Oooooh Hello There!

27 01 2010

Welcome to my Piano Blog. For those that do not know me, My name is Joe and this is a blog to track my progress as I learn Piano as well as to discuss music in general.  I began self teaching myself piano from scratch in 2006. I worked my way through Alfred’s Adult piano method Book 1, and tried a couple of pop songs from sheet music. Like most people who learn piano, I gave up after things started getting too difficult. My initial stint with piano playing only lasted 6 months. I do not consider them a waste however, as I learned many of the basic as well as some good theory. Fast forward to August 2009. I decided I should have never quit and wanted to get back into piano. This time I decided to go with a teacher. This was the best move I could make. I had incentive to practice each week because I knew I needed to be prepared for my weekly lesson. I think that was the kick I needed, as I have practiced steady since then. I started again learning some pop songs from sheet music. I got much further this time, however I always moved on to a new piece before perfecting the old. I decided the reason for this was because these works were 4 or 5 pages long. I decided to move away from pop for a while to do some short classical pieces. So far in two weeks I have learned 2 pieces pretty good, even memorized them. I only need to work on the timing now. The 2 pieces are (don’t cringe) Fur Elise- the easy version, and Minuet By Leopold Mozart. So that leaves us to here, my extra incentive to practice and progress. I will now update my blog regularly keeping track for my self as well as my friends.

So here is the plan…First, the long-term goal (say 7 to 10 years):

To play piano well enough that I can perform, preferably at a restaurant, hotel or lounge.

Now this will take a long time so I need mini goals. I will make these as I go along, but for now it is to learn classical pieces, no longer than 2 pages. I will learn them in a progressive manner so that a lesson is learned from each piece. Once I get set up I plan to post the recording for you folks, to constructively criticize.

And there you have it.  I hope I can have as many of you follow along on my blog, especially other beginners, as we can help each other as we fulfill our passion for music.




One response

28 01 2010

wow– I had no idea you wanted to perform somewhere. That is so awesome :o)

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