#ProgressLog | Violin (Y0/W1)

Year 0 – Week 1

Violin | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Classical
      • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
      • “Silent Night” (completing it)
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Bow division
      • Bow geometry
      • Bow arm
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand

I literally did only revisit the theoretical stuff to ensure that my posture is correct. I hadn’t really put any efforts into learning a new piece because I don’t want to establish any bad habits. Therefore, now that I feel pretty confident I will move on with the first guided practice on my course list.

Year 1 – Week 2

Violin | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Playing in the middle of the Bow
      • Playing at the Tip of the Bow
      • Bowing at the Frog
      • Playing at the Frog and Tip
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand
      • String Crossings
      • Whole bow strokes

#ProgressLog | Piano (Y1/W1)

Alright then here’s the update for the piano 🙂

Year 1 – Week 1

Piano | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Blood Ritual / Moonlight Serenade” by Klaus Badelt
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practise: A, F

Alright then, as for my Repertoire I’ve been practicing the first part of these two pieces, the “Blood Ritual”. I’ve managed to get this one down pretty well I guess. Unfortunately due to copyright issues I can’t publish it. I will try my best to get the permission but I can’t promise anything at this stage. Theory consisted of some basic weaknesses that I have on the piano like basic chords (the shape) whereas technique will also focus on some of the chords that are dominant throughout the whole piece.

Anyway, moving on to the next week, the plan looks like this:

Year 2 – Week 2

Piano | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Blood Ritual / Moonlight Serenade” by Klaus Badelt
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practise: D (2nd inversion), E

#ProgressLog | Guitar (Y1/W1)

Hey everyone,

so here’s my weekly progress entry. For the better part of the week I’ve been stuck with Für Elise which is a real blast! It is probably the most difficult piece I’ve studied so far. That’s the reason why I haven’t managed to fully learn it but I will keep it in my plannings for the next “Classical week”, when I will most likely finish it completely and record what I’ve got! However, I’ll make sure to upload regular updates on how I progress on that piece.

My practice schedule so far was pretty straight forwards. I figured out the chords and basic patterns that I needed for this piece and isolated them in my practice. So far the changes go relatively smoothly, however, there are still some that require futher practice (in particular those who require a three-string-barring with a single finger).

Year 1 (2017) – Week 1

Guitar | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (Part A + B finished, although B not recorded yet)
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B) ==== Theoretically I know these scales now by heart.
      • Minor Pentatonic Scale (2nd box) ==== Didn’t manage to get this one done.
    • Chords:
      • Am, E, F ==== Done!
    • Key signatures
      • Repeating C, D, E, F, G, A, B ==== I managed to learn C, D, E and F but not the rest.
    • Intervals
      • Root to perfect 8th ==== Done!
  • Technique
    • Spider exercise ==== Done!
    • Scale practise
      • Major Scale(D, A, F, B) ==== I only managed to practice D, A and F
    • Chord Practice
      • Am, E, F ==== Done! Although some inversions require some stretches.
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4) ==== Done!
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements ==== Done but not yet repeated. Probably the upcoming week!

Alright that was quite something! As I once said I will most likely be able to do vLog summaries of my weekly practice sessions at the start of mid-february since I’ve got a huuuuuge exam coming up and I can’t find the time to set up everything properly for that yet. So until mid february you will get these pure text-based lessons with some clips of the pieces that I recorded so far.

Here’s part A of Beethoven’s “Für Elise”! Sorry for that one mistake! I promise once I finished the piece I will record it without any mistakes at all ! :^)

Year 2 (2017) – Week 2

Guitar | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (practicing the current two parts)
    • Spanish / Flamenco:
      • “Study in Dm” from “Spanish Guitar 1” by “Guita-in-a-nutshell.com”
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
      • Minor Pentatonic Scale (2nd box)
    • Chords:
      • Am, E, F
    • Key signatures
      • Repeating C, D, E, F, G, A, B
    • Intervals
      • Root to perfect 8th – Repetition
  • Technique
    • Spider exercise (Warm up)
    • Scale practise
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
    • Chord Practice
      • [to be announced]
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4)
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements

Basically my practice remains unchanged with the exception of the chords, the patterns and the song that I will be practicing. 🙂 Stay tuned for more!

#ProgressGuitar | Update on “Für Elise” (Y1/W1)

 

Hello everyone,

this is my mid-week update for Y1/W1. I’m still head over heel with “Für Eliseby Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s a pretty piece but at the same, also quite tricky due to its key changes. This video shows my progress after three days. I’ve just completed the first section of the piece and will start with the second one today.

In total there are three parts to cover before I can finish the piece so it is still a long way to go before I can add this to my repertoire. However, I will give my best to finish it in time and provide a #vLog update at the end of this week.

Stay tuned!

Lukas

 

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#Log 1 | Hello and welcome!

Hello everyone,

thanks for visiting my blog. As the year comes to its end I want to start out with my very first post. This is meant as a weekly #Log/vLog that is going to summarize what I’ve done during the week, how I practiced, what I practiced and what songs I’ve studied. In addition, I will write down what I will focus on the upcoming week. At the time of writing and most likely for the upcoming years there will be a weekly rotation between styles that I am currently looking at.

Check the list at the end of this post to see which styles I am currently studying. Besides having weekly #Logs/#vLogs I will also publish my own songs (sheet music) as well own practice sheets that I created to accompany my walk towards learning various instruments.

Continue reading #Log 1 | Hello and welcome!