Musical Midterm #3

The four songs that I will play for the final check in are “Jingle Bells”, “Riverboat Boogie”, “Blue Mood”, and “Hallelujah Chorus”. With the exception of “Jingle Bells”, all of the songs are much more challenging than the last four songs I was working on. At first, I found this challenge a little overwhelming. I have decided to only work on two at a time, on the advice of my piano-playing little brother. He says that it is much easier to focus on just a couple pieces at a time and that I will likely get confused if I try to learn all four all at once. As a result, I have been working on “Jingle Bells” and “Riverboat Boogie” for the past couple of weeks. “Jingle Bells” is short and relatively simple, but singing along while playing is proving to be a bit of a challenge (which is a good thing!). “Riverboat Boogie” is different than any other song that I have played before because of all of the accidentals, but it is satisfying to play once I get into the groove. I have found it helpful to ask my brother to play the pieces through before I start learning them so that I know what they are meant to sound like; “Jingle Bells” was the exception to this because I, thankfully, already knew how it was supposed to sound. Throughout this process, I have been amazed at how much my note recognition has improved, especially in the bass clef. I am a little bit nervous about learning the next two songs by the deadline, but I am going to trust the process and keep practicing.

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