for the last week or so, my computer has been a real pain in the butt. every time i turn on my windows xp computer, my computer  automatically keeps restarting before i can ever get to my desktop.
somebody gave me one solution, and that was to reinstall windows. the big problem is that i have a lot of finale notepad notation files stored on my computer and i don't want to have to redo the notation of them. simply reinstalling windows will just erase all my files, and i don't want that to happen.

does anybody know how to fix this problem?
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reinstalling windows will not erase your files.  the only files that are touched when you reinstall windows are the windows operating files themselves.  you don't have to worry about your music data (which should, ahem, always be backed up!)

have you tried starting in safe mode?  when your computer restarts, tap the f8 key until you get to some startup options, and then go into safe mode.  if your system can do that, then you'll be able to copy your music files to a floppy, usb drive, whatever.  if you can't get into safe mode, then something is definitely wrong.

if it turns out you have to reinstall xp, then put your xp install cd into the machine and restart. there will be an option to repair and maybe you can repair your installation. if not, you can reinstall without worry about your datafiles.

do not format your hard drive if the option comes up.  if you do that, then you will lose everything.  that's the only way you'll lose your files apart from a disk drive hardware failure.
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wow, i envy you. how do find so much time to practice?  

regarding your routine: it seems very completle. have you read mark levine's book on jazz piano? it has some very good practice tips.
if you want to save your file before you re-install your pc, just in case things go wrong.

download something like knoppix. it's a live cd. put the cd in, boot on cd, do whatever you want with the files (save them on gmail or something)

once they-re backed-up, re-install windows.
minimum sleep and no fun. i've read mark levine's book, was a while ago though.

it seems it made four of the same thread when i posted before, don't know how that happened.'s been my experience that xp wants to format your drive unless you choose "repair"....ya gotta be careful or you will lose your files.

my son's pc had the same problem you're having - some virus - and i can't remember it's name, but it doesn't matter because the fixes i downloaded did not fact the virus even corrupted "safe mode"  i ended up doing a format and clean install.  

fortunately when i first set up his pc i created a data partition for him to store his files, so re-installing xp did not trash his files.  if you end up doing a clean install, i would recommend partitioning your hard drive in to at least two partitions. (i always create a 20gig for windows and leave the rest for data)  then you have to remember to tell your apps to save to your data drive...

i think i posted this suggestion somewhere else here, but you can always boot off another drive - either by taking your drive out and connecting it to a friend's pc or installing another boot drive in your sys (install xp on it) and use your existing drive as a slave/data drive.
hey hej-
listen, i really admire your commitment and determination. you really seem to be loving playing jazz piano. thats really awesome, and i'm totally for your routine. however, i think you should find a teacher, in person preferably. they will help you figure out what is neccesary and what is not for your level of development.
as for me, if i had a list like yours i would probably give up playing piano, it's just so much to cover everyday. please take the following comments for what they are, just a few words to outline my own approach, you inevitably will need to find your own.  
i tend to think of my practice time as encompassing just a few different things (in no particular order):
1. getting to know the piano.
2. getting to know my ear (mind).
3. getting to know the jazz tradition.
4. getting to know music in general.

