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Your new musically goals for 2017....we're curious
#2598890 12/29/16 03:38 AM
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Hi pianoworld-members,

Just like last year, you can post here your musically goals for 2017 🎹🎶🎹🎶 3hearts

December 26 th, 2017 I will remember you.

We all are curious and looking forward what you want to play in 2017, will you reach a new grade?.....play more instruments......or.......purchase a new piano or grand?.........sparkle at a recital? Please tell us.....

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I didn't do this last year, and I can see I'll like to check so here are some specific goals for 2017:

- Bastien 2 (this looks easy).
- Thompson Modern Course 2 (I think I'll like this one but still with 1...not sure if I'll be able to finish 2 in a year).
- Get to memorize Scarborough Fair and a couple more.
- Continue picking melodies and arrange one with simple accompaniment.
- Play around with the other books (can't specify this now).

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Well, last year went well, so I want to try again this year!

My previous goals are still valid for me, I will just take them to a higher level.

1. Stay with MOYD-this will be my eighth year!
2. Participate in all the e-citals and at least one themed recital
3. Participate in at least 2 public performances
4. Play for others - at least 6 times (husband doesn't count for this, he's my most faithful supporter, but I have to play for people who don't hear me regularly)
5. Continue to work on technique - focused practice, more use of metronome during study for getting fluidity from the start.
6. Follow a system of refreshing pieces so that I have some sort of repertoire
Now I have about 6-7 pieces I can pick up and play. I'm aiming for a total of 20

Again, Johan, thanks for these threads!


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Johan B #2598925 12/29/16 06:31 AM
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Didn't make any resolutions last year, which is a good thing - I couldn't have predicted where the year would take me.

My goals for 2017?
- Survive college
- Summerkeys for 2 weeks!

Sam

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I'm going to repeat my 2016 goals, with some more details:

For 2017:

* practice better (use Graham Fitch videos and Music Journal app)

* 40-piece challenge (learn to use my new recording equipment too)

* personal MOYD (not signing up for the thread; I find that I do better keeping this private)

* more jazz and blues investigations (yes! yes! yes!)

"Practice better" includes: focus on just parts that need improving, not playthroughs; cover a variety of areas in each practice session (e.g. ear training, improvisation, sight-reading, technique, ...


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Johan B #2598980 12/29/16 10:41 AM
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My goals for 2017:

- MOYD - play a little (or a lot!) each day
- 40-piece challenge
- Learn how to record from DP to PC
- Complete current method book and begin the next
- At least one performance/recital (in person or online)


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My goals for 2017:

1) Complete Faber Piano Adventures Level 5
2) Complete half of Faber Developing Artist Book 2
3) Compose five new pieces, hopefully play one or more live
4) Complete another ABF 40 piece challenge
5) Learn Wiosna by Chopin (OF)
6) Complete the transition away from Method Books into repertoire study


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I honestly have no idea. Everything about my piano experience changes constantly and I have to make adjustments all the time. All I know is that I know nothing. I'd like to play something big but not to big... Well, let's try this.

1) Complete 3 of these little 'For the Young'-style books. Maybe even four.
2) Learn a nice version of the molto allegro from the c minor sonata (very very scared of this one)
3) Learn sth BIG but not too big like Rach op 33. no 4 or 8 or 1 or Chopin op. 10 no 5
4) Complete the 40 pieces challenge
5) Record all of the pieces for the challenge although this will probably be too stressfull.
6) Buy a real microphone and learn how to put audio and video channels together.
7) Complete the rest of the Bach inventions (depends on wether or not I'll be given others Bach pieces)


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Thank you, Johan B!


From my 2016 goals list:

1. Continue MOYD and 40 Piece Challenge.

2. Break the bad habit of stopping at wrong notes, etc. keep a steady tempo and no hesitations.

3. Play with less tension and avoid injury.

4. Deliberately practice technique that will improve phrasing.

Did MOYD and 40 Piece Challenge (yay!) and made good progress with the last 3. These are all on the 2017 goals list.

Didn't do so well on these:

5. Do some sight-reading at every practice.

6. Learn 3-5 pieces I know my husband would especially love. (He's not easy to please with piano. He likes hearing me play ukulele. This MUST be a continuing effort.)

These are new goals:

7. Improve my relationship with the metronome and over all improve my sense of rhythm (especially keeping steady tempos...)

8. Be more deliberate and consistent about practice--that is, practice in sections the way my teacher says. (have made progress but still want to play pieces from beginning to end)

9. Have a comfortable octave reach in both hands by 2018. (almost there..)

10. Perform more--family, friends, recitals inc. ABF

Good luck to everyone with their 2017 goals.


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I failed my first goal of last year. It was to take the full complement of 40 lessons a year with no surgeries. I had to have my right shoulder replaced in October. But, I did do MOYD either playing one handed exercises or playing learned pieces for fun.

