#PROGRESSLOG | GUITAR (Y1/W3)

#PROGRESSLOG | GUITAR (Y1/W2)

Year 1 (2017) – Week 2

Guitar | SUMMARY

  • 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

 

This week was the “Spanish week” which means I studied one of those pieces in the Spanish Guitar Course by Guitar-in-a-nutshell.com. It’s a course I can really recommend to every single one of you! Below this article you will find the video to the piece. It will be uploaded the upcoming days since I didn’t manage to do so due to a cold.

The next week will be the Blues week, consisting of another Fingerstyle Blues piece as well as some further exercices on percussive elements on the guitar. I’ll try to record a small beat consisting of basic elements such as the base drum and snare.

Year 2 (2017) – Week 3

Guitar | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (practicing the current two parts)
    • Blues
      • A small fingerstyle blues study by David Hamburger & Truefire.com
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
      • Blues Scale
    • 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)
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4)
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements
      • Blues Turnarounds

 

 

 

#PROGRESSLOG | PIANO (Y1/W2)

Year 1 – Week 2

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: D (2nd inversion), E

 

Alright then. I managed to finish the piece “Blood Ritual / Moonlight Serenade”. I do like it alot and will probably plan on learning another awesome piece from the Pirates of the Carribbean movie series as well.

I’ll also start over again with an old piano book of mine. “Russische Klavierschule” will be the one I will revisit to practice my basic piano techniques. The schedule for the next week is therefore going to look like this:

Year 2 – Week 3

Piano | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Misty Mountains” by Ramin Djavadi
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practice: [to the announced]
    • Basic rhythm pattern:
    • Major Scale: C (up and both with each hand individually and then synchronized)

#PROGRESSLOG | VIOLIN (Y0/W2)

Year 0 – Week 2

Violin | SUMMARY

  • 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

So far the week has been pretty good. I managed to do some exercices to practice the different parts of the bow. Now I do feel ready to move on to the guided practice schedules where I get accompanied by a piano while doing basic bow strokes to practice different rhythm pattern.

Year 1 – Week 3

Violin | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Basic etudes to practice bow division and basic rhythm pattern
  • 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

The upcoming week will be about consolidating what I’ve learnt so far and getting more used to holding the bow while focusing on the accompaniment of another instrument. Furtherfore I’m going to revise the other basics and test myself to make sure that I fully understand the theoretical concepts before moving on.

#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!