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I've been exploring different options for online classical study at my own pace. I am early intermediate to Intermediate and self-taught. A teacher is not possible for me at this time. I thought others might be interested in the email response I got from Graham Fitch. This course has pros and cons for me as I need something pretty structured. Other than PCA, (a good choice) I'm open to suggestions.

Thank you for your enquiry regarding our eBooks and online content. We do indeed have a lot of content that would be relevant at the level you’re currently at, although we don’t offer it necessarily as a structured “course”.

The first eBook is relevant to all levels and is about good habits with practising so much of it would be relevant, although I suspect you’re looking for more information than just on practising. The online content is broader but the following are likely to be useful to you:

https://online-academy.informance.b...que-introduction-basics?last_viewed=true

https://online-academy.informance.b...echnique-lecture-series?last_viewed=true

This one might also be useful: https://online-academy.informance.b...tions-of-good-technique?last_viewed=true

The resources for scales & arpeggios might also be worth looking at, particularly Graham’s series on these and the material on intermediate scales & arpeggios.
The “learning pieces” section provides resources for specific repertoire so might be useful if there are pieces there that you’d be interested in learning. The From the Ground Up editions are particularly helpful for learning something quickly and teach concepts that can be applied to other works thereafter.

Many of the above items can be purchased once-off from our store, but are also available with a subscription. What I would suggest is to have a look and see if some of the content feels useful and relevant for you, then getting a monthly subscription as this is a cheaper way to do it and can be cancelled at any stage (the annual subscription is better value but there might be quite a bit of content in it that’s not useful to you yet).

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A couple more things... one website review I found said this course would not be for the complete beginner.

And speaking of reviews, it's very difficult to find any, particularly for those interested primarily In classical piano.

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Graham Fitch has a lot of videos on YouTube. Watch some of those to help decide how you like his teaching style.

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Do you have any specific questions? I let my annual subscription expire a couple of months ago, but maybe I’ll still be able to answer them.

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Great! What was your level at the beginning of the year and did you feel like you made good progress?

I know this is subjective, but for you, what were the pros and cons?

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I was a subscriber right from the launch of the Online Academy in October 2016. There was much less content at that time. I was probably an intermediate player, but I didn’t know how to practice. I just played and hoped that eventually I’d get it right. Then I found Graham Fitch’s blog. I found it very useful so I subscribed to the Online Academy as well. Unfortunately, I found out that subscription alone doesn’t make one a better player 😊. Like you I was looking for a structured approach, so I decided to follow ABRSM syllabus. I think, learning how to practice efficiently and choosing right pieces for my level was what helped me most. It doesn’t mean that Online Academy isn’t a valuable resource, only that I used it not that much.

Here is a full index of available content:
https://online-academy.informance.biz/online-academy/content-index
You can see there are many authors. I liked the articles by Lucinda Mackworth-Young about playing by ear and improvising, so I bought her book. I also found Penelope Roskell's guide to healthy technique very interesting. Her book is on my wish list now. Graham's annotated study editions are really great. You can try the free membership option that allows you to read 5 articles or just buy a month.

I hope you'll find it useful.

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Graham Fitch has a lot of videos on YouTube. Watch some of those to help decide how you like his teaching style.

Graham Fitch's videos are quite excellent - I have found his techniques and ideas very helpful. For example, in one video he taught how to get the left hand quieter than the right hand - and it worked like a charm.

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