This year I would like to rekindle my motivation somehow. Whether that be through learning a significant piece or something completely different. I'm going to talk to my teacher and make it a goal for both of us. If I am more motivated, all else will follow.

Yes, this is rather nebulous. But I have signed up for MOYD 2017. Lessons start back up in January.


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Same as always. Grow in skills. Suss out weaknesses and improve them. Build on what has been started. Let it evolve as it goes along in the year. Last year was pretty good in that regard.

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Hi there,

One of my wishes for 2017 is purchasing another digital piano. I play the Kawai CA95, sometimes I like it, sometimes not. I think, I will return to the Yamaha's.....Clp 585 or something like that.....

And of course I play every day. In the summer I will do my yearly organ recitals......

Also polishing my Mozart en Haydn sonatas...

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There seem to be a couple of schools of thought about goals. One of these says that if you tell everybody your goals, then you will be compelled to follow through due to peer pressure, whether real or imagined so as not to fail in a very public manner. Another says that talking about your goals tends to dissipate the energy and commitment you have for following through.

I have learned that the latter school of thought seems to apply to me. "Shut up and just do it" seems to work better for me. For those for whom the first school of thought works, go for it in this thread.

For those who have participated in these threads in the past and have not followed through despite talking about it to everybody, consider for this year the second approach.

Tony


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My goals for 2017 are similar to goals for 2016 and I think some of them will be forever ongoing


1. Work on playing without hesitations, correcting errors, breaking the rhythm. This may be an ongoing goal but as I had some improvement last year, will keep it current
2. Improving practice habits so I won't do play-throughs unless I can keep a steady tempo. Learn to isolate difficult areas to concentrate on.
3. Complete MYOD, third year
4. Complete 40 piece challenge. Did not complete in 2016 but trying again
5. Advance in Faber series. Almost done with 2B.

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Hello Johan!
I don't think I did this last year. For 2017 my musical goals are:

Pieces:
Haydn Sonata XVI:50 (complete) and XVI:51 if there's time
Shostakovitch Preludes & Fuges Opus 87: No 1 (because it looks achievable) and No 6 (because you can never have enough 3/4 time)
Mozart K309 and if there's time K282

Technical work: have everything ready and up to speed for Grade 8

Performance: to do at least one public performance of at least 20 minutes

Socially: to find a playing partner here in Darwin to bash out some duets with!

I don't think I'll do any exams this year, but I would like to work towards building my repertoire with some good solid performance pieces, and getting reading for Grade 8 exam in May 2018.

May you new year be full of many happy tunes!


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Looks like a few folks needs to move to the Pianists thread! :-)

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New to the forum, but not exactly new to playing the piano, but still a beginner. Just purchased a Yamaha DGX-660 digital piano and started working on Alfred's Adult Book 2.

Goals for 2017:

-- Finish reviewing Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Book 1
-- Complete Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Book 2
-- Become proficient enough to comfortably play jazz from the Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Solos Series in the easy keys (C, G, F)
-- Look for a teacher in my area. There are two music schools, but I need a teacher who understands my goals and can help me with them. (see below)
-- Play in front of people - not a recital, but just play for friends.

When I was a kid, I took lessons for about six months, but hated the lessons because of the music I had to play. I was picking out melodies on the piano that I heard on the radio and wanted to be able to play them with chords. My Mom, who did play, taught me a batch of chords and I was happy to play the songs I was hearing. So, over the years, I would once in a while get a keyboard or piano and fiddle around a bit, but never sounded good.

Fast forward to now - at age 76 - and I'm finally doing what I wish I'd done at age 7 - learning to properly play the piano. At least the songs (in the Alfred's series) are a lot better than when I was a kid and make it more fun to practice.

What I find amazing is how quickly and easily I got through Book 1, considering how little I knew, and I have (thanks to taking up guitar a year and a half ago) a good understanding of theory. I've found reading music pretty easy - but struggle with the melody since I just go off and play it instead of actually reading the notes. Somehow, I am able to read the bass cleft notes just fine so it all sounds good. My biggest failing is not using the exact fingering recommended. I figure that at my age, it doesn't matter that much - the goal is to enjoy the process and music and not worry that much about technique.

Am excited about finding this forum and reading all the information you guys and gals post. Hope some day I'll have something to contribute as well. Happy New Year to All!


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My goals for 2017 are:

To finish faber piano adventures 5

To get serious about learning jazz

To stay motivated

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My goals are:
Try playing Chopin
Try playing more Alkan (and harder Alkan)
practice more
Finish learning Liszt's Paganini etude 1 before summer
see what I can do to quicken up the action in my upright and fix its sustain pedal.
Get into a good engineering college, but make sure it has pianos somewhere that I can keep playing on
(MOST IMPORTANT FOR NOW)Don't die from common apps due on January First...


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My goals are

40-piece challenge for the very first time
more focused practice
taking the Finnish grade 3 exam (comparable to ABRSM 4-5)
going live with my band
enjoying every minute I spend on the piano (this one is easy, I enjoy even playing scales laugh )


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