee after the meal).... :lol: ....!

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Unread post by Derek » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:03 pm

Fozzer wrote:There's nothing quite like ....... and washed down with a nice Californian red, to enhance the playing of all my various musical instruments....

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Hmmmm, fermented grape. Australian Shiraz or Merlot for me, though! :)
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:28 am

Actually too much food is bad for me.
For that matter anything that draws blood away from my brain is not good.
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:47 am

I'm back amd I can't believe it's taken me this long to learn those two songs. But I think it was because those songs are very popular for having different arrangements. And I was trying to learn by hearing, and forget trying to find some online video performance of an arrangement that you get for free online. Everybody plays them differently. Hence here I am still trying to figure... what is that?
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Re: Food that makes you play better.

Unread post by GuitarTabs4synth » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:07 pm

At the risk of talking to myself again, I'll put this out there. Where can you go to play on a real piano keys without having some shop owner thinking you're only there to play and not buy anything? I've been playing on a Korg electric piano C-30 and it is making funny sounds on C5 and G5; and the action is changing resistance on me.
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