Find your path.....(for absolute beginners)

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SJunior22
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Find your path.....(for absolute beginners)

Post by SJunior22 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:44 pm

Hello Fellow Pianists!

I've seen this question appear once in a while and I was in the same situation when I began with Playground Sessions. I would like to share how I found my path to becoming the piano player that I want to be and hopefully help someone out there who feels lost or has no direction towards their goal.

I started with the beginner bootcamp lessons because I thought it meant "start here for the fundalmentals and basics". I didnt pay any attention towards the courses area until about 10 lessons in. I felt I wasnt progressing enough to being comfortable with the piano (to know at least where the keys were without staring at them as I played).The bootcamp lessons weren't always clicking in my mind (some modules I'd pass at the bare minimum of 80% and I wasnt happy with that). It was then, that I looked into the courses.

Here was my solution to becoming more comfortable with the piano. The courses I had at the time to choose from were "Scales", "Staff Notation", and even famous melodies. I wanted to drill 1-octave scales into my mind because I felt it was the best way to knowing all the keys. Ever since then, I've warmed-up with 1-octave scales at every practice time (See my topic "How I improved my coordination...." for addtional tips on what I did when I incorporated the 1 octave scale course into to my daily practice). As I've progressed through the bootcamps (I'm halfway through the intermediate bootcamp as of this post), there have been more courses "unlocked" and I've included them with related bootcamp lessons per practice time.

In short, I've found that using the certain courses to supplement bootcamp lessons in the same practice time works best for me. I try to keep the overall lessons (bootcamp and courses) relatable and easy to understand. If I have trouble with any part of the lesson plan, I'll extend the time until I feel competent. Some of my lesson plans can last days/weeks and I've only went over 1 module in a bootcamp lesson and 1 module in a course lesson (See my topic on "How to Practice effectively..." on tips and details of how I approach my practice periods).

I hope this post helps someone out there and I wish you ALL the best of luck and enjoy the journey. :D

andrewwegierski
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Re: Find your path.....(for absolute beginners)

Post by andrewwegierski » Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:49 pm

Thanks for the post! Cheers!

Andrew
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lucidmusicinc
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Re: Find your path.....(for absolute beginners)

Post by lucidmusicinc » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:59 am

Not trying to toot my own horn but I started--not as an absolute beginner in terms of knowledge--but a very weak player sometime last summer in 2019. Now I'm a level 46, logging about 72 hours in app. I've completed the rookie bootcamps and courses and I'm working through the songs. The point is I'm still in Rookie level and it's CHALLENGING! I have started the intermediate bootcamps and it quickly ramps up. My goal is to get star level in all the rookie songs (I have all the classical freebies) before attempting the intermediate. I predict it's going to take me a few months because the rookie songs are at a very high tempo. Point being, Playground makes you work hard which is why I'm confident that if I stick with it and get through the Intermediate I'll be at a level I can be happy with. I just wish they'd integrate the youtube videos more with the app.

SJunior22
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Re: Find your path.....(for absolute beginners)

Post by SJunior22 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:32 am

Greetings lucidmusicinc!

Sounds like you are on the way to those "star" ratings you crave. I would say the difference between the intermediate and rookie bootcamps are like "night and day". I wouldnt get too caught up with the "rookie scores" if you are familiar with the piano enough to know where each key is without looking at them more than 50% percent of the time. Some intermediate lessons I've come acrossed require that familiarity because chords / inversions along with syncopations (in some pieces) will make you choose to stare at the sheet music and "guess" or stare at the piano and memorize the piece.

I've gone back to some of my favorite pieces in the rookie bootcamps that I had initial trouble with, and scored higher because of my time in the intermediate camp.Good luck on your path, lucidmusicinc! Thank you for the post! :D

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