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Do you remember your goals for 2018?

Posted By: Johan B

Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 03:00 PM

Hi, dear pianofriends,

As I promised I remember you the goals you set for 2018. grin Sorry I'm two days late, but here they are:
Your musically goals 2018

Check it out, what did succeed?....We all want to know... grin

One of my goals was to do more with historical organs. It succeed. cool Since october I'm a voluntary employee at the Nationaal Orgelmuseum in Elburg (The Netherlands). Some 72 miles from my home; but time enough, I'm retired now. grin I go there about four days monthly. It's very nice to talk about organs with all kind of people, and play something.
Here is the link, it's a Dutch site. Lurk around the site. Go to: museum >geschiedenis or museum >collectie.
Nat.Orgelmuseum
pictures

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 03:04 PM

BTW, some people already started posting their performance against their goals from a year ago in your old thread from last year.
Posted By: Johan B

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 03:11 PM

Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
BTW, some people already started posting their performance against their goals from a year ago in your old thread from last year.

Thanks Tyrone

I noticed it,.....it's a pity.........

I will start 31 december a new thread for the goals for 2019!!!!

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted By: Keselo

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 06:32 PM

Oh boy, I remember setting my goals and while I don't specifically remember what I set out to do, I'm quite sure it was way too optimistic. Let's have a look.

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1. Work through books 3 and 4 of Bartók's Mikrokosmos, which should put me right into the intermediate playing material.
2. Following on the last point, have at least started working on a Lyric Piece by Grieg.
3. Spend time on theory and technique. I neglected these quite essential parts of piano practice. I'll look for a way to implement both into my practice regime.
4. Play for at least 600 hours.
5. Don't buy a new piano.


1. I set out to do 3 and 4? Well, let's say I thoroughly underestimated how hard those two books are. I'm 8 pieces away from finishing the third book, and just got the fourth book as a Christmas present.

2. That's another big nope. Even the easiest pieces are still too hard for me, and while I do hope 2019 is the year for my first Lyric Piece, it might be too hard still in 10 months time. Similarly to Mikrokosmos 4, I did get the full collection of Lyric Pieces for Christmas...

3. Ehm, sorta, not really. Never managed to make either a consistent part of my practice routine. Maybe did 2 months worth of scales, and hardly spent any time learning theory.

4. Now that's a lot closer, but still a no. I'll probably end the year on 565 hours, so close enough.

5. Now I did manage that! I've had the same piano for over a year now!
Posted By: Tyrone Slothrop

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 09:35 PM

Originally Posted by Keselo
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4. Play for at least 600 hours.

4. Now that's a lot closer, but still a no. I'll probably end the year on 565 hours, so close enough.

I'm always so impressed by people who can practice that much. A combo of making time and not making excuses (and probably not spending as much time on forums/reddit LOL). This is even more impressive for me than your willpower in only playing pieces at your level. Kudos!

Originally Posted by Keselo
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5. Don't buy a new piano.

5. Now I did manage that! I've had the same piano for over a year now!

And this demonstrates the kind of willpower I can't even fantasize about. grin
Posted By: WiseBuff

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 09:54 PM

The end of 2017 was chaotic for me and I didn't contribute to the goal thread so now I have nothing to compare to. I know that my goal over the last couple of years is to decrease performance anxiety and replace with musical performances. I've played for piano groups on at least 8 occasions this year and feel that I'm improving. I know that I wanted to learn Debussy's Reverie but it is not performance ready. Have made significant progress on Girl with the Flaxen Hair...such a beautiful piece. I've kept a repertoire of ten pieces performance ready. I add and subtract as a new piece becomes repertoire. Ah well. I'll set new goals for 2019.
Posted By: Keselo

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/28/18 10:06 PM

Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I'm always so impressed by people who can practice that much. A combo of making time and not making excuses (and probably not spending as much time on forums/reddit LOL). This is even more impressive for me than your willpower in only playing pieces at your level. Kudos!

And this demonstrates the kind of willpower I can't even fantasize about. grin

I do take day(s) off if I don't feel like practising. It just helps that I look forward to playing almost every day. I'm probably rather obsessed with Classical piano music; I reckon there are worse obsessions one could have. Similarly, I don't need an ounce of willpower to play easier pieces. Not anymore, at least. A year ago, I'd occasionally wish I could learn some more interesting material, but since that's exactly the type of material I'm now learning that wish has abated. I'm now getting the real issue of wanting to learn 20 different things but only having time for 4...

And no new piano, yeah, it was pretty close, actually. I wanted to pounce on the warranty that I still had on my piano, but ultimately decided against it because my current piano isn't bad, and the grass is always greener on the other side...
Posted By: gingko2

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 05:41 AM

Another year! Thank you, Johan B, for reminding us again. Congratulations and enjoy your retired life. I'm sure you will be busy with lots of activities you enjoy.

Like a few people, I didn't reach all my 2018 goals, but I'm glad I made the attempt.

The goals are in italics and the results below.


