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.
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 practising 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 practising 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 practising 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 practising 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 practising, 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
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.
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 practising. One day we will play beautifully piano.
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?