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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2716106
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I just recently got an iPad and installed the Piano Marvel app. I'm still on a full access 30 day trial. I think I like it okay. I started at the very beginning on Feb 15th so I'm still on Level 1D and just working through the exercises until I score 100% before moving on. I try to do 4-5 exercises each night, plus work out of my Alfred's method book too. I've logged 97 minutes as of last night.

Aren't there supposed to be videos that you watch? They don't seem to work for me.

I need to learn to calm down when I do the SASR. I feel pressured and then I mess up. My score so far is only 225 and I know I can do better.

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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2716132
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Something went wrong with Piano Marvel yesterday. It says I did 436,479 practice minutes yesterday. That's nearly one years (24/7) worth in one day.

GidgetKeys - some of the Lessons and also some of the exercises have videos Lesson 1D has a video showing (or rather a button to press that says "LESSON VIDEO" ) up at the top just above the list of exercises. But I am using a laptop, so it may be different to the iPad. I expect your login will work on any PC, so you if the iPad doesn't show it maybe you can look at a PC.

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Just tried that video, and it says unavailable - seems its been removed.

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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2716876
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I completed 5B in the method section, Following "De Coleres" which I mentioned above, they introduce 4 harmony (each hand plays two "voices"). There is then a really lovely piece called "A lonely walk" that exercises that concept. I really enjoyed learning that

Then the Alberti Bass pattern is introduced and I learnt three pieces using that, including a more difficult version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

In 5C its more or less dedicated to learning Cannon in C, and that looks like a fun journey. I just started and completed the first 9 measures, but there is along way to go.

In the technique section I am stuck on the penultimate exercise "Hannon 5". I made 99% one time, but the descending part on the left hand has fingering 5 4 5 3 4 2 3 1 and I am struggling with getting the second "5" to sound. The previous exercise was LH only, and although it took a few goes to get right I have been repeatedly able to get 100% in that, but as soon as I put both hands together - something happens to the left hand, Despite trying all sorts of tricks to do my "Inner Game of Tennis" method of observing, I can't find out (other than the obvious lack of dexterity in the left hand between 5 and 4) what is causing me to miss out the second 5 in the sequence. I am now just playing the first 4 notes (both hands) in each descending level, and the second 5 is now coming out - but I can't do it reliably yet, and the odd attempt to add even one of the second four notes in the sequence is stopping the second 5 from working. I spent about an hour last night and 3 hours today failing to do this so it time for a rest today. frown

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2716911
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Took a break and then went back to Hannon #5 and cracked it. yippie

I found the secret was to emphasise arm rotation to force my fingers to hit the keys as a result of the rotation. A few minutes later I also cracked the last exercise in Techincal 5A, so can now move on to 5B.

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2716989
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So I've worked up to level 3 in the method section and it's basically still just the same stuff I've already covered in my method book but having to really concentrate on timing is really helpful.

I'm excited, though, that I've cracked 300 on the SASR. I still had 1 strike left and my wifi blinked out and it kicked me out, so I'm hopeful that next time I'll do even better!


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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: GidgetKeys] #2717038
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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys

I'm excited, though, that I've cracked 300 on the SASR. I still had 1 strike left and my wifi blinked out and it kicked me out, so I'm hopeful that next time I'll do even better!


Do it regularly and you will improve. I have taken the SASR test every day since I first signed up for an account (end Nov last year), when I first started I was in the low 300s, now I am in the top end of 400 every day and pretty regularly actually get above 500. I did post on here (or maybe achievement of the day thread) when I first broke 500. Now its a regular occurence.

If you fail because of connection problems, just take the test again. It remembers the last test result in any one day (as far as I can tell, its only happened a few times - normally I forget to put my headphones on and start the test only to realise I can't hear anything)

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2717282
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"Something went wrong with Piano Marvel yesterday. It says I did 436,479 practice minutes yesterday. That's nearly one years (24/7) worth in one day."


My Marvel says I did -1500246 practice minutes wink When you click on reports, you can see the actual practice time. I'm now on 2115...well done me smile I finaly got the 3C strugle done, The G major to minor ... never say never again. I take the SASR test every time I have 5 min free time...the highest score of the day stays on de graph. I panic every time something with both hands together comes up, you know parallel motion or something like that...I now downloaded it from the library and its simple in fact, no need for panic.


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Pianbo Marvel level 4B and everything I like smile
Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2719481
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As I stated above Lesson 5C in the Method Section is dedicated to learn Cannon in C. This is similar but different to Pachelbel's Cannon in D.

After over a week of slowly completing all the practice sessions of the 5C Method lesson, I got everything completed to 100%. The only thing left to do was the last exercise - play the whole piece.

Last Thursday I started and it took about a day to practice that at all the slower tempii and got 100% - but then trying to do it at full tempo - no way could I get above about 95%. Then over the weekend I pushed it up to 98%, and then late Sunday evening to 99%. Trying as hard as I could on Monday I failed to get past 99%.

