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8 Things Only People Who Play Digital Pianos Would Understand

8 Things Only People Who Play Digital Pianos Would Understand

Digital pianos are the future of the music. They are small in size, yet capable of producing big sounds and I’m not just talking about piano sounds!

If you have tried to play a digital piano at least once in your life or already have one at home, then here are eight things you can absolutely relate to!

1. You can play and hear the music the way the composer heard it

Did you know that J.S. Bach actually wrote many of his pieces for the harpsichord, not the piano (though they are typically played on the piano)? Digital pianos usually have this sound among the many others, so you can re-create any piece of music just the way the original composer heard and played it so many years ago.

An acoustic piano, on the contrary, can only ever sound like one thing, but digital pianos can sound like any piano you can imagine!

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2. You don’t spend extra money on maintenance

That’s one huge advantage, as you know that tuning instruments isn’t cheap and can cost upwards of $150 per year. Otherwise, your instrument is completely unplayable.

You love your digital piano as you can switch to play in a different key with a touch of a button (makes playing in C# a whole lot easier!).

3. You can practice in absolute silence

Inspiration strikes after midnight – yet you don’t want to wake up your partner or your neighbors? You don’t need to wait until morning to record a new tune you’ve just made up, as you can plugin a set of headphones.

You can dive into the process of creating with no side distractions and outside noise. Besides, when you are just learning it is essential to stay fully concentrated on the process and don’t bother others with some chords played wrong.

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Also, some digital pianos have twin headphone jacks, so you can play a tune privately to someone or listen together with your teacher to spot the tiniest mistakes.

4. You have more space to create

Apart from having multiple keyboard sounds, digital pianos often have other tunes like guitar, bass, and synthesizer sounds. This way, you don’t need to have a full orchestra to experiment and mix up your own melodies.

Plus, you can always download and add additional tunes and sound effects from a royalty free music library to mix and mash when you are struggling to produce the right one yourself.

5. You can instantly record your performance

You don’t need to write down the tune you have created and keep a bunch of notes scattered around the house. The beauty of digital pianos is that you can tap a button and record everything you have just played and afterwards share it with whomever you like!

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Or, have it transcribed for you as a sheet music, so that someone else can play it too. Additionally, recording is an excellent learning tool as you can play back, pick out, and practice any problems, nipping bad playing habits in the bud before they become ingrained.

6. You develop a sense of rhythm faster

Timing is essential to playing the piano great, and often a huge issue for beginners. Your digital piano has a built-in digital metronome that can be easily adjusted to any beat and tempo with just a few clicks.

This makes it easy to slow any piece down to learn and master them, and to tackle complex time signatures and other advanced concepts later on. Another benefit – you don’t need to spend extra money on buying a physical metronome!

7. You can enhance your performance with numerous apps

We live in the digital age and the beauty of it is that there’s an app to help you with pretty much everything. The coolest digital piano models have touch screens where you can display digital sheet music as well as interactive exercises and fun games.

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Also, with apps, there’s no need to stop and flip a page like while you are playing from a sheet! You can install one on your tablet, so that it “listens” as you play and will automatically switch to the next page when you reach the last bar.

Roland has a great selection of apps for digital piano players! Currently, most of them are for iOS devices only.

8. You still have a lot of room at home

Yes, having a grand piano in your living room is somewhat posh, however if you rent out a small flat, having half of the living space occupied by the instrument isn’t that cool.

Digital pianos offer the same big sound out of a surprisingly compact item that can be easily transported without paying a tiny fortune to the movers!

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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