Adult Beginner Piano Progress – 1 Year of Practice

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***Update 17.11.2019***
Performances of Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff for my ABRSM exam ⬇️

***Update 05.08.2019***
Thank you all so much for all the kind comments! It means a lot and motivates me to keep working hard. For anyone interested, I have uploaded a video showcasing what a typical day of practice looks like ⬇️

Thanks for all your support!

-Timestamps-

1) Mad World 1:43
2) Fur Elise 2:11
3) Dearly Beloved 2:52
4) To Zanarkand 3:20
5) Nuvole Bianche 4:01
6) River Flows in You 4:26
7) Clair De Lune 5:06
8) Maple Leaf Rag 6:09
9) Chopin Nocturne in Eb Major (opus9 no2) 7:10
10) Sadness and Sorrow 8:08
11) Chopin Waltz in A Minor B.150 (opus posth) 8:40
12) Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor (opus posth) 9:06
13) Turkish March 10:13
14) Trying to learn Fantaisie-Impromptu 11:00
15) Mozart Sonata in C Major 1st Movement (K545) 11:53
16) Fantaisie-Impromptu 13:00

It’s been 1 year this month since I started learning piano and it’s been an amazing and somewhat life changing experience! You may think life changing is a little over the top… but for me it really is true, as this September I will become a full-time music student at University and I’m beyond excited for that!

I decided to make my own 1 year progress video, after watching so many myself before finally committing to purchasing my own digital piano. Who knows, maybe if it wasn’t for those videos I wouldn’t have ever taken that first step, which is crazy to think looking back now! That’s why I decided it was important for me to record these clips and make a video, in hopes of motivating someone else to take up an instrument, giving it there all and seeing where they can go with it too.

Up until month 8 I used Jane’s piano tutorials to learn 99% of the music I learnt. She is a retired math teacher and dedicates her free time to playing through requested pieces by viewers every single day! Mostly all classical pieces have a tutorial and many popular video game, anime, TV shows and movie compositions can be found on her channel. If you really want to learn but can’t afford a teacher, I think this would be your best option.
Jane’s channel:

There are a few pieces I learnt on my own and for lessons which I didn’t put in the video due to time/not recording, so below is a more detailed breakdown of what was happening every month:

Month 1:
-Random beginner piano tutorials and books (stopped trying to read music and started to learn music through online tutorials)
-Gary Jules – Mad World
-Song of storms from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time – Koji Kondo
-Beethoven – Fur Elise

Month 2:
-Dearly Beloved from Kingdom Hearts – Yoko Shimomura

Month 3:
-To Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X – Nobuo Uematsu
-Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche
-Tifa’s Theme form Final Fantasy 7 – Nobuo Uematsu

Month 4:
-Yiruma – River Flows in You
-Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
-Ludovico Einaudi – Una Mattina
(Started getting lessons at the end of this month)

Month 5:
-Claude Debussy – Clair De Lune

Month 6:
-Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag

Month 7:
-Chopin – Nocturne #2 in Eb major (op9 no2)
-Sadness and Sorrow from Naruto – Toshio Masuda

Month 8:
-Various classical pieces from the book ‘Classics to Moderns #2
-Chopin – Waltz in A minor B.150 (Op Posth)
(Stopped learning music through online tutorials and committed to reading music. Everything past this month I learnt by reading)

Month 9:
-Various classical pieces from the book ‘Classics to Moderns #2

Month 10:
-Chopin – Nocturne #20 in C# minor (Op Posth)
-Kuhlau – Sonatina in C major (op55 no1)

Month 11:
-Mozart – Turkish March (K331)
-Clementi – Sonatina in C major (op36 no3)
-Beethoven – Sonata #20 in G major (op49 no2)

Month 12:
-Mozart – Sonata #16 in C major (K545)

1 Year:
-Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu (op66 posth)

List of Books used:
-Learn to play Piano by Alison M. Sparrow
-John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Books 1, 2 and 3
-Take Five and pass first time (for learning up to grade 5 theory) -Classic to Moderns Books 1 and 2
-Sonatina Album Volume 1 (Peters Edition)
-Chopin Nocturnes (Henle)
-Chopin Impromptus (Henle)
-ABRSM -A keyboard anthology (Book 1) & Encore (Book 1) (sight-reading practice)

Here’s a list of some YouTube channels I found extremely useful when learning:
-Paul Barton:
-Josh Wright:
-Cedarville music:
-Living Pianos:
-Piano TV:
-BachScholar:

Pianos used:
-Digital Piano – Yamaha P-115
-Acoustic Pianos – Yamaha U2 (later upgraded to Feurich 125 as

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36 COMMENTS

  1. So inspiring! I should pick up the piano again, I learned as a kid from my parents. They both got masters in music…I grew up watching them play the organ in different churches and singing with them in choirs. My older brother is impressive tbh. I'd like to get back into it to see what I could do…I remember my mom telling me I had an impressive soft touch for the quieter notes.

  2. This is really inspirational. I’ve been wanting to play the piano for a while now. I’m probably gonna buy the P125 and see how it goes!

  3. u guys are insane he started with a song with one note in the bass I could have done that on day one too. fuck off with the "oh he already knows how to play" bs

  4. It just seems like Asians a re magic because they are still taught to work.
    Americans are taught to wish and whine and wonder why everything seems like magic. But at least they get a ribbon for nothing.

  5. You're a beast. I know how hard you must of worked because I play piano and guitar and I've been practicing years. If people really understood!? If they really knew how difficult it was to use both sides of your brain at the same time. So many people go buy an instrument because they have passion. But they allow themselves to quit. After a day or 2 or a week. If you play an instrument for a month consistantly, I can almost guarantee you will never quit. But like I said, few make it that far!

  6. It may sound crazy but I am a beginner and I started with Turkish March ,it was and still soooo hard and everybody said that I should not start with it but hey f*ck em all I love it and I’m going to learn it even if it takes me years

  7. Im sorry but at 1:34 you can clearly see he is reading notes within 4 days that proves he has expierience because it takes time to know the notes well enough.

  8. He is clearly NOT a beginner or this video does NOT start at his beginning, the first song he played was in perfect rythm and timing and both hands, so maybe this is more of a "I STARTED TAKING PIANO SERIOUSLY" journey

  9. ….. Nar bullshit video, your fingering on the first few days was too good, you already had lessons, then decided to do this… What a crock of shit!

  10. I just started learning the Piano and granted i'm not practicing as many hours and as dedicated as Brandon. I can say in my 3 months and I could play a tune or 2 with both hands but I seriously have my doubts anyone can improve this dramatically.

  11. Duuuude you must have taken lessons as a kid… I took lessons for 6 years as a kid and just got a key board… I’m only playing chords still…

    You are super amazingly talented regardless of when you started!!

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