YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013

Posted by: Johan B

YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 08:49 AM

Hi there,

Just as last year you can tell here what your musically piano goals are for 2013. I will remember you on 26 december 2013. Many of you looked last week at their goals of 2012. It was nice to read what you realized. Remember2012

My goals:
- Learn more about the Suites of Händel....
- Play more of classical composers (classicistic period ~1750~1820) like Cimarosa, Benda, Haydn, Kuhlau....
- Play more of the baroque composers like Zipoli and Telemann....
- Perhaps purchase a new dp or grand....
- and of course I play the organ of the St.Willibrorduschurch at Kloosterburen during the summer-open-church-days....

So guys.....what do you promise yourself for the next year....tell us....

Best regards and best wishes for 2013,
Johan B
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 09:25 AM

What timing! I was just writing out my 2013 piano goals
1. Achieve RCM 7 technical proficiency
2. Improve hand position: fix thumb, raise the bridge
3. Continue working on relaxation and arm movement )in out, up down, side to side)
4. Well voiced chords and even attack
5. Sight read at grade 4
6. Play in all 4 AFB recitals
7. Post to the piano bar once a qtr.
(Wish list: a Prelude and Fugue from WTC; Scarlatti Sonata in F# Minor K25. A girl can dream, right?)
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 09:33 AM

SwissMS,

.......I really like your dreams......I have many of them....

Johan B
Posted by: jotur

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 11:37 AM

I'd like to average 2 hours/day of practice. Usually I don't make that specific a goal publically, but I made my goal of 1.5 hrs/day average last year, and I think this one is going to take some work.

And I'd like to play Happy Birthday regularly smile It's so easy to forget, and then I botch it when I need it on the spur of the moment laugh

What I get from practicing: More musicality. More repertoire (I'm aiming for 2 hours of tunes from the late 1800s thru about 1946 one of these days. I have 2 hours of tunes, but they're in a broader category.) Learning tunes faster. More facility all over the piano. I can reach an octave in both hands fairly easily, which at one time I couldn't. More freedom to do variations (I can do rhythm variations more easily than I can do melody variation, or add frills - I'd like to be able to do more of all one of these days). More up-tempo. And, ultimately, more gigs - pizza parlors anyone?

So we'll try for 2 hours/day, average. And Happy Birthday.

(The "Royal We" sounds good, no?)

Thanks, Johan, for this thread!

Cathy
Posted by: sinophilia

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 11:41 AM

My goals for 2013:

- practice 4-5 days a week, at least 1 hour a day
- start Alfred's AIO book 3 in February and finish it by the end of the year
- practice sight reading once a week (ideally Bartok's Mikrokosmos I-IV)

I also have in mind to get an acoustic upright, but that might have to wait a bit more.

smile
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 11:52 AM

My goals:

1. Play/practice every day (except when sick or away from home)
2. Play longer pieces
3. Further improve sight reading, reading in general
4. Develop techniques which allow me to play faster pieces.
5. Get started on the jazz and blues!!!

Things I'd like to do but which aren't 100% up to me...
a) play in a live recital
b) play some duets

Thanks JohanB - these ongoing goal threads are really great for yearly reviews!
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 01:16 PM

Remarkable.......everyone talks about daily practicing.......seems we need more time for our second love.....

Johan B
Posted by: WiseBuff

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 01:49 PM

Ah for 2013 my goals include:
1. practice 1-2 hours a day
2. memorize 3-5 pieces (they can be short easy pieces)
3. bring a level 6 (I guess it could be a 7 or 8 for that matter) piece up to speed
4. play scales with smoothness and speed
5. upload a piece for each e-cital
6. sight read more fluently
7. Go to Summerkeys and enjoy

Funny it sounds a lot like last year...but just a step higher
Posted by: Dmaj

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 01:59 PM

1) Practice and self teach over 10 hours every day with 99% effort and concentration
I'll lock myself into my own room with my own will and play happily into the night if i have to, for the sake of my tenacious passion and happiness
2) jazz/pop music theory
3) Write six mandopop demos (an album) by Christmas and send it as a present to my friends and family
4) explore guitar, cello, and drums
6) meet other musicians!
7) perform live

looking forward to seeing everyone's goals being accomplished by Christmas 2013,
kev
Posted by: outo

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 03:09 PM

Some goals for 2013:
- Buy a grand
- Get my body into better shape so I can loose some of the tensions
- Improve my memorization (to be more reliable)
- Improve my concentration skills
- Keep improving my touch and make it more even in quality

The first one will be the easiest but one can always dream smile

As for repertoire:
- At least 3 more Scarlatti sonatas
- At least one new Chopin piece, maybe 72-1 if teacher agrees
- Something totally different to what I have played so far
- Keep improving some of the nice ones I have already played to the level that I can play them anytime without messing up smile
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 04:50 PM

Outo,

Wow.....very ambitious..but very nice........post the pics of the new grand in this forum please.....

