Happy New Year!
Just wondering if anyone has any musical new year resolutions - whether that's to do with playing or listening or anything at all music related?
I've decided to try and learn the rudiments of playing by ear / improvisation. I gave it a go when I got my piano in 2016, but didn't have time as I wanted to focus on my (then) rubbish sight reading. But the sight reading has now almost caