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New Updates, FAQ and Future Plans

WHAT’S NEW (November 12th, 2018)

  • 323 video lessons in total

New Lessons Part 1
(Beginner Membership, 6-Month Membership , 1-Year Membership)

New Lessons Part 2
(Intermediate Membership, 6-Month Membership , 1-Year Membership)

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1. Lessons area, Practice Plans & How to Get Started

Monthly Beginner Course Lessons
Monthly Intermediate Course Lessons
6 Month Membership Lessons
1-Year Membership Lessons

When you are entering into your lesson area, the beginner lessons are in the top, and the difficult ones are in the bottom. Core Lessons on the top, followed by routines and challenges. However, I recommend you to chose a practice plan, and do your best to stick to that program. If you struggle, you should consider following an easier practice plan.

Read more about Practice Plans and How to get started

2. How to Get Good Advice

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from my website. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) If you are not a member yet, please chose a lesson from my Youtube Channel. Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you flexible, or is there anything on the website that you don’t want to practice? (Jazz, Blues, Contemporary Music, Latin?)
  • Do you follow any of my practice routines already? Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Read more about: Working Together – Communication and miscommunication

3. FAQ

Membership Related Questions:

Q: I am interested in Blues and Jazz, where should I start?
A: Start right here: Blues Practice Plan

Q: What kind of feedback do you provide?
It varies from students to students, but generally, this is how it works:
Once I get all the necessary information from you, I will review your video, tell you (via email) what was good, and what could be better. You will get a new homework from me and where I will ask you to work on one or two new lessons. 

Q: Is there a difference in content between 6-month and 1-year membership?
A: Not at the moment. However, the plan is that the 1-year members will get exclusive access to really advanced lessons too in the future.

Q: If I purchase a monthly subscription and then after 1 month decide to sign up for full membership, would you be able to give the 1-month credit to be used towards the 12-month subscription?
A: Yes. No problem.

Q: Can I download the videos?
A: Only the PDF and MP3 files.

Q: Do I get access to your YouTube lessons and YouTube sheet music too?
You will get access to some of the YouTube lessons. These are the ones that are included in the Sound of Emotion curriculum too: Sound of Emotions Lessons (YouTube Playlist)

Q: What is the difference between your YouTube Channel and the Sound of Emotions site?
soundofemotions.com – contains the lessons I do with my private students for many many years now. From absolute beginner to high intermediate level. My main purpose here is to teach you how to express your emotions through music. You must know that I will never add a random lesson just because it is fun. I want to be sure that you are ready for the next step. I don’t want you to worry about what to practice after you are done with a lesson. It has to be simple: if you don’t understand what is going on… go back to the previous lesson. If you mastered a lesson, great, move to the next lesson.

David Magyel YouTube Channel – Random Jazz-, Blues and Pop Piano Lessons. Most of the time advanced stuff. I like to keep it random because that way I can test new concepts. Based on your reaction I can decide if the lesson is good enough to add to my sound of emotions curriculum too.

Q:  Do you talk/explain things in your videos?
I explain music with music. I want you to feel and experience music from day 1. There is a way to show and teach everything through music. I have been living in different countries, and many of my students were not able to speak and understand English, therefore I had to create a completely new system of learning piano, (reading and improvising) just by showing everything. This is what my YouTube channel is about too and this is why I can have members on the Sound of Emotions site who do not speak English. If the explanation is unavoidable, it could be found in the description under the video lessons or on the sheet music. 

Payment Related Questions:

Q: Can I choose to pay in USD instead of Euro?
A: Yes. The payment goes through PayPal, and before you would pay, PayPal will convert the price to US Dollar.

Q: Is there another way to pay than PayPal?
A: We use PayPal as a payment provider, but you don’t need to top up your PayPal account in advance. Just simply select the bank/debit/credit card option.

4. Term of Sevice

If you are not sure about:
– which membership you should sign up for,
– if this piano course is going to suit you or not,
– how this piano course works,
– what you will get for your money,
contact me before you would sign up.
As this is a premium subscription educational site with exclusive content, there are no refunds for partial months or pro-rated service (Terms of Sevice)

 5. How to Cancel Recurring Payment

  1. Log into your PayPal account
  2. Click the Profile next to “Log out” and select Profile and settings.
  3. Click My money.
  4. Click Update beside “Preapproved Payments.”
  5. Select the payment you’d like to cancel, then click Cancel.

It might look a bit different when you log in to your PayPal account, but I believe that the Preapproved Payments is something that is easily accessible.  However, if you struggle to find that, let me know, and I will help you to cancel your recurring membership/recurring payment.

