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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799000 01/06/19 06:31 AM
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Well, as I am self-taught, my goals might be a little different.
1 ) Take part in all piano recitals here at WP
2) Finish learning Bohemian Rhapsody by February 14 (my birthday) and present it for February piano recital
3) Sign up for some online piano course (learn to play pop songs with chords and so on)
4) Learn at least 5 pieces. (Einaudi - Andare, "Por una Cobeza" - tango, He's a pirate....)
5) Practice at least 1 hour a day....(I have a 5 year plan...which I've been able to follow with 430 hours last year...yeah, I take notes:-)
6) Make "live shows" for my family members and let's hope one real life recital...or I could just play in park at free-piano:-)


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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799132 01/06/19 02:23 PM
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Well, just started lessons on piano so... learning to play piano smile

Seriously though, here are my musical goals for 2019 so far...
1) Learn to sight read, even if only simple things. Right now I am a poor music reader. I can read in a slow and halting kind of way and only in Treble clef since that's pretty much all that I needed for flute but can't read and play at the same time so I need to work on being able to do that. Along with it learning the Bass clef as part of the Grand Staff and to start using standard notation for guitar. Right now I use TAB for everything on guitar.

2) Basic Music theory, I need to fill in a lot of gaps. Generally self taught on music theory and I have picked up a decent amount but am missing a lot and in some cases don't fully understand what I know.

3) Learn to play piano. Yeah I started with that but in my head it's actually behind the other two, or maybe in parallel is a better way to put it.

4) Increase proficiency in playing Piano, Guitar and Flute - this is going to be the fun part. Porting the theory I learn with the piano to flute and guitar so I have understanding though all three instruments. Guitar is probably going to be the painful one because I need to break that one down the most to understand what I am doing instinctively and make it with purpose instead of instinctive. Then make it without thought again so it's still musical. Sounds like fun huh? smile

5) Maintain a normal practice schedule. Simple right?

We'll see how things are by March and revisit the list LOL
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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799215 01/06/19 07:32 PM
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I'm an adult return-to-beginning player with only 2 paltry childhood years taking completely uninspiring lessons behind me. However, I took 6 years of flute that went year round so musicality-wise I'm ahead of the curve. Dabbled 6 months here or there in the intervening 40 years, but never got anywhere until July 2018 when I found pianoTV. You know your teaching match when you find it. Went from Prep A under her to playing intro to Fur Elise, L. Mozart's Bourree in E Minor, and a pop song, Rainbow Connection that's at level one in about 6 months (along with 20 other songs I wouldn't be ashamed to play for company, but did not memorize.)

So for 2019:
1) Stick with the plan. (I have a horrible tendency to start one plan then veer off in another direction, always starting over so never advancing beyond where I was in plan, 1 or plan 2 or plan 3...

2) Practice minimum of 5 hours a week. I usually shoot for 10-15, but need to fix the "dropped" weeks where I get only 1 or 2 hours.

3) Complete my 40 piece challenge
14 pieces from pianoTV Level 1 (the hard stuff, frequently above Lev. 1)
3 pieces from RCM Repertoire 1
6 pieces from Connections Lev. 1
6 pieces from Faber 3B
6 pieces from Very Easy Little Peppers
5 pieces from "easiest" list in Piano Essentials, Vol 1 (Alfred)

4) For Technique
16 RCM Lev. 1 Etudes
15 pieces from Mikrokosmos 1 (#22-36)
9 from Czerny (#11-19)
11 Scales as listed in RCM 1 Technique

5) Continue working ear training and theory practice. (Especially want to be able to identify intervals by ear this year)

6) Should the Technique list get done when I suspect it will at the 8 month mark, use the time in the remaining four months to explore Keith Snell Essential Repertoire Level 1 not covered in my other sources.

7) Memorize at least 7 of my forty pieces to get my "repertoire list" to 10 pieces.

8) Make it through all of the above and mark off "Level 1" as done!

