Hallelujah easy piano – 10 months since starting point

Hallelujah with Piano Marvel

Quick few facts:

Music piece learnt: “Hallelujah” – PianoMarvel – level 4

My PianoMarvel level: I am practising level 4 exercises

My PianoMarvel Level while learning this piece: just finished 4th part out of 5 parts of level 4 exercises.

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Below you can find my recent level on Piano Marvel, as a proof that what I am writing is actually true 🙂

May has just started and as usually I need to register my progress with you 🙂 So, Since last month I did quite a lot of practice, mostly following Piano Marvel program, which works for me brilliantly. I am able to do one part of the level 4 from Method Exercises and Technique Exercises and play some pieces I know already. I am not pushing learning new pieces too much, since, I know that great sounding music is on Level 6. My goal is to get there as soon as possible. Piano Marvel designed their program, that you actually learn short “songs” in Method area, when in Technique area you learn and develop your piano skills. But back to subject. I did level 4-D and just started level 4-E . You can see that on the picture actually, there are dates when I reached 100% of certain exercises. Anyway, this was quite good month. New skills learnt and I memorized new song, which is: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen 🙂 Of course it is simplified version of it, but still sounds quite good. Not perfect, but I can tell you it gives you a great pleasure to practice it and huge kick to continue learning.

My big advice is to go through first few months without thinking about playing any favourite songs or pieces just to develop your skills. If you are using different application, I really suggest to focus mostly on developing your piano skills. It works perfectly for me, and I know I am much closer to start learning music which actually I like to play with finally focusing more on emotional side of the music.

Funny thing happens when you practice daily for one to two hours. Your skills actually automatically push you to focus on things you wouldn’t even imagine few months back. It just happens.

So, with no more ado, watch the video and simply judge by yourself, how practicing with designed program works for me. I truly recommend to anybody to try it.

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All the best to you and keep practicing – reward for doing it is on its way 🙂

Take care.

9 moths since starting point

Few facts:

Music piece learnt: “Fur Elise – Section A” – PianoMarvel – level 4

My PianoMarvel level: I am practising level 4 exercises

My PianoMarvel Level while learning this piece: just finished 3rd part out of 5 parts of level 4 exercises.

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I have just finished 3rd part of exercises on level 4. Mostly you train there short pieces of music, scales, hand independence, broken chords and much more. By reaching this level I significantly noticed improvement in my piano skills. Please, don’t get me wrong. There is still loads of practice in front of me, but by doing few exercises this month, I finally developed ability to move my left hand independently on the keyboard without stopping playing or by making sharp moves. That just happened and when I’ve noticed that, I was happy like a child. I truly recommend PianoMarvel. It makes miracles for me. I hope it will as well for you. Check out discount code to have it cheaper.

Back to the piece of music shown in video. I was struggling at the beginning because I’ve just started to learn broken chords. That skill helps a lot with this piece. That is why I don’t go much forward with my choice of music, then the level I am right now on my PianoMarvel. I really suggest to go like the designed program leads you. If you will be patient enough and will continue your practice. I am more then sure that you will develop your skills as fast as me, or even faster. I am not that talented after all 🙂

The reason it is just part of full “For Elise” or “Fur Elise” piece learnt by me, is very simple. PianoMarvel planned it that way, because at level 4 you actually can learn that part, once the other part must wait till I or you will develop skills to learn it faster without frustration. I love that. There is advantage in this. It keeps me motivated to practice to reach that level as soon as possible so I can actually play the full piece for my satisfaction and hopefully for satisfaction whoever will be listening. And here comes great thing. People around me, who know about piano almost nothing, actually enjoy listening to what I can play right now. Simply, because they can’t. As you can see, you don’t have to be like Mozart or Beethoven to actually perform in some audiences. Great stuff.

Ok. That is all for now. Wherever you learn your piano skills, my advice is to practice every day. That attitude after some time develops a habit and after some time, happened to me, hunger to play more and more. I wish for you to reach that level of commitment.

If you want to learn with PianoMarvel like me, I can truly recommend that application, it works miracles for me. Below you can find discount code which will give you ca. 20% discount for your subscription with them.

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Ok. That is all for now. I am going back to play my piano, and I hope you will too. One day we will be able to call ourselves Pianists. I’ll see you on next post 🙂 Take care.

Seven months since starting point

Few facts:

Music piece learnt: “Gone away” – PianoMarvel – level 4

My PianoMarvel level: just finished level 3 and practicing level 4 exercises

My PianoMarvel Level while learning this piece: 1st part of level 4.

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I haven’t finished yet learning this piece of music. On the video you can see where I am right now. I can tell that my piano skills are improving day by day. I am able to play more advanced songs, but I have to honestly say that I am more focused on practicing my exercises from PianoMarvel right now, more then learning new pieces practiced to the level to perform them. I found on PianoMarvel library with songs, that songs which I am quite exited about are on the level 5+. That is why I am more focused on exercises to practice and develop my piano skills to reach that level as soon as possible to have set of skills that will allow me to learn more easily songs that I will start practicing to the level when there is no shame to play them to friends, family and most important for my own pleasure 🙂

Below the piece “Gone away” which I am talking about, which like mentioned above needs some work 🙂

But coming back to this piece. There are few things to practice… which I was dreaming about few months back. First is broken notes for my left hand. I can do them right now. Not perfectly but I’ve noticed progress here. Change of tempo is possible there in this song too to practice… which may not be noticeable on the video, but I am practicing it with this song now. Loudness of the keys played is another thing I am practicing with this song. I hope you know what I mean. It is not easy to control that for me. I found that once you know the song really… REALLY well, then it is much easier to focus on those additional things that make music sound better. So, after some time I probably, NO! Not probably, I will be able to make this song sound great, even though it is not so advanced and sophisticated song, yet.

