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"40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2019 #2797076
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This is the official signup and participation thread for the 2019 "40 Pieces A Year Challenge"! We'll use this thread for signups, tracking progress, recordings (if you decide to share them) and discussion.

The Goal: To learn, perform and experience forty piano pieces in a year.

The Method: Pieces can include any genre (e.g., classical, jazz, rock, pop, arrangements). Most of these will be (should be) below your current skill level. These pieces do not have to be completed to a polished final standard. Ultimately, the pieces are for skill building, technique development, rhythm work, sight-reading, exploring new music and having fun.

The Rules: There are no rules. It is up to you on how to craft this challenge.

Tracking Your Progress: Please check in with this thread when you complete your pieces - we'll keep a running total for everyone at the top and edit it as needed. Please feel free to upload any recordings that you're making (this is not a requirement). We are a supportive group, so the more you participate and ask questions, the more you will get out of the challenge!

Some Notes About Skill Levels and Competition: We all have many different backgrounds and skill levels, so this challenge will look different for each one of us. Our goal is to support and foster people's drive to complete the challenge, no matter what skill level. Please be kind and refrain from bringing negative attitudes into the thread, whether towards yourself or towards others! This is about meeting the challenge (and the piano) where you are rather than comparing yourself to others.

For more details about the inspiration and source of this challenge, please read these pieces by Elissa Milne:

Where Did the 40 Piece Challenge Begin?

The Surprising Power Of Quantity

Suggestions for Getting Started



Resources and Recommended Books

40 PIECES A YEAR CLUBS FROM PRIOR YEARS
2017
2016
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PUBLIC DOMAIN SHEET MUSIC
IMSLP (classical) 
NYPL Archives (Tin Pan Alley) 

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First Lessons in Bach
Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volumes 1-8 (Alfred Music)
Joy of First Classics, Books 1 & 2 - Denes Agay
Classics to Moderns Series - Denes Agay
Melodious Masterpieces Series - Jane Magrath
RCM Celebration Series
Lyric Moments Series - Catherine Rollin
Romantic Impressions Series – Martha Mier
Jazz, Rags and Blues Series - Martha Mier
Masterwork Classics Series (Alfred Music)
Nocturnes - Dave Brubeck
Solo Piano - Phillip Glass
Piano Works - Max Richter
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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2019 [Re: scorpio] #2797078
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I'm afraid that I see little benefit in this idea despite it's apparent popularity. For starters, what's a "piece"? Why give twice as much real estate to two one page pieces as one two page piece? The idea that 40 pieces is a large or significant quantity is false because it does not take the above into consideration. It seems like this thread would encourage some to learn very short pieces. But I think that is not a particularly good criterion for selecting a piece.

The guidelines talk about performing 40 pieces but I doubt most could accomplish this. Also, I don't think it's pedagogically sound to spend so much time learning pieces below one's skill level as the guidelines again suggest.

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Please sign me up. I did it a couple of years ago and then got too busy . I am going to try again this year.


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I'm in. Recently I’ve been enjoying learning more complex pieces so my goal is to learn 20 pieces in 2019 plus lots of sight-reading of easy pieces (that I won't keep track of).

For the skeptics, the idea is to get better at sight reading by constantly learning new pieces. Whether they are below your level or not is up to you. I was brought up in the "one exam a year/three pieces" environment, and it's not conducive to reading music fast.

I LOVE this new way of learning and practicing. I get to pick the pieces I want to learn, and I make sure I'm constantly learning new material that interests me. The challenge, if there is one, is keeping up my favorites so I have some repertoire built up over the years. As I accumulate faves and keep them up, there is less time to focus on the current year!


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Originally Posted by QuinGold
For the skeptics, the idea is to get better at sight reading by constantly learning new pieces. Whether they are below your level or not is up to you. I was brought up in the "one exam a year/three pieces" environment, and it's not conducive to reading music fast.

I admit to being a skeptic to the idea of '40 pieces a year' until I read what you just wrote. OK. I'm in then! I suck at (sight-)reading so I hope this will work. confused


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by QuinGold
For the skeptics, the idea is to get better at sight reading by constantly learning new pieces. Whether they are below your level or not is up to you. I was brought up in the "one exam a year/three pieces" environment, and it's not conducive to reading music fast.

