I’ve finally reached the end of Alfred’s Basic Piano Lesson Book – Level 1A! I feel proud but also sad to be done, it’s bittersweet. These 61 pages haven’t been easy and at times I’ve become so frustrated that I actually removed the keyboard from my room just so I didn’t have to look at it. However, looking back at these humorous moments makes completing the book feel that much more rewarding.
Since my mid-term post, I have covered a wide-variety of new material. Just like anything else, the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I was introduced to melodic & harmonic intervals, legato, intervallic reading in C & G positions, sharps & flats, and staccato. Whenever I started to feel overwhelmed, I would just take a break and pick up where I left off the following day. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much information I actually retained over these breaks. Sometimes I would start-off significantly better than I was the day before.
What I found most accomplishing was transitioning from one-handed playing to using both hands. I never thought I would reach this point considering some of the difficulties I faced with the one-handed songs. But.. I did it! In comparison to other courses I’ve taken in the Bachelor of Education program, I felt most ill-equipped for Music considering I had little to no prior experience. But I realized that it’s truly never too late to learn something new. I now feel confident and prepared to incorporate music into my future classrooms!
I hope you like the following video of myself playing the book’s final piece (pages 60 and 61). It took me a few days to be able to play this song in full smoothly, but now I feel totally comfortable. Even though I still need to write the notes onto the staff, I was so impressed with myself that I had my ten-year-old sister film it for me. Enjoy!