So, what do I need to do before I can start "Day 1?" While I do need a good basic music theory book to start from the beginning (even thought I DO know some stuff, it is just fragmented thanks to the Suzuki Method), it is not necessary for me to have this book at the very beginning. I do need to do the following, though:
- Figure out when I can have at least an hour of time uninterrupted to practice.
- Lay-out the order I am going to re-commit my senior recital pieces to memory.
- Make video recordings of what I can recall of these pieces for now and post those videos to Youtube (you need a reference to know that I truly am not able to play more than a page or two of these pieces at present).
- Set a time-frame for re-learning these pieces and an end-result.
As far as when I can have at least an hour to myself, I think I am going to have to get up really early in the morning. I am not much of a morning person, but this is plenty enough motivation for me to hop out of bed a bit earlier each morning. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to play a song completely and to play it well and to play it not only for my enjoyment, but for the enjoyment of others.
The order of re-learning is probably a bit easier since my performance was made-up of pieces of varying difficulty. I performed the following:
- Nottruno, Edvard Grieg
- Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg
- Golliwog's Cakewalk, Claude Debussy
- Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
- Maple Leaf Rag, Scott Joplin
There were a couple of arrangements of hymns thrown in there as well, but I am leaving them off the list and will only include them as a surprise when I am ready to perform all these pieces together.
I have a nifty little HD camcorder that will capture my "fragments" just fine. I will post each performance in the next couple of days. As far as the time-frame goes, I think I should give myself six months to re-commit all these pieces to memory. I may have to adjust as I go along, but that sounds good to me.
What is the end result? I plan on giving a recital when I'm done. It is obvious that I will be revealing my identity once I do this. That is OK. True success will come after the recital as I plan on taking on four new-to-me works by Debussy as well as the entire Kinderscenen by Robert Schumann. I imagine that task will take over a year, but the end result will be a nice hour-long (or so) recital that I will give. At that point, I am hoping that I will have learned enough by teaching myself that I will have a decent repertoire at hand that I will continue to build on, that will allow me to perform at weddings and other special events.
I intend to make this journey entirely without the help of a teacher. At least for the initial stage where I am re-learning my senior recital pieces. Every single day will be chronicled. Just stay-tuned for updates right here!