6. Future Lessons and plans

My plan was to reach 300 video lessons until the end of the year, but now we are already at Lesson 312!
Next Challenge: 400 Lessons (Deadline 31.12.2018)
My primary goal at the moment is to create a beginner piano course that fits all type of beginners:

  1. Absolute beginners who want to learn the basics (sight reading, improvisation, chords)
  2. Experienced beginners who want to learn more about scales, chords, jazz-blues Improvisation
  3. Jazz Beginners who want to dig even deeper, be able to improvise over jazz standards, playing in a band, etc.

I am 99% done with the absolute & experienced beginner practice plans, but time to time I will revisit some of the beginner lessons too and create some additional exercises.  The next period I will work on the jazz beginner practice plan and I will expend it with at least 50 new lessons.

Since I keep making the beginner membership more and more complex, the difference between the beginner and intermediate membership is very small at the moment. Most of the experienced beginner lessons are also added to the monthly intermediate membership. This is a temporary solution until I am done with jazz beginner lessons. After that, I will start to remake the intermediate membership and make it 5x more difficult as it is now.

Low Intermediate Practice Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


Core Lessons

POP-BLUES

FUNK IN C 

JAZZ

POP & CONTEMPORARY

 

I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 4. month intermediate curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (or jazz intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an intermediate student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if your ego says that you should practice more things.  If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, I recommend you to send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Jazz Beginners Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month jazz beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


I. Basic Routines (Easy)

Composition
A minor Etude & Improvisation with 4 types of minor scales
Contemporary Music Techniques

Rhythm Workout & Improvisation
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Easy)
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Medium)
Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation (Difficult)

Chords and Arpeggios
Routine #15a: Major Triad Etude (Root Position, 1st & 2nd Inversion)
Routine #15b: Major Triad Etude (Voice Leading, Grooves)
Voice Leading Theory (Routine #15b)
Minor Triads and Inversions
Major 7th Chords – Root Position

Theory/Basics
C Major Workout – Basics 
Bb Minor Workout – Basics 
F Major Workout – Basics
D Major Workout – Basics
C Minor Workout – Basics
G Minor Workout – Basics
D Minor Workout – Basics
Bb Major Workout – Basics


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Ear Training
If you transpose only one etude, it should be this one:
Routine #13: Blues scale Exercises (A minor Blues)

Having Fun with the Beginner Lessons
Choose one of the lessons listed below and transform it to your level.
C Major Etude – Let Her Come
Bb Minor Etude – Windy Day in Bergen
Don’t be Sad – Contemporary version 

Don’t be Sad – Swing version
F Major Etude – Rainy Day in Bergen
D Major Etude – The little Hobbit
G minor Etude – The Legend of John
C minor Etude – Ballade pour Adele
D minor Etude – Spring Wind
Bb major Etude – Sweet Home

Challenging Jazz Routines
Jazz Hanon No. 4
Jazz Hanon No. 5
Jazz Hanon No. 6
Blues for McCoy Tyner – Behind the scenes

Chords
F Blues – Mastering Chords
F Blues – Walking Bass

Improvisation
Consistent Rhythm Pattern (Ab Minor Blues)
F Blues Rootless Voicings and Blues Scale
Ab Minor Blues Improvisation
B Minor Blues Workout 
Blues for McCoy Tyner

Rhythm Workout
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Notes workout
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Note Rest workout (Beat 1)
How to develop a swing feel: 8th Note Rest workout (Beat 2)

 

I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Jazz Beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day.

If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 4. month experienced beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Experienced Beginner Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month experienced beginner curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


I. Jazz-Blues Workout in the key of F

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Theory/Basics

Review

IV. Improvisation 

Review

V. Etudes

Review


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 4. month beginner curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an experienced beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if your ego says that you should practice more difficult things. If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 4. month absolute beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Absolute beginner Plan (4. Month)

Welcome to your 4. month absolute beginner curriculum! Don’t worry about the new lessons if you are still working on something from the 3. month practice plan. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


Core Lessons

I. Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises
(Lesson 45-46)

II. Improvisation
(Lesson 47-48  & Additional Lessons)

III. Rhythm Workout
(Lesson 49-51)

IV. Blues Licks
(Lesson 52-55)

 


And that is it. You are done. Good job! When I am working with kids, this routine takes more than a month to complete. There are even more lessons in your 4. month membership, but If I were you, I would just stop here and make the best out of these lessons. I would rather master one technique really good than to play all of them poorly. But as I said earlier too, I trust your judgment on this, and if you believe that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you. Let’s Continue.


Additional Exercises for Motivated Absolute Beginners

I. Making Music with the Core Lessons

II. Expanding Rhythm Vocabulary for Improvisation

III. Chords and Arpeggios

Review

New Lessons

IV. Challenge


If you wish to get feedback on your progress, feel free to contact me. In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Absolute Beginner Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month absolute beginner curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 4. month practice plan, don’t worry, don’t rush, take as much time as you need with those lessons. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


Core Lessons

I. Jam with your friends
(Lesson 56 – 57 & Extras)

II: Songs (My Compositions)
(Lesson 58 – 62)

III. Composition
(Lesson 63)

IV. Improvisation

Review

New Lessons

V. Test your skills


Congratulation! If you went through all these lessons, you can stop calling yourself an absolute beginner.