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 05:02 PM

Record and post the larghetto from Chopin's op 11 concerto, and Chopin's nocture op 9 nr 3.
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 05:15 PM

1. Take part in four ABF recitals.
I joined in my first one this year and learnt the inestimable value of recording myself, listening and knowing that others would hear. It has been a significant addition to my practising.

2. Learn 20 new pieces.
I've been back at the piano a year now since I gave up in April '95 to become a (conscientious) father. I continued to play sporadically until we moved to Ireland in '97 but I'd stopped learning. I did about two weeks two Christmases ago but it didn't last. I've learnt 20 new pieces this year though some of them I'd started back in '95. I should manage the same again next year, there are still some half started pieces lingering near the rack but I have a sizeable (and growing) list of brand new pieces looming.

3. Do scales, arpeggios or broken chords every weekend.
I've kept up my scales in double thirds this year but thought I was too good to bother with regular material. I've noticed some sloppiness in my broken chords when playing Beethoven - thanks to recording - and have decided I need more technical work done at weekends.

4. Add four new exercises from the Gradus.
Technical work is not my forte but I think Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum is beneficial (for me). One more exercise per season is enough for me to continue with for now.

5. Keep checking in to the forum.
My sight reading has improved beyond all recognition this year from tips I've picked up here, I'm using a metronome much more deliberately and effectively now in my practise from tips I've picked up here and I have had dialogue (and am continuing to have) with people I count among my friends here. I think finding this place and signing in regularly has been the biggest boost to my playing and my practise since I first pressed a key. My thanks to all involved.

Posted by: malkin

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 06:04 PM

2013: The year of the open heart
Posted by: justpin

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 06:33 PM

#1 Have more fun playing.

#2 Practice properly! Rather than going playing a few pieces I can play already very well then trying something new for a bit.

#3 Getting my timing a bit better and not cutting off notes so quickly.

#4 Increasing my speed and accuracy for both playing and sight reading, right now I can only 'buffer' one bar ahead. Which means I play in a jerky manner unless I've memorised the entire piece.

#5 Learn the dark art of page turning. I am completely unable to turn pages and have multiple music stands for this purpose.

#6 Stuccatto properly. I tend to hold notes far too long.
Posted by: Michael_99

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 07:47 PM

I am slowly working through the tunes in Book 1 of John Thompson method. I think in Book 2 fur elise or a version of it is one of the pages. If I could play that, I think I could retire as an accomplished pianst, but I am enjoying the tunes I have learned so far so I am in no rush to play anything in particular, just that I play them musically and as beautiully I can.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 08:14 PM

My goal is not necessarily quantifiable because what I need to work on is more 'how' I play a tune rather than 'what' tune I can or cannot play.

Aspiring to play more advanced pieces over time is certainly a good goal, the only thing is I haven't been able to perform my current stuff to its fullest potential yet.

My goal is not to be able to play more and more advanced pieces over time. Instead, my goal is to play my current repertoire much nicer with a lot more attention given to how the piece is played; or rather performed.

Much of the music we listen too is not that difficult to play. A lot of it sounds so nice due to the inherent beauty of the melody of the piece itself, not necessarily how technically advanced it is. To be honest, (at least for my simple mind) music that is too technically advanced can become fatiguing to listen too after a while.

So, for the record, my goal is to put much more meaning, expression and control over everything I play. Even if I don't learn anything new, that will be a significant accomplishment in itself that I will be very happy with because ultimately it's not what you play, but rather how you play it that counts.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 09:00 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
My goals:

1. Play/practice every day (except when sick or away from home)
2. Play longer pieces
3. Further improve sight reading, reading in general
4. Develop techniques which allow me to play faster pieces.
5. Get started on the jazz and blues!!!