I admit to being a skeptic to the idea of '40 pieces a year' until I read what you just wrote. OK. I'm in then! I suck at (sight-)reading so I hope this will work. confused


Great! I think you'll find most participants say their sight reading improves with this challenge. Remember that the goal is your own: It's not a bad idea to learn one challenging piece every month (or two) and then one little piece every week or so, most of which you might later forget. I find that has worked for me, but the goals are yours to set – and change if they are not working. (I'm currently learning a 4-page piece that is progressing at one line a week, but it's so beautiful I'm not inclined to give it up!)

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Originally Posted by QuinGold
my goal is to learn 20 pieces in 2019 plus lots of sight-reading of easy pieces (that I won't keep track of).

This is exactly it.

This club/challenge is whatever you make it. It doesn't need to be 40 (it can be 20, 60, whatever); you can modify this concept to suit your needs for improving at the piano.

The idea is to see more music over time. By doing so, you hope to improve sight-reading skills and practice strategies. The aim is to learn to become more efficient.


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Sign me up. One of my goals for 2019 is to improve my sight reading.


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Almost all good sight readers never "practiced" their sight reading. They just played through tons of music because they were interested in the piano literature. Although 40(I'm guessing mostly short 1-2 page pieces) is better than less than that amount, that's only 1-3 pages/week and a minimal amount. It seems like less than 10 minutes/week.

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Hi - Please sign me up for the coming year !

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I'm in again.

My personal goal will be the same again as last year, to leave me some room for larger and more difficult pieces: I want to reach 20+ completed (and recorded) pieces, plus whatever else strikes my fancy. I also reserve the right to include some pieces that I already started (and counted) in 2018, that I plan to work on more.

As scorpio said, the challenge (at least here in this thread) is whatever you make of it. For example for me it is not about sight reading (having only played from scores my whole life with almost no memorization at all, I'm pretty good at that already). For me it is about giving me structure and finishing goals, so that I don't meander from one piece to another too much, without ever finishing any of them. Well, and of course one of the original challenge's goals: To be exposed to more different music. (Although I must admit I still tend to gravitate back to a small group of preferred composers even with this challenge - but the challenge helps to mitigate that tendency).

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I'm in. I didn't make 40 last year, so this year I think I'll set the goal of 20 and then see if I can beat it. I did find that it kept things fresh to sprinkle easier, shorter pieces in amongst the stretch pieces. I stopped doing that so much towards the end of the year, so now's the time to hit reset and start up again.

Good luck everyone and happy practicing!

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Thank you scorpio!

I've been waiting for the 2019 version of this thread so sign me up. While I'd love to bang out a piece from First Lessons in Bach I'm not ready for that this year so I'll be using the "Religous Favorites" book from the Bastien Older Beginner Piano Library Series to start with. Basically easy hymns in C D F G with right hand meolody and I IV and V7 in the left hand. I think I'll be able to keep moving through the Faber method books and do one of these a week on the side.

Alan Chan has a playlist on his You Tube Channel of this book if anyone wants to check it out.




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Chili Time - I'm working on one from the "Religious Favorites" book right now (Nearer My God to Thee). I've used a few of them in the previous years' challenges too.


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Please sign me up. For now, I'll mostly be working on Alfred's Adult Book 1, plus whatever supplemental pieces my teacher prescribes. On the side, I am looking forward to working on easier pieces from "Essential Keyboard Repertoire- Volume 1", as and when I get time.

Hopefully, it will be a fruitful year!


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Sign me up again please - didn't sign up last year as I was focusing on learning jazz/pop repertoire with my tutor, am aiming to focus a bit more on classical this year - it's also a good excuse to buy more books or download more scores.


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In 2018 I managed to learn 15 pieces within 7 months of playing with teacher (had to take 5 months off to heal my hands after initial shock I served them by playing improperly in 2017, which triggered early OA symptoms).
In 2019 I aim to reach 25 pieces (getting harder pieces as I progress and still have to go easy on my hands).

