i'm going through tunes at what i feel is a pretty quick pace with my lessons.  it's 1 12 bar blues, 1 full song (changes from a standard with different lines), 1 song i write lines to (from older songs that i've already done), and 1 song from the real book that i write voicings to.  so these 4 things in 2 weeks, and a hanon scale in 12 keys. (and then some blues improv in the key of the week) it seems pretty grueling to me (with full time day job), but it's probably not much compared to what people do in schools.

any way, my question is, how do you guys find the time to revisit older tunes so you don't forget them?  i'm kind of going through a cycle of learning as fast as i can and and just forgetting about it after i'm done.  sure, it's easier to remember when i revisit them, but i rarely get the time to do the revisiting.  i'm thinking of revisiting because it seems like 2 weeks is spent just getting comfortable with the song, and obviously it takes much longer to really "learn" the song so that i can start playing with it.  but i'm not fast enough to get the that point within the 2 weeks.

say i'm doing about 1-2 hours a day, and play 10 out of 14 days, with longer practices on weekends.  am i doing too much at the same time?
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there's and old  saying: "if ya don't use it, ya lose it". practicing is of course essential, but performing is even more important.  it's the only way to "cement" what you have learned and the only way to find out if you really know the tunes:)

it sounds like you have a great routine.  i think you should find a way to get some performance time - either on some small little gigs or a recital, or even just a jam session with some friends...

i often have students compare themselves to seasoned pros who play and practice  constantly.  try not to fall into the trap of letting those kinds of comparisons frustrate you.

bottom line - you need a balanced diet: listening; practicing; performing

(and be sure to enjoy the process - if you find your self stressed out and frstrated, take breaks now and then and go experience nature or some other aspects of life :)
you really swing frank!  that was lovely.
didn't you ask about his software a while back?
i'll be curious how others answer this.  i have a few tunes that i play (not really work) every day although this small list changes over time and these stay pretty fresh.  i don't write anything out but other than that my practice is similar to yours (probably less structured).  i sometimes find that when i go back to something i haven't played for a while it's a bit better than i remember.  otoh, i do often have to dust it off quite a bit.  i sure wonder how guys collect a large repertoire they truely know!  i suspect it's simply the 10 years i don't have behind me of the 2 hours a day.  i look forward to that.
thanks jmkarns
i guess a little rubbed off after playing piano for almost 70 years.
learning the piano is a blessing. i was always a part time musician.
can't think of a better sideline. it was always a pleasure to play never a grind.  
have a happy holiday season.
all piano lesson software sucks by definition;
  the fact that it spells erawtfos nossdl onaip backward should have given you a clue.
great point about performance, that's one aspect i haven't really looked into yet.  a very factor being that i still suck pretty bad. lol.

but i'm getting there.  i'm trying to get the bases covered so i can do a simple, no frills performance (in a band setting) without sounding like an idiot.  seems attainable, and probably serves as a good starting point.  i have a bad habit of shooting for the stars and falling flat on my face, so i'm trying to keep my goals realistic.  

something about me that just keeps "preparing" until it becomes overkill.  sometimes the next logical step is to just ride it, and let myself fall.
incredible, thanks for sharing. i loved every second of it.
ya know, if we didn't fall once in a while, we'd never learn how to get up :)
thanks frank, that it is a really nice song and a cool performance.
pick 40 of the 100 best standards and learn them using a real book, cd's or tapes.  get 40 pieces of manuscript paper and make your own fakebook so you will have all the best tunes in one book.  learn the tunes by going over them every day.  memorize them or do whatever you have to do to learn them.  at 8 songs during 40 or 45 minutes, you should have 5 hours of music which should be enough to play any solo gig.  then go out and get a gig and fall on your face like we all did.  it's not that scary and people will love it.  as you learn what you are doing you can take your time adding to you core of tunes. let the tunes teach you.
i can't get it to work.
7 i'm working on another link
i had trouble with this one with ie
i put it up in a few.
thanks everyone for the nice words.
7 here's a new link.
this one has a different christmas card and also includes the lyrics to the tune.


thanks frank, i really enjoyed the entire song.
peace out!
some other christmas tunes along the same style.

internet explorer users may get message to continue when opening the link. if necessary just keep clicking continue. after a few times it will work.
happy holidays to you all. bud powell wrote some nice tunes one of which i am now exploring it is a great tune called celia. does any one have a lead sheet for it thanks
it may be based on irving berlin`s what`ll i do
hey bro
what a gwaaan
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