That is why I like PianoMarvel so much. It lets me practice with what I know already some songs and as well new skills, which I develop going forward with the designed programm on the application. I have to tell you, that I follow it strictly and my skills are improving. You will see in incoming videos. Further more, somehow without even explanation I discover new things that can be done better. I guess my music sense is developing slowly. Sometimes I feel like a child who got a surprise gift, when I notice that something is doable for me even though few weeks back looked like undoable. Great stuff. I must tell you.

Another thing is that somehow I finally managed to develop discipline to practice everyday for 1.5-2 hours a day. It happens sometimes that I can’t but this is one or two days a month. The only brake I took it was when I went for my holliday 🙂 Almost two weeks without a piano! I missed it on my holliday brake.

So, I truly recommend you, to practice every day till the moment when it will became a habit. It happened to me. Now I can’t imagine my day without my piano. I wish you to reach that level of commitment as well. It is worth it to push yourself even though you don’t see significant progress. It will happen, and it will surprise you… and then you feel like a child. Wonderful feeling. At that moment you want to practice even MORE.

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I wish you strength and commitment to practice your piano skills. I hope for you and me that one day we will be able to play easily piano for our own pleasure and anybody who will listen to us playing. Honestly, I am not there yet 🙂 All the best.

Six months from starting point

One month since last post.

Few facts:

Music piece learnt: Prelude in C Major (PianoMarvel Level 4)

My PianoMarvel level: just finished level 3

My PianoMarvel Level while learning this piece: 4th part of level 3.

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Many good things happened last month, but I will focus on my piano challenge. Well, after my life changes, which I mentioned on my previous post, it looks like everything works better. I finally managed to practice between one and half to two hours daily. I skipped few days though, due to Christmas season and New Year celebration – you know how it is during that time. Apart of that I kept practicing and results you can see on the video below. It is not final performance, I still need to practice a lot on this piece but this is where I am after this month of practice. See the video and read further below video.


I chose this piece because I kind of like it. It kept me practicing but I came to conclusion, and it works for me well, that I need to focus on actual level I am and not go further when choosing music to learn to play. Why? Well, on one hand is challenging and improves my skills while learning new more advanced material but on the other hand I struggle a lot which makes progress more slow. When I follow PianoMarvel program I find that at some point come exercises, when mastered, make to play some part of difficult material much easier. So, that is why I decided to focus on practicing and following the program and play songs from actual level, so I don’t struggle but improve and master more quickly what I actually know right now. This way, I figured, I will reach level where I can find loads of great music much faster. My point here is:

Learn new skills and practice on appropriate level of material.

I know that there is huge temptation to skip levels and learn harder songs but believe me, once you have proper skills it is very easy to learn new material. That is why I decided to keep practicing the program designed by creators of PianoMarvel, to reach my goals faster and less struggle. I share that experience with you so you can actually test it on yourself. I am not saying that this is perfect and you should definitely do it. Have that in mind, observe your skills improvement with what you do and decide what is best for you.

Plan for next month is to practice my level 4 lessons from the PianoMarvel and on the way learn one or two new music material while practicing and developing what I have already learnt.

So that is all for now. I go back to practice again for next month and will publish next post at the end of January or beginning of February. You too, keep practicing, in my case that is the key to success.

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I wish you all the best for this year. It just started and I hope you will achieve a lot and make some of your dreams come true.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

Take care,

Jaro

Three months from starting point

Few words what happened during last three months…


Three months flew by like a seconds. I need to be honest here, so you can take advantage from my mistakes and do better. Though, I have few excuses I will focus first what went wrong. 

I didn’t manage my time properly to find right time to practice. That is my first mistake. I did work though hard to change my daily routines and my time to finally have that time. It took me more then three months. Right now we have 10th of December, 2018 and finally I have what I wanted. New job – that will allow me to practice 2 hours a day, results will be visible at the end of December.

It is very important to have time to practice. Sometimes it requires to rearrange your life completely if you want to have what you want. I did it and with hope it will work well for me and for you too, once I share more about it in future posts. For now lets focus what happened during those three months with my practice:

I practiced irregularly – really bad approach if you want to improve. 

I have noticed that regular practice keeps you going and improves your skills. Not secret, right? But sometimes we need to experience it to actually comprehend what our procrastination does to us. When I postponed my practice, next time I sat at the piano I had to learn some what I already did again. There was no progress. While, when you practice every day, of course you need to repeat material you did before, but it is much easier and faster. Additionally you develop new skills. So, after those three months I’ve learnt the lesson. Regular practice is a key to improvement and success :).

Here is the link to the video with the recording of me after those three months of irregular practice:

I am still really sorry for the sound, of my piano. I work on it and I hope in next six months I will change it into better one. For now, it must be enough. 

Application I used: Piano Marvel (you can read my opinion about it there: Click here)

Song learnt: Where do I begin

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All right. I will see you at the end of December, or possibly in new year. 

All the best to you and keep practicing. One day we will play beautifully piano. 

Take care, 

Jaro


Starting point – 1st of July 2018

Hi, this is first post where it needs to be clarified and stated clearly what is the starting point.
How much I have been practicing so far?

  • I bought my piano from second hand on July 2016.
  • I spend till today 28/06/2018 more or less 300 hours learning from different sources like YouTube tutorials, books, DVD’s and all I could find online on internet. Basically I was just jumping around from one source to another not sticking to anyone in particular. (very bad approach). It is much better to stick with one source and then when you use it to its maximum change possibly more suitable for your piano playing level.
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