Things I'd like to do but which aren't 100% up to me...
a) play in a live recital
b) play some duets

Thanks JohanB - these ongoing goal threads are really great for yearly reviews!


Yeah, thanks for the thread, Johan.

I'll just edit Cheryl's list slightly:

1. Practice every day (I think I'm most productive in the morning) - and find more enjoyment in doing so
2. Play [some] longer pieces / Learn at least two movements of any one classical sonata (or sonatina?)
3. Further improve sight reading
4. Harness a greater control and understanding over technical development and learning pieces (personal and pedagogic interest)
5. Learn not only more about jazz and improvisation, but also how to apply already-known ideas/principles better in both practice sessions and actual application

Hadn't considered them before, but thanks to Cheryl:

a) Hold a recital (possibly near the end of the year) either for family and/or a nearby assisted-living facility including two favorite Christmas arrangements
b) Play with others (even if it's just practicing more with a backing track)
Posted by: Valencia

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 10:20 PM

-get both Mysterious Barricades by Couperin and Debussy's First Arabesque under my fingers.

-submit Rachmaninoff's Prelude 32/12 for an ABF recital.

-play Mendelssohn's Songs without Words 30/1 and 85/1 in the upcoming Themed Recital.

-keep working on Ocean and Winter Wind Etudes. (not sure of specific goals re tempo and memory for those pieces). Maybe submit Ocean Etude as a work in progress to one of the ABF recitals.

-start on Liszt's un sospiro (don't know about specific goals for this piece...will be a long term project I'm sure).

-practice in ways that get the harder parts going instead of working on the stuff that is easier to play. But I'm not sure what this will look like.

-I'd like to learn more about music analysis but i'm not sure where to start (the threads on these topics are way over my head.:P). Seems like it would help though in learning some of my pieces.

-What to learn for other pieces?? Maybe Chopin's Nocturne 9/3, or Rachmaninoff's Prelude 32/5 or Liszt Consolation D flat major No. 3..or...Chopin's Etude 10/3...or....?????? I'm open to ideas!!! smile
Posted by: LindaR

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 10:25 PM

I want to perfect my harmonics, reading and aural abilities. The lady with the large hat gave me the harmonics advice I think. I'd like to buy a guitar in 2014. smile
Posted by: cefinow

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 10:30 PM

I'd like to branch out from classical and learn some Broadway/jazz standards. Learn some generic jazz progressions to make them sound halfway decent, too (or maybe just make them sound generic).
Posted by: outo

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/30/12 11:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Johan B
Outo,

Wow.....very ambitious..but very nice........post the pics of the new grand in this forum please.....



Certainly!
Hopefully not later than May...
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 01:29 AM

Since my play/practice time might be significantly reduced this year, my only goal in 2013 is to play when I can, let the keys fall more naturally under my fingers, and just get more comfortable and relaxed at the keys - like strumming a guitar.

I was 33 when I started learning piano, with the long term goal of being awesome (relatively speaking, of course) by 40. I think, perhaps, one year to consolidate and "hunker down" might do wonders.

Here's to 2013!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 02:49 AM

(1) force myself to record and play in front of others
(2) focus on playing musically
(3) practice 2 hours a day
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 05:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
So, for the record, my goal is to put much more meaning, expression and control over everything I play. Even if I don't learn anything new, that will be a significant accomplishment in itself that I will be very happy with because ultimately it's not what you play, but rather how you play it that counts.


1+ thumb

and Happy Birthday, Farm Girl!!
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 07:48 AM

Farmgirl,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many years full of music.....

Cheers,
Johan B
Posted by: gwood

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 08:28 AM

more or less a continuation of last years goals:
- more consistent practice (daily)
- focus more a a couple books of music (mark harrison's blues piano and a couple of vince guaraldi peanuts books). use these more as method books and work through them piece by piece kind of like people do the alfred's method books. this will probably take more than one year.
- work / improve sight reading
- post a few pieces to the recital threads
- stay focused.
- re-review existing pieces regularly to keep them in my fingers (and head).
gw
Posted by: Nutty

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 08:31 AM

My goals for this year are:

1. Hopefully take and pass grade 4 ABRSM in the Spring
2. Learn to play I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
3. Try playing infront of more people without going to pieces (I'm rubbish at that!)
4. Learn and understand Theory - Not sure why it just doesn't stick in my head!
5. Improve my sight reading - I find this the hardest - I rely to much on playing from memory!

