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by scirocco
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cant seem to get around the speed issues
Replies: 12
Views: 5379

Re: Cant seem to get around the speed issues

it becomes a fight to get the note to strike exactly on top of the notes. ;) I had this problem too. It took me a long time to realise that trying to watch the cursor line up with the notes is the wrong thing to do. You have to LISTEN for the timing and play using your ears not your eyes. Most of m...
by scirocco
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Bootcamp Lessons
Topic: have you used Hanon exercises?
Replies: 10
Views: 4869

Re: have you used Hanon exercises?

I learnt Hanon #1 in C major and was using it for a while. I think it’s okay, and it does work out fingers 4 and 5 more than regular scales do.

I sometimes run through it a couple of times as a warm up, but now that I’m onto the hands together scales for my grade level I kind of prefer to do those.
by scirocco
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Bootcamp Lessons
Topic: Frustrated by timing problems and not being able to move on in program
Replies: 10
Views: 3900

Re: Frustrated by timing problems and not being able to move on in program

My impression is that the app responds differently to different songs. I don’t find that it’s wrong as such, but on some songs it is unbelievably picky about late notes. As a beginner my timing isn’t good enough to be absolutely perfect every time, so you end up playing notes a fraction early just t...
by scirocco
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Have questions because the website seems to be a little vague about how this works.
Replies: 8
Views: 3875

Re: Have questions because the website seems to be a little vague about how this works.

I went straight from Rookie to Intermediate lessons without spending time limiting myself to Rookie songs. I didn’t find it a problem. Probably the only thing I found a bit tricky was moving into songs with more sharps and flats. Maybe spending time on more Rookie level songs would have made that tr...
by scirocco
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Bootcamp Lessons
Topic: Lessons / Lerning the pedal ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1966

Re: Lessons / Lerning the pedal ?

andrewwegierski wrote:So, there are no lessons about the pedals right now.
Well, no, apart from the lesson about the pedal, Lesson 35, intermediate bootcamp.
by scirocco
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Bootcamp Lessons
Topic: Chords, Scales and arpeggios
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Re: Chords, Scales and arpeggios

Sight-reading practice would be good as well.
If the Playground Sessions instant feedback keyboard app was combined with Piano Marvel’s sight reading competition and Sight Reading Factory’s unlimited customisable difficulty sheet music it would be awesome.
by scirocco
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Practice Schedules
Replies: 6
Views: 3511

Re: Practice Schedules

I tried Anki for music sight-reading training and quite frankly it’s really bad. While it is excellent for language training, sight reading is much more mechanical and the whole Anki “repeat what you don’t know” concept doesn’t work nearly as well, for me anyway. There are much better options; googl...
by scirocco
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Hello Fellow Musicians!
Topic: Kia ora from New Zealand
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

Re: Kia ora from New Zealand

But maybe too soon for that. I don’t think it’s ever too soon, because you don’t want the note names to become a crutch. I’d suggest turning the note names off straight away and learning the mnemonics (Every Good Boy Does Fine etc.) so you can figure out each song yourself from scratch. Look on You...
by scirocco
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Hello Fellow Musicians!
Topic: Kia ora from New Zealand
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

Re: Kia ora from New Zealand

No, I think it's a good choice. I went as low as I dared (Yamaha P45) and while it is perfectly fine for an absolute beginner, really I am regretting not spending a bit more like you have done. Good luck with Playground Sessions, having worked my way through the rookie bootcamp I think it is very in...
by scirocco
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning by reading notes not numbers
Replies: 17
Views: 12015

Re: Learning by reading notes not numbers

There are also plenty of phone apps for basic sight reading training. You really do need to bite the bullet and learn it. Start with a few landmark ones as per the previous post. I was initially a bit worried about getting too dependent on the numbers so I turned them off as soon as I’d understood t...