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Wed August 24, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:29:00

Practice thoughts:
Did some recording. Dad left to Japan.

Songs practiced/played:
Nightstorm (0:06:00)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:08:00)
Alma mater Blues (0:20:00)
LIght Blue (0:20:00)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:15:00)
Sit By My Side (0:20:00)

Tue August 23, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:33:00

Practice thoughts:
Piano tuned!

Songs practiced/played:
I’ll Be There (0:00:35)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:39)
Tear For A Friend (0:01:38)
Higurashi – You (0:04:05)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:18)
Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:43)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:04:04)
Sit By My Side (0:03:48)
The Gaz (0:00:36)
Ballade First Part (0:03:05)
Shoo-fly (0:02:16)
Fate Stay Night – Akane-Iro No Machi (0:09:10)

Sun August 21, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:23:00

Practice thoughts:
No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:
I’ll Be There (0:02:00)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:00)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:05:00)
Sit By My Side (0:08:00)
The Gaz (0:02:00)
Ballade First Part (0:06:00)
Air – Natsukage (0:07:00)
Shoo-fly (0:10:00)
Fate Stay Night – Akane-Iro No Machi (0:40:00)

Sat August 20, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:26:27

Practice thoughts:
No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:
Shoo-fly (0:26:27)

Fri August 19, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:15:57

Practice thoughts:
No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:
Ballade First Part (0:15:57)

Thur August 18, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:43:53

Practice thoughts:
No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:
I’ll Be There (0:01:32)
Family Tree (0:00:53)
Lullaby (0:01:43)
Squidgies Boogie (0:04:52)
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:06:52)
Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:14)
Walking With Billy (0:00:47)
Deep River (0:01:33)
Billy At The Footy (0:03:05)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:24)
Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:10)
Left Hand Arpeggio Practice (0:14:57)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:02:31)
Sit By My Side (0:01:20)

Wed August 17, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:55:44

Practice thoughts:
No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:
Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:00:47)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:00)
Alma mater Blues (0:01:28)
Greensleevers (0:00:58)
The Pipes (0:00:26)
Tear For A Friend (0:01:57)
Dark Blue (0:01:49)
Higurashi – You (0:03:10)
Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:04:43)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:57)
Sit By My Side (0:02:29)
The Gaz (0:00:56)
Ballade First Part (0:15:44)
Air – Natsukage (0:11:32)
12 Kingdoms – Juuni Genmu Kyoku (0:04:48)

Tue August 16, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:15:28

Practice thoughts:
Figure out the rest of Ballade and now just need to practice playing it without pauses.

The Gaz is looking good with a few minor problems occurring occasionally keeping it from playing smoothly.

Fur Elise, I think I should play it very slowly and do the dynamics while doing that to see if there are any potential problems that I can fix. Seems there is a possiblity of a screwup when playing 2nd pattern on the right hand when the left is playing the E arpeggio.

Natsukage, I’m starting to play it a bit more smoother but still with pauses at the usual places at certain arpeggiated chord last notes.

Used teacher’s latest teachings of identifying anchor notes to use as a reference when there are some series of chords. I used this to identify the non-changing notes in the series which helped a lot. This helped me learn the whole of the first page of the music.

Didn’t get to practice guitar today.

Still feel i’m in the less motivated part of my learning cycle, so practice has been pushed later and later in the day while I try to motivate myself to practice. Strangely though it feels that i’m actually making more progress than ever.

Songs practiced/played:
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:17:45)
Sit By My Side (0:04:34)
The Gaz (0:03:12)
Ballade First Part (0:13:58)
Air – Natsukage (0:29:59)
12 Kingdoms – Juuni Genmu Kyoku (0:06:00)

Mon August 15, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:18:22

Practice thoughts:
Did some playlist practice, some sightreading and practice the final parts of Ballade.
Had a night call for work for an hour, so practice was late hence I couldn’t continue on to practice Natsukage today.

Self teaching guitar, learnt locations of C and G on all strings and learnt open chords A, D and E, but E is rather difficult to pull off. Need to work on tuning guitar too since I tried tuning twice by ear and it’s still not right.

Songs practiced/played:
Nightstorm (0:01:56)
Honey Dew (0:00:54)
Chester Chills Out (0:02:13)
Fluff Pie (0:01:18)
Lead Me To Light (0:02:00)
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:02:53)
The Pipes (0:01:07)
Dark Blue (0:01:18)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:20)
First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:00:40)
Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:04:13)
Each Their Own Sightreading (0:01:31)
Sit By My Side (0:01:14)
The Gaz (0:01:34)
Ballade First Part (0:15:48)
Self Teach Guitar (0:38:23)

Sat August 13, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:56:10

Practice thoughts:
Practiced in front of friends and family that came over for my sister’s short visit from the UK.
In piano lesson, learnt the final part to Ballade.

Songs practiced/played:
Ode To Joy (0:00:40)
Light Blue (0:00:35)
Greensleeves (0:01:16)
Deep River (0:01:41)
Dark Blue (0:04:43)
Higurashi – You (0:02:45)
In My Eyes (0:01:04)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:06:26)
Sit By My Side (0:07:00)
The Gaz (0:05:00)
Ballade First Part (0:15:00)
Air – Natsukage (0:10:00)

Fri August 12, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:26:12

Practice thoughts:
No comments.

Songs practiced/played:
Dreams Come True (0:00:45)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:06:54)
Sit By My Side (0:05:00)
Ballade First Part (0:06:59)
Air – Natsukage (0:06:34)

Thur August 11, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:34:28

Practice thoughts:
No comments.

Songs practiced/played:
I’ll Be There (0:00:52)
Squidgies Boogie (0:02:27)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:30)
Greensleeves (0:01:40)
Deep River (0:03:08)
Blues Medley (0:03:58)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:04:12)
In My Eyes (0:00:46)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:02:31)
Sit By My Side (0:02:29)
The Gaz (0:60:35)
Ballade First Part (0:15:06)
Air – Natsukage (0:26:08)
Tsubasa Chonicles – Crying Alone (0:24:06)

Tue August 9, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:47:02

Practice thoughts:
Practiced Ballade and Natsukage. Played some others too but focused on these two.
Need to work on sightreading, accompaniments and keeping regular playlist alive.

Replaced legs of KORG microPiano again this time with larger rubber legs made from adhesive door stoppers.

Tuning rescheduled for Thursday.

Looking at practice stats, my piano practice is gradually getting less and less, but still happening. I think I need to find more motivating things to keep me wanting to practice piano more.

Songs practiced/played:
Dreams Come True (0:00:47)
I’ll Be There (0:00:43)
Lullaby (0:01:03)
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:00:54)
Fur Elise Full ver (0:01:35)
The Gaz (0:03:35)
Ballade First Part (0:11:33)
Air- Natsukage (0:26:52)

Mon August 8, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:13:45

Practice thoughts:
Practiced Ballade followed by playing some of my favorite songs and then worked on some chord inversion practice in Amazing Grace with transposed inverted chords.

I finished with some practice of Natsukage that I started learning on Sunday.

Now I’m starting to put it together and it’s finally sounding like it should. Still playing it slowly but playing it a bit smoother than before. Currently concentrating on the first page only and can play half of that page with both hands together.

Tuning for today changed to Tuesday.

Songs practiced/played:
Dark Blue (0:04:29)
Higurashi – You (0:03:00)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:20)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:05:07)
Sit By My Side (0:04:16)
The Gaz (0:02:07)
Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:07:52)
Ballade First Part (0:19:34)
Air – Natsukage (0:26:00)

Sun August 7, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:20:00

Practice thoughts:
After seeing the music score for Natsukage, I decided to work on it as a new piece. The left hand part is challenging, but I’m doing well with the right hand. Working on the first page separate hands and am now working on both hands practice.

After my success with this song, I am feeling more confident with my reading ability.

Need to work on Ballade too.
Replaced the fragile legs of my KORG microPiano so that it’s more durable. Before, they kept snapping off.

Songs practiced/played:
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:05:00)
Sit By My Side (0:05:00)
Ballade First Part (0:10:00)
Air – Natsukage (2:00:00)

Sat August 6, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:41:00

Practice thoughts:
Did my lesson for the song Ballade. I nearly missed the lesson by sleeping in until 10 mins before my lesson. Despite missing my morning practice, I played quite well. Maybe the extra sleep helped.

Learning to put hands together for Ballade first part and clarified that I shouldn’t use a metronome. It can prevent your from expressing yourself.