I think thats it for now

Posted by: Ragdoll

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 09:05 AM

smile

1. To be a helpful voice in these forums.

2. To dip a toe into Classical waters and overcome my bias towards that genre.

3.To think about my posts before sending, do I have to say something or do I have something to say? (a biggie)

4.Be honest in my commitment to MOYD.

5.Increase my playing/practice time by at least 25 percent.

6.Honor other's efforts no matter their stage of the journey, and not compare to mine.
Posted by: torquenale

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 09:28 AM

My list of goals:

1. practice every day (signed up MOYD)
2. learn 10 new pieces (I'm a very slow learner!)
3. improve sight-reading
4. learn how to record myself and submit something for one recital
5. play in front of a small public of friends (I have problem also with my teacher!)
6. practice on scales/ arpeggios at least once a week
Posted by: scorpio

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 09:35 AM

My 2013 piano goals:

1. Faithfully complete MOYD 2013
2. START and COMPLETE Alfred's Adult AIO Course Book 1
3. START Alfred's Adult AIO Course Book 2
4. Journal my practices (accomplishments, struggles, pieces, page notes, hours, etc)
5. Upload selections as they are "mastered" (youtube or other site)
6. Seek constructive criticism of my work AND accept what is offered to me so I can grow as a piano player
7. Submit at least one offering to ABF Recital
8. Take care of my piano, as it will take me to places I have always dreamed about...


My best to all!
Posted by: JimF

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 01:53 PM

Mostly Similar to last year....

1. Reading. Read something new every day, whether it is sight reading easier fare or slogging through a few measures of more advanced material, just keep reading. Continue with the Read/Sing/Play of Bach's Invention #8 as per the reading exercise suggested by one of our members.

2. Technique. Continue working on tension and relaxed concentration/focus. Continue speed work in scales.

3. Practice habits. Continue MOYD at 2-3 hours a day. STOP practicing when it isn't working and do something else for a while. Reduce everything to smaller and smaller steps. GO SLOWER.

4. Performance. Participate in my teacher's spring recital and host pre-recital "practice session" for the adult students. Submit more things to the piano bar or ABF recitals. Jam with one of my guitar-playing buddies.

5. Pieces. I think I may be better off not setting a time-related goal for getting to any particular piece of music.... I will get there when I'm ready.

6. New this year. I have decided to start holding on to more of my pieces and will see if I can have a little more of a repertoire at this time next year. As the pieces get harder and time invested in each longer, it seems a shame to just let them go when completed to my teacher's satisfaction. She agrees and thinks it will be good for me. A handful of jazz standards and two or three of my harder classical pieces would be a good start and something to shoot for by year-end. I'm not sure how much time I will have to give to this effort, but it will come in the evenings, which I usually reserve for "playing".
Posted by: Wish4 Thing

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 02:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Michael_99
I am slowly working through the tunes in Book 1 of John Thompson method. I think in Book 2 fur elise or a version of it is one of the pages.


Which book of John Thompson are you studying? I have the "modern course", wondering how you like it? Did you pick the Thompson's for yourself as the method book?

I just flipped through the book, so many classical music, just what I needed! but I thought the book can get difficult pretty quickly, wanted to get to the book when I'm more ready... Thanks for sharing your experience!
Posted by: outo

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 03:52 PM

I had no idea what MOYD was, but now I do smile

I think playing every day is probably the one thing that I do not need to set as a goal. Because I am still (have been ever since starting to play in May 2011) so addicted to the keys that I would only not play when away from home on a trip or really sick or tired after too much overtime at work. I think during the past 18 months I have missed less than 15 days.

I have waited for my natural lazyness to catch on, but somehow I just need the fix everyday, even when I have bad times and really suck.

But anyway, I hope I will still feel this way at the end of 2013!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 04:31 PM

Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
So, for the record, my goal is to put much more meaning, expression and control over everything I play. Even if I don't learn anything new, that will be a significant accomplishment in itself that I will be very happy with because ultimately it's not what you play, but rather how you play it that counts.


1+ thumb

and Happy Birthday, Farm Girl!!
Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
So, for the record, my goal is to put much more meaning, expression and control over everything I play. Even if I don't learn anything new, that will be a significant accomplishment in itself that I will be very happy with because ultimately it's not what you play, but rather how you play it that counts.