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I was thinking about a new year resolution of learning a new easy piece every week, having over 52 pieces in 2019, and then someone directed me to this post in this forum. I just register here to participate. I think it would be a great motivator and will help to keep track of progress. I just learned a new piece today, I will be recording it soon.
Please, count me in smile

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Originally Posted by facdo
I was thinking about a new year resolution of learning a new easy piece every week, having over 52 pieces in 2019, and then someone directed me to this post in this forum. I just register here to participate. I think it would be a great motivator and will help to keep track of progress. I just learned a new piece today, I will be recording it soon.
Please, count me in smile

Welcome to PW, facdo. You might also be interested in the MOYD thread.


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Hmmm, that translates to learning a piece every 9 days or so... let me get though a month of classes and see how that works out.
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I'm just getting back into piano and after not consistently playing since being a teenager and I'd be down for this. Should we upload recordings somewhere? Can we count sonata movements as individual pieces?

I'll probably try a mix of Bach inventions/symphonias/P&Fs, Mozart/Haydn/Beethoven sonata movements, and some smaller romantic pieces e.g. Chopin preludes/mazurkas/waltzs/etudes, Brahms klavierstucke etc

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1. Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 (Chopin)
2. WTC, Book I: Prelude no. 12 in F minor, BWV 857 (Bach)

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I am ready for another year of the 40 piece challenge as well. For me, I plan to bring back some pieces that I have played to build a working repertoire. That means some pieces here will be repeats from the past, that I will take to a higher level. My total number for the year will probably be less that 40, but hopefully I will make them more permanent!

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Originally Posted by Tech-key
Please sign me up. For now, I'll mostly be working on Alfred's Adult Book 1, plus whatever supplemental pieces my teacher prescribes. On the side, I am looking forward to working on easier pieces from "Essential Keyboard Repertoire- Volume 1", as and when I get time.

Hopefully, it will be a fruitful year!


I am new to piano too, but have many years of music experience playing guitar. I will be working through Alfred's Adult Book 1, as well as online lessons at Playground Sessions. So, I should easily complete 40 "pieces" between the two resources, although I don't know that most of them would be called complete songs. Anyway, as is said in the "rules" above, the challenge is what I want to make of it and perhaps this challenge will motivate me and keep me on task.

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Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.


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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.

Entirely up to you. There are no rules as to what constitutes a piece.

Me personally, I'd probably count each Sonata / Sonatina movement as a separate piece (I've done so in the past with the one Sonatina I have recorded).


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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.

The object is to work on an average of one new piece every week using the 40 week academic year as a base.

If you work on three pieces a day, one a challenging three month piece (4 a year), an easier piece taking about four weeks (12 a year), and a very easy piece taking only a week or two (say, 24 pieces) that's a total of forty pieces over the year.

The easier pieces allow an exploration of unfamiliar composers, unfamiliar genres, fun pieces, finishing easier collections like Schumann and Tchaikovsky's Albums for the Young, and so on.

For the beginner it's better to whizz through very easy pieces and rack up the numbers but once the exam cycle begins it's common to bog down on only the exam pieces. This challenge overcomes that problem.

Once you're good enough to work on sonata movements it's no longer a question of numbers but broadening our musical horizons and exercising a wider variety of skills. It prevents students going stale on a few long term pieces and keeps up their lesser used skills of reading, analysing, memorising and problem solving. The latter skills don't usually get much of an airing once a piece has been on the rack for a week or two.


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Just recorded my first piece of the year.

1 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.1 - La Candeur (youtube video)

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Posting the pieces I learned so far this year. The recordings are far from perfect, but these will have to do for now!

1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>


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Okay, I think I'm in...

Not 100% certain what level I will be looking at for getting through them all. Currently prepping for my RCM level 8 so sight read level for that is around level 6 so I am thinking I will probably start around the level 4 or 5 for the first few pieces and see how they go with the goal being to get to where I can learn a level 6 piece in a few sessions which hopefully means can competently read at that level? And will pick a few harder pieces to start now with the goal of having them done for later in the year.

First time taking an approach like this so excited to see how it goes.

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I think 40 is too many. I will for 20.

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I am in for this year as well. I did it for the first time last year, and, although I was very skeptical for learning 40 pieces I year, I did it. I have submitted 50 pieces total. So it is very doable.