Songs practiced/played:
Higurashi – You (0:05:00)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:00)
Sit By My Side (0:03:00)
Ballade First Part (0:30:00)

Fri August 5, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:00:00

Practice thoughts:
Didn’t practice today as I was too tired after my birthday dinner.
I fell asleep after I got back. Had a fantastic birthday and dinner.

Thur August 4, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:30:00

Practice thoughts:
Practiced about 30 mins on Ballade.

Songs practiced/played:
Ballade First Part (0:30:00)

Wed August 3, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:07:25

Practice thoughts:
Doing sightreading practice from a challenging beginner anime music book and even using the camera iPad rhythm app, I struggles to play anything and have it sound like a song.

Was feeling unmotivated after that attempt.

Songs practiced/played:
Free Reading Practice (1:07:25)

Tue August 2, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:21:22

Practice thoughts:
Did a lot of free sightreading witht he help of a new app on my iPad.

One of my problems when sightreading songs is i get te rhythm wrong. So sometimes even when I get the notes right, it doesn’t sound like the song.

The new app uses the camera to automatically identify the notes in the music and lets you manually play it by tapping the rhythm.

When I start to have trouble sightreading a part of the piece because it doesn’t sound right, this lets me use the problem part as rhythm practice.

After trying it a few times and going back to sightreading, I can magically play that part I had trouble with better.

I plan to do more sightreading practice using this. I also noticed my note recognition has improved a lot now so I’m able to find what notes to play easier.

Songs practiced/played:
Free Reading Practice (0:10:00)
In My Eyes (0:00:42)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:06:40)
Sit By My Side (0:03:43)
The Gaz (0:02:14)
Fairytale Sightreading (0:48:03)
Yasashii Yoake Sightreading (0:10:00)

Mon August 1, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:43:17

Practice thoughts:
I seem to be less motivated to practice lately. Keep feeling lazy. Strangely this is the time when I should be the most motivated, but instead i’m quite easily distracted.

I practiced at midnight today on the digital piano to catch up with my practice just going through my playlist.

I noticed that I need to practice the accompaniment more.

I also think maybe it’s time to learn another anime/game song to motivate me again. I’m sure there is another easy one I can learn.

Songs practiced/played:
Nightstorm (0:02:50)
Honey Dew (0:00:32)
Ode To Joy (0:00:45)
Chester Chills Out (0:01:04)
Fluff Pie (0:01:11)
Family Tree (0:00:57)
Lead Me To Light (0:00:47)
Lullaby (0:00:44)
Squidgies Boogie (0:01:05)
Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:03)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:01)
Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:40)
Jackson Blues (0:00:30)
Bishop St Blues (0:00:37)
Alma mater Blues (0:00:59)
Light Blue (0:01:29)
Walking With Billy (0:10:56)
Tear For A Friend (0:01:24)
Billy At The Footy (0:02:34)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:02:44)
Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:00:39)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:01:53)
Sit By My Side (0:01:13)
The Gaz (0:01:58)
Ballade First Part (0:05:16)

Sun July 31, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:33:09

Practice thoughts:
Late start for piano practice as i was doing other stuff during the day.

Songs practiced/played:
Higurashi – You (0:02:50)
Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:04:31)
In My Eyes (0:01:16)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:44)
Sit By My Side (0:10:48)
Midi Wind Controller Practice (0:10:00)

Sat July 30, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:21:56

Practice thoughts:
Went out to the movies followed by going to the drawing club meaning my practice time was limited to some before lesson practice.

In the lesson I started learning a new song called Ballade and played Traveller’s tale together with my teacher.

Songs practiced/played:
Dreams Come True (0:00:55)
I’ll Be There (0:0042)
Lullaby (0:02:35)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:30)
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:00:49)
Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:03:51)
Alma mater Blues (0:01:07)
Greensleeves (0:01:06)
The Pipes (0:01:09)
Deep River (0:01:27)
Higurashi – You (0:02:14)
Fur Elise Full ver (0:02:24)
Sit By My Side (0:03:07)

Fri July 29, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:00:00

Practice thoughts:
Despite being excited about my lessons resuming tomorrow morning, I ended up reading a music related novel i got on the way home for motivation and when i stopped it was 12:30am! Too late to do any practice.

Will practice tomorrow morning before my lesson instead.

Thur July 28, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:00:00

Practice thoughts:
I received a midi wind controller that I won on eBay.

I spent most of the day learning saxophone fingering and sightreading simple melodies on it using various voices from my digital piano, computer and iPad.

I can currently play all the white keys and am figuring out how to play the black keys.

Because of receiving this, I didn’t manage to do any piano practice today.

Songs practiced/played:
Midi Wind Controller Practice (1:00:00)

Wed July 27, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:55:22

Practice thoughts:
No comments.

Songs practiced/played:
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:01:54)
Greensleeves (0:01:17)
The Pipes (0:00:48)
Deep River (0:01:33)
Dark Blue (0:01:15)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:43)
Sky Sightreading (0:01:20)
In My Eyes (0:00:41)
Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:00:27)
First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:02:12)
Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:09:22)
Each Their Own Sightreading (0:01:48)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:06:18)
Wind Sightreading (0:03:15)
Gray Sightreading (0:02:51)
Sit By My Side (0:02:53)
The Gaz (0:02:17)
Sleepless Sightreading (0:04:28)
A Traveller’s Tale Lower Sightreading (0:04:35)
A Traveller’s Tale Upper Sightreading (0:02:25)

Tue July 26, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:45:34

Practice thoughts:
Mainly sightreading practice. When sightreading random stuff i noticed my rhythm needed work to make a song sound like it should.

Did a bit of practicing more rhythm exercises.

Songs practiced/played:
Free Reading Practice (0:02:34)
Sky Sightreading (0:00:52)
First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:00:54)
Sleeping Koala Sightreading (0:04:36)
iPad Rhythm Program Practice (0:15:00)

Mon July 25, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:00:57

Practice thoughts:
Decided to work on my main playlist today making sure I can play any of them from memory.

I stumbled on Sonata in C, Lullaby and the ending of Billy At the Footy.

Songs practiced/played:
Dreams Come True (0:02:34)
Nightstorm (0:01:32)
Honey Dew (0:01:13)
Ode To Joy (0:01:28)
I’ll Be There (0:01:04)
Chester Chills Out (0:00:58)
Fluff Pie (0:01:29)
Family Tree (0:02:55)
Lead Me To Light (0:01:27)
Lullaby (0:02:35)
Squidgies Boogie (0:00:58)
Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:03:11)
Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:53)
Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:02:48)
Jackson Blues (0:01:00)
Bishop St Blues (0:00:36)
Alma mater Blues (0:02:19)
Light Blue (0:04:11)
Walking With Billy (0:00:40)
Greensleeves (0:01:06)
The Pipes (0:00:49)
Tear For A Friend (0:01:27)
Deep River (0:01:24)
Billy At The Footy (0:03:16)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:02:25)
Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:03:29)
Dark Blue (0:02:25)
Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:29)
Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:06)
Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:03:16)
In My Eyes (0:01:49)
Fur Elise Full Ver (0:01:47)
Sit By My Side (0:01:11)

 

Sun July 24, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:57:00

Practice thoughts:

Practice The Gaz more and figured out that for Fur Elise I needed to play the notes more connected and flowing (legato) so I worked on that and now I think that it’s sounding better. Also the dynamics practice is helping me play parts softly and loudly a little easier, but I still find it difficult to do on the upright.

Also I need to check the score to see if i’m playing the rhythm correctly.

I also worked on identifying notes using my digital piano hooked up to my iPad running a sightreading training program. Now my bass note identification is much better. It’s almost as good as my treble clef reading.

All together, apart from 2 or so notes each from both the treble and bass clefs, I seem to be quite comfortable. I can find them in under 2 seconds average.

My goal is to find them instantly. At the moment, I can do that by seeing intervals and feeling the location of teh key to play. This doesn’t work for jumps between clefs or ones that are 7ths or larger intervals though.

Also the training program only does streams of notes but no chords or multiple notes played at the same time.

Songs practiced/played:

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:00)

Greensleeves (0:01:00)

Higurashi – You (0:20:00)

Identifying Notes ON Sheet Music (0:45:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:40:00)

The Gaz (0:10:00)

Sat July 23, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:23:00

Practice thoughts:

Mainly practiced dynamics on the songs I liked the most and at the end of the day, I found a good sightreading program to help train me in reading notes and ear training on my iPad.

Songs practiced/played:

Higurashi – You (0:06:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:02:00)

Free Reading Practice (0:15:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:30:00)

Sit By My Side (0:30:00)

Fri July 22, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:00:00

Practice thoughts:

Was tired so I didn’t practice today.

Songs practiced/played:

none.