1+ thumb

and Happy Birthday, Farm Girl!!


Thank you, Happy New Year
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 04:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Johan B
Farmgirl,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many years full of music.....

Cheers,
Johan B


Thank you. All the best for you too
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 05:42 PM

Hi there,

Nice goals you set.......I will remember you next year....more members and more goals....???


Cheers,
Johan B
Posted by: LimeFriday

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 05:48 PM

My goals for 2013...

1. Finish the pieces I started and put away two years ago - Debussy Prelude No 2 Book I 'Voiles', Beethoven Op 90, Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C minor - WTC Book 1.
2. Commit to daily practice
3. Have 5 - 6 pieces memorised and ready to go anywhere at anytime. When I was playing the organ regularly I had a 2 hour repertoire ready and memorised - but I have NOTHING to play at the drop of a hat on the piano. So my goal for this year is to start building that 'play for public' repertoire.
4. Enjoy my practice sessions and not bash myself for not being good enough.
Posted by: riley80

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/12 08:29 PM

Become more at home in keys of B and E.

Work my way thru my old Chadwick "Harmony".
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/01/13 08:04 PM

In the last month, I think I've gotten into a good pattern that I want to continue in the New Year.

1. Continue learning and practicing how to learn and practice pieces effectively.

2. Continue memorizing some of the pieces I learn.

3. Continue learning the pieces in Khachaturian's Children's Album I.

4. Continue learning pieces across periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern.

5. Participate in the Mendelssohn BIG Themed Recital and all four ABF Recitals. Depending on the difficulty of the pieces, participate in other themed recitals.

6. Continue practicing scales. Add chord inversions and arpeggios.

7. Add prima vista sight-reading to my practicing.

In terms of skills, I want to improve at learning and practicing, memorizing, voicing, dynamics, big chords, inversions and arpeggios, and prima vista sight-reading. I'm also hoping that disciplined practice (start slow, use metronome to build gradually) will improve my ability to play quickly with precision.
Posted by: HalfStep

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/02/13 12:32 AM

To keep studying and practice, practice, practice...
Posted by: Johan B

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/02/13 01:22 PM

Halfstep,

Time for practice.....that's the main problem for all of us....

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted by: HalfStep

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/02/13 09:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Johan B
Halfstep,

Time for practice.....that's the main problem for all of us....

Best regards,
Johan B


So far so good! What's the date?! LOL
Posted by: neildradford

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/02/13 10:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Nutty
My goals for this year are:

1. Hopefully take and pass grade 4 ABRSM in the Spring
2. Learn to play I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
3. Try playing infront of more people without going to pieces (I'm rubbish at that!)
4. Learn and understand Theory - Not sure why it just doesn't stick in my head!
5. Improve my sight reading - I find this the hardest - I rely to much on playing from memory!

I think thats it for now



Hey Nutty, your list is pretty much identical to mine:

*Take Grade 4 ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall
*Learn to play any of Einaudi's music
*Play better in front of my teacher (and others)
*Understand theory better-I've only done the book for grades 1&2 (not sat exam) and most of that hasn't sunk in
*Improve my sight reading-the only way is up on this one, I can't not memorise as I'm learning a piece, still can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing!

Neil.
Posted by: Sand Tiger

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/03/13 12:15 AM

I started in March 2012.

On the short list for the new year:
* Make a permanent place for the rig I have. Right now I have to pull it out from under the bed and set it up every time I want to play.
* Eventually a new rig. The 61-key Yamaha NP11 has served me well and taken me far, but most folks on the forum continue to tell me it is "toy."
* Continue to write original music, or make my own arrangements of known pieces. I will keep that flame of creativity burning.
* Continue to find the occasional inspiring cover piece to learn. While these tend to be major projects for a poor sightreader like me, they add familiar landmarks for the audiences to my repertoire, and on the whole, good projects for me to undertake. (I have no real desire to make a project of improving my sightreading. I would much rather spend my time and energy writing new music.)
* Continue to take care of, and be patient with my hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, etc, etc, etc. Years of flute and whistle playing, and heavy computer use, means that I have learned to manage what at times becomes chronic discomfort. Overuse can lead to pain. I have to watch carefully because I can get lost in the music.
* Continue to participate in the ABF recitals and the occasional post to the piano bar.
* Continue to play live at Songmakers, and also seek new audiences.