so when i work on learning piano technique, i do very simple excercises that allow me to just focus on how my fingers, hands, arms and body are relating to the keys. i really enjoy ernst von dohnanyi's excellent excercises for piano technique. find a teacher to help you with technique.
however, that piano technique is only exciting because i am hearing things i want to play cleanly and smoothly. so i make ear-training my number one priority. can i hear the tunes i am working on in relation to the home key? or different keys? for instance, i might play solar and hear it in c minor, or maybe in f major, or db major, or if you want to get really wild b major. ear training is fundamental to your abilities to use all those amazing techniques you've described above. without an ability to sing every device you've described in the context of a tune, all that practicing is not very economical. so you're practicing bebop scales, digital patterns and pentatonic scales. what do those words mean to you? do they equal a sound that you can sing? if not, you might consider slowing down and working on expanding your hearing. the tools and techniques will develop with your ear. find a teacher to walk you through all this. you will find so much depth and joy just being able to hear lines that originate inside you, not from some theory textbook, or other visual image, but if you are really hearing something you will learn something very meaningful about yourself.
also ear training will help you hear inside those beautiful voicings that dobbins presents.
as far as learning the jazz tradition, i learn to sing the jazz solos that reach me on a deep level. i also learn to sing the repetoire of jazz standards and the great american (and brazillian) song book. i can't sing john coltrane's solo on giant steps, but i can sing lester young and charlie christian solos. this also encompasses working on one or two tunes for one month at a time (at least), really doing in depth ear training work with the tunes. sing basslines, sing arpeggios, sing the melodies, make sure everything you play or sing is coming from your inner ear, that is the only way to develop into a jazz musician. take all that complex theory and make it aural, when something is aural it becomes usable in improvisation. as long as it's visual it's useless. transcribe simple things away from the piano, just find the key and go for it. i'm working on bird heads and charlie christian solos right now. really get it in your ear. but really, do yourself a favor and learn something by ear, you'll fall in love with jazz that way. it's also really important to work with the rhythms of the music, i saw that you had melodic rhythms in your list, i'm not sure what you mean by that... but if you want to get your rhythm solid, find somebody to show you the roots of jazz rhythms, west african sabar and djembe drumming.
as far as learning music in general, i really enjoy learning simple classical pieces and transposing them into twelve keys. bach's two part inventions are beautiful for that, so are simple beethoven pieces. who knows? maybe you can transpose the chopin etudes?  
anyways man, maybe i had too many pints this evening, but it sounds like you really just need to find what is in you h"ear"t and follow that. don't be afraid to just totally love the sound of something, that's what music is all about. all the fretting about what codified jazz scales and techniques will fall away once you learn what you love.
my advice, and it's worth what you paid for it, is to learn to love playing the piano or working on ear training. playing jazz isn't about being a masochist and renouncing all pleasures in life so you can play upper structure voicings over esp in twelve keys. in fact i think jazz reflects your life, the depth and joy of your playing will depend on the depth which you feel your life. make practicing fun and the music will reward all that effort you put into it.
good luck!
sorry....the point of connecting to a friend's pc would be to grab the files you need and back them up somewhere so you can safely re-install xp
very inspiring post :d @ tomwrush! i have great problems with bringin my inner melodies (what i hear in my head) to the piano or even worse, i cant concentrate on what i hear! how do you practice that efficient !? please !!!

@hej it sounds a bit like you practice your practice. i dont know if it is efficient to practice so much you said, you dont know if you really diggin into something ! i dont believe that the mind is capable of assimilate all that stuff (7 hours is a hugh mount of information). but please tell me if you think you feel that all the stuff you practice is getting into your playing.

btw. what are those bill dobbins voicing exercises and where can i get them :d
and remember lesson learned:

back up, back up, back up :)
play? christ, when can he possibly do that?
one cause of a computer continuing to restart can be a failing power supply.
have it checked.
thanks for your replies, nice post tomwrush. i know what you're getting at, but feeling is everything to me aswell. i always try to play what i hear and i sing along to everything i play and every exercise i play. everything i practice i hope to get into my playing subconsciously. basically, you can say that every exercise i do, i just do to culture myself, and i never really incorporate what i practice into actual tunes. but somehow some little things pop into my playing, but i think i would benefit more if i would actually put it into context when i practice.

i do have a teacher, but i haven't really dicussed with him my practice routine yet, since we have limited time each week. i go to a music school, so i get to play with people too, and it's usually 1-2 hours per day.

the thing i'm worried about is that if i were to increase time in maybe half of the stuff i practice, and not practice the other stuff, when will i be able to practice the other half? i feel as though you can never be fully learned in any of these fields, and to master one to the point where you can say for example "i don't need to practice bebop scales anymore" would take too long, and the other thing i should be practicing too will be missing.
i should mention also that i'm working on these four first mentioned things from the four first volumes of bergonzi's books, which takes years to master.

pompom, check out bill dobbins' book "a creative approach to jazz piano harmony".
kinda depends how it restarts. it's a hard reboot, could be the power supply.  
more likely, a heatsink issue. either the fan is getting old, or getting too dusty, or, very likely, the gel between cpu and fan dried up and your cpu is not properly cooled. they tend to shutdown when that happens.  

again, if you're able to run knoppix for a half hour, browsing the web abd stuff, then you can feel safer it's not a hardware issue.  

