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In these posts, I want to show that I am making Piano Progress.
I will aim to show more as I get better. Apologies for any substantial gaps in time – work and life sometimes get in the way!!
I hope that in the future a significant difference in my ability will be seen!
The following videos show what I have been learning at the Playground Sessions Bootcamp. They are pretty short pieces at the moment but as I get better, I hope to have now posted the final advanced level Bootcamp and soon will move onto showing you the Courses that Playground Sessions has to offer. I hope this will remain of interest and inspiring to new pianists. Anything is possible – I hope!!
This is a snippet of Louis Armstrong’s, ‘What A Wonderful World.’
Each piece I have learned in the Bootcamp is a little more challenging and I think this was a great tune to finish the advanced Bootcamp of Playground Sessions.
If there is one thing, I am now aware of, it is the ability to sight read. I will endeavour work on this in the forthcoming Playground courses.
For the moment however, I admit that the background music certainly helped me to keep the correct time. Had I the ability to look away from the keys as I played and read the music as I played this would certainly have helped me to speed up the learning process.
Having said that I do feel that realistically this is a process that all musicians have to go through and can only be improved gradually over many months if not years of play.
The introduction to Journey’s, ‘Don’t stop Believing.’
The most challenging part of this was getting all the correct notes at the correct time. A score of 95%-98% was reached many times but getting the score of 100% took a long time and a lot of perseverance. This is key to playing well and though frustrating eventually it was very satisfying to reach the score of 100%,
Apologies for the poor sound in the recording. I would love to turn the volume up and remove the thud when I play the keys, but I live in a flat with other working residents.
A little bit of Beethoven.
This piece I found challenging. I couldn’t play without looking at the keyboard. Maybe one day!
So to get the correct speed and timing I played with the software of Playground Sessions accompanying me.
I am happy to have been able to reach the correct speed of 120bpm. It didn’t take very long to play slowly but to be able to play at the correct speed took a long time. By using a metronome and increasing the speed gradually on Playground Sessions the speed was finally found.
This video is the intro to ‘Clock’ by Coldplay.
The advantage of learning with the Playground Piano software was definitely put into practice here. It took me a long time to get the correct tempo for this piece so as to match the timing with the drums when they come into the tune.
Playground allows the piece to be able to be practised at different speeds which made it easier to read the music, stopped me from looking at the piano keys too much and helping me to find the correct rhythm.
The software helps me persevere as I could see the percentage score given at the end of playing. In this respect, the practice necessary became like a game. The more I played the less the notes on my screen went pink and red and the higher the score started to rise until eventually all notes could be seen on my computer screen to have turned green and a 100% score was achieved. This was very satisfying.
The is from February 2021 and is from the middle of the Advanced Level Bootcamp of Playground Sessions. This time there was a need to look away from the keys and more at the computer screen with the written music. This was difficult and it took about a month to perfect this piece.