Well, here we are. My final post of my learning project, the piano. In this post, I’m going be going over everything I’ve learned so far in my time with the piano, straight from day 0 to now! I’ve come a long way since September, so I want to put everything I’ve learned into one blog post to close out the semester. So with that, let’s get started from the beginning!
- Introduction to the project
- My starting point, AKA being a total piano newbie
- My final goal (which we’ll get to again later!)
- Actually beginning to learn the piano now!
- Mostly posture and technique
- Learned to play (C Major) scales up and down the piano (hands separately)
- Beginning to play scales/pieces with both the left and right hands simultaneously
- Begin to search for my own piano to practice at home (up until this point, I was using one of the University’s pianos in the Riddel Center’s basement)
- Bought my own keyboard!
- Finally able to make progress videos instead of just writing blog posts
- Refining more ‘hands together’ technique
- Learning how to do cross-overs with the fingers.
- Tragically losing my progress video for the week!
- Finally able to play C and G Major scales up/down the piano without any major mistakes
- Conquered the ‘complex time signature’ piece from last week
- Learning contrary motion scales
- Start learning pieces outside of my music class – ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ by Radiohead
- Progress video (for week 6 AND 7)
- Theory work (fingering and technique)
- Learning a new piece!
- Playing the piece from last week in just the right hand
- Beginning to work on my goal piece from the first blog post
And that leaves us to this week, our final week! So, what have I conquered since last time? Well…
I learned the piece from Week 9 in both my right and left hands well enough to play it all the way through! It was a trek (especially the middle part of the song), but I was able to fully play it through hands together. I’m super proud of that.
Not only that, but I met my goal! Or at least, the minimum that I set for my goal. The minimum was to be able to play I Won’t See You Tonight Pt. 1’s intro on the piano in the right hand, which I was able to accomplish. I had also said I would have liked to learn the left hand part and play them together, but it ultimately proved to be a much more difficult task than I had thought. I WAS, however, able to play them separately, which is what I did for the recording in the video and I just put it together to make the overall sound better. The video is all of the right hand, however.
So, what have I learned about online learning in the past few months? Well, let’s go over it.
1. Variety is key.
While it’s great to stick to a specific resource for learning, it’s always good to use a variety if you’re trying to learn something. It gives you multiple perspectives and teaching methods, which may help you understand better. There’s nothing wrong with having one ‘main’ learning method, but it’s also good to have different learning resources, just for that extra perspective.
2. Consult ‘offline’ resources
You don’t need to completely rely on online resources! Researching offline resources, such as an instructor or a class, is also useful for the same reason I mentioned in the first point – variety. Not only that, but having face-to-face learning sessions, where the learning can be personalized to best fit you can also be a very effective method to learning as opposed to the “one size fits all” method you have when you consult online methods.
Since we’re learning in an online space, it makes sense to share your progress in an online space, doesn’t it? Sharing your progress can be similar to consulting offline resources, where people may be more advanced in a certain area than you can help you out through an online medium. It adds the “face-to-face” value of offline methods while still keeping it offline. Outside of this, it always other people to watch your progress with you and encourage you. It’s always easier to learn something new when you have someone encouraging you from the sidelines!
This closes my learning project of EDTC300. I want to thank Katia for giving me the opportunity to learn piano after wanting to for all these years, and I’m excited to continue learning piano in the future.