it can also be a memory stick gone bad. knoppix has options to do full memory check at startup (instead of a normal boot). it will detect any memory problem if you give it time. if the thing reboots while you do that, i'm putting my money on heat issues.

this file might help re-
"bringin my inner melodies (what i hear in my head) to the piano........."

check this out re-practice routines-
forgot to mention, but open your computer up and look and see if there is any dust and stuff in there.  the heat sink on the cpu might be covered in dust like mine was... my desktop is trashed right now because the cpu had been running at nearly 100c for i don't know how long.  once i used canned air on it to remove the dust, the cpu temp went down to the low 30s, but by that time it was too late and it's just taking space on my desk for now.
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i had one where some wires had worked their way into the blades of the cpu fan...but the thing would at least boot and run for a minute or two before it rebooted itself

i would think if it's rebooting  on a cold boot before it even loads windows, it could be a power supply, memory problem or one of them dang nasty virusi :)
remember this:

music is about life.  life isn't about music.

make sure you have enough time to go out and have fun, explore things, hang out, ski, ride bikes, go out to dinner, take road trips, etc...  

there's no way to have an artistic voice if the world is a mystery because art reflects what is out there, so be sure to add "getting out there" to your practice schedule.
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thermal grease i tell you. you have to replace it every so often. cpus are hard to kill.
thanks smg, sounds interesting, i will check them out some time.

i suppose you're right scot.

starting tomorrow i will rest a little from some of the above mentioned exercises and dive more into the technical aspects of playing piano since this is what i find to be my biggest weakness. my schedule is still a little too long, i don't get to listen to any records during the day, which is very valuable when it comes to playing jazz.
...on second thought (and i'm no expert) i wouldn't think a memory failure would cause a reboot (although anything's possible i once had one reboot because of a faulty graphics driver). i've had puters just sit and look at me (freeze) - because bad memory can cause confusion, and when they get too confused they usually stop doing everything:)

anyway if you can boot to safe mode (like scot mentioned above) and she runs  for a while, you can probably rule out hardware probs and focus on booting off a different drive (new drive, friend's drive or knoppix, etc) and getting your files off the corrupt can be kinda fun  if ya have the time - not fun if you don't
hej, where do you live and how old are you, out of curiosity?

i was looking at your schedule again and i feel that you might get more out of it if you split it into two schedules and did them on alternating days.  that way you could work on half one day and half the other, giving your subconscious time to digest the stuff you worked on the day before.

a lot of what jazz is has to do with spontaneity, improvising.  not only on stage, but with regards to what you're working on.

i also have a set practice schedule, but it's only two hours long.  i do various scales, arpeggios, and other technical work for a half hour to an hour, then i usually work on complex voicings in all keys.  

now, at that point, i let my practicing go where it takes me.  sometimes i'll sit there all day long, sometimes i'll leave the piano after the two hours is up.  if i'm composing, i could be there until the next morning.

my life has always been about the idea "go with the flow" and i don't fight it- i'm not saying my way is the way to do it, it just works for me.

remember that if you get frustrated in any way when you're practicing, relax, and jam for a while.  there should be a half hour of jamming in there somewhere too :)
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i live in sweden, 20 years old.

that was a great suggestion scot! i have now divided four practice objects into two days, and increased the time to 2x 30 min for them, and i also took away some things, and added 3x 30 min pianistic technique. my schedule is now a little longer, but hopefully more rewarding. the problem really isn't the practice time, but to get enough work done in all areas. but this plan feels great!

my suggestion is 2 hours daily practice:

digital patterns-10min
bebop scales-10min


melodic rhythms-10min
bill dobbins voicing exercises-10min
exploration of new voicings-10min




perfect pitch-15min
relative pitch-15min

like scot suggest,you should find time to jam.

if you practice this way you will have 14 hours of practice a week(56 hours a months-672 a year)when you are 25 years old it will be 3360 hours. its very important to put a limit on each task and not repeat over and over what you already master in 10min-move on to the next subject and let the subconscious work for you(one night sleep).next day repeat the material and move on or relearn if needed.
if you dont learn something in 10min just make it less even if its only two notes. everybody can manage to play two notes in 10min. try to find a balance between learning and having a good time(relax and jam). feel free to make fun of my english!
that sure was a different approach. in only 10 min i wouldn't get anything done, in fact, even starting playalong tracks etc takes a few minutes sometimes. it's more motivative to progress in each area alot for each practice session, since then i feel like i'm rewarded somehow. if i were to only play 10 min, i would probably be stuck at the same stage for days or weeks.
i think you can consider three different levels of practising/learning: a short term=day to day-middle=monthly and a long term=1 to 5 year.