Thur July 21, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:52:05

Practice thoughts:

I watched some youtube piano videos and saw people sightreading some of the easier pieces I like well, so I decided to practice my sightreading. It seemed to go quite well.

For easier pieces I played them both hands straight away, but for harder ones I play them hands separately, first with the left hand followed by the right hand. Sometimes after the left hand I go straight to both hands.

Songs practiced/played:

Sky Sightreading (0:03:48)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:00:59)

First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:01:20)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:03:49)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:03:09)

Gray Sightreading (0:08:17)

Sleepless Sightreading (0:03:36)

From Me To You Sightreading (0:08:10)

A Traveller’s Tale Lower Sightreading (0:08:38)

A Traveller’s Tale Upper Sightreading (0:10:19

Wed July 20, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:46:08

Practice thoughts:

Did a mix of sightreading, inverted chords and transposition. It went quite well, but took a while so I missed out on practicing my playlist as much this time.

Songs practiced/played:

In My Eyes Transposed (0:12:46)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:08:43)

Wind Sightreading (0:38:38)

Sit By My Side (0:09:30)

The Gaz (0:05:42)

Sleepless Sightreading (0:09:56)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:07:17)

August Sightreading (0:13:36)

Tue July 19, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:00:00

Practice thoughts:

Jam session went well.

Songs practiced/played:

Jam Session (2:00:00)

Mon July 18, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:30:00

Practice thoughts:

Last minute practice of Rhiannon and Another Brick in the Wall for Jam Session on Tuesday after work.

Trying to get the right timing for the solo part of Another Brick in the Wall. It was difficult but I managed to figure it out as well as making corrections to the chords sheets for both songs.

Songs practiced/played:

Rhiannon Accompaniment (0:40:00)

Another Brick In the Wall Accompaniment (0:50:00)

Sun July 17, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 4:15:00

Practice thoughts:

Piano Fair Sunday

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:05:00)

Ode To Joy (0:05:00)

I’ll Be There (0:03:00)

Fluff Pie (0:02:00)

Lead Me To Light (0:09:00)

Lullaby (0:01:00)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:00)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:05:00)

Bishop St Blues (0:02:00)

Alma mater Blues (0:15:00)

Light Blue (0:10:00)

Greensleeves (0:07:00)

Tear For A Friend (0:05:00)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:03:00)

Dark Blue (0:30:00)

Higurashi – You (0:35:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:08:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:08:00)

FF7 Aeris Theme Sight Reading (0:15:00)

Kalafina Sprinter Sightreading (0:12:00)

Sit By My Side (0:35:00)

The Gaz (0:03:00)

Sat July 16, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 3:59:00

Practice thoughts:

Piano Fair Saturday

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:3:00)

Ode To Joy (0:05:00)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:00)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:06:00)

Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:03:00)

Alma mater Blues (0:10:00)

Light Blue (0:15:00)

Greensleeves (0:07:00)

Tear For A Friend (0:04:00)

Deep River (0:04:00)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:01:00)

Dark Blue (0:30:00)

Higurashi – You (0:40:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:10:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:10:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:10:00)

Sit By My Side (0:30:00)

The Gaz (0:03:00)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:10:00)

Fri July 15, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:02:00

Practice thoughts:

Went to piano fair after work today. Tried a number of grand pianos and they felt quite different from what I expected.

Played a few songs, but these seemed to be my main songs to determine how good the pianos sound and feel.

Need to play other songs too for variety.

Songs practiced/played:

Alma mater Blues (0:04:00)

Greensleeves (0:03:00)

Deep River (0:05:00)

Dark Blue (0:10:00)

Higurashi – You (0:10:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:15:00)

Sit By My Side (0:10:00)

Amazing Grace With Inversion CHords (0:05:00)

Thur July 14, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:44:23

Practice thoughts:

Practiced according to new lesson guidelines I came up with.

  • Sightreading practice of 3 old songs and one new song/challenging old song
  • Amazing Grace Chord inversions for 2 key transpositions
  • In my eyes for 2 key transpositions.

I played Amazing Grace in the keys A and Bb.

I played In my eyes for the key of G and E.

Practiced piano a bit late today since dad wanted to sleep early, so I had to stop practice just before I got working on my playlist. 🙁

I won a midi wind controller on eBay and was researching about it. This will let me experiment playing a wind synth instrument so I can use it to make some synthesized and recorded music on the computer.

I intend to play it using the real sounding flute, oboe, clarinet and saxaphone voices on my Yamaha digital piano.

Songs practiced/played:

In My Eyes Transposed (0:05:14)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:02:09)

Gray Sightreading (0:08:17)

The Gaz (0:00:51)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:04:15)

Sleeping Koala Sightreading (0:06:20)

August Sightreading (0:17:17)

Wed July 13, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:15:00

Practice thoughts:

Too tired to practice. Did some iPad reading practice instead.

Songs practiced/played:

Identifying Notes On Sheet Music (0:15:00)

Tue July 12, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:24:57

Practice thoughts:

Started practice a bit late today. Started with practicing inversions of all chords using Amazing Grace again.

After a break I practiced some jam session stuff but wasn’t able to do my sightreading practice due to lack of time.

I have been neglecting sightreading practice lately, I need to do it every day.

I need to figure out a way to schedule in sightreading, composition, transposition, rhythm practice, inversion practice, analysing songs to teach and playing by ear practice into my routine. They all are quite time consuming but important.

Songs practiced/played:

Rhiannon Accompaniment (0:30:00)

Another Brick In The Wall Accompaniment (0:26:00)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:28:57)

Mon July 11, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:02:47

Practice thoughts:

Concentrated mainly on playing chord inversions today by transposing amazing grace using all the chord inversions to all the keys.

Now my fingers can kind of unconsiously move to roughtly the right shape for the next inversion but i probably can only do it in the particular order of root, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion.

Will need to practice this more as it feels very helpful.

I practiced some new songs and then done a bit of playlist.

Tomorrow i’ll work on jam session practice.

Songs practiced/played:

Nightstorm (0:00:38)

Honey Dew (0:01:21)

I’ll Be There (0:01:38)

Lead Me To Light (0:02:03)

Dark Blue (0:03:09)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:23)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:14)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:03:57)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:01:45)

Sit By My Side (0:03:17)

The Gaz (0:05:05)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:35:17)

Sun July 10, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:22:00

Practice thoughts:

Was so cold today and had no energy to play piano so I laid on the couch most of the day and practiced sightreading snd note identification using a new sightreading program called Note Goal Pro.

Feeling much more confident with treble clef in the key of C, but still too slow on the bass clef. However I’ve improved quite a bit.

Need to do some transposing of the amazing grace with chord inversions and more sightreading practice.

Songs practiced/played:

Higurashi – You (0:02:00)

Identifying Notes On Sheet Music (2:00:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:05:00)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:15:00)

Sat July 9, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:06:00

Practice thoughts:

Planned a jam session today so I spent most of the day practicing on my Korg microPiano. After the practice I got used to the small keys and when i went back to a regular piano the keys felt too big!

Did some sightreading practice and also checking out all the sounds I could use for accompaniment and melody. It has some nice strings sounds as well as wind instrument sounds.

Jam session was fun. I didn’t record it but we first played Aeris theme from Final Fantasy 7. Jane played the melody on violin while I played the chords using some strings with a chord backing.

After that we spent the time looking for a song that had equal share in the parts as I was only playing the chord parts.

Songs practiced/played:

FF7 Aeris Theme Sight Reading (0:02:00)

Free Reading Practice (0:40:00)

In My Eyes (0:02:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:10:00)

Sit By My Side (0:10:00)

The Gaz (0:02:00)

Jam Session (0:10:00)

Fri July 8, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:18:10

Practice thoughts:

Bought an easy piano music book today to practice on over the school holidays when my piano lessons are on break.

I could play the first song (level 1) after a few goes but the 2nd song was much tougher but that one seemed to be a level 3 song so I don’t feel too bad struggling on it.

Besides for some regular practice of new songs, I practiced amazing grace using inversions in the key of C until I can play it comfortably. Soon I’ll plan to transpose it to every key.

Songs practiced/played:

Free Reading Practice (0:38:09)

Left Hand Arppegio Practice (0:19:55)

Mary Had A Little Lamb (0:04:09)

Sit By My Side (0:06:56)

The Gaz (0:03:45)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:05:16)

Thur July 7, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:19:56

Practice thoughts:

Had my final lesson for the term. We focused on sightreading and accompaniment.

For sightreading, I was told to play separate hands more as trying to play both hands straight away will result in bumping into spots where i’ll trip over and then I’ll keep making mistakes at that point.