Then this morning with an hour to spare before my piano lesson, I decided I would try see if I could crack it before my teacher arrived (she travels to her pupils). After about three goes at 99% again, I was just about to give up and put it away until after my lesson when I scored the magic 100%.

So thats 5C completed - on to 5D

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720337
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Congratulations, that's very well done, I'm just going to look at that piece, that I never succeed I think. My experience is if you get 99% 1 time that the 100% is comming soon. I had the same thing with the boogie (12 bars Blues) that I have to play 500 times in practice mode only the first part! The 100% took off, and the last part is even more difficult, you remember, C-G-F-C and then that high C in the end . That part I have had to practise another 556 times but with the previous C because I always had the transition from C to G wrong. But I did it, about 5 minutes ago, I'm proud of myself:) I wonder if your level 6 will be go so quickly, but you had the advantage of having had all the lessons, I really started from 0 in December 2016. Success still:)
And thanks for the support I get from you, though you sometimes make me jealous. laugh


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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720462
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Congratulations on the Boogie - I completed that at the end of January, so you are only a little way behind me. cool

I am working my way down 5D, currently stuck on "Tarentella" - got the slow one done yesterday, but it suddenly becomes much harder at speed.

One of my all time favourites was further up - called the "Russian Dance". Not particularly difficult but it really swings along. In E minor gives it that typical Russian feel. Reminds me of Cossacks dancing.

My sight reading is going backwards - the 10 day graph shows a downward trend, and yesterday I went below the 473 level for the first time in a long time. At one point yesterday I scored a 100% on a sight reading piece and got just 1 point for it cursing

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720473
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Yes I know, the SASR test is not always fair, sometimes I already have about 400 points after 3 songs, and sometimes I do 20 (above 80%) and I do not have 400 points yet. They may explain this point count smile I found something else in my favorites you might be happy with. An extensive collection of classic pieces in RAR. It is midi, but if you use musescore you can export those Midis to PDF and XML and you can upload them in Marvel and create your own library. Have fun with it. http://www.kuhmann.com/Yamaha.htm


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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720530
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I haven't tried to create an Music.XML yet, but it sounds a great idea for when I get to the end of the exercises in the Method Section of Piano Marvel. I just watched a video where a music professor was talking about uploading and using all the course material for an existing course at BYU (not sure were that is - somewhere in the US I assume) in Piano Marvel. I think he uses Piano Marvel as a teacher to understand his undergraduates progress. This material is in the library, so that might be an option to get more stuff to try.

Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720661
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Yep, Piano Marvel is much more then method and technique. You can download entire SASR tests...and the more difficult things like Hanon and Czerny and ABRSM tests....I learned more from my personal library then from the Marvel lessons smile Get to work on it and good luck laugh
(sorry for my bad english, i have to translate a lot...i'm from Belgium, Dutch part)


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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: Sarah65] #2720708
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I'm curious. My 30 day trial is about to expire, and I won't be able to subscribe until I get my tax refund (which I fully intend to do). What features will I lose on the free version?


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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: GidgetKeys] #2720776
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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
I'm curious. My 30 day trial is about to expire, and I won't be able to subscribe until I get my tax refund (which I fully intend to do). What features will I lose on the free version?


Why don't you subscribe initially on a monthly basis, and then go to the full year when you get your refund?

I am sure the web site says somewhere about what is left after the 30 days expires, but I don't have it to hand right how. Something about only 10 different Sight Reading songs, not sure about the rest

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Re: Other people do Piano Marvel? [Re: GidgetKeys] #2720786
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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
I'm curious. My 30 day trial is about to expire, and I won't be able to subscribe until I get my tax refund (which I fully intend to do). What features will I lose on the free version?

Here you can see it:
https://www.pianomarvel.com/users/subscribe


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I was feeling quite good about PIano Marvel today as I completed 5D in the Method Section and 5C in the technique.

BUT .. its suddenly become so slow as to be unusable.Its taking something like a minute to load a new song, or to log in. So I will give up for the rest of the day and try again tomorrow.

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When it go's slow, reinstall the plugin and choose repair. I have to do that once a week...at least.
I hate TV (syncopation), At full speed it's impossible for me (I have a paralyzed left pinkie) Why am I doing this to myself? :p


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Pianbo Marvel level 4B and everything I like smile
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Originally Posted by Sarah65
When it go's slow, reinstall the plugin and choose repair.

I have a Mac, so I think I just force quit the plugin and it restarts. But I will give it a go

I did actually get back to it after an hour or so, it it appeared to working smoothly again, I am now trying to move "The Star-Spangled Banner" from 90% to 100%. I've done the slow version, so this should be straight forward to sort this out at speed. It just the last line I probably have't memorised the jumps for it yet.

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Question: Is it useful to learn all the right hand chords as well? Or do they come only in the Marvel exercises? If those do not occur much in classical music or pop songs I do not want to put my time in learning those, its hard enough as it is smile

Succes with your 100% speed is always harder.

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