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#ProgressLog | My plans for September

Hey everyone,

it’s already september and we’re nearing 2018! Amazing how time passes by. I wanted to let you know my plans for September, the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017.

However, I first have to make an announcement! We reached over 2000 <—– (!!!!!!!!) views on my guitar progress video! I never expected anything like that (!!!!!!!). I’m so super happy that so many people clicked and viewed the video. What strikes me most, however, are the beautiful comments that you guys left below the video! I read all of them and I tried to answer all of them! Thank you so much for your lovely comments! You are an amazing community! I’ll do all I can do keep up my progress if it really inspires some of you! That’s the least I can do for all the great feedback I received from you guys! Thank you so so much!

As you may have noticed, I wasn’t able to write much the last month. This is due to my stay in England. I am going to spend September in England and improve upon my language skills and do the intercultural project that is compulsory for my study.

However, the family that I will be with throughout September does have some instruments at home, so I am able to practice a bit. Since I won’t be able to take all my studies with me, I am mainly going to use that remaining time in England to write new pieces!

The goal is to capture my impressions in that pieces and at the same time incorporate the techniques that I have know accquired over the last 1,5 years. I’ll make sure to post a video from time to time, showing you my progress! In case I fail to do so, be excited to see some of my new songs!

 

Beside that I want to reveal to you what I have planned for the remaining 4th quarter of 2017. The main goal on all my instruments is to reach the next level:

Guitar -> Intermediate

Piano -> Intermediate

Violin -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate
Ocarina -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

Cajón -> Late-Beginner / Intermediate

 

For that purpose I want to finish the songs that I set myself as a goal for this year. Those songs/pieces are:

 

Guitar:

  1. Spanish Romance / Romanza  (the reason why I started out on the guitar and particularly classical guitar)

2. Carulli: Waltz in Em

3. Tschaikovsky: Nutcracker Theme

4. Dvorak: New World Theme

5. Haydn: Surprise Theme

6. Strauss: The Blue Danube

7. Silent Night (fingerstyle version by Gareth Evans)

 

Piano:

1. La-La-Land “City of Stars” accomp.

2. He’s a Pirate

3. Für Elise

4. Prelude in C (Bach)

5. Greensleeves

 

Violin:

1. He’s a Pirate

2. Hallelujah

3. Oh Christmas Tree

4. Mad World

5. La Claire de la Lune

 

Ocarina:

1. Silent Night

2. Ode to Joy

3. He’s a Pirate

4. Greensleeves

 

 

 

 

As you can see, a lot of those songs are themed for christmas, as it is approaching. Those pieces are mostly “easy” to play and also pieces that I wanted to play for a very long time.

Once I finish them I am going to attempt higher level arrangements and hopefully leave the “beginner level” 🙂  I’m so excited to see if I can achieve this!

 

Please keep sharing my videos and also keep liking them as it helps a lot to know what videos you guys are interested in! 🙂 Thank you !

 

 

Lukas

#ProgressLog – June 2017

Hey everyone,

 

I really hope you are doing well! I wanted to let you know what I did throughout June and what I am planning on doing throughout July!

As you probably know, I have added the Cajón and the Ocarina to my repertoire of instruments and now I am finally able to record some videos to show my progress!

Since the Cajón is quite different to my other instruments, I plan on doing some videos on basic technique and basic workouts. The sheet music for those workouts will soon be published here on my website, once I get a hold of the basics and am able to write my own exercises !

Anyway, let me give you another update on one of my instruments: the piano! So far, I have been following a book method, called “Die Russische Klavierschule” (The russian school of piano) and I must say, that I am not quit thrilled by it anymore. That’s why I want to give my piano practice a different touch in experimenting with a new method I wrote myself. This method is a collection of stuff and chops I learnt on my other instruments (most notably the guitar). The goal of this method is to work on the fundamentals first; not just piano related fundamentals but rather musical fundamentals. I am soon going to publish an article on it but for now I want you to know that I am going to change my practice plan for the piano, starting with July 2017!