I also need to make sure i practice sightreading every day and do some composing.

The teacher showed me more in chord inversions and how to play a different version of my current amazing grace accompaniment to practice the I IV and V chords in all the inversions. By playing it transposed in every key, I should cover all of the inversions of every major chord.

She also showed me how to play chord accompaniment by choosing any note from the chord and play it in the bass while playing a chord on the right hand and alternating between the chord notes on the left hand if I encounter having to play the same chord more than once in a row.

Finally I was taught a 1 5 10 chord arppegio followed by a 2nd inversion broken chord played up and down to the count of eigths. This is played entirely by the left hand while the right hand is free to play a melody.

Songs practiced/played:

Free Chord Symbol Sightreading (0:31:45)

Left Hand Arppegio Practice (0:00:59)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:02:00)

The Gaz (0:02:00)

Amazing Grace With Inversion Chords (0:43:21)

Wed July 6, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:22:27

Practice thoughts:

My main piano lesson got rescheduled to Thursday evening (tomorrow), so I did some practice of my assigned sightreading and did a lot of the other sightreading songs too. I also practiced The Gaz and Sit By My Side. I still need to review the DVD to check I’m playing it correctly.

Went to my friend’s guitar lesson to learn the keyboard part of Rhiannon and Another Brick in the Wall.

The guitar teacher also plays keyboard so she showed me what sounds (strings etc), chord inversions, rhythms and arppegiated patterns to use for these particular song.

Seems that the Rhodes electric piano sound is best on Rhiannon where for the chords, I need to do play a bottom then top octave followed by 4 chords (2x fast 2x held) in the right hand.

She also showed me an arppregiated pattern of playing the chord in the same or different inversions and then going from the left to right of the left hand followed by the right and then two more notes from the left of the right hand.

It looked quite difficult but i was able to do it after a bit of practice. In her example she used a 1 5 7 pattern in her left hand and any inversion on the right hand.

For Another Brick in the wall, she chose a strings sound and told me where to hold down the chords, timings of certain chord changes and showed me some extra bits i can add in to echo whats being played.

Songs practiced/played:

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:07:38)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:04:30)

Wind Sightreading (0:06:34)

Gray Sightreading (0:12:43)

Sit By My Side (0:07:10)

Rhiannon Accompaniment (0:42:00)

The Gaz (0:05:58)

Another Brick in the Wall Accompaniment (0:42:30)

Sleepless Sightreading (0:13:24)

Tue July 5, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:45:27

Practice thoughts:

Focused mainly on sightreading today.

Seem to be doing reasonable so far but still need to practice it more.

Need to pay attention to intervals more as sometimes I take things for granted and end up messing up the jump to the next note by guessing wrong.

There are still some areas on the staff where I still hesitate with identifying the note amd where it is on the keyboard. It usually is G just above on the treble clef and the top half of the bass clef. Given a second or two i can figure it out, but not instantly.

Usually i can ignore it by intervallic reading, but if the last note is at the end of a staff and the music continues on another staff at one if those notes, intervallic reading doesn’t help as much.

An exercise to do:

Write out all the chords in a key for each key in the bass and treble clef. Then do it for each inversion.

Play all of these once you are done and try to recognise the chord shapes for each key signature to find a common pattern. I’m guessing apart from the key signature the notation should look the same.

Songs practiced/played:

Greensleeves (0:02:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:30)

Free Reading Practice (0:11:51)

Sky Sightreading (0:02:07)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:01:24)

First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:01:05)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:05:02)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:03:09)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:00)

Silent Night By Sightreading (0:02:12)

Sleepless Sightreading (0:12:07)

Mon July 4, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:56:49

Practice thoughts:

Basically practicing my regular playlist of songs that I hadn’t played recently, skipped over the regular accompaniment songs.

Did some accompaniment practice of the song Rhiannon for the upcoming Jam Session scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Also concentrated some of my practice on the newly learnt songs The Gaz and Sit By My Side.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:44)

Honey Dew (0:00:45)

Ode To Joy (0:00:40)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:37)

Fluff Pie (0:01:27)

Family Tree (0:00:49)

Lullaby (0:03:20)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:40)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:00:30)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:01:45)

Jackson Blues (0:00:32)

Bishop St Blues (0:01:25)

Light Blue (0:02:09)

Walking With Billy (0:01:15)

The Pipes (0:00:32)

Billy At The Footy (0:00:44)

Dark Blue (0:01:20)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:00:59)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:07:25)

Sit By My Side (0:08:57)

Rhiannon Accompaniment (0:13:25)

Silent Night By Sightreading (0:02:38)

The Gaz (0:03:11)

Sun July 3, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:00:00

Practice thoughts:

Watched a bunch of music theory videos on youtube followed by trying to play and transcribe Silent Night by ear to music sheet.

Used my ear to figure out a melody and the music theory to figure out the chord progresion.

Ended up getting better at notating music, figuring out writing rhythms by ear (the hardest bit) and keeping the music in bars of 4 beats.

I want to try transcribe/notate things more if possible as it us fun to do and helps me translate what I play/hear to paper which is a skill i need to train up.

Booked a lesson on Wednesday with friend’s guitar teacher who also teaches the keyboard so we can prepare for an upcoming jam session over school holidays.

Songs practiced/played:

Silent Night By Ear (1:00:00)

Sat July 2, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:45:05

Practice thoughts:

Focused more on sightreading this time. Seem to be neglecting this lately.

Finished learning Sit by my side and The Gaz but haven’t practiced it properly yet.

Showed my teacher Jingle Bells played by ear and she gave me some ideas on how to practice it.

Piano dealer came to inspect piano and thinks nothing is wrong with piano although it did go out of tune faster than other pianos. The ringing overtones I kept hearing he says can be fixed with voicing of the hammers.

Seems that i’m considered fussy regarding tunings, but honestly it sounds terrible to my ears and from what my tuners tell me, it’ll take another year before the piano will keep the tunings without going out of tune and even then it may take longer.

Recorded my practice today.

Songs practiced/played:

Dark Blue (0:01:53)

Higurashi – You (0:01:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:54)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:02:00)

Sky Sightreading (0:26:00)

First Signs of Winter Sightreading (0:00:52)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:08:01)

Jingle Bells By Ear (0:03:25)

Fri July 1, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:07:23

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

I’ll Be There (0:00:41)

Lead Me To Light (0:01:15)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:37)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:00:32)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:02:01)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:00)

Greensleeves (0:01:10)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:42)

Deep River (0:01:31)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:01:51)

Dark Blue (0:01:20)

Higurashi – You (0:02:45)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:13)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:34)

Figure Out Songs By Ear (0:08:48)

In My Eyes (0:00:48)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:14:56)

Mary Had A Little Lamb (0:01:01)

Rhiannon Accompaniment (0:20:38)

Thur June 30, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:35:57

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Deep River (0:03:49)

Billy At The Footy (0:03:41)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:06:36)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:00:38)

Dark Blue (0:01:20)

Higurashi – You (0:07:03)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:1:27)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:05)

Left Hand Arppegio Practice (0:01:57)

In My Eyes (0:01:27)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:15)

Sit By My Side (0:03:39)

Wed June 29, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:59:46

Practice thoughts:

Felt like i hadn’t been playing my playlist enough due to practicing newer songs more often so I decided to focus on my regular playlist and accompaniment.

I got through most but didn’t get through all of the songs. Some like Lullaby, Sonata in C, Light of First Dawning and Tear for a friend needed more practice to play properly.

Got news that friend’s teacher’s jam session is likely gonna happen during school holidays. Looking forward to it!

Songs practiced/played:

Nightstorm (0:01:21)

Ode To Joy (0:01:24)

I’ll Be There (0:00:42)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:36)

Fluff Pie (0:01:14)

Family Tree (0:00:50)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:50)

Lullaby (0:04:52)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:36)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:48)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:01:12)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:03:23)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:03:47)

Auld Lang Syne Accompaniment (0:02:33)

Scarborough Fair Accompaniment (0:01:25)

Waltzing Matilda Accompaniment (0:01:03)

Light Of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:08:29)

She’ll Be Comin’ Around The Mountain Accompaniment (0:01:59)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:05:27)

Jackson Blues (0:00:32)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:33)

Alma mater Blues (0:02:30)

Light Blue (0:01:38)

Walking With Billy (0:00:37)

Greensleeves (0:01:03)

The Pipes (0:01:32)

Tear For A Friend (0:02:57)

Dark Blue (0:01:14)

Sit By My Side (0:03:39)

Tue June 28, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:05:40

Practice thoughts:

Feeling much better today.

