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.

BEGINNER COURSE – BIG UPDATES – 4 LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY

Hello everyone!
7 New beginner lessons have been added to the 2. month beginner (+ intermediate) membership:

1. Jazz Routine #2: Advanced Five-Finger Scale Exercises (C minor blues)
2. Jazz Routine #3: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (12 Minor Keys)
3. Jazz Routine #3: Six Additional Variations
4. 2 Month Beginner Challenge: Building Walking Bass Lines
5. 2 Month Beginner Challenge: Mastering Chords – C Blues
6. 2 Month Beginner Challenge: Walking Bass C Blues
7. 2 Month Beginner Challenge: Pop Piano Improvisation in 4 Major Keys (C – G – D – A)

Now that I am adding new layers to the curriculum I decided to give you a little guidance here.
If you signed up for the monthly beginner course, this is what you have to know.

The beginner course covers 4 levels (layers) of difficulty now.

1. Layer: Lessons – Those are the easiest. Designed for absolute beginners. The core of the curriculum.
Always start with the LESSONS, even if you are an “advanced beginner”. If it is easy for you, take the opportunity to focus on little details;
the way you sit and hold your hand, your touch, your technique, tempo, dynamic, emotions, etc.

2. Layer: Routines – For highly motivated beginners. It starts quite easy, but the difficulty of the lessons increases fast.
The beginner routines cover the most important basics.
– Major and minor scales in 12 keys + basic improvisation skills with the scales.
– Major and minor pentatonic scales in 12 keys + improvisation.
– Major and minor blues scale in 12 keys + improvisation.
– good control over major and minor triads and inversions
– voice leading
– 7th chords
– 9th chords
– Walking bass and improvisation
– Arpeggios
– Jazz Arpeggios
– Shell Voicings
– Rootless voicings and Improvisation
– and a lot more…

Important: If you signed up for a monthly membership, the routines (as well as lessons and challenges) are spread out over 6 months. 

3. Layer: Challenges – Difficult, but you will still manage to complete… at least some of it. It will challenge you to apply everything you have learned so far and beyond that. You might not understand the theory behind every note, but don’t worry about that, it will all make sense at the end of the course.

4. Layer: Jazz Routines – If you are an absolute beginner, well, this is going to be impossible. However, If you are new to jazz piano, but not new to play piano, these lessons are for you.

The update on the beginner course is soon completed, and I am looking forward working on the intermediate course now. The reason why I was ignoring the intermediate course – even though I added all the new beginner routines & challenges to that membership too – is that I wanted to see where the beginner course is going to end… it has to be a smooth transition between the two memberships, between the two levels.
(The plan was to add 30 new lessons to the beginner curriculum and now it is already 70+.  The intermediate course is going to be 5x more difficult than I originally planned.)

Hugs and Love,
David

5 New Lessons Available

1. Month Beginner Curriculum:
Routine #2b: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (4 Major Keys: E,B,F#,C#)

5. Month Beginner Curriculum:

Routine #17B: Major Pentatonic and Blues Improvisation (Walking Bass Version)
Routine #17C: Major Pentatonic and Blues Improvisation (Rootless Voicings Version)
Routine #18: Major Pentatonic and Blues Scale Exercises (Walking Bass Version)
Routine #19: Major Pentatonic and Blues Scale Exercises (Rootless VoicingsVersion)

15 more lessons and I am done expanding the beginner curriculum for a while. From January on I will start working on the Intermediate curriculum too. However if you sign up for the Monthly Intermediate course now, you will get access some of these Advanced Beginner lessons too.

With Love,
David

5. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +8 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #16: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues  (Ear Training Version)
  2. Routine #16: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues (Sheet Music Version)
  3. Routine #17: Major Pentatonic and  Blues Improvisation Exercises
  4. Routine #18: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues (Jazz Version) Coming Soon
  5. Routine #19: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues Improvisation Exercises (Jazz Version) Coming Soon
  6. Routine #20: Open Triads Etude (Ear Training)
  7. Routine #21: 9th Chords Etude (Ear Training)
  8. Routine #22: Sus4 chords Etude (Ear Training)
  9. 5 Month Challenge: Comping with Open Triads (Silent Night)
  10. 5 Month Challenge: Radioactive Dragon

4. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +9 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #13: Blues Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
  2. Routine #14a: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Easy)
  3. Routine #14b: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Medium)
  4. Routine #14c: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Difficult)
  5. Routine #15a: Major Triads Etude (Root Position, 1st & 2nd Inversion)
  6. Routine #15b: Major Triads Etude (Smoot Voice Leading, Grooves)
  7.  Voice Leading Theory
  8. 4 Month Beginner Challenge Part 1: Contemporary Music Techniques
  9. 4 Month Beginner Challenge Part 2: A minor Etude + Improvisation with 4 types of minor scales.

28 New Lessons the last 10 days… not bad, eh?

3. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +6 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #9: Five-Finger Scales Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
  2. Routine #10: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
  3. Routine #11a: Major Triads Etude (First Inversion)
  4. Routine #11b: Major Triads (Second Inversion)
  5. Routine #12: Major Triads Etude (Arpeggios – Two Octaves)
  6. 3 Month Beginner Challenge: Melodic Improvisation (Pop & New Age music)

Remember:
Your primary focus should be on Lessons 1 – 130. (Red Lessons)
If you want to dig deeper, then you complete all the routines too. (Green Lessons)
If you can’t get enough you work on monthly challenges too. (Pro Lessons)

Stay tunes. I am not done yet 🙂

Get ready to my advanced Blues Lessons!

I just published a new lesson: Lesson 116 – Blues Improvisation Etude
Lesson 113 – 116 will help you to gain speed, reading-, rhythm and improvisation skills, ability to move around quickly few octaves up and down, etc.

Sound of Emotions is a one big story, we went through a bunch of beginners and early intermediate lessons and now (slowly but surely) we are entering to some advanced concepts. I will still jump back to some basic concepts, but from now on I am going to move much faster, because I am confident enough that after this 116 lessons you have a strong intermediate piano skills.
Looking forward to this period!
Hugs and Love,
David

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