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Posted By: Johan B Do you remember your goals for 2017....... - 12/26/17 04:28 PM
Hi,

As I promised you 26th december 2016😀😀😀.....here are your goals you set for 2017.........Check it out and enjoy it....

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2599034/1.html


🌲🍷🌲🍷🎶Happy Christmas 🍷🎶🌲🍷🌲to all of you...

Best regards,
Johan B

Originally Posted by Johan B
Hi,

As I promised you 26th december 2016😀😀😀


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December 26 th, 2017 I will remember you.


You're a man of your word!
I didn't post on the earlier thread, but I have at least started on one of my long-term indefinite goals… To learn to play jazz piano!

PS. I'm definitely thinking about 2018 goals for classical, as I'm in a bit of a funk with my classical lessons/teacher and I need to do something to get out of the holding pattern...
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2017 goals:
1. MOYD 2017
2. record more and upload to youtube
3. participate in at least 1 quarterly ABF e-recital
4. Stay motivated, get better, have fun!


I got 3 out of 4! I completely failed on #2, since I didn't put anything new on youtube, but I'm ok with that. The most important thing is #4, and I can claim success on that! thumb
Originally Posted by earlofmar
In November I am taking AMEB's grade 5 exam, some time before that the AMEB grade 3 theory exam as well. This makes setting my 2017 goals easier than previous years, all I have to do is bring everything up to grade 5, how hard could that be?


my goals of 2017 were a series of steps towards my theory and practical exams. Hard to describe but practice had to become less about what I wanted to do and more methodical to reach my goals. I am very pleased to say I passed both exams and for the briefest of moments actually felt like a real pianist grin
Thanks Johan! I enjoy these “year in review “ threads.

So last year’s goals:

1. Stay with MOYD-this will be my eighth year! DONE ( well, I have a few days to go but I think it’s reasonable to expect I will stay on track!)

2. Participate in all the e-citals and at least one themed recital. - Almost. I didn’t manage a themed recital )
3. Participate in at least 2 public performances ( I actually did 4!)
4. Play for others - at least 6 times (husband doesn't count for this, he's my most faithful supporter, but I have to play for people who don't hear me regularly) —-(Managed more on this too , especially in the last quarter of the year!)
5. Continue to work on technique - focused practice, more use of metronome during study for getting fluidity from the start.(Great success on this front. Possibly my best year ever)
6. Follow a system of refreshing pieces so that I have some sort of repertoire
Now I have about 6-7 pieces I can pick up and play. I'm aiming for a total of 20 ( Fell short on this one. I will work on it this coming year)
My goals for 2017 were met only by about a half, I think. I'm still happy about my progress this year!

1. Practice about 500 hours.
Nope… as of yesterday I clocked 437 hours. I seem unable to do more than 75 minutes per day on average. Still, not too far away.

2. Complete the 40-pieces-a-year challenge for 2017 and record as many pieces I can.
I completed the challenge with 55 pieces, mainly beginner/intermediate and intermediate. But I recorded only old repertoire and just a handful of new keepers.

3. Learn at least: 1 Bach Invention (Done! no. 4), 1 Scene from Childhood by Schumann (Done x2! no. 4 and no. 7), 1 Prelude by Chopin (Done x2! no. 6 and no. 7).

4. Practice scales/technique once a week (30 minutes).
Done, 28 hours total during the year. But I definitely need to do more.

5. Practice ear training once a week (30 minutes).
Nope, ear training was almost completely neglected.

6. Maintain a small performance-ready repertoire (about 30 minutes) and find chances to play in front of other people.
Half and half - I did the first part and I have a nice line-up of 12 pieces ready, but I never played “for an audience” this year. I took part in all 4 quarterly recitals, though.

7. Start looking for my grand piano! laugh
Nope! Change of plans! The house is far from ready to host a grand piano. But I played a few at Cremona music exhibition and I think I'm in love with Grotrian Steinweg's studio 192 grin
Goals equals target hit, aim achieved successfully. Maybe "Aims" would be a better word. . . . .A short list, not in any order of importance.

My first aim is to be less pedantic about the correct use of words, many of which I only pretend to know what they mean . . mind you,there's enough foreigners here to put me right about the vagaries of the English language.