if you start with the long term goal ask yourself what you would like to achive in one year or in five year. make a list for all your goals and plan your monthly work by distribute all your tasks over 12 months.

then you plan your daily work by working 10 mins daily on each of your list. after you finish the 10 min,forget about it to the next day. move on and do 10 min on the next goal. its important to have a specific goal that can be achived in 10 minutes.  

i would suggest not doing scales/arpeggios separately,but to practise the scale of your piece(as a part of the 10 min)

at the end of the month you will have learned certain tasks/goal/pieces and others you will still be learning. the learned material are replaced by new materials.

after 2 or 3 months you will be able to review your goals and adjust them. you will also be able to make a better plan to your middle and short time work.
hej hej.

i´m also from sweden. do you study at any "folkhögskola" like skurup or fridhem? that´s the best way to learn, playing with other people every day. just as important as practicing!

p.s. kunde ha skrivit på svenska, men då hänger de andra på forumet inte med :-)
i see now in your earlier post that you do go to a school and play with people 2 hours a day. that plus 10 hours of practice every day means that you only have one thing to worry about: tendonitis :(
hej savage! i go to sundsgården, do you go to any folkhögskola or högskola?

i have had tendonitis for half a year now, but i've corrected my technique a month or two ago. i still feel it, but it doesn't really matter, because i know that if i just play the right way, i have nothing to worry about.
hej, if you have had tendonitis for six months and still have discomfort, in spite of a change in technique, you may need to reconsider your schedule. once inflamed, tendons can be very slow to heal, and the cumulative damage of repeated insults can cause those injuries to be significantly severe. i hope that you have contacted a medical professional for advice in dealing with your issues. piano playing is rife with potential to cause even debilitating injuries, moreso than many people realize. not to be alarmist but at this time i would recommend that a physical therapist be enlisted to ensure that your physical issues are addressed. just my opinion.
peace out!
hello hej.

i thinkg you need to remeber to not rush through the material you are playin. with technique, be careful and precise, try to move the fingers in your exercises the exact same way every time, and make sure your fingers touch the keys in the same spot every time. in my opinion this makes a big difference when learning technique. if you aren´t accurate enough your subconcious and muscle memore won´t know that you are practising. for instance with scales, when crossing the thumb, make sure the movement of the 3rd or 4th finger over the thumb is the same every time. try to think of "making the same movement" for a while.  

for the rest of the practising. i wouldn´t do so many different things at a time. i would maybe concentrate on technical exercises for 45 minutes , lix and stuff for 30 minutes, working with a tune for 45 minutes, sightreading for 30 minutes. eartraining 30 minuts.,, jamming with playalong or a band,, for 1-2 hours.  if i did something for 10 minutes i wouldnt get into it in that time.
remember to do everyghing so slowley so that you can maintain the focus on what youre doing. pracising is about solving problems. if you don´t have any problems in your playing, have someone to help you find or create one. everytime you solve a problem you are progressing.
good luck!

what do you know about how the subconcious works?
why do you want only ten minutes per task?
it's gotten alot better since i started playing, the three months when i didn't play at all, it didn't get better at all. i've been to a physical therapist many times and did acupuncture and everything, but the problem was really was just how i used my hands and how i sat at the piano. now i'm progressing towards a good technique in my hands, and my tendonitis (or whatever it is) gets better and better.

i always try to really complete one thing before moving on to the next, but sometimes you get to eager and do it too fast, but i try to always think about not doing that.

i think that transcribing is the most valuable thing to do in order to be a good improviser, so i wouldn't want to take that away from my schedule.
i went to a number of schools: bollnäs, fridhem and musikhögskolan in stockholm. now i work as a piano, ensemble and theory teacher.

nowadays i practice maybe an hour a day. i try to practice different things every day, but sometimes i concentrate on one area for a week or so. i have never practiced as much as you do, but if you enjoy it i say go for it! in a couple of years you won´t have the time...
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