 

 

Progress Logs:

 

Guitar

A. Repertoire

  • La Claire de La Lune (own arrangement)
  • Paganini: Caprice 24 (Theme) – late beginner/ intermediate version (arr. by Lukas Wedrychowski

B. Technique

  • Etudes
    • Fernando Sor: Opus 60 No. 1
    • Fernando Sor: Opus 60 No. 3 (in progress)
  • Scales
    • C Major Scale
    • E Major Scale
  • Chords
    • C Major
    • D Minor
    • E Minor
    • F Major
    • G Major
    • A Minor (+ inversions)
  • Rhythms
  • Techniques
    • Harmonics (12th fret harmonics)

 

Violin

A. Repertoire

  • Greensleeves
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (in progress)
  • Ode to Joy
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (in progress)
  • La Claire de La Lune (in progress)
  • Caprice 24 (Theme) – in progress (beginner version)

B. Technique

  • Etudes
    • Napolitaine by G.F. Telemann
  • Scales
    • C Major Scale
  • Rhythms
    • ♪♪♪♪
    • ♪♪♪♫
    • ♪♪♫♫
    • ♪♫♫♫
    • ♫♫♫♫
  • Techniques
    • Bowing & Posture
    • String Crossing
    • Mid-bow bowing
    • Whole-bow bowing

 

#ProgressLog | May 2017

Hey everyone,

 

I am a bit late, sorry for that! I have something big to announce, though!

Here’s my practice plan for May; what I did there and how it went

 

Let’s start with the guitar:

Technique:

  • Etude: Fernando Sor Op. 60 No. 1
  • Scales: C-/D-/E-/F- Major Scale
  • Chords: Open Chords (revised) + some inversions of C + D + E
  • Rhythms: Some Waltz Rhythms
  • Techniques: Harmonics (more to come in June 2017)

I started my first classical etudes with Fernando Sor’s Op. 60. Those studies are some of the finest I’ve come across so far and I love them! They sound beautifully, they are short and they allow me to practice certain areas in depth.

For the scales, I’ve actually revisited my common major scales because I am currently working on more arrangements of classical songs and those are mostly written in the key of C, using the major scale for their melodies. That’s also the reason why I chose to revise those open chords again.

The waltz has been something I wanted to look into, particularly for what I’ve planned for July! That’s the point where I finish my “beginner”-level stuff and move on to the intermediate section. I just want to be sure that I cover everything I set for myself as a “beginner” before I move on.

Last, but not least, the harmonics. This neat little technique is something I’m so fond of! I really love it! At the moment, I’m trying to incorporate it as much as I can, writing songs and using it for my intermediate arrangements.

Theory:

  • Chord progressions
  • Classical Era
  • Fernando Sor biography
  • Harmonics

Repertoire:

  • Irá al jardin inglés (recording)

 

 

 

Now, let’s move on to the piano:

Technique:

  • Etudes:
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 1
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 2
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 3
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 4
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 5
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 6
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 7
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 8
    • John W. Schaum: Finger power 1 No. 9
    • Béla Bartók: Makrokosmos 1 No. 1
    • Béla Bartók: Makrokosmos 1 No. 2a
    • Béla Bartók: Makrokosmos 1 No. 2b
    • Jelena Gnessina Etude in C
    • A. Schmidt: Etude in C
  • Scales
    • C Major Scale
    • D Major Scale
  • Chords
    • Major Chords: C – D – E – F – G -A – B
  • Rhythms:
    • 4/4 – all 4th notes
  • Technique:
    • Velocity

Theory

  • Classical Era
  • Russische Klavierschule Band 1 – p. 1-21

Repertoire

  • Ode to Joy
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb

 

 

Violin

Technique

  • Etudes: (unknown) basic bow strokes
  • Scales: C major scale
  • Bowing: détaché
  • Rhythms: 4/4 4th rhythms + 4/4 alternate
  • Technique: Bowing technique

Theory

  • Classical Era
  • David Garrett biography (documentary)

Repertoire

  • Ode to Joy (own arrangement)

 

 

#ProgressLog| Summary/Update: April

Hey everyone,

April had been pretty intense. I managed to get a ton of things down due to the remaining days of my semester holidays. In this post I like to share with you what I achieved, what I planned on doing and what I have in mind for May 2017.

Let’s start with a summary of April for the individual instruments.

 

SUMMARY

Guitar

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy (L.v.Beethoven): Own arrangement
  2. Mary Had a Little Lamb: Own arrangement in Am
  3. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star: Own arrangement
  4. Irá al jardin inglés (Lukas Wedrychowski): Original piece

B. Theory

  1. Music History: Temper,
  2. Background knowledge: how sound waves work
  3. Scales: C, A, Am, E, Em
  4. Chords: Open chords (C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am)
  5. Key signatures: C, G, D, A

C. Technique

  1. Sor Etudes
  2. Scale Picking: C, A, Am, E, Em
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, G, A, Dm, Em, Am (+ 1st inversion)
  4. Rhythm Practice: T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2 | T+2-3-2-3-1-2-3-2
  5. Technique: Vibrato

 

Explanation

As you can see, I’ve managed to get quite a lot done this month. I was able to get my first arrangements going after having learnt the basic skills of orchestration. This is so much fun to do! I really love it and I am definitely going to embed this into my own songs as well, to make them richer and to see what I can explore within the frames of what I want to tell with them. I’ve also managed to finish my new piece which I’ll record soon (once the settings are done). It is part of a huge project that I have set for myself 😉  New updates soon!