Second, is to spend more time at the gym, a mile down the cycle track. I've lost over a stone in weight which in truth, I didn't have to lose . . but what fun! Virtual Cycling. Place full o' women, with a smattering of ole Neanderthals like myself . . .all pedalling furiously and going . . . nowhere!

Third is to develop a reasonable classical repertoire and also be able to play my own tunes . . . time kinda wipes your memory banks very clean indeed lol

Have fun.
Originally Posted by peterws
Goals equals target hit, aim achieved successfully. Maybe "Aims" would be a better word. . . . .A short list, not in any order of importance.



Oh no! Another language "pet peeve" that I was blissfully unaware of before... and the worst thing is that it makes sense and now it cannot be UN-understood :-(
Originally Posted by gingko2


1. Continue MOYD and 40 Piece Challenge.

2. Break the bad habit of stopping at wrong notes, etc. keep a steady tempo and no hesitations.

3. Play with less tension and avoid injury.

4. Deliberately practice technique that will improve phrasing.

5. Do some sight-reading at every practice.

6. Learn 3-5 pieces I know my husband would especially love. (He's not easy to please with piano. He likes hearing me play ukulele. This MUST be a continuing effort.)

...new goals:

7. Improve my relationship with the metronome and over all improve my sense of rhythm (especially keeping steady tempos...)

8. Be more deliberate and consistent about practice--that is, practice in sections the way my teacher says. (have made progress but still want to play pieces from beginning to end)

9. Have a comfortable octave reach in both hands by 2018. (almost there..)

10. Perform more--family, friends, recitals inc. ABF

Good luck to everyone with their 2017 goals.


I reached some of my 2017 goals

1. Stuck with MOYD, and to 30 of the 40 pieces a year.

2. Definitely got more friendly with the metronome. Biggest accomplishment of the year???!!!

3. Left hand can reach a comfortable octave, and right hand is almost there.

4. Much progress on being able to play-perform through errors and keeping the rhythm. Yay!!!

5. Practice has gotten more efficient. Been good about doing lesson assignments. Phrasing, expression got better.

Need to work on

6. Pieces for my husband :-)

7. Sight-reading practice

8. Playing for the ABF recitals and even more for friends and family.

Thank you, Johan B!

Originally Posted by cefinow
Originally Posted by peterws
Goals equals target hit, aim achieved successfully. Maybe "Aims" would be a better word. . . . .A short list, not in any order of importance.



Oh no! Another language "pet peeve" that I was blissfully unaware of before... and the worst thing is that it makes sense and now it cannot be UN-understood :-(



Pet Peeves (or any other peeves for that matter) are what you use whenever you can't think of anything sensible to say . . . .or you can, but you'd rather not say it. . . . .
I think a great goal would be for PW to have a "real" Beginner's forum.
I don't think I posted goals in the original thread, but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at compared to this time last year smile
Originally Posted by torquenale
My goals for 2017:

1. Complete the 40 pieces challenge
2. Take the ABRSM 5 exam
3. Continue to improve my sight-reading skills
4. Improve my aural skills if I want to pass the exam
5. Play live at my piano school spring recital
6. Contribute to 3 e-recitals
7. Build up a small repertoire of 15-20 minutes

And I hope I will enjoy the journey...


It's been a bad year for me, and piano practice has been heavily affected.
I maintained my MOYD (not even in the list), but I miserably failed on almost everything except 3. and 5.
I abandoned the 40 pieces challenge after a few months, did not take exams and completely neglected aural skills. Not to mention goals 6. and 7.

And the journey has not always been enjoyable, rather a burden for me.

Now things are better and I feel I'm again on the right track.
Originally Posted by torquenale

Now things are better and I feel I'm again on the right track.


I'm sorry to hear that you had a difficult year, and I'm glad that things are getting better. I wish you a wonderful 2018!
I did not set my goals in 2017. It was a tough year for me. My father was diagnosed as late stage terminal cancer in February and passed away in May. I went back to Japan 4 times to see him last and take care of his affairs after his death. I then parted with my former teacher who I thought was my friend. I just hope for the next year to bring in peace of heart for my grieving mother.