From the mental health program that I volunteer and participate in, these are relevant to my piano adventure.
* Endorse for the effort not the outcome
* Plan, decide, and act
* Do things in part acts
* Lower my standards so my performance can rise
* There is no right or wrong in trivialities (and by definition, everything hobby related tends to be a triviality).

/edit to add: I found this quote from John Coltrane, which seems so appropriate as a goal:
"My music is the spiritual expression of what I am."

I feel that at times I have gotten near to that place on whistle, and in my songwriting (over 10+ years). On piano keyboard, I am getting there, day by day. Some days I lose myself in music. On other days it feels more like frustration and a wall in front of me. As for being an ant before Everest, I share that sentiment, but the mountain ain't coming to me. Today's Daily inspiration expresses it so clearly for beginner pianists:
"I don’t need all the answers at once. I simply need to move forward one step at a time."
Posted by: mabraman

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/03/13 05:22 AM

I started on September 2012, when I felt like an (mature) ant in front of the Everest, so my goals are:

-feel the keys more each time. I'm just beginning to do it and it's the first step.
-relax my hands and shoulders/keep hands closer to keybed.
-practice some scales every day, as a warm-up.
-improve sight reading. I tend to memorize and then I no longer read. I'm not bad at reading, but I can´t read and play in time, all together.
-read theory books, specially of harmony and chord progressions.
-start some blues scales and chords on my own. My piano teacher is on the classical side of the moon.
-work with musescore.
-learn some pieces (or covers adapted to my level) just for more fun: La vals Kendall (Calderazzo/Marsalis); some tunes from Tom Waits; Goodbye pork pie hat (Mingus); Armellodie (Gonzales)...the wishlist would be so long!
-participate in term recitals/play in front of people/control my nerves/not to begin missing notes as soon as I play record button!
-not to fall in love with my theory teacher (she's soooo nice) blush

Do you think this is realistic?
Posted by: ManuPetrof

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/15/13 07:32 PM

Hi there,

my music goals for 2013 are the following (at different levels):

-Relevance: Improve my motivation and understanding on what I want to learn music for.

-Efficiency: Play at least 15 hours per month, in a relax and concentrated manner. Continue assisting to Harmony Class every Wednesday.

-Effectiveness: Complete by June 2013 the VAI manual on harmony exercises. i started the year in page 150 and it has 195 pages.

-Impact: Continue playing with the Big Band. Assist every Thursday to rehearsal, and be able to follow, to play the assigned solos and contribute to the overall quality of the music. 18 May, we will play in a friend´s wedding. It must be awesome.
Furthermore, by end of 2013, i will have worked one full Beethoven sonata. Septimino op.49.2.

-Sustainability: I need to be able to improvise a bit better every month. It must also become part of my family life, giving good example to my two sons, and general fun and entertainment to all.

-Accountability: I will come back to you and report progress and issues ;-)

Wish you best 2013, full of respect, loyalty and harmony.
Manuel
Posted by: Michael_99

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/15/13 10:19 PM

Good question. I chose the John Thompson Modern Course for the Piano, red books, Book 1. There are 5 books in all, 70 pages of music for each book, so lots of music. I love the method for several reasons. It is challenging and very informative. I went to a large music store in town and look at about 30 methods. John Thompson came way ahead of any other method book - for me. But to be fair, I have played as a basic player,

so I know that I:
must play very slowly
repeat pieces every day
always play pieces without mistakes else I play it slower and slower until it is played without mistakes.
I can count so I know to grab a metronome if I am having trouble.
So I am okay for the moment and when I have trouble, I will get a teacher.

If you take the time to walk through the method books one by one over several months, you will see for yourself what will work for you. Most teacher say that they like to pick different stuff for each student's problems, and that is awesome. But the factors are different. People are paying money each week for a lesson and expect results from the teacher, and rightly so, and teachers want to keep the students interested and growing progressively better and improved. When you are self-taught you have to be motivated and I can take the time to slow down when things get tough and take a little longer to learn a particular technique without the risking
giving up where others might be discouraged if suddenly they have a difficulty learning something.

I have heard people say:
Johm Thompson is boring, dull,
steep learning curve,
not as good as the colourful
books that some people are using.