Looked for things that i wasn’t practicing lately and practiced some of the stuff in my playlist.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:02:13)

Honey Dew (0:00:47)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:02)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:01)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:02:58)

She’ll Be Comin’ Around The Mountain Accompaniment (0:00:49)

Tiny Boat Accompaniment (0:18:15)

Deep River (0:01:39)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:00:50)

Dark Blue (0:02:50)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:19)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:43)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:05:02)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:06:55)

Sit By My Side (0:15:17)

Mon June 27, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:05:00

Practice thoughts:

Was feeling sick with a headache and blocked nose. Ended up just doing a little bit of identifyong notes on a staff as sightreading practice for a bit.

Songs practiced/played:

Identifying Notes On Music Sheet (0:05:00)

Sun June 26, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:59:27

Practice thoughts:

After my friend left today after a sleep over I decided to work on key signature familiarization.

Thats one thing I stumble with when trying to read music. I can sightread simple stuff in a key of C, but in other keys, the key signature prevents me from playing by intervals as I have to be aware of which notes to sharpen or flatten meaning I pause to look down and check if the note i’m about to play should be played on a black key or not.

Knowing which keys to sharpen or flatten isn’t the problem. Just knowing what the current note is when i’m playing it to know if i should sharpen/flatten it.

Tried playing a random stream of notes in every key signature but that didn’t work so I played “In My Eyes” in every key. But I found it increasingly difficult the more black keys I added and I struggled a lot.

Seem to be getting used to playing an out of tune piano so it doesn’t bother me as much. Hopefully my ear is getting less sensitive.

Songs practiced/played:

Dark Blue (0:04:00)

In My Eyes (0:01:00)

In My Eyes Transposed (0:30:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:07:00)

Claire De Lune (0:00:36)

Sit By My Side (0:16:51)

Sat June 25, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:20:00

Practice thoughts:

Had a friend over today so only got to squeeze in a bit of practice for this piece to review the instructions, watch the dvd tutorial and to practice it.

Songs practiced/played:

Sit By My Side (0:20:00)

Fri June 24, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:38:35

Practice thoughts:

Practicing sightreading and transposition today.

Started practice late so didn’t finish all of the sightreading and didn’t do any transposition. Normally would practice till late but parents working on Sat morning so have to resume tomorrow morning.

Did well with sightreading the time for more reading songs although i had a bit of trouble with Wind.

All the others i could find the right notes quickly and easily but for wind, the key signature threw me off and I had to search for the keys and play seperate hands before doing both hands so I can’t sightread it.

I will need to practice more sightreading with key signatures of 5 or more flats/sharps.

Songs practiced/played:

Identifying Notes On Sheet Music (0:10:00)

Sky Sightreading (0:02:47)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:01:26)

First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:02:37)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:10:08)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:05:09)

Wind Sightreading (0:06:28)

Thur June 23, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:55:06

Practice thoughts:

Tried to try some chord sightreading and regular sightreading practice but the pieces i tried to play were too difficult so only a few songs sounded like they should. Need to make sure i’m working on easier songs to help myself improve.

Seems key signatures and rhythms still cause me a bit of a problem. I wonder why I overestimate my reading ability.

I also practiced some twinkle twinkle little star playing by ear and Fur elise but this time both didn’t sound as good.

Perhaps it’s because i have to play quieter since my parents keep complaining I may disturb the neighbors. I try to think positive that playing softer on the keys will help me develop greater control so i can add more dynamics to my playing as i’ll get better at playing softly on my piano.

Tried to analyse chord progressions but can’t figure out the relationship between the chords, why they change to a particular chord and why it sounds good. I notice a lot of I, IV and V as well as moving up a fifth or down a forth each chord change or jumping twice the distance or going to the minor 3rd for the relative minor chord. Still, there are others that i can’t figure out.

Did notice playing a 7th chord is like using the same hand shape as playing a chord inversion which helps me play them much quicker now.

Songs practiced/played:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:02:39)

Free Reading Practice (0:45:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:7:27)

Wed June 22, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:25:29

Practice thoughts:

Focused on Accompaniments and blues songs which i neglected lately according to my last played record.

Didn’t have any significant problems playing them.

Need to look at doing more transposing including starting some on the black keys.

Songs practiced/played:

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:47)

Auld Lang Syne Accompaniment (0:03:06)

Scarborough Fair Accompaniment (0:01:30)

Waltzing Matilda Accompaniment (0:01:04)

Light Of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:03:00)

She’ll Be Comin’ Around The Mountain Accompaniment (0:01:10)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:02:19)

Jackson Blues (0:00:31)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:39)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:01)

Light Blue (0:01:44)

Walking With Billy (0:00:38)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:01:09)

Dark Blue (00:01:21)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:15)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:14)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:03:01)

Tue June 21, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:11:37

Practice thoughts:

Practiced Fur Elise again and it’s sounding good with less mistakes and playing smoother.

Practiced more of my playlist since it’s been a bit neglected lately.

Getting used to piano again. Still out of tune but making the most of it. Fur Elise sounds good on it because I use the pedal a lot, but for songs that don’t use the pedal it’s noticable.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:01:17)

Nightstorm (0:00:44)

Honey Dew (0:00:54)

Ode To Joy (0:02:27)

I’ll Be There (0:01:21)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:51)

Fluff Pie (0:01:11)

Family Tree (0:01:13)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:48)

Lullaby (0:03:16)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:33)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:02:10)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:01:29)

Greensleeves (0:01:03)

The Pipes (0:00:28)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:41)

Deep River (0:01:37)

Billy At The Footy (0:02:05)

Dark Blue (0:01:37)

Higurashi – You (0:02:53)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:04:37)

Regained Time Accompaniment (0:15:14)

In My Eyes (0:01:29)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:11:34)

Claire De Lune (0:00:11)

Gray Sightreading (0:08:22)

Mon June 20, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:04:51

Practice thoughts:

Was reading about playing by ear on the internet so I tried to play Twinkle twinkle little star and Mary had a little lamb by ear. It was easy for me to figure out the melody and the the chords were I, IV or V of the key of C which I played them in.

I tried playing it as block chord followed by playing various bass patterns on the left hand including an Alberti Bass as well as a 1-5-7 pattern.

Practiced Dark Blue and noticed I started to forget it so I reviewed the DVD instructions.

Learnt how to play softly on my piano without not sounding a note even after playing my digital which is very lightly weighted and throws off normally. Seem to be getting better at parts where I make mistakes on the right hand in the transition part when the left hand goes through the C-> G-> A-> E chord progression.

Songs practiced/played:

I’ll Be There (0:00:57)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:20:37)

Dark Blue (0:08:19)

Blues Medley (0:03:44)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:15)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:08:17)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:04:42)

Mary Had A Little Lamb (0:15:00)

Sun June 19, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:46:31

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Higurashi – You (0:02:57)

Free Reading Practice (0:20:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:23:34)

Sat June 18, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:15:00

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Free Reading Practice (0:15:00)

Fri June 17, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:20:00

Practice thoughts:

Was very tired from boxing exercise today so i just practiced reading rhythms using an iPad program.

I found that instead of trying to count in my head and knowing where the main beat is and what count i’m on, I did better if i simply ignored everything except how long to hold a note down or not play a rest. Not sure if this method would be counterproductive but it seems to work.

This method also helps me to not pause after a bar is completed but to keep going without hesitation.

Songs practiced/played:

iPad Rhythm Program Practice (0:20:00)

Thur June 16, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:08:21

Practice thoughts:

Noticed that I practiced Fur Elise so much that it had been already a week since I played my regular playlist, so I decided to practice most of them. Feeling that I’m playing them decently with minor mistakes.

Had to check DVD to see how to play simple version of Fur Elise as my hands now automatically play the full version instead.

Been starting practice later lately and it means i’m practicing on the digital piano more than the acoustic as it’s too late.

Thats affecting my technique when playing Fur Elise on the acoustic as the pedal and degree of pressure required to play a note quietly on the acoustic is a much more smaller range than the digital piano.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:01:28)

Nightstorm (0:00:38)

Honey Dew (0:00:55)

Ode To Joy (0:03:19)

I’ll Be There (0:00:59)

Chester Chills Out (0:01:15)

Fluff Pie (0:00:59)

Family Tree (0:00:46)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:46)

Lullaby (0:02:19)

Squidgies Boogie (0:01:12)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:02:27)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:01:09)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:02:42)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:37)

Jackson Blues (0:00:29)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:31)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:20)

Light Blue (0:01:40)

Walking With Billy (0:01:43)

Greensleeves (0:01:41)

The Pipes (0:00:42)

Tear For A Friend (0:03:07)

Deep River (0:02:05)

Dark Blue (0:01:25)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:14)

In My Eyes (0:01:27)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:29:26)

Wed June 15, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:27:39

Practice thoughts:

Left practice a bit late, so didn’t get as much time to practice today. Mainly practiced Fur Elise followed by some reading practice.