For piano, I do have a goal this year. My new piano teacher recommend me to take RCM grade 10. Since I have busy and demanding job, we decided to split it over 2 years. This year I will do techniques and 2 étude only and will take piano pieces from 5 periods next year. I haven't done scales, arp etc for years. So it is a serious challenge. But it's much cheaper than going back to college ($25k a year + lesson fees). It will take me 2 years to finish. I also don't think I'm a college material anymore (it's hard for me to be completely obedient to any teacher all the time).

So my goals is to pass the technique part of the exam. Also I have an audition come up to be a volunteer pianist at a cancer center here. I have to prepare 10 min of easy listening pieces. It has been my dream to use piano to do something good. Please send me your positive energy. I need that.
Hi pianofriends,

Nice to read your reviews. And in all those stories we can read that this forum is more than pianostories. That's good! We're among (music)friends. Members tell also about their good and bad things in 2017.

Farmgirl, I feel sorry for your lost, wish you can handle this event,
Torquenale, I'm glad your life is going better now,
Jazzy Mac, understand your statement, but believe me, whatever everybodys level is, we're among pianolovers and there is mostly respect for every member,
Gingko2, what do you mean with ' Pieces for my husband :-) ' grin grin,
peterws, mmm...nice,you will be less critical about language for my Enghlish is also not perfect..... grin and be happy there are more Neanderthals... grin,
sinophelia and casinitaly great results in 2017.....I think it's the result of your sunny climate in Italy, or the tastefull food or wine...,
earlofmar, great....exams passed,
ajames, Moyd 2017.......me too,
cefinow, of course, when I promised something, I will do...... grin
bSharpCyclist, you succeed in making progress thumb

What about me? I did my summer-organ-perfomances in Juli-September. Met a nice soprano and gave some small performances together. We played aria's of Handel and Bach and some smaller songs. Made some appointments for organplaying in some churches, weekly april-oktober. So, my musicyear was great.
I decided in September for a partly retirement; only working two days a week. In September I will stop working at my college and will be 'an old man' grin Think about more playing somewhere and some private piano/organlessons for beginners.

I think I will start a new thread for music-goals at december 31th

Wish you all the best for 2018 much music and pianofun......

Best regards,
Johan B
Johan B, don't think of yourself as an "old man." You are a budding retiree in your infancy!

JazzyMac, I hope you can find some benefit from this site. Your use of quotation marks around the word "real" had me concerned. My own experience is that frequenting this site has been the greatest aid to my development at piano. I joined this forum immediately upon taking up piano, and have actively participated through the 2.5 years since. I am self taught, have made good progress, and use this site as my main source of information, instruction, and guidance. So, from my personal experience, I know that this site CAN be beneficial.

If your experience differs, please consider participating more. The group here has always been very helpful addressing the needs and questions of us early beginners. I have felt free to ask questions, offer my opinions and ideas, and question the ideas of others, and never with any fear that I might suffer condescension or other mistreatment as a result. I have always been treated with respect and consideration.

If you can identify things about the forum that bother you, please raise the issues in a thread. I think most members here would rather consider and address a deficiency than to ignore it and neglect those who are troubled by the same. Please let us know.
I did pretty well on my goals this year. Hopefully next year will go as well!


1. Find a new teacher here in Spain. I found a fantastic teacher, and have really benefited for her help
2. Continue with Spanish lessons and speak at least at B2 level. Not quite. I am A2 level.
3. Take the ABRSM grade 7 exam. Done and passed with merit!
4. Improve my aural skills so I am not terrified of the grade 7 aural exam. I passed the aural, but I still have more work to do.
5. Do the 40 piece challenge primarily with pieces at ABRSM grade 6 and above. Done, but I was unable to record them all
6. Do MOYD again. Done
7. Have fun with my new piano! Oh yeah!!!
Ralphiano,

Well said grin

Swiss MS

Congrats to your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B

[b]Swiss MS

Congrats for your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?
Best regards,
Johan B


It is a Bosendorfer 214VC. I truly love it! smile
Originally Posted by SwissMS
Originally Posted by Johan B

[b]Swiss MS

Congrats for your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?
Best regards,
Johan B