To this I say, piano books since pianos were invented were black notes on black staffs. If you want colourful
music books then perhaps you should be going to art school where everything is all about colour. Yes, I agree
John Thompson has a steep learning curve, but it is like lifitng weights, if you lift 1 pound weight 10 times
nothing will happen and you won't feel it. If you lift a 10 pound weight 10 times, you feel the 'pain' and feel
the 'glow" and life gets better. If you lift a 100 pound weight and have never done it before you break your
arm and tear your muscles and have destroyed your arm for life. So you have to know where to start. It is
whatever you want in life. I love having to work hard to learn a piece. It it usually takes a week to work through a piece and then weeks to months to learn the details that polish the piece to its best. To some poeple want to lean a piece in a day or two and move on to a new piece. I on the other hand love to play all the pieces I have ever learned and play them day after day as time permits day after day. It is all about playing the piano every chance I get.



To be fair, I had a guitar teacher, a voilin teacher, a few piano teachers for short periods of time over my lifetime, an excelent sax teacher for 4 years, all basic music, and also played in a blues band, 2 concert bands, a jazz band. I only says this because to be fair, I can only play basic music but I have lots of basic music experience, especially with other musicians. Playing with other musicians, you either sink or swim.
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/16/13 10:46 AM

I have some general goals for this year:

- to learn how to play with others (either duets with my teacher or other musicians.)

- learn how to do basic improvisation

- learn a small amount of repatoire (why or why can I not spell that word?)

- continue with MOYD

- continue improving basic skills and theory
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/26/13 04:05 PM




Goal set for 2013


Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
My goal is not necessarily quantifiable because what I need to work on is more 'how' I play a tune rather than 'what' tune I can or cannot play.

Aspiring to play more advanced pieces over time is certainly a good goal, the only thing is I haven't been able to perform my current stuff to its fullest potential yet.

My goal is not to be able to play more and more advanced pieces over time. Instead, my goal is to play my current repertoire much nicer with a lot more attention given to how the piece is played; or rather performed.

Much of the music we listen too is not that difficult to play. A lot of it sounds so nice due to the inherent beauty of the melody of the piece itself, not necessarily how technically advanced it is. To be honest, (at least for my simple mind) music that is too technically advanced can become fatiguing to listen too after a while.

So, for the record, my goal is to put much more meaning, expression and control over everything I play. Even if I don't learn anything new, that will be a significant accomplishment in itself that I will be very happy with because ultimately it's not what you play, but rather how you play it that counts.


Results:

Epic fail! While I did learn to play new melodies and increase my complexity a bit, this was not my goal; Actually, just the opposite!

I've been practicing very hard for nearly 9 years now and I am able to play some fairly decent tunes, but it is the emotion, sensitivity, delicacy and control that is STILL my weakness. Until I actually address these issues and overcome them, my playing will not advance much further. I just must do a better job in these areas to be satisfied with my accomplishments because I can honestly say that I haven't given it my best effort.

The 'way' I play sucks, and the quality of my recordings are even worse. [I am currently and 'literally' recording from a digital piano to a digital recorder,....wait for it.......'acoustically'. No-way can that be beat in terms of being pathetic!

Not all is lost however because I have an incredible amount of built up frustration in my shortcomings and I also know what I end up doing in these situations. It just gives me even more motivation to get it right when I'm actually focused and determined to get it done.

This summer when I'm back on the mighty Mason I'm going to get it perfectly tuned [so no excuses there], I'm going to do whatever it takes to get the acoustics acceptable [insert bed comforters here] and I'm going to perform the piece beautifully without it sounding like pound-O-rama or musical whack-A-mole.

Talk is cheap though so we'll see.
Posted by: Ragdoll

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/27/13 10:58 AM

My goals for 2013 were:

1. To be a helpful voice in these forums.
I have no idea, but I hope I was somewhat helpful

2. To dip a toe into Classical waters and overcome my bias towards that genre.
Epic fail, I just can't get into it ...yet. Maybe never eek

3.To think about my posts before sending, do I have to say something or do I have something to say? (a biggie)
I do think I accomplished this goal. If not someone may point it out to me.

4.Be honest in my commitment to MOYD.
Definitely was honest about this and my commitment helped my playing a lot.

5.Increase my playing/practice time by at least 25 percent.
Oh yah, at least 25% increase and more efficient practice too.