2018 Goals

1. Do whatever my teacher tells me.

Pretty much!! When I don't, everything takes longer.

2. Stick with MOYD.

Yes. One of the best things I got from Piano World.

3. Practice 10 minutes either sight reading or playing-by-ear every practice.

No. I only did the sight reading for a couple months.

Playing by ear has become part of my lessons--and while I don't do it every day, there's obvious improvement in my ear and memory.

4. Do ear training, sight-singing exercises at least 3 times per week.

No, not regularly---just sometimes in intense spurts and then nothing. But I think whatever I did helped.

5. Do more memorization, especially troublesome sections. I'm too phobic about memory. Can't quantify this one.

Yes, I did more memorization. Not much, but more this past year than the last 5 years put together.

6. Perform-play more for friends and family, participate in more PWF recitals (been bad the last year).

Yes, though not much for PWF, just a couple recitals. I did perform for more friends and family and did 3 studio recitals.

7. Learn a few pieces that my husband will especially love...(3rd year in a row)

Just one. Well, he is getting used to my music--slowly :-)

8. Increase reading / listening to learn more about music history and interpretation. And overall, just listen to more music.

Yes. Did lots of these, reading in the mornings and listening while driving.


Oh, and I started classical guitar this year, so for this year:

9. Practice guitar everyday, including a little playing by ear.


Almost every day. I'm pretty happy with what I practiced with both instruments. I think they helped each other--just improving general musical knowledge.

10. Do whatever my guitar teacher says....
.

Pretty good, but could improve practice routines.

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Overall, I'm really happy about progress this year and THANK YOU, THANK YOU to my teacher for pushing me along. Working on the hard stuff is doable in manageable chunks.

OK, now on to 2019. Good luck, everyone.
Posted By: earlofmar

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 09:57 AM

I don't remember making these goals, perhaps someone else had control of my username smirk

My 2108 Goals

1. Prepare for and sit AMEB grade 6 in November 2018
fail still preparing and it seems like forever. Next year (sometime) for sure

2. Sight read everyday and don't fall of the wagon for months like I did last year
fail I am going to stop making such silly statements

3. Make an active start on trying to read ahead instead of my current "wing" it approach
fail one day I will, I can tell, it will probably crop up in the 2028 goals!

4. Start work on my first Bach Fugue
pass started just a few months ago and it's going to take a while I know

5. Make practice sessions goal orientated
pass /fail I wasn't as committed to doing this throughout the year but there were times when it worked

6. Don't get distracted from the mission
definite fail as I allowed learning a second language to step in and take too much piano time.

I am going to get my lawyer to make the goals for 2019 so I don't write anything I can't weasel out off
Posted By: Johan B

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 07:30 PM

Nice reviews........

What were goals of the other pianofriends?

Best regards,
Johan Bu
Posted By: Johan B

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 07:34 PM

Earlofmar,

Very nice signature grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Posted By: sinophilia

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 07:36 PM

I'll paste here my reply from the other thread...

1. Practice 90 minutes a day on average. No, I only clocked 82 minutes per day, which brings me to almost 500 hours - still better than ever before!
2. Learn at least: 1 Bach Invention OK, no. 2 & 1 Sinfonia No, but I learnt the Goldberg Aria smile, 1 Chopin Prelude I spent a lot of time on No. 15, but it's not finished! It was a bit too much. & 1 Waltz/Mazurka OK, Waltz in A minor, 2 Scenes from Childhood by Schumann OK, no. 6 & 12, 1 movement of a Beethoven sonata Here too, I worked a lot on Op. 49 no. 1 - 1st movement, but I'll have to try again in 2019.
3. Practice scales/technique twice a week (2 x 30 minutes). 23 hours total, so just 30 minutes a week. I think it's enough, to be honest.
4. Practice sight-reading twice a week (2 x 30 minutes; incl. pop/folk). I clocked 46 hours, so almost 1 hour a week.
5. Practice ear training once a week (30 minutes). I dropped this pretty soon, even if I know it's useful, because I'd rather play and practice at the piano.
6. Recording session once a week (30 minutes). More like twice a month... but I kept at it.
7. Maintain a small performance-ready repertoire (about 30 minutes) OK and find chances to play in front of people. I took part in some Zoom meetings, and I played duets regularly.

I'd like to add that I think this is really useful, because based on past goals, achievements, and reconsiderations I can continuously adjust my long-term objectives and how to get there, and this is invaluable especially when one is teacher-less.
Posted By: TheophilusCarter

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/29/18 09:07 PM

I wasn't here at the beginning of 2018, so didn't participate in any "goals" or "resolutions" type thread at the time. I can say that early in 2018, I was wondering if I shouldn't give up on piano, as I didn't seem to be making time for enough practice, and hadn't really made any significant progress in a long time. I'm happy to report I've really gotten fired up about piano over this past year, putting in 10-12 hours a week, and actually seeing some progress now. More importantly, I'm enjoying the heck out of it, and hope to keep it up through 2019!
Posted By: earlofmar