It is a Bosendorfer 214VC. I truly love it! smile


Wow......that's magic

JB
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by SwissMS
Originally Posted by Johan B

[b]Swiss MS

Congrats for your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?
Best regards,
Johan B


It is a Bosendorfer 214VC. I truly love it! smile


Wow......that's magic

JB


Magic is right. Her piano flies! Magic Flying Piano laugh
Originally Posted by Ralphiano
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by SwissMS
Originally Posted by Johan B

[b]Swiss MS

Congrats for your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?
Best regards,
Johan B


It is a Bosendorfer 214VC. I truly love it! smile


Wow......that's magic

JB


Magic is right. Her piano flies! Magic Flying Piano laugh

Originally Posted by Ralphiano
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by SwissMS
Originally Posted by Johan B

[b]Swiss MS

Congrats for your new piano, thumbwhat brand or type?
Best regards,
Johan B


It is a Bosendorfer 214VC. I truly love it! smile


Wow......that's magic

JB


Magic is right. Her piano flies! Magic Flying Piano laugh


Wow.........that's breathtaking........😳😱😳😱

Greetings,
JB
Here are the goals you set last year......and I promised you remembering....

Your goals in december 2016

What is realized?

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Hi pianofriends,

Gingko2, what do you mean with ' Pieces for my husband :-) ' grin grin,

......What about me?.....
I decided in September for a partly retirement; only working two days a week. In September I will stop working at my college and will be 'an old man' grin Think about more playing somewhere and some private piano/organlessons for beginners.

Best regards,
Johan B


My husband really doesn't care for "classical" music--but is tolerant of my interest! I had set a goal in 2017 of learning a few pieces that he would particularly like. Somehow I didn't get to them. I will make a point in 2018 to play some pieces my husband really enjoys. Maybe he is getting used to classical, I think...marriage always involves compromises smile

Congratulations on your partial retirement and how you have more musical adventures.

Swiss MS, congrats on your wonderful piano. I can only imagine... Enjoy!

Sorry to hear of those with difficult times in 2017. The year 2017 was not the best for our family either but I'm hoping for us and for everyone else that 2018 will be better.

Best wishes.
Originally Posted by Johan B
Here are the goals you set last year......and I promised you remembering....

Your goals in december 2016

What is realized?

Best regards,
Johan B

That helps with the response. I see that I was suitably vague:
Originally Posted by keystring
Same as always. Grow in skills. Suss out weaknesses and improve them. Build on what has been started. Let it evolve as it goes along in the year. Last year was pretty good in that regard.

There's not much to say. From week to week or month to month one doesn't see much progress, but when you look back at what you played a year ago, and how you played it, things have changed. So in that sense, the (vague) goals I set out were reached. My goals are no different for the next year.
Originally Posted by gingko2
Originally Posted by Johan B
Hi pianofriends,

Gingko2, what do you mean with ' Pieces for my husband :-) ' grin grin,

......What about me?.....
I decided in September for a partly retirement; only working two days a week. In September I will stop working at my college and will be 'an old man' grin Think about more playing somewhere and some private piano/organlessons for beginners.

Best regards,
Johan B


My husband really doesn't care for "classical" music--but is tolerant of my interest! I had set a goal in 2017 of learning a few pieces that he would particularly like. Somehow I didn't get to them. I will make a point in 2018 to play some pieces my husband really enjoys. Maybe he is getting used to classical, I think...marriage always involves compromises smile

Congratulations on your partial retirement and how you have more musical adventures.

Swiss MS, congrats on your wonderful piano. I can only imagine... Enjoy!

Sorry to hear of those with difficult times in 2017. The year 2017 was not the best for our family either but I'm hoping for us and for everyone else that 2018 will be better.

Best wishes.

Originally Posted by gingko2
Originally Posted by Johan B
Hi pianofriends,

Gingko2, what do you mean with ' Pieces for my husband :-) ' grin grin,

......What about me?.....
I decided in September for a partly retirement; only working two days a week. In September I will stop working at my college and will be 'an old man' grin Think about more playing somewhere and some private piano/organlessons for beginners.

