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Progress after 2 years of playing
#1900823 05/21/12 05:00 PM
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I'm coming up to my 2 year anniversary of learning to play, so I thought it'd be good to show what I'm capable of and ask if this seems like good progress? I had about a dozen lessons in the first couple of months and since then it's been me struggling away by myself. I originally posted in the forum back then to describe how I hadn't actually moved my hand out of a static 5-finger position and could never imagine doing so! It's quite amazing how it changes over time.

I've refined my playing of this one below since I recorded it, and I've just started on learning Fuori Dal Mondo by Einaudi. The main thing I notice after nearly daily practice for 2 years is that new pieces get picked up very slightly faster. There's a bit less stumbling, the notes are found just a little easier, and it comes together after a couple of weeks instead of a couple of months. Opinions on this very welcome smile

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pianoplayerpete #1900838 05/21/12 05:35 PM
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Oh I love Einaudi 3hearts. I'm currently learning "I giorni".

Great job!!!! I was no where near your level at 2 years. I hope you post a video of "Fuori Dal Mondo" when you're done with it.


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Hello pianoplayerpete, I agree, it is really amazing to see how things that seemed difficult become so much easier after a bit.

Einaudi isn't one of my favourites, but you've done very well with this piece, no doubt about it!

(By the way, there are a great number of Einaudi fans over in the Adult Beginner Forum and I know they'd be thrilled with your performance.)

It seems to me you've done very well with your time at the piano - you managed to maintain the flow of this piece very well and also managed the full-bodied rich crescendos beautifully.


You might be interested in checking out the ABF quarterly recitals too - we just presented one last week! There are always 1 or 2 (or even more) Einaudi pieces performed.

And, (again in the Adult Beginner forum) there is a monthly Piano Bar where you can submit your recordings as often as you like throughout the month.)

I think you're doing very well. Complimenti!


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pianoplayerpete #1900843 05/21/12 05:44 PM
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You're sounding fine after two years. You made it through the piece smoothly.
Have you tried any classical music before? That will take your playing to the next level, because you learn to listen to much more subtle details.

EDIT: Yes, Adult Beginner Forum is a great forum that you should check out!

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pianoplayerpete #1901080 05/22/12 05:03 AM
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Thanks for the replies and kind comments guys, I appreciate it! I couldn't decide if here or the Adult forum was the most appropriate place but I'll throw this post in there too and see what people think! smile

I must say I haven't done too much classical apart from one or two simpler pieces that have come in my copy of Pianist magazine (in the UK). I quite struggle with anything I haven't heard a lot beforehand. Although the last issue included a very nice full sheet of Moonlight Sonata (1st) so I think at some point I'll be giving it all a go.


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pianoplayerpete #1901149 05/22/12 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by pianoplayerpete
I quite struggle with anything I haven't heard a lot beforehand.


I understand where you're coming from. I recommend finding lots of simple pieces and just reading through them once or twice. It will improve your sight-reading skills and your ability to "hear" music in your head just by seeing it! It takes time, but it's definitely worth it. smile

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Lovely playing! It sounds great.

What kind of piano are you using?


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Mine's a Yamaha YDP-141 smile


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Wow, well played for someone who's only been playing for 2 years in addition to having a full time job. Keep it up. You should be ready to play classical works of the greats(albeit, their easiest works) now. You can try Chopin's raindrop prelude, Beethoven's Moonlight sonata(1s mvt), Tchaikovsky's Barcarolle, Beethoven's Op.49 sonatas, Mozart's K545. They are highly satisfying to play once you one reaches a certain level of proficiency in playing them. And if you find that the amount of time to play a new work is decreasing, learn a harder work. At least that's what I do( and I am guessing almost every student pianist does). Best of luck and may be continue playing the piano forever and beyond.


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pianoplayerpete #1902113 05/23/12 11:30 PM
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Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the music.

I also like the monkey holding up the music stand.


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