The reading practice involved trying to playing some music sheets from my collection of anime and game songs.

Seems like many of the songs I attempted almost resemble the song and I could either play only the right hand melody for some and others I could play both hands very slowly.

Songs practiced/played:

Jackson Blues (0:00:31)

Light Blue (0:02:38)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:18)

Free Reading Practice (0:42:04)

John Lennon – Imagine (0:01:36)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:38:32)

Tue June 14, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:16:00

Practice thoughts:

Been using a program on the iPad to test and train my knowledge of the notes on a staff. I believe it is helping me identify which notes I am slow at identifying and training it. I still play/read using intervals but sometimes with identifying notes not close to a reference note, i struggled, but now i can tell I have improved in recognition speed.

Done more Fur Elise practice.

Songs practiced/played:

Identifying Notes On Music Sheet (0:15:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:01:00)

Mon June 13, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:32:04

Practice thoughts:

Strangely the piano sounds better today tuningwise, but the tone still sounds a bit dull. I wonder if the hammers need voicing. Checking again, a lot of the hammers have a string indent in them.

Gonna have a jam session with one of my violin playing friends. Also seems like the jam session another friend (guitar player) was gonna invite me to ended up to be on the same day! Bad luck 🙁

He asked for some chord progressions we figured out for some songs so i ended up practicing them till late and realuzed I somehow could remeber how to play all the inversions of the guitar chords in the piano. Now because I can play it, i’ll definitely regret missing out.

Sightreading is making progress. Did some note recognition practice which helped with the sight reading by increasing the number of landmarks to when playing by intervals. It is still challenging to play by interval when in different keys.

I also identified which notes i keep getting stuck on when reading by testing myself.

Fur Elise is going well, but control of the keys while pedalling is difficult on the acoustic compared to the digital. The digital is too perfect so it’s easy to make it sound good, but moving to the acoustic, I over or under press the keys and it takes about 10 mins before i’ve adjusted my touch to play it expressively.

Noticed I need to practice Negai ga Kanau Basho, been making too many mistakes and forgetting bits.

Songs practiced/played:

Tiny Boat Accompaniment (0:40:00)

Hybrid Rainbow Accompaniment (0:20:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:59)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:09:49)

Claire De Lune (0:00:16)

Gray Sightreading (0:20:00)

Sun June 12, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 4:13:26

Practice thoughts:

Still annoyed about how the piano is out of tune but practiced anyway because my next piano lesson got moved forward to next Tuesday.

I managed to get Fur Elise to flow very nicely and to iron out a lot of mistakes I made.

For some reason, the out of tune piano made me obsessed about playing Fur Elise better because that was the song that sounded worse on it because of the bad notes.

I also noticed using the pedal helped hide the bad notes so I could finally concentrate on my playing, so I did end up spending most of the day practicing it.

During my practicing, I also started to think about using dynamics to adjust the feeling of how the song would sound, with the opening part played softly and other parts louder to emphasize different parts of the piece.

After looking into dynamics, I can now understand how people playing as is note by note can still express themselves in their playing. I need to look into applying this to other songs I can play.

Songs practiced/played:

Greensleeves (0:00:44)

Tear For A Friend (0:00:42)

Dark Blue (0:02:00)

Higurashi – You (0:10:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (4:00:00)

Sat June 11, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:40:12

Practice thoughts:

Learnt more of Fur Elise today and the teacher confirmed about using the pedal and pointed out that I’m pausing between the parts of the song instead of playing it as a whole.

I was getting really really annoyed at the acoustic piano being out of tune and from ringing overtones in the bass register that I tried to ring my tuner to try find out why my new piano keeps going out of tune so frequently, especially within 3 weeks of the last tuning. He didn’t pick up, so I decided to call the store instead.

I got to talk to one of the staff, but the store’s technician was busy with a customer so I didn’t end up getting to talk to anyone. 🙁

Songs practiced/played:

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:30:00)

Claire De Lune (0:01:31)

Gray Sightreading (0:08:41)

Fri June 10, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:33:24

Practice thoughts:

Was planning on doing more wind sightreafing but didn’t ebd up getting to it. Spent a bit of time on Sonata in C after making a few mistakes and dividing to practice it more to fix them up.

After that I did some practice of Fur Elise. I think it was still not flowing as much but discovered that it sounds mych better if i use the pedal, but i discovered that after my practice.

When I practiced, my piano soundrd wrong and I found that a few of the low notes for the left hand had unisons that were out of tune and it felt like some of the notes lost their brightness to them making the sound a bit dull.

It was bad enough that I had to practice Fur Elise on my digital piano.

Songs practiced/played:

Fluff Pie (0:02:21)

Lullaby (0:01:28)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:14:38)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:43)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:39)

The Pipes (0:00:30)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:33)

Higurashi – You (0:03:13)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:02:11)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:05:08)

Thur June 9, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:55:24

Practice thoughts:

Wasn’t feeling too good about today’s practice session. Felt that my piano was sounding a bit odd, but after a while I figured it’s probably just my playing wasn’t as good as it started to sound better the more I practiced.

Fur Elise full version is improving although I need to make it flow more and follow the teacher’s advice about not holding the notes too long blending them together too much on the left hand.

Wind sightreading is still going slow and I haven’t broken it down as if i were to teach someone. I have the general idea of how to play it, but I think i need to work on getting a confident rhythm with both hands. I think the jumping around with chords on the left hand is distracting me from getting the rhythm played correctly at a decent speed. I have to keep looking at my hands to make sure I don’t mess up on the left hand.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:44)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:51)

Deep River (0:01:33)

Dark Blue (0:01:20)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:07)

In My Eyes (0:02:17)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:31:54)

Wind Sightreading (0:15:38)

Wed June 8, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:37:52

Practice thoughts:

Spent a lot of time with sightreading “Wind”. It’s the most challenging of the sightreading so far because of the rhythm and the constant changing of chords in the left hand despite the seeing the patterns.

I am now able to play it slowly, but only because of following my teacher’s advice on breaking it down by clapping the rhythm, identifying patterns, identifying where it repeats, learning each hand and lastly putting it together.

I can’t seem to play the hands seperately as easily. I find it easier to play it all together but very slowly initially ignoring rhythm.

I also worked on pedalling today and had trouble with doing it perfectly. I can do it without thinking, but the moment i start to think about it, I screw up the timing of pushing or releasing the pedal.

Songs practiced/played:

Walking With Billy (0:01:13)

Greensleeves (0:01:13)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:02:05)

Dark Blue (0:03:38)

Wind Sightreading (1:12:53)

Amazing Grace With Pedal (0:16:50)

Tue June 7, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:00:37

Practice thoughts:

Felt that for some reason I was not as used to playing my acoustic piano. I think it’s because I played my digital pianos over the weekend and got used to the different keyboard action.

I had a mind blank playing “Minuet in G” but figured it out. Started with the wrong note in the left hand.

Concentrated on sightreading some songs I hadn’t played in ages. Seems that the left hand parts for them are a bit too difficult at the moment, but the right hand melody parts were not a problem. I used to simply just play the chords and not attempt to play the exact notes.

Probably should leave them for now and concentrate on the assigned sightreading exercises.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:50)

Nightstorm (0:00:34)

Honey Dew (0:00:53)

Ode To Joy (0:01:17)

I’ll Be There (0:01:12)

Chester Chills Out (0:01:09)

Family Tree (0:00:42)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:43)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:01)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:00:49)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:03:38)

Alma mater Blues (0:02:33)

Deep River (0:01:45)

Billy At The Footy (0:03:27)

Clannad – Sonzai (0:17:40)

Regained Time Sightreading (0:09:51)

FF7 Aeris Theme Sightreading (0:11:33)

Mon June 6, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:47:00

Practice thoughts:

No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:02:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:10:00)

Free Reading Practice (0:15:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:20:00)

Sat June 4, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:19:00

Practice thoughts:

Need to add pedal exercises with some of the songs.

Analyse to teach every sight reading exercise.

Make sure you can play them without music after you can play it confidently with sheets.

When analyzed, play each sightreading song transposed. This teaches to recognize patterns in songs.