Best regards,
Johan B


My husband really doesn't care for "classical" music--but is tolerant of my interest! I had set a goal in 2017 of learning a few pieces that he would particularly like. Somehow I didn't get to them. I will make a point in 2018 to play some pieces my husband really enjoys. Maybe he is getting used to classical, I think...marriage always involves compromises smile

Congratulations on your partial retirement and how you have more musical adventures.

Swiss MS, congrats on your wonderful piano. I can only imagine... Enjoy!

Sorry to hear of those with difficult times in 2017. The year 2017 was not the best for our family either but I'm hoping for us and for everyone else that 2018 will be better.

Best wishes.


Gingko2,

Yes, music and marriage.......compromise......
When I' talking about piano teaching, my wife always say.....please do it at the students home, and her music taste is quite different........
Wish us good luck.......

JB🎶🎶
I don't recall my goals for 2017 since I didn't have any long term goals, but I'll put it in terms of achievements, I think Keystring put it quite well, and I feel much the same, as long as I keep moving forwards.

Sure, I have week to week pieces I practice, repertoire I focus on so there is a short term plan always, but there is never, I do this course in 6 months, or I want to have this book completed by X etc. etc. It takes however long it takes.

1) Took part in all ABF recitals and brought those pieces to performance level as best as I could, I have found this to be one of the most rewarding things. I love the polishing stages of pieces when it all comes together, but the recitals are a good incentive to do so. This has been harder in some cases for some pieces than others .. naturally.

2) Play for friends and family a few pieces now and again,a home recital. Done, 3 times.

3) Always keep a few pieces alive that are ready to go and ones I can play any time.

4) Overall gradually kept improving in all areas little by little.

5) I switched mainly focusing on classical music now, and much less of the stuff I used to play like Einaudi, new age etc.

6) Plenty improvising and composing new pieces now and again for fun. Improvising is part of my daily practice routine, pop tunes, whatever, but incorporating what I learn from playing sheet music, new techniques ideas etc, and I find it crosses over nicely and has been working well.
Happy New Year everyone, and thanks Johan B for your annual goal-setting and review threads, I really appreciate them!

1. MOYD 2017 - year 4 for me I fell off the wagon on 1 day, quite close to the end of the year, but overall I consider this another successful MOYD year
2. Follow my teacher's practice plan (main rep pieces, scales & arps, other technical work) Yes, up to the end of June, when my teacher gave up teaching to concentrate on performance. After the summer I took up lessons with a jazz teacher with mixed results. In particular I was unwilling to switch my focus to 100% jazz and so I really did not meet this goal with the new teacher as I was still giving half my practice time to other things
3. Revisit 5 selected pieces previously learned but not at a great level (eg from the last 2 years of the 40 piece challenge) and bring them to a more polished level I revisited some pieces that were either learned to a basic level before or where only part of the piece had been learned. I brought 2 or 3 of these to a reasonably polished level and there are a couple more that are still very much WIP.
4. Select 5 pieces that were properly learned (at least when you compare to the pieces I'm talking about in #3!) and relearn/maintain these I have revisited/relearned at least 5, but haven't necessarily maintained them after that
5. Explore a bit with lead sheets/play by ear/Irish trad/jazz Well, in terms of the goal as expressed, I certainly achieved it. As I mentioned above though, I struggled with the balance between this and my "regular" playing, and found the teacher's style a bit overwhelming, so it doesn't entirely feel like success

Now to consider 2018...
My son’s goals included:

Earning Superior Plus rating at Guild- Check
Learn all Scales, Cadences,and Appergios Two Octaves Hands Together- Nope- but he’s learned all but a few.
Listen Better to his teacher- That’s a continual work in process.
Well here they are:

My goals for 2017:

1) Complete Faber Piano Adventures Level 5 (Completed in December 2017)
2) Complete half of Faber Developing Artist Book 2 (Finished DA Book 2 in June 2017)
3) Compose five new pieces, hopefully play one or more live (Composed 5 pieces, played all five live)
4) Complete another ABF 40 piece challenge (Completed 42 pieces)
5) Learn Wiosna by Chopin (OF) (not yet, hopefully this Spring)
6) Complete the transition away from Method Books into repertoire study (Just started this a few weeks ago)
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