As an aside I've taken some grief for being so OCD with my plans at my "level". The implication being that until one is intermediate or above, there's no need to take it so seriously. Beg to differ, what you're going to do, do with your whole heart.


but think how good I could be in five years...
Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799336 01/07/19 10:14 AM
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I had a not-great 2018, piano-wise, so I will keep it simple:

1) Enjoy and have fun
2) Participate in MOYD - play every day I can, even if I can only manage a short time
3) Play lots of pieces
4) Follow my teacher's guidance


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Hi there,

More pianolovers who want to tell what to do in 2019?

Best regards,
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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799714 01/08/19 10:33 AM
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In 2019 I will try to

Play with more dynamics and emotion
Again, Continue work on sight-reading by doing the 40 piece challenge
Continue to work on timing using Hal, my onboard metronome and drummer
Continue to maintain song list of ready to play songs
Less pressure- more fun

Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799737 01/08/19 12:09 PM
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Put in at least 500 hours of practice and make it to lesson 46 in the Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course. I'm currently on lesson 34.

God bless,
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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799754 01/08/19 12:50 PM
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I originally posted this incorrectly for last year blush, but this is what I hope to work on for 2019:

1. SLOW DOWN when I play.

2. Focus on reading the music, rather than memorizing the piece right away.

3. Play and listen to more classical music.

4. Record myself more.

5. Spend less time on FB; more time on Pianoworld smile

Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2799773 01/08/19 01:43 PM
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Nice objectives in here!

Ok, so, considering my lack of motivation of the past months, I think I shouldn't be over-ambitious. So:

- Getting back the piano in my daily routine. Play at least 4-days a week (my past regime was playing piano during the week, 2-3 hours every evening, then keeping my week-ends for other stuff).
- Make useful usage of my practice time, so more practically, set clear goals of what I want to practice when I get to the piano and focus on smaller chunks, so I still progress even though I practice only 10 minutes.
- Doing some ear training or sight singing exercices at least once a week, ideally twice or 3 times
- Continue reading through the theory book my teacher lend me once in a while... let's say a chapter every 2-weeks.


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- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: pathguy] #2800050 01/09/19 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by pathguy
I originally posted this incorrectly for last year blush, but this is what I hope to work on for 2019:

1. SLOW DOWN when I play.m

2. Focus on reading the music, rather than memorizing the piece right away.

3. Play and listen to more classical music.

4. Record myself more.

5. Spend less time on FB; more time on Pianoworld smile


Pathguy, yes.....SLOW DOWN.....also my problem...... grin grin

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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2800300 01/09/19 08:10 PM
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Lately I have had some very good practice days that remind me how much progress I could be making (duh!) if I had more good practice days every week. So, for 2019, my primary goal is to:

— get my days and weeks better organized so that practice comes first, consistently, (almost) every day.

And to:

— return to a more consistent practice, starting with the warmups, stretches, scales, and arpeggios recommended by my teacher.

— play a tenth comfortably! I’m at about nine-and-a-half. smirk

— record and listen to myself every week, to work on developing legato, dynamics, pedaling, and all those other elements that could contribute to expressive playing.

Getting the notes in the right order is just a start!


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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2802411 01/15/19 07:03 PM
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Pretty sure I didn't meet my goals last year, so I am waffling between doubling down vs. lowering expectations. Think I'll go with lowering expectations. laugh

1.) Work up at least 12 new pieces to performance level that I can record and use for recitals and my annual compilation CD.

2.) Learn another couple of classical pieces (Satie and something Satie-like), on request of my elderly father and one of my biggest fans. grin

3.) Refresh and expand my memorized repertoire. I used to have 12 pieces well memorized and ready to play at the drop of a hat on the highly unlikely chance that somebody might ask me to sit down and play the piano an hour for them. Realized to my dismay recently that I had let several of them lapse from memory because I had forgotten to play them regularly.

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Originally Posted by Monica K.


Refresh and expand my memorized repertoire. I used to have 12 pieces well memorized and ready to play at the drop of a hat on the highly unlikely chance that somebody might ask me to sit down and play the piano an hour for them. Realized to my dismay recently that I had let several of them lapse from memory because I had forgotten to play them regularly.



