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Good 1 year piece to shoot for?
#3040070 10/27/20 08:10 PM
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I realize 1 year of progress is very subjective, but as an adult beginner making slow but steady progress, what might be an objective piece to wrap the year up with?

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Javaslinger #3040163 10/28/20 05:40 AM
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i think i finished my first year with Beethoven op.49/2, but take that with a huge grain of salt because i've done music prior to starting piano for almost 2 decades. Prior knowledge and habits help a lot.

What kind of repertoire do you currently play/work on? That might give an indicator where you at

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I finished my first year with the famous G-major minuet from the Notebook from Anna Magdalena Bach. It was a bit of a stretch piece at that moment but I was very proud.


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Originally Posted by Matze
i think i finished my first year with Beethoven op.49/2, but take that with a huge grain of salt because i've done music prior to starting piano for almost 2 decades. Prior knowledge and habits help a lot.

What kind of repertoire do you currently play/work on? That might give an indicator where you at


Probably not the most helpful example since that piece is RCM grade 8, most mortals wouldn’t be able to tackle that after only one year of playing. Possibly you’re a prodigy?


To the OP, it’s hard to make a suggestion without knowing what pieces you’ve already learned thus far. Not everybody will be at the same level of proficiency after one year. Without knowing what you’re already capable of I’ll just take a stab in the dark. Perhaps something from The Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, or maybe Clementi’s sonatina op 36 no. 1 in C major. These may seem cliche but they’re pieces most of us play at some point, sort of a right of passage.


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Originally Posted by Javaslinger
I realize 1 year of progress is very subjective, but as an adult beginner making slow but steady progress, what might be an objective piece to wrap the year up with?
I say this piece is good progress for a beginner after one year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mDBINup6HU


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As you've seen above, just saying "1 year" is still too vague because it depends on several factors. Here's my story and some examples. Having started with ZERO previous music training, averaging about 1.5 hours of play a day, after 1 year I had accumulated 537 hours of practice. Examples of pieces that I was proud to be able to play (note: able to play doesn't mean play amazingly well yet) were:

- Nächtliche Reise, C. Gurlitt (Op. 82, No. 65)
- The Fair, C. Gurlitt (Op. 101, No. 8)
- Minuet in G major, C. Petzold (BWV Anh 114)
- Minuet in G minor, C. Petzold (BWV Anh 115)
- Minuet in A Minor, J. Krieger
- On the Beautiful Blue Danube, J. Strauss Jr. (Op. 314) (only page 1 of 4, Rummel arrangement)
- Prelude I in C (BWV 846, Book 1 WTC), J. S. Bach
- Für Elise, Beethoven, main theme only (part A)
- Minuet in Bb major, Mozart (KV3)
- Burgmuller's Op.100, No.2
- Burgmuller's Op.100, No.5

Keep at it and have fun!


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I finished my first year with the famous G-major minuet from the Notebook from Anna Magdalena Bach. It was a bit of a stretch piece at that moment but I was very proud.

I’m right there with you on this one! Took me 5-6 weeks to have it polished. So I think was a bit of stretch for me too.


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