I tried this a few years ago, and I was making progress for a while, but what really annoyed me is that I just couldn’t listen to all the children-songs after a while. Even if there there isn’t a lot of difference between in the difficulty between “Alle meine Entchen” and a simple version of Beethoven’s Nineth (or at least the first few seconds), I found learning the latter a lot more enjoyable.
I guess it’s like learning programming, and all you do is increasingly more complex versions of hello world.
I’m surprised your teacher didn’t allow you to choose repertoire more to your liking. Or were you working towards certification/accreditation (which requires that you select from set lists)?
Oh no, I had lessons years ago, but what I’m talking about now is an attempt at self-learning. But as an autodidact, I’m limited to existing literature, which seems to be mostly of the kind I mentioned above.
I learnt that I was a lousy pianist….but a much improved typist.
What I’ve learned about learning piano from six months learning piano or What I’ve learned about life over the six months I’ve been learning piano would’ve been far more suitable
Programming at a high level requires the same focus, discipline, and intrinsic motivation that piano does.
This is such a general template to doing anything new. First you’re bad, you persist over months and years of plateaus and failure, and just repeat that forever until you give up or you start approaching an actual real ceiling.
This article really resonated with me. I saw in it similar experiences to programming. Any deep learning really.
Suggest education tag instead of practices, since it’s about learning.
I’ve been practicing piano for purely extrinsic motivation for a while by now. I know I will never play it well enough to be listenable. I can “play” (i.e. produce right pitches in the right order at the right time) with one hand just fine, which is enough for “debugging” homophonic music.
Playing independent melodies with different hands used to be an impossible task.
If I want to write polyphonic music and debug harmonies faster, I have to do it though. So, I’ve been practicing tunes from Anna Magdalena Bach’s notebook, and it has been absolutely excruciating. Different articulations and dynamics with different hands is simply beyond me, but maybe I can take my playing to the level of bad MIDI playback so that at least I can write and demonstrate fugues some day.