2017 was our 20th year online!

Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 3 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments.
Over 100,000 members from around the world.
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Shop our online store for music lovers
SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
(ad)
Wessell Nickel & Gross
PianoForAll
Who's Online Now
81 members (brdwyguy, Bruce Sato, Bostonmoores, benj.ma, bobrunyan, anotherscott, AlphaTerminus, accordeur, 14 invisible), 1,064 guests, and 460 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Hey Everyone! This is my first post on here, I just joined and thought I’d share my piano progress as an adult beginner 😊

I started learning piano in December 2018 as a complete beginner. I made a video of my progress for a bit of fun and to show some realistic piano progress after a year of learning. I’d love to hear everyone else’s experiences from their first year of learning piano. I’ve still got so much more to learn but I’m really enjoying the journey!

-Ben


(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
Joined: Jun 2017
Posts: 1,046
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Joined: Jun 2017
Posts: 1,046
I enjoyed that, welcome to the forums.


Alesis Coda Pro
PianoVideoLessons.com Currently unit 4
Faber All In One -Level 2
Grateful Dead fan since 1987
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Thank you smile

Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 249
E
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
E
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 249
Very nice!!! It's amazing how much everything changed once you started using the pedal!

Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
W
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
W
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
Very nice! I was playing way easier stuff in my first year and only started on more serious pieces in my second year. What's the deal with that left hand pinky of yours? Haha... Do you play another instrument? Could that be the reason?

Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by wszxbcl
Very nice! I was playing way easier stuff in my first year and only started on more serious pieces in my second year. What's the deal with that left hand pinky of yours? Haha... Do you play another instrument? Could that be the reason?


Thanks! I actually had to rewatch the video to see what you meant haha but now I see. My LH pinky doesn’t have much natural curvature, I have no idea why 😂

Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 34
E
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
E
Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 34
Thanks for sharing that Ben, it was fun. Looks a bit like you might be using your pinky to rest your hand when it's not doing anything.

You must read well for a total beginner or are you playing by ear?

Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by etherline
Thanks for sharing that Ben, it was fun. Looks a bit like you might be using your pinky to rest your hand when it's not doing anything.

You must read well for a total beginner or are you playing by ear?


Thanks! Yeah I’ll definitely have to keep an eye on that pinky. I can’t play by ear so it’s just a lot of practicing sight reading!

Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
W
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
W
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
I also have a pinky problem but on my right hand. I think it's what is called double jointed. When I bend it, the two joints of the finger bend in opposite directions forming a "Z". But I still play it - as if it's normal. Ha ha.. I just don't look at it.

Last edited by wszxbcl; 02/08/20 07:37 AM.
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 9,824
9000 Post Club Member
Offline
9000 Post Club Member
Joined: Apr 2018
Posts: 9,824
Originally Posted by chalky97-
I can’t play by ear so it’s just a lot of practicing sight reading!

Welcome to PW, chalky97-. Just a small comment. I believe you mean "reading" here and not "sight reading." Sight reading is only the very first time you see a musical score and try to play it. After that very first time, every time you are trying to play from the score, it is just "reading."


[Linked Image]
across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 30,823
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 30,823
Your pinky doesn't have to have a lot or even any curvature. If you watch great pianists you will see that their pinky is often very straight or curved only in the slightest. But most would say curving to the wrong way, where the first joint collapses is usually bad.

Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by chalky97-
I can’t play by ear so it’s just a lot of practicing sight reading!

Welcome to PW, chalky97-. Just a small comment. I believe you mean "reading" here and not "sight reading." Sight reading is only the very first time you see a musical score and try to play it. After that very first time, every time you are trying to play from the score, it is just "reading."


Sorry I worded that badly. I meant I practice sight reading a lot so that I can read pieces quicker!:)

Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 116
U
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
U
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 116
Nice! Curious - on average, how many hours a week would you guess you practice?

Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by UpNorth
Nice! Curious - on average, how many hours a week would you guess you practice?


Thank you! In my first year it ranged from about 30-90 mins per day. Maybe 6-7 hours a week average

Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
W
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
W
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 487
Ben, I think you made huge progress for a total beginner! I made good progress too (nothing compared to what you are able to play) in my first year but that was only because I could already read music, has been playing the violin, been in a choir and could sightsing. But my piano teacher had me on scales, Bach, Czerny, Mozart only, for the first 2+ years. I am starting 2020 now with my first Beethoven... Uh oh... Wish me luck!

Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
C
Junior Member
OP Offline
Junior Member
C
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by wszxbcl
Ben, I think you made huge progress for a total beginner! I made good progress too (nothing compared to what you are able to play) in my first year but that was only because I could already read music, has been playing the violin, been in a choir and could sightsing. But my piano teacher had me on scales, Bach, Czerny, Mozart only, for the first 2+ years. I am starting 2020 now with my first Beethoven... Uh oh... Wish me luck!


Thank you smile Sounds like you are making great progress too! Good luck with Beethoven!!


Moderated by  BB Player 

Link Copied to Clipboard
(ad)
Pianoteq
Steinway Spiro Layering
(ad)
PianoDisc

PianoDisc
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Mason & Hamlin Pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Learning and strong emotions...
by CianistAndPomposer - 09/16/21 06:21 PM
Gift Piano from Elton John?
by JohnSprung - 09/16/21 04:54 PM
Kawai ES520 user's own thread
by 36251 - 09/16/21 04:11 PM
For those who love Martha Argerich...
by AaronSF - 09/16/21 03:17 PM
Download Sheet Music
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Forum Statistics
Forums42
Topics209,142
Posts3,132,736
Members102,747
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers

Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads



 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | MapleStreetMusicShop.com - Our store in Cornish Maine


© copyright 1997 - 2021 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5