6.Honor other's efforts no matter their stage of the journey, and not compare to mine.
Well.. I admit that I do get discouraged at times if I compare to others who have the same years experience as myself but are so much more advanced with similar pieces. As I gain experience I do this less and less though. grin
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: YOUR NEW MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/28/13 12:51 PM

- to learn how to play with others (either duets with my teacher or other musicians.)
I began to learn this when I could still afford a teacher, so about 50% fulfilled

- learn how to do basic improvisation
Nope naughta nothing

- learn a small amount of repatoire (why or why can I not spell that word?)
Yes! I do have a small collection of repatoire now. smile

- continue with MOYD
Nope and I don't think I will try this again. I need breaks sometimes. This just doesn't suit me. Took two tries to figure it out!

- continue improving basic skills and theory
Definitely! My theory and skills are moving along at a great steady pace! Success on this one

Well I only managed a few but I'm happy with that. It was a very bad year (especially the last few months) and having met any of these goals is wonderful news!
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 12/31/13 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
1. Practice every day (I think I'm most productive in the morning) - and find more enjoyment in doing so


I didn't practice every day, but certainly did more than my fair share of thinking about music every day. I also now no longer believe in setting a goal such as this for various reasons. Don't get me wrong, I believe in practicing every day now more than ever, but think doing so should be motivated through an intrinsic passion - not because you set some goal to go touch the keys daily. To think of practicing only as something you do while at the keyboard is also detrimental to one's progress and development. As my teacher eloquently put it in our final lesson, "think of practicing not as a thing you do, but a place you go to in your mind."

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
2. Play [some] longer pieces / Learn at least two movements of any one classical sonata (or sonatina?)


This was a bit overambitious and fairly lofty. While I didn't accomplish it, my tastes have changed pretty dramatically and so I don't any longer have this as an immediate goal.

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
3. Further improve sight reading


This didn't go well. I need to readjust the specificity of my approach to this.

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
4. Harness a greater control and understanding over technical development and learning pieces (personal and pedagogic interest)


I feel the pedagogical knowledge I desired is now there more or less, but need to work on the control, or regimented application, of said knowledge.

Originally Posted By: Bobpickle
5. Learn not only more about jazz and improvisation, but also how to apply already-known ideas/principles better in both practice sessions and actual application


I've learned a great deal about jazz, jazz theory, and jazz pedagogy and look forward to going further.


Quote:
Hadn't considered them before, but thanks to Cheryl:

a) Hold a recital (possibly near the end of the year) either for family and/or a nearby assisted-living facility including two favorite Christmas arrangements
b) Play with others (even if it's just practicing more with a backing track)


I did a to some extent, though hope to improve on this next year, and a lot of b by coincidence and will thankfully get the opportunity to continue to do so for the next couple years.
Posted by: Anne H

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/01/14 06:24 PM

I need this! I have sort of mentally checked out of everything beyond work for the past several months.

1. Practice every day in an organized way, not just play every day.

2. Figure out when I am most mentally alert and block out practice time then as part of my schedule (This gets really difficult when I'm working on projects and deadlines in multiple worldwide time zones, sadly).

3. Pick pieces that are a slight stretch rather than a big stretch, so I can get them completed for deadlines.

4. Spend 20 minutes a day working with my jazz book.

5. Participate in as many recitals as possible, since those have been by far the most fun part of this year.
Posted by: Oongawa

Re: TELL HERE YOUR MUSICALLY GOALS FOR 2013; reminder 26dec2013 - 01/01/14 10:15 PM

I share many of the goals I see here, so we're all in the same boat!

1) Continue MOYD. This is my third year and it has been great. I never miss a day and some days - actually most days, I practice twice. Usually a total of about 1 to 1.5 hrs. Longer on the weekends or if I'm home alone.

2) Memorize something. Anything. I am blessed to be a good sight reader but I make up for that with a woeful problem in memorization. I will fix that this year. some how, some way.

3) Learn to play by chords. Presently I am completely unable to improvise in any way, or do anything with a fake book other than play the melody and block chords. So, the pop music (which many look down on as 'simple') is beyond me, but I can play classical (which people say is harder) all day long, though not the advanced stuff yet. Guess I'm bass-ackwards. My teacher knows this is a goal but we haven't started on it yet.

4) Upgrade my piano. Okay, so I'm already dying to do that so maybe it doesn't count as a resolution, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Small grand in my future.