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Typical piano practice

This is pretty much what my parents put up with everyday when I practice the piano. It’s a long video with me playing with all the mistakes included. I admit that I picked the more interesting songs from my song playlist for the video.
I use the iPad to tell me what songs I should practice. It shows me a list of songs I can play, tells me how recently I’ve practiced it and it can record how long I practice it for. So far I’m averaging about 1 hour of practice a day, although some days it’s a bit less.

My teacher started me on playing songs before learning to read, so I can play most songs from memory (about 1 hours worth), but need to practice every day so I don’t forget them. I’ve started reading music recently so I have been concentrating on quite a bit too.
As you can tell, the main song i’ve been practicing lately is Fur Elise as I learnt it fairly recently.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7_yr9GqAdI[/youtube]

Fur Elise

This is the first part to Fur Elise that I learnt 3 weeks ago. I’ve noticed how chord based this piece is after learning it and noticing the broken chord patterns in the left hand.

I think I still need to work on this piece more, but since I hadn’t posted anything for a while, I decided to record it and post it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfDQXdpUdbc[/youtube]

Dark Blue

This is one of my favorite pieces in the Simply Music piano method.

It is a jazz piece composed by Neil Moore from the Level 4 repertoire and is quite different from the other songs I’ve learnt. It sounds more atmospheric and uses the damper pedal quite a lot to mix all the notes together.

I’ve been learning piano for about 2 years.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEs1s1E6I04[/youtube]

願いが叶う場所 Negai ga kanau basho

This is my third self-taught song. I learnt this song from the visual novel game and anime Clannad by using the song as practice for sightreading the right hand which went well. I figured I should try learn the left hand part as well and after a weekend and a few days after work of practice I managed to play it both hands!

This is recorded using my new Zoom Q3HD camera that I received in the mail yesterday.

The video looks bad compared to my digital camera but the sound quality is great! Next time I’ll try recording during the day time when there is more light and see if it’s any better.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G198iryHt5s[/youtube]

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – You

After making some progress by learning to play Tsubasa wo Kudasai, I decided to focus back on the “You” song that I could only play the intro part from.

I’ve been working on this song for a while and now can play most of it apart from one part which I have a lot of trouble with that involves a lot of fast high notes that are written on ledger lines.

Anyways, I’m liking how it sounds now, it’s definitely is a step forward from my initial “You” intro videos and sounds more complete.

Again, I have been learning piano for almost 1.5 years.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-aYMNAtfqM[/youtube]

Tsubasa wo Kudasai

So far with my music studies, apart from the Simply music songs, I’ve only really managed to learn the intro to the Higurashi – You song that I self taught myself. Another self-taught song that I worked on recently is Tsubasa wo kudasai.

It seems to be a popular song in Japan and is used in the anime K-on and is the ending song of the Evangelion 2.0 movie. I wanted to play it on piano because of the catchy melody.

At the time, I still couldn’t read music sheets so I worked on memorizing the right hand melody, figured out the chords to put into the left hand and improvised playing them as arpeggios (I’ve since learnt that this is called making an arrangement of a song). I had to work with my piano teacher to fix up my selection of chords but thanks her I am now able to play it both hands!

When I managed to learn this song, I’d been playing for almost 1 and a half years with Simply Music piano lessons.

I based this arrangement from the music sheet available below under “K-ON! - Tsubasa o Kudasai” at: http://josh.agarrado.net/music/anime/

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqtKI62UbAw[/youtube]

Piano practice

Over the weekend, I spent some time recording some videos of my piano practice on the new piano. These videos have some of the older songs I recorded before, but I also recorded some new songs too. I also included an intro bit of the “You” song from the Higurashi anime.

I’m happier with the composition session this time. It still needs a lot of work, but i’m starting to make it sound a bit more decent. I still don’t know how to put in the black keys, but I guess that will come in time. Perhaps when I learn more about playing in different keys.

Enjoy!

You intro from the anime Higurashi no naku koro ni
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yuf9bylWrtQ[/youtube]
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My new piano arrived!!

This morning, my new piano (Yamaha T121) arrived safely on time at around 9:30am. The piano fortunately fit in the area that I made some room for it. The piano was transported by 2 staff from Sound Centre and it only took them about 10 minutes to move the piano into the place I had prepared. It was certainly much faster then I had anticipated. When peeking at the contents of the truck, when my piano was being unloaded, there were several upright pianos as well as a grand piano in there.

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When I tested out the piano, it was actually louder than I had imagined but was still fine. Although I am glad that I didn’t buy a piano with a larger cabinet, otherwise, It would be far too loud.

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After finishing work for the day, I spent the rest of my time playing the piano for most of the day. The sound quality is most definitely a lot better than my digital piano’s sound. Because of the loudness of the piano, I doubt I’d be able to practice too late at night, so I’ll have to resort to using my digital piano for night practice. My parents also are quite impressed with the new piano.

Anyways, I am really happy with the piano and plan to keep up with my piano practice.

Australian Piano Fair

I went to the Australian Piano Fair at the Perth convention center this weekend as I heard of it from some piano related email subscription.

Recently I’ve been rather dissatisfied with the fake piano sound that my digital pianos use, so I have been quite tempted with the prospect of buying a real piano. The main problems I had with the digital pianos were that I wasn’t able to appreciate the songs I was playing as the sounds didn’t sound right (e.g. chords when playing blues songs) and I was not able to play on my teacher’s piano without having to spend a bit of time at the beginning getting used to the difference in the key action.

Anyways, since I have a holiday planned later in the year, I figured it wasn’t such a good idea to go to the piano fair, but I wanted to try playing on various brands and types of pianos (like the expensive grand pianos), so I ended up going. 😛

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