My 1 Year Piano Progress as an Adult Beginner

Beginner
1 year of piano progress by a complete beginner. I practiced playing the piano for around 300 hours during my first year. My piano progress started self-taught and later I started working with a teacher.

I am very happy with my first year of piano progress as an adult beginner. In total, I learned 28 actual pieces, not including the exercises from the Adult Piano Adventures book. While my progression may seem slow compared to other 1 year piano progress videos on YouTube, I believe I have laid a good foundation from which to continue. Especially as I only practised for an hour or less each day.

Shortly after this video was uploaded I re-recorded Sonatina in C:

I answer common questions I have received in this video:

Books I used for these pieces:
🎼 Adult Piano Adventures – Faber ▶︎ https://geni.us/kgozc
🎼 Up-grade! Piano Grades 0-1 – Pam Wedgwood ▶︎ https://geni.us/HQTuKNp
🎼 Classics to Moderns, Book 1 – Denes Agay ▶︎ https://geni.us/84AB6NQ
🎼 Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020 – ABRSM ▶︎ https://geni.us/4gLjB8B
🎼 Classics to Moderns, Book 2 – Denes Agay ▶︎ https://geni.us/PCfXx
🎼 Clementi Sonatinas, complete Op.36 & Op.4 – ABRSM ▶︎ https://geni.us/RKJ7n

0:00 Introduction
0:21 Day 10: Shepherd’s Song (Adult Piano Adventures)
0:53 Day 12: French Minuet (Adult Piano Adventures)
1:09 Day 22: When the Saints Go Marching In (Adult Piano Adventures)
1:35 Day 30: Musette (Adult Piano Adventures)
1:48 Day 36: Half-Time Band (Adult Piano Adventures)
2:12 Day 39: Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Adult Piano Adventures)
2:52 Day 53: Viva la France (Adult Piano Adventures)
3:16 Day 82 – Little Sonata (Classics to Moderns, Book 1)
3:44 Day 119 – Quadrille (Classics to Moderns, Book 1)
4:11 Day 123 – Mission Impossible (Up-grade! Piano Grades 0-1)
4:42 Day 154 – Bagatelle (Classics to Moderns, Book 1)
5:22 Day 169 – Rondino (Classics to Moderns, Book 1)
6:03 Day 271 – The Egyptian Level (Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020)
6:37 Day 317 – Theme (Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020)
7:06 Day 335 – Musette (Classics to Moderns, Book 2)
8:02 Day 363 – Sonatina in C (Clementi – Sonatinas, complete Op.36 & Op.4)

Q&A
9:37 Why did I record these videos?
11:25 What do I think about my progress?
12:49 Am I happy with my progress?
14:14 Have I played an instrument before?
16:34 How could you progress faster?

Please note: Sections were removed from Little Sonata, Quadrille, Bagatelle and Rondino in YouTube Studio editor on 9 May 2021. This was to improve the pacing of the video as these pieces dragged on.

All the 60+ pieces I learnt during my first year were uploaded on the day I felt I could play them well enough. You can view them all in order using this playlist:

🎵 Watch my latest piece after 556 days:

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Copy & Paste description below. (Last edited 28 January 2021)

The pieces I upload to this channel are my best efforts that include the fewest mistakes. They can sometimes take 20-30 minutes to get just the right take. Please do not be mistaken thinking this is how I play all the time. It’s not, as much as I wish it was.

GEAR I USE (affiliate links):

For playing:
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🎹 Kawai CA99 ▶︎ https://www.kawai.co.uk/products/digitalpianos/caseries/ca99/
🎹 Roland FP-30 ▶︎ https://geni.us/fTyL
🎧 Sennheiser HD 559 ▶︎ https://geni.us/j5WL
🎧 Audio Technica ATH-M50X ▶︎ https://geni.us/z9Ye
📱 iPad Pro 12.9 ▶︎ https://geni.us/lcrpU4
📱 forScore ▶︎ https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/forscore/id363738376

For filming/editing*:
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📷 Sony A7iii ▶︎ https://geni.us/3G4KrD
📷 Sony Full Frame Sonar 35mm 2.8 Zeiss Prime Lens ▶︎ https://geni.us/1gOds5p
🎤 Røde VideoMic Pro+ On-Camera Microphone ▶︎ https://geni.us/iG3YLV
🎤 Røde VideoMicro On-Camera Microphone ▶︎ https://geni.us/W1hN
🖥 Garageband ▶︎ https://apps.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id408709785
🎞 Final Cut Pro X ▶︎ https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933?mt=12
🎹 Native-Instruments – Noire ▶︎ https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/keys/noire/

Other books I use:
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🎼 Piano Sight-Reading Pt.1: A Fresh Approach – John Kember ▶︎ https://geni.us/nsmirP
🎼 A Piece a week Grade 2 – Paul Harris ▶︎ https://geni.us/beH6
🎼 Improve your sight-reading Grade 2 ▶︎ https://geni.us/ATZAP0
🎼 A Piece a week Grade 1 – Paul Harris ▶︎ https://geni.us/5tYAo1
🎼 Piano Scales & Arpeggios Grade 5 – ABRSM ▶︎ https://geni.us/QBQWk
🎼 Improve your sight-reading Grade 1 – Paul Harris ▶︎ https://geni.us/9XIAZ7K

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