Some pieces were easier and it would take me a week, while they were a few that would take more over a month. I usually learn about four pieces in parallel. Most pieces were 1-2 page long, so it is definitely not a lot, but sufficient for my level (late beginner-early intermediate). I have to say it is this challenge that allowed me to shift to the early intermediate phase.

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I'd like to join for this year, even though I only got about 20 pieces listed for last year.

One great outcome from discussing the challenge last year with my teacher is that we added two new "tracks" to my lessons: learning easier pieces (from Agay's "Easy Classics to Moderns") and playing simple pieces by ear. One of my 2019 goals is to learn new pieces more efficiently. I did get more efficient learning and my ear improved too.

Looking forward to another year...

Thanks, scorpio, for your work on this thread.


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I would like to join for this year.

My motivations for doing so are actually opposite to the thinking behind why the challenge was originally created. My natural inclination is to race through piece after piece, and move on as soon as the notes and rhythm are correct. I am going to challenge myself to focus more deeply on 40 pieces, and not consider them complete until I have really thought about expression and musicality. I hope to even record at least some of them, which is something I have never done before.

Looking forward to following along with everyone's progress.

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I started seriously practicing again in July 2018 and managed 20 Prep and Lev. 1 pieces before the end of the year, but must admit to being daunted by the "40" of this challenge. Here goes, I'm in.

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but think how good I could be in five years...
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2 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.2 - Arabesque (youtube video)

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I've started playing January 2017, Nothing is too easy is where I keep track of my progress.

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Okay,
I didn't really start this challenge until Friday the 4th but here is my first entry.

Gooseberry Goose, Schaum Preliminary Method.

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I am in!

Is it okay to post a video?

1. Jingle Bells by Martha Mier

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Originally Posted by Abby.c
I am in!

Is it okay to post a video?

Sure! I do so all the time with my posts for the challenge and didn't get any complaints (yet wink).

And: Nice playing! smile

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Abby.c - that was a really cool version of Jingle Bells! Sort of ragtime-like. I enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.


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1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
3) Rock It Away! (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>


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I’m excited to try this 40 piece challenge. Please sign me up! Adult beginner so will mainly be working out of method books, Denes Agay and other popular repertoire books. Thank you to participants from past years! Your lists provided some great recommendations!

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1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
3) Rock It Away! (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
4) Lullaby (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>


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Thank you for organising this, Scorpio.
I’d love to join too.
Thanks

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Originally Posted by Tech-key
1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
3) Rock It Away! (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
4) Lullaby (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>


Nice job, Tech-key! Your Alfred pieces sound a lot better than I remember mine sounding.


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Thanks a lot for listening, mom3gram. I’ve read many of your posts these past months. You come across as such a gem of a person. To me, you are “Forum Royalty”!
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Thanks, Tech-key. I wish that I were as good at piano as I am at posting. LOL


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I would like to join this year. I know it’s a little late but I really need to practice my sight reading.

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Here's my first piece for 2019:

1 To Catch A Dream <Recording> (by Martha Mier)

Another one of the easy Martha Mier romantic pieces.


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Here's my first piece for 2019:

1 To Catch A Dream <Recording> (by Martha Mier)

Another one of the easy Martha Mier romantic pieces.




Beautiful as usual, JoBert.


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I was thinking to join the 40 a Year Club last year but finally decided to take the challenge. Sign me up please!

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Really enjoying the links and videos you all are posting. Shout out to JoBert that was wonderful! I'm on track and will post my list of pieces @ month end.


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5) Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114, from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) [<SoundCloud>

I've been working on this Minuet for at least a month now. But from last week onwards, I've seen zero perceptible improvement in it. And that too after bringing out all the tools I know; counting, metronome, slow practice.. you name it! I'm at my wit's end trying to fix it. So, I'm calling it "learned" for now, and will come back to it later, once I'm acquainted to ornamentations.


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3. Desert Gold - Alfred 2A Performance
4. Heart of My Heart - Favorite Melodies the World Over

This was not the "Heart of My Heart" that I am familiar with, although I did vaguely remember this one also. It should be called "Heart of My Heart, I Love You".


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