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Jul
29
comment What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?
@naught101: That's a great point that I actually didn't consider.
Jul
29
comment What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?
I appreciate this fantastic answer, it shows a good deal of insight into what I was thinking. I am indeed practicing on instruments that are in some state of disrepair, on purpose, to make practicing more of a challenge (sadly, including out of tune piano). I kind of figured "Hey, if I can sound good on this piece of crap I'll sound great on a real one". In some ways it's true, but it's probably not helping in reality - just in my own mind.
Jul
27
comment What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?
No I didn't mean the "toy" keyboards for little kids, I meant a regular keyboard (as opposed to a digital piano) where the keys aren't quite as wide and aren't weighted. Although I do love those little mini Casios from the 80's ^_^
Jul
27
comment What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?
Yeah I feared the question was too general, but nonetheless this makes sense to me. Although there is some getting used to going from the "difficult" piano to the "easy/good" one, it seems like it only takes a minute or two to get control. As far as the snare thing, in general you want to hit as close to center as possible so it actually helped quite a bit. Your wind instrument example, to me, seems like a good thing because it helps your endurance (which, I would assume, is part of the goal of practicing - but I don't play any so I'm not sure how much this matters).
Jul
27
comment What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?
Well for one thing, I noticed that practicing on a lightweight keyboard with small keys required some extra effort when I wanted to play the same thing on a regular piano. Then the opposite, going from playing piano back to the keyboard, made it seem like a piece of cake. Currently I have no less than 4 pianos that I play, because I can't exactly move them around at will.