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/30/18 08:40 AM

Originally Posted by Johan B
Earlofmar,

Very nice signature grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


something I heard a lot when I was doing a bit of ultrarunning as head space in that sport/hobby was vitally important. When I came to piano I could see strong similarities between the two activities, even though one might think of them as being polar opposites.
Posted By: Rob Mullins

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/30/18 08:57 AM

I wanted to put out a new jazz trio album in 2018, and I got it done in Nov. Hard to believe we are one day away from the end of 2018. Happy New Year everyone here at Piano World!
Posted By: jotur

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/30/18 03:35 PM

I laughed then - I laugh now.

smile
Posted By: Johan B

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/30/18 11:27 PM

Dear pianofriends,

I'm impressed.........but I'm curious about the other pianolovers and their goals... grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted By: elenmirie

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 12/31/18 08:54 AM

I didn't post my goals on here, but I did write them down. So I'll take this opportunity to review them.

1. Fulfill repertoire requirements for RCM Grade 3 exam (but not actually take the exam)
PASS! I had listed Petzhold Minuets in G and Gm, Clementi Sonatina in C, Op 36 No 1, Tchaikovsky Morning Prayer, Burgmuller Arabesque Op 100 No 2, and Donkin Witches and Wizards. And I did them all! But I only just played the Tchaikovsky all the way through, hands together TODAY. laugh And I was working on it last January... well, that's what it took to get there.

2. Complete the goal sheet for technique. (The goal sheet has all the keys listed down the side, and scale, broken chords, arpeggios and octaves listed across the top.)
FAIL! - But I did keep working on it most of the year, I've done almost all the scales and a few of the broken chords. It's fallen by the wayside lately, so I'll need to pick it up again as a goal for next year. With hindsight, that was kind of a silly goal, to do it all in one year. But I didn't know that when I started. (Sub goal: next year be more realistic.)

3. Do 40 pieces a year challenge.
Um, pass? Weasel word time - I DID the 40 pieces a year challenge, but I only got to 19 pieces. I'm not upset about that, I think largely it was due to spending more time on stretch pieces towards the end of the year. The 40 pieces challenge did get me looking at easier pieces which I think contributed a lot to my progress this year.

4. Build repertoire of at least 10 pieces.
FAIL. I tend to stop playing pieces once I've finished learning them, and then they get rusty and I have to relearn them if I want to play them again. That's something else that I can carry into next year. 10 is probably too big a number.

5. Put a piece into Pianoworld recital by end of year.
FAIL! No, I didn't do that. Actually, I forgot about this goal. However, I did get better at recording myself, I was struggling with it for a while. Next year!

6. Do an arrangement of "It Happened on the River" (a Russian folk song).
FAIL! I played around with it and figured out the melody and some of the chords, but got frustrated and never actually came up with a playable arrangement. Perhaps I should start with something easier...

7. Get piano tuned and C# key fixed.
PASS! Yes, did that. It needs tuning again now, though smile

8. Keep a practice journal.
PASS, then FAIL. The last entry is in August. That's about when I stopped doing my technique every day, as well.

9. Participate in MYOD.
FAIL. I signed up, but I didn't observe it. There were whole weeks that I didn't play. What I can say is that I kept coming back to it, and at the end of the year I have some progress to show for it.

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So, in summary - I didn't do a lot of the things I planned on doing. However, I did make progress. I'm pleased that I learned all the pieces that I said I was going to at the beginning of the year. The things that I didn't do are food for thought for setting next year's goals. Some of the things were a bit over-ambitious.
Posted By: Qwerty53

Re: Do you remember your goals for 2018? - 01/01/19 01:56 AM

How did I do with my “resolutions, or hopes, for the new year” (2018)?
1) Learn some pieces well enough to play them with confidence for others;
2) Play some music, musically, for some of my very musical friends.
These are really the same, almost!


Some progress, here: I made enough progress with some easy pieces to dare playing them in piano stores while searching for a new piano. And I had a big breakthrough with one wonderful piece I love, in being able to practice sharing its “heart” even if I didn’t get every note in place. And I have played it for other people, even strangers!

3) Continue to play without stress or strain or injury, and with pleasure and attention.
Yes! And this is a goal for every year! I found a wonderful new teacher partway through the year, who watches me like a hawk and is so knowledgeable and caring, so this seems much more achievable.

4) Record and upload some pieces, even if I am not satisfied with them, so I can look back later and see my progress.
Not so good, here, although I did take part in my first PW quarterly recital — with a piece that was not yet “there” by a long shot. And it is a renewed goal for the coming year: The Nice Young Man gave me a Zoom H4N recorder for Christmas, and a stand for it, so now I am well equipped to record easily and well. This way of listening to myself is going to help me chart a path toward better playing.

5) Apply my “perfectionist” tendencies for good, not evil! That is, work to get better at playing, but also take risks, the better to explore and to share the beauty of the music.
I think I had a few tastes of this, especially at my teacher’s Piano Party in November. Exhilarating!
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