Same here! It's an ongoing battle with a memory-box full of holes! I couldn't even, to my horror, play my own compos! There's a dozen of them, and more. Plus the shorter manageable classical pieces which, too, I had forgotten. Nor does it easily come back.
Much work ahead.

But i did achieve one thing. I've written my compositions down in sheet music notation form, easily readable, and am publishing in book form on Amazon Kindle. That, like playing the piano, is equal measures of fun and frustration.

We love it really . . .

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Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2804279 01/20/19 07:00 AM
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I guess it's a good idea to have some objectives in mind for the year ahead, without stressing out too much over them…

My main goal is to actually stick to playing the piano, which will mean buying my very own piano at the end of March, when I can no longer use the one I am being lent.

Shorter-term goals are to refresh my knowledge of music theory with "Introduction to Classical Music" and "Fundamentals of Music Theory" on Coursera, and to settle into a good routine with my new teacher. I'm excited!

Then, I guess I will try and practise most days of the week, if even for a short time, and enjoy the process without undue worry!

Hopefully, at the end of the year, I can review these goals and be satisfied, and if I've progressed in ear training, that will be an appreciable bonus! I will try and play for others as well, probably just family, or perhaps send in a piece or two to be included in PW recitals, even though I am a very green beginner. That's it!

Re: Your new musical goals for 2019 [Re: Johan B] #2804331 01/20/19 11:12 AM
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I've kept looking at this thread since Johan B put it up on New Years Day, and I kept feeling unready to put up any goals. "My goals haven't gelled yet," I'd say. Every day that has gone by, I'd look at this thread but I would still not have goals. Thinking about why this is, I realize it is at least partly because the thing that brought me to piano was so unpremeditated and haphazard. I have only one goal and that is to eventually play my goal piece.

But subdividing that goal into subgoals which are year-delimited, and then subdividing the year 2019 subgoal into sub-subgoals, I guess I can lay out the year 2019 sub-subgoals, and I just need to bite the bullet or else it is just not happening.

Here are my sub-subgoals for piano for 2019:

Of these, I am already working on all except the 40 piece a year club, Reddit Piano Jam, technical exercises, exam prep, and the Discord practice room, all of which I haven't started yet.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
I've kept looking at this thread since Johan B put it up on New Years Day, and I kept feeling unready to put up any goals. "My goals haven't gelled yet," I'd say. Every day that has gone by, I'd look at this thread but I would still not have goals. Thinking about why this is, I realize it is at least partly because the thing that brought me to piano was so unpremeditated and haphazard. I have only one goal and that is to eventually play my goal piece.

But subdividing that goal into subgoals which are year-delimited, and then subdividing the year 2019 subgoal into sub-subgoals, I guess I can lay out the year 2019 sub-subgoals, and I just need to bite the bullet or else it is just not happening.

Here are my sub-subgoals for piano for 2019:

Of these, I am already working on all except the 40 piece a year club, Reddit Piano Jam, technical exercises, exam prep, and the Discord practice room, all of which I haven't started yet.



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My wife is the list maker in our house, I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy. Having said that, I’ll force myself to create a list of goals for 2019. Here goes:

1) Get better at playing the piano.

Wow, that was uncomfortable, I guess I’ll leave the list making to my better half. Thank god opposites attract.


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Originally Posted by John305
My wife is the list maker in our house, I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy. Having said that, I’ll force myself to create a list of goals for 2019. Here goes:

1) Get better at playing the piano.

Wow, that was uncomfortable, I guess I’ll leave the list making to my better half. Thank god opposites attract.

Haha! Great list! Not going to be much of a stretch goal for you though, is it? wink As you can probably guess from my post above, in my family, the roles are quite reversed! grin


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Double Haha for both of you John 305 and Tyrone Slothrop!

I already forgot what I wrote here for a goal so I just went back and checked. All is well, because I have already started taking better notes in lessons!


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It's rare for me to quantify goals explicitly, but I'll do so now:

  • Memorize, and be able to comfortably play, 600 measures of classical music at Henle level 4 or above.
  • Listen to each of Beethovens sonatas 1-15, and each of Chopins preludes, while following in the score, four times.


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