In terms of theory, I was focusing on rather historical background knowledge, such as, how does sound travel and how comes the measure Hertz was set at a=440hz. Besides that I’ve been practicing my chords, which chord tones they include and what progressions they belong to etc.

From a technical point of view I’ve mainly been practicing the chords that I needed for my own arrangements of the songs. Most of them were open chords but with some inversions in them. It would technically still be called open chord because I didn’t need to barre anything, but ye… 🙂

Anyway, here comes a short overview of what I’ve planned on doing. I cannot say yet, how my schedule will exactly look like but there are some pointers that might give you a hint on what is supposed to be included.

Generally, this month will be a busy one, since I need to finish my huge project (again, soon more information about it), meaning that I have to finish my three new songs in progress while transcribing my others (in fact it’s just: Will of the unknown; Still in my heart). Once this is done I will announce what I’m planning to do and how it turns out :^)

 

Piano

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Greensleeves: own arrangement
  2. Etudes: (various) – mainly dedicated to finger strength and dexterity
  3. City of Stars (La-La-Land): piano accompaniment
  4. Ode to Joy: own arrangement

B. THEORY

  1. Chord extensions: (some Jazz chord as well as chord progressions)
  2. Artist study: J.S. Bach and L.v. Beethoven
  3. Scales: C, D, E, G
  4. Reviews: Comparing various methods (reviews coming soon)

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes: Dexterity and finger strength
  2. Scales: C, D, E, G (both major and minor)
  3. Chord Practice: C, D, E, F, G, A, B (major + minor)
  4. Rhythm Practice: Odd rhythms (11/16; 7/16) etc.
  5. Technique: Damping (I’ve got a new pedal to test out this function; I’ve never had one like that before on my digital piano)

 

Explanation

As you can see, on the piano, I’ve also been experimenting with own arrangements, although it doesn’t yet feel as natural and intuitive as on the guitar. Anyway, the remaining stuff was mainly focused on experimenting with chords, with rhythms as well as my new pedal which is meant to damp the sound a bit. I’ve never been using one until now and I want to give it a try. I read that this one isn’t necessary so I just wanted to test it and eventually send it back if I don’t see any use in it.

May will also be quite busy since I have to finish my project (mentioned above in the guitar summary). For this I have to finish my two new pieces on the piano to finally be able to make that huge step…. Can’t tell you how excited I am…. 🙂

So for this month, my focus will mainly be on these two pieces and all that comes along with it. As I said, with the summary of May you’ll get everything you need to know but for now just stay tuned.

 

Violin

A. REPERTOIRE

  1. Ode to Joy
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star
  3. Greensleeves: (at the beginning of it)

B. THEORY

  1. Hold and Posture
  2. Finger Placement 1st Position
  3. Bow sounding points

C. TECHNIQUE

  1. Etudes (bow strokes and first finger placements)
  2. Scales: C, G, D
  3. Rhythms: 4/4 (1-2-3-4; 1-2-3-4+; 1-2-3+4+; 1-2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4+; 1+2+3+4; 1+2+3-4; 1+2-3-4; 1-2+3+4)
  4. Technique: Détaché

Explanation

On the violin I’ve been slowly but surely moving towards pieces that cover the full range of the first position. I mainly focused on proper technique, getting a feeling for the new bow and the new violin (without any markers and tapes). That’s pretty difficult which is why I keep on returning to my other violin with the markers still on. Anyway, this month will also be focusing on repeating what I did during April to get a better control over my bow.

 

#Let’s Play | Mary Had a Little Lamb – Version in Am | Arr. by Lukas Wedrychowski

Hey everyone

 

here’s a new video! It’s my rendition of the famous tune “Mary had a little lamb”, but in Am. It’s darker than the original but something that I found still fitting if we consider the times we live in.

I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

 

How to set up a practice routine ?

Hey everyone,

ever since I decided to learn music without a teacher I had to come up with various practice routines to support my development as a musician. In the beginning I wasn’t sure what to do since I lacked the knowledge of what to focus on.

After a few months I learnt some basics out of a beginner’s book on music theory and a guitar method that I bought along with my first, very cheap guitar.

The main four aspects of practice that I think everyone should be focusing and that proved the most effective for me (considering the fact that I am quite happy what I’ve achieved so far): Continue reading How to set up a practice routine ?