Songs practiced/played:

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:05:00)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:02:00)

First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:02:00)

Fur Elise Full Ver (0:10:00)

Fri June 3, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:11:13

Practice thoughts:

No Comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Lead Me To Light (0:00:44)

Lullaby (0:01:03)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:51)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:02:40)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:07)

Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:00:50)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:50)

Jackson Blues (0:00:34)

Bishop St Blues (0:02:37)

Light Blue (0:01:48)

Greensleeves (0:01:22)

The Pipes (0:01:04)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:27)

Dark Blue (0:02:43)

Higurashi – You (0:06:28)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:15)

Free Composition (0:05:00)

Free Reading Practice (0:38:50)

Thur June 2, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:37:02

Practice thoughts:

Done lots of sightreading practice today. Have problem trying to read two staffs at once. Need to concentrate on spotting the changes in intervals and what is shifting in chord changes.

Practicing just the right hand for “Tsubasa wo Kudasai” in key of A and G for jam session.

Seems I forgot part 2 of “Dark Blue”, so I had to review the DVD. Seems I had quite a bit wrong. The ending chord and hand positioning of the right hand in the 2nd part were the bits I had incorrect.

I need to practice accompaniment more as I’ve been neglecting it.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:40)

Nightstorm (0:00:28)

Honey Dew (0:01:05)

Ode To Joy (0:00:42)

I’ll Be There (0:00:42)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:18)

Fluff Pie (0:01:05)

Family Tree (0:01:01)

Lead Me To Light (0:01:31)

Lullaby (0:00:41)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:06)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:08)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:27)

Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:03:04)

Walking With Billy (0:04:52)

Greensleeves (0:01:26)

Dark Blue (0:13:57)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:06:42)

Sky Sightreading (0:03:21)

Star Spangled Banner (0:06:34)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai in key of G (0:15:27)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:05:50)

First Signs Of Winter Sightreading (0:06:56)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:09:41)

Each Their Own Sightreading (0:07:18)

Wed June 1, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:04:12

Practice thoughts:

Copied Tsubasa wo kudasai from band score to make myself a lead sheet. Was good practice.

Lots of sightreading.

Songs practiced/played:

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:23)

Writing Rhythm Practice (0:30:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai in key of G (0:07:49)

Finding Fluff Sightreading (0:08:00)

First Signs of Winder Sightreading (0:07:00)

Watching Things Run Sightreading (0:10:00)

Tue May 31, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:39:48

Practice thoughts:

Did a jam session on NetDuetto with my friend in Japan. Couldn’t play it correctly to speed. Need to be able to play left hand and right hand parts separately perfectly and fast as well as being able to transpose on the fly perfectly.

Need to practice transposing too.

Songs practiced/played:

Nightstorm (0:00:46)

Honey Dew (0:00:46)

Family Tree (0:00:50)

Squidgies Boogie (0:01:00)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:00:39)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:46)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:33)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:00)

Light Blue (0:02:29)

Greensleeves (0:01:23)

The Pipes (0:00:36)

Higurashi – You (0:02:46)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:03:00)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:31)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:44)

Canon Chord Progression (0:00:37)

In My Eyes (0:01:22)

Kalafina Sprinter Sightreading (0:02:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai in key of G (1:30:00)

NetDuetto Jam Session (0:45:00)

Mon May 30, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:49:18

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True

Nightstorm (0:01:25)

Honey Dew (0:01:30)

Ode To Joy (0:00:49)

I’ll Be There (0:00:43)

Chester Chills Out (0:01:27)

Fluff Pie (0:00:53)

Family Tree (0:01:26)

Lead Me To Light (0:01:34)

Lullaby (0:02:24)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:42)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:02:38)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:51)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:01:50)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:20)

Jackson Blues (0:01:01)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:33)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:04)

Light Blue (0:01:50)

Walking With Billy (0:00:37)

Greensleeves (0:01:09)

The Pipes (0:00:27)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:29)

Deep River (0:01:43)

Billy At The Footy (0:00:49)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:00:43)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:02:34)

Dark Blue (0:02:00)

Higurashi – You (0:03:22)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:18)

In My Eyes (0:01:16)

John Lennon – Imagine (0:06:41)

Sun May 29, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:19:00

Practice thoughts:

Friends over so wasn’t able to practice as much.

Songs practiced/played:

Higurashi – You (0:02:00)

In My Eyes (0:15:00)

Kalafina Sprinter Sightreading (0:02:00)

Sat May 28, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:49:00

Practice thoughts:

Went out but managed to fit in some practice.

Lesson was good. Finished “In my eyes” and will be learning full version of “Fur Elise” next week, so I’ll have to make playing that piece my priority.

Dad got me to start playing John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Songs practiced/played:

Sonata In C (0:06:00)

Dark Blue (0:02:00)

Blues Medley (0:04:00)

Higurashi – You (0:03:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:02:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:02:00)

In My Eyes (0:10:00)

John Lennon – Imagine (0:20:00)

Thur May 26, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:59:15

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Honey Dew (0:00:48)

I’ll Be There (0:03:25)

Fluff Pie (0:01:26)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:04:19)

Minuet in G (simple ver) (0:02:09)

Alma mater Blues (0:03:16)

Greensleeves (0:01:14)

Tear For A Friend (0:03:00)

Dark Blue (0:10:53)

Higurashi – You (0:05:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:08:25)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:15:20)

Wed May 25, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:02:15

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:44)

Night Storm (0:00:40)

Ode To Joy (0:01:24)

I’ll Be There (0:01:13)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:34)

Family Tree (0:00:42)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:45)

Lullaby (0:03:39)

Squidgies Boogie (0:03:18)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:04)

Auld Lang Syne Accompaniment (0:00:51)

Scarborough Fair Accompaniment (0:01:27)

Waltzing Matilda Accompaniment (0:01:17)

Light Of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:01:46)

She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain Accompaniment (0:01:11)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:06:12)

Bishop st Blues (0:00:33)

Walking With Billy (0:04:33)

Greensleeves (0:01:57)

The Pipes (0:00:27)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:29)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:00:34)

Higurashi – You (0:02:52)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:14)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:00)

Angel Beats PV6 Sight Reading (0:00:46)

Sky Sightreading (0:01:10)

In My Eyes (0:01:26)

Star Spangled Banner (0:04:42)

Tue May 24, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:02:15

Practice thoughts:

Reviewed videos for Sonata in C and Tear for a friend. Now I can play them correctly.

Quidgies Boogie is improving, but I still need to play it slowly.

Everything else is okay.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:02:49)

Family Tree (0:00:54)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:51)

Lullaby (0:00:47)

Squidgies Boogie (0:01:14)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:00:52)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:49)

Sonata In C (simple ver) (0:14:01)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:44)

Tear For a Friend (0:11:20)

Deep River (0:01:38)

Billy At The Footy (0:01:19)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Start (0:01:57)

Dark Blue (0:01:51)

Angel Beats PV6 Sight Reading (0:10:34)

Left Hand Arpeggio Practice (0:05:08)

Sky Sightreading (0:03:10)

In My Eyes (0:02:17)

Mon May 23, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:12:10

Practice thoughts:

Piano Tuned Today.

Ringing overtone is still there but it’s quiet enough that it doesn’t bother me when playing. It only does when playing the particular noted very loud.

I recorded some songs played on the freshly tuned piano. Tomorrow I’ll record every key so I can hear it and compare.

Made many mistakes when playing but probably concentrating on the sound of the tuning instead of just playing to enjoy it.

Sight reading is still about the same. I need to practice easy pieces. Paying attention to rhythm is helping to get songs to sound how it should sound.

Songs practiced/played:

Nightstorm (0:01:17)

Honey Dew (0:01:09)

Ode To Joy (0:00:42)

I’ll Be There (0:00:52)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:23)

Fluff Pie (0:01:53)

Squidgies Boogie (0:01:27)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:45)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:32)

Sonata in C (simple ver) (0:03:36)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:02)

Light Blue (0:01:34)

Dark Blue (0:01:30)

Higurashi – You (0:05:00)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:06:42)

Free Reading Practice (0:27:54)

In My Eyes (0:00:40)

Kalafina Sprinter Sightreading (0:14:12)

Sun May 22, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:35:00

Practice thoughts:

Recorded “You” and noticed my pedaling timing was wrong and I wasn’t joining the chord changes so I practiced and re-recorded it.

Realized that I could sightread Kalafina Sprinter, so I’ll work on learning that piece.

Want to blog all these notes and put extra recordings online.

Songs practiced/played:

Higurashi – You (1:00:00)

In My Eyes (0:05:00)

Kalafina Sprinter Sightreading (0:30:00)

Sat May 21, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:09:39

Practice thoughts:

Need to write songs onto playlist sheet.

Billy at the Footy with rhythm needs work. Add to end of Blues medley.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:40)

Ode To Joy (0:01:00)

I’ll Be There (0:00:33)

Squidgies Boogie (0:01:09)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:02:04)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:24)

Greensleeves (0:00:57)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:32)

Dark Blue (0:04:52)

Higurashi – You (0:04:20)

Sky Sightreading (0:30:00)

In My Eyes (0:22:08)

Fri May 20, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:41:41

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Family Tree (0:00:24)

Blues Medley (0:37:56)

Left Hand Arpeggio Practice (0:01:18)

Figure out songs by ear (0:02:03)

Thur May 19, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:00:30

Practice thoughts:

Managed to get to the point I can find any note in the bass clef but still not as fast as the treble clef but close.

I am playing intervallically with memorized notes used to check that i’m right or to do large jumps which I look at my hands to do.

Need to stop looking at my hands.

Songs practiced/played:

Bass Clef Sightreading Practice (1:00:30)

Wed May 18, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:34:13

Practice thoughts:

Just some general playing of many songs.

“Sonata in C” and “Tear for a friend” needs work.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:47)

Nightstorm (0:00:37)

Honey Dew (0:00:53)

Ode To Joy (0:00:42)

I’ll be there (0:00:41)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:34)

Family Tree (0:00:36)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:45)

Lullaby (0:00:48)

Squidgies Boogie (0:00:38)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:16)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:28)

Sonata in C (simple version) (0:00:57)

Auld Lang Syne Accompaniment (0:01:35)

She’ll Be Goin’ Round The Mountain Accompaniment (0:01:00)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:02:07)

Jackson Blues (0:00:53)

Alma mater Blues (0:00:52)

Walking With Billy (0:00:45)

Greensleeves (0:00:51)

The Pipes (0:00:29)

Tear For A Friend (0:01:29)

Deep River (0:01:22)

Billy At The Footy (0:01:17)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:00:37)

Dark Blue (0:01:20)

Blues Medley (0:03:00)

Higurashi – You (0:02:56)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:15)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:00:47)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:56)

Tue May 17, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:08:04

Practice thoughts:

Did some scales C D and E both hands. Left hand needs more practice.

Concentrated on rhythm practice. Seem to do better when counting each 8th note as 1 or counting a 16th note as 1 rather than counting based on quarter notes.

Recognizing patterns in the combinations of various lengths of notes which I can use to simplify the counting.

Songs practiced/played:

Honey Dew (0:01:12)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:18)

Fluff Pie (0:01:25)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:01)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:00:41)

Bishop St Blues (0:00:36)

Alma mater Blues (0:00:54)

Light Blue (0:02:48)

The Pipes (0:00:33)

Billy At The Footy (0:013:19)

Canon Chord Progression (0:00:33)

Clapping Rhythm Practice (0:40:29)

Major Scales Practice (0:04:19)

Mon May 16, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:10:00

Practice thoughts:

Sight reading wasn’t as smooth as I hoped.

Not bad with treble clef but bass clef had quite a bit of trouble.

Sonata in C needed more practice on scales bit.

Negai ga kanau basho played it perfect first go!

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:00:41)

Nightstorm (0:01:02)

Ode To Joy (0:00:34)

I’ll be there (0:00:53)

Family Tree (0:00:45)

Lead Me To Light (0:00:47)

Lullaby (0:00:46)

Sonata in C (simple version) (0:05:38)

Greensleeves (0:01:45)

Deep River (0:01:36)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:01:07)

Dark Blue (0:02:37)

Blues Medley (0:05:35)

Higurashi – You (0:06:57)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:05:31)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:09)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:01:11)

FF7 Aeris Theme Sight Reading (0:16:00)

Free Reading Practice (0:14:30)

Sun May 15, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:30:00

Practice thoughts:

Practicing some arpeggio patterns from Youtube for a number of chords.

Songs practiced/played:

Left Hand Arpeggio Practice (1:30:00)

Sat May 14, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 2:00:00

Practice thoughts:

Did a lot of theory reading on how to choose chords for songs. Also about figuring melody and then how to figure out the chords that go with it based on chords made from degrees in a scale.

Songs practiced/played:

Figure out songs by ear (2:00:00)

Fri May 13, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 0:49:55

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Honey Dew (0:00:52)

Chester Chills Out (0:01:31)

Fluff Pie (0:01:33)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:01)

Auld Lang Syne Accompaniment (0:04:05)

Scarborough Fair Accompaniment (0:01:25)

She’ll Be Goin’ Round Transposed Accompaniment (0:00:47)

Cagayake Girls Accompaniment (0:07:08)

Don’t Say Lazy Accompaniment (0:04:21)

Walking with Billy (0:01:42)

Tear For A Friend (0:03:18)

Billy At The Footy (0:01:54)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:01:25)

Clannad – Sonzai (0:15:52)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:03:01)

Thur May 12, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:06:04

Practice thoughts:

No comments.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:01:14)

I’ll be there (0:00:39)

Family Tree (0:01:24)

Lead Me To Light (0:04:13)

Squidgies Boogie (0:02:18)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:01:13)

Sonata in C (simple version) (0:07:57)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:23)

Waltzing Matilda Accompaniment (0:01:08)

Light Of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:03:10)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:04:47)

Tiny Boat Accompaniment (0:19:55)

Jackson Blues (0:00:33)

Alma mater Blues (0:00:57)

The Pipes (0:00:45)

Dark Blue (0:04:41)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:01:52)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:04:06)

Regained Time Accompaniment (0:07:49)

Wed May 11, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:26:06

Practice thoughts:

Spent ages doing reading practice and trying to do it to a rhythm. Still needs more work. Perhaps trying to play too fast. concentrating too much on treble clef. Improvising with key signatures a little.

Tried Blues medley as is and it was actually note bad, but needs something to end it off.

Had problems remembering left hand part of “Lullaby” and ending of right hand.

When trying to play “Lead me to light” I kept playing “I’ll be there” on the right hand part.

I couldn’t remember how to play “Sonata in C”. Need to review for next practice session.

Songs practiced/played:

Nightstorm (0:00:33)

Ode To Joy (0:00:38)

I’ll be there (0:00:39)

Lead Me To Light (0:04:13)

Lullaby (0:04:04)

Sonata in C (simple version) (0:01:32)

Light Blue (0:01:22)

Greensleeves (0:01:00)

The Pipes (0:00:22)

Deep River (0:00:22)

Blues Medley (0:03:04)

Higurashi – You (0:06:00)

Tsubasa wo Kudasai (0:01:11)

Free Reading Practice (1:00:00)

Tue May 10, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:04:40

Practice thoughts:

Squidgies Boogie needs more slow practice.

Transposing is looking good.

Accompaniments not bad but could be better.

Sutakorassa ending needs practice.

Starting to get familiar to bass staff notes.

Intervals slow recognition with 6th and octaves.

Songs practiced/played:

Dreams Come True (0:01:14)

Squidgies Boogie (0:05:45)

Amazing Grace Accompaniment (0:01:30)

Light of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:03:01)

Danny Boy Accompaniment (0:03:07)

Amazing Grace Transposition Accompaniment (0:6:18)

She’ll Be Goin’ Round Transposed Accompaniment (0:03:28)

Bishop St Blues (0:01:54)

Honey Dew With Passing Notes (0:01:40)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:02:00)

Identifying Intervals on Sheet Music (0:11:18)

Identifying Notes on Sheet Music (0:22:45)

Mon May 9, 2011 – Piano Practice

Total – 1:07:00

Practice thoughts:

Started late and finished late but averaged about an hour.

Felt that chord accompaniment needed a bit more work, especially Hybrid Rainbow with timing.

Sight reading with Angel Beats PV6 was very slow.

Need to just concentrate on one staff first then do the other staff before trying both hands straight away.

Aiming for half a line completion each time.

Songs practiced/played:

I’ll be there (0:01:14)

Chester Chills Out (0:00:33)

Fluff Pie (0:01:30)

Fur Elise (simple ver) (0:01:49)

Minuet In G (simple ver) (0:00:50)

Light Of First Dawning Accompaniment (0:05:02)

Hybrid Rainbow Accompaniment (0:16:47)

Jackson Blues (0:00:41)

Alma mater Blues (0:01:10)

Walking with Billy (0:01:53)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (0:03:23)

Higurashi – Sutakorassasa (0:03:52)

Clannad – Negai ga Kanau Basho (0:02:13)

Angel Beats PV6 Sight Reading (0:15:39)

Free Composition (0:04:40)

Canon Chord Progression (0:00:59)

Major Scales Practice (0:04:45)