I’m new to irocku and I wanted to share how I’ve been approaching my lessons. I discovered my level is at 3. 3 is the place where I can play both hands separately, no metronome (but maybe toe tapping), with few but correctable mistakes. This is the level I need to work on to master. Before I really start at this level I drop to level 2 and try to master the lesson and exercise. While it is an easier level it does take a few days and a bit of practice to play through the lesson and exercise, using a metronome, and gradually increasing the speed. Some practice gurus might disagree with a student dropping a level but it gives me confidence and a better feel for the song.
Once I get past this I throw myself into level 3. During my level 2 days I do take a look at level three, for a little variety and to peak ahead. I do the same thing at level three and not give myself any strict rule against getting a taste of level 4. Also, after getting a little confidence in a song, I use the “voice” setting on my metronome. I find the count of one-two-three-four keeps me honest and helps identify areas of hesitation (I also have the switch to ring a bell at the “one” count as an option).
At this point I’ve added a couple of more songs to the music stand. I find that it keeps me at the piano longer to work on different tunes.
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