Well, the end is here and I came nowhere close to my goal with the Major Learning Project. My final post for the class is rather pitiful and embarrassing as I have not had a chance to even play the piano for just over two weeks.
In the past 6 weeks, despite my meagre attempts playing, I did accomplish and learn a lot not just about playing piano, but also about my learning styles as an individual. Furthermore, I was introduced to the numerous different opportunities one has when turning to the online world to learn a new hobby. While learning an instrument online was not for me, I definitely found the videos on youtube about reading music to be quite helpful. I shared my favourites in my first blog post about this project. I watched several videos from the same folks to learn more about theory and reading music.
In regards to videos to learn how to play a certain song, it was not helpful. I am hands on, but I also am the type who needs to fully understand the process. Therefore, this is why I went down the path of nailing down simple basics, theory, and sight reading before jumping feet first into a difficult music piece.
Despite my lack of success, I am thankful for the project because it did motivate me to take the steps towards something I’ve constantly thought about doing- relearning piano! While I did not accomplish it in 6 weeks (seriously, though, who can?!) I did find a teacher, spend more than allotted on books, and spent any spare minute I had reading, watching, researching, and learning what I could without a piano in my home.
What went wrong? Why didn’t I succeed? The explanation is likely somewhat of my earlier explanation of not wrapping my mind around the teachings from online, but also due to my poor schedule, or lack thereof. Balancing full time classes, with full time work, part time work, wedding planning, and sleep- i just didn’t allot enough time to devote myself entirely to learning piano in the 2 months we had for the class.
Will I quit? NO! I have paid for my lessons already-when one spends money, one is higher motivated! I still look forwarding to completing the song for my wedding day. Yes, I still will share it on this blog for the world to see!
Fingers crossed, my singing is in better shape than when you last heard me.