When I am working with kids, this routine takes more than a month to complete. There are even more lessons in your 5. month membership, but If I were you, I would just stop here and make the best out of these lessons. I would rather master one technique really good than to play all of them poorly. However, as always, I trust your judgment on this, and if you say that you can handle more challenge, I am here to support you.


Additional Exercises for Motivated Beginners

I. Rhythm Workout & Improvisation

Review

New Lessons

 

II. Chords and Arpeggios

Review

New Lessons

III. Challenges


If you wish to get feedback on your progress, feel free to contact me. In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Intermediate Practice Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month intermediate curriculum!  If you are still working on something from the 4. month practice plan, don’t worry too much about the new lessons. Take as much time as you need. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


Core Lessons

I. Scales
(From Lesson 113 to Lesson 115)

II: Improvisation
(From Lesson 116 to Lesson 120)

Rhythm Workout – 8th Note Rest Workout

Comping and Free Improvisation


II. Easy Jazz Beginner Routines

Sight Reading & Coordination Exercises

Review

How to develop a swing feel
(Second Part: Stride Workout)

 

Theory/Basics

Review

Improvisation
(Bebop, Post-bop, Mainstream Jazz)

Review


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 5. month intermediate curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (higher intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an intermediate student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if you feel that you should practice more things. If you think that it is going to be too difficult to follow through this program, you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Experienced Beginner Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. Month Experienced Beginner Curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 4. month practice plan, don’t worry, don’t rush, take as much time as you need with those lessons. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


I. Traditional Blues Workout in the key of G

Review

II. Jazz Routines

Review

III. Theory/Basics

Review

IV. Improvisation
(Bebop, Post-bop, Mainstream Jazz)

Review

V. Etudes

Review


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. There are more lessons in your 5. month beginner curriculum, you can check them out too, but those are mainly for jazz beginners (intermediate players). However, this is a well-rounded practice routine for an experienced beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day, even if your ego says that you should practice more difficult things. If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 5. month absolute beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.

Jazz Beginners Plan (5. Month)

Welcome to your 5. month absolute beginner curriculum! If you are still working on something from the 4. month practice plan, don’t worry, don’t rush, take as much time as you need with those lessons. In the other hand, I encourage you to check out the new lessons even if you are not entirely done with the previous exercises and etudes.  The only reason you should put the new lessons on hold if you feel that they are too complicated.


I. Basic Routines (Easy)

Compositions (to warm up)
Radioactive Dragon
Hilja

Chords and Arpeggios
Minor Triad Etude
Minor Triad Etude Arpeggios (One Octave)
Open Triad Etude (Ear Training)
9th Chords Etude (Ear Training)
Sus4 Chords Etude (Ear Training) 
Slash Chords (Major 7th)

Theory/Basics
A minor Workout – Basics
E Minor Workout – Basics
C Major Workout – Basics 
Bb Minor Workout – Basics 
F Major Workout – Basics
D Major Workout – Basics
C Minor Workout – Basics
G Minor Workout – Basics
D Minor Workout – Basics
Bb Major Workout – Basics


II. Jazz Beginner Routines

Rhythm Workout (with Walking Bass)
Part 1: 8th Notes Workout 
Part 2: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 1) 
Part 3: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 2)  
Part 4: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 3)  
Part 5: 8th Note Rest Workout (Beat 4)  
Part 6: 8th Note Rest Workout (Random)

Jazz Scales and Arpeggios
Elements of Improvisation: Natural & Harmonic Minor Scale
Elements of Improvisation: C Major Scale Workout
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Bebop Version)
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play the Dorian Mode (Modal Version)
Elements of Improvisation: Minor 7th in Jazz – Scales and Arpeggios 
Elements of Improvisation: How To Play The Mixolydian Mode
Elements of Improvisation: Dominant 7th Arpeggios in Jazz

Jazz Hanon
Jazz Hanon No. 4
Jazz Hanon No. 5
Jazz Hanon No. 6 
Jazz Hanon No. 7
Jazz Hanon No. 8
I can’t reach the 10th, what to do?
How to make the best out of Jazz Hanon

Blues Hanon
Blues Hanon
How to get the best out of Blues Hanon
Basic Blues


I recommend you to learn all the lessons one by one starting from the top. Work on all the additional exercises too, so all the new information and knowledge has the chance to sink deeper. This is a well-rounded practice routine for a Jazz Beginner student. All you have to do is stick to the plan and practice every day.

If you have the feeling that it would be difficult to follow through this program, you can always scale down to the 5. month experienced beginner program, or you can send me your progress every week. I will give you feedback and help you to keep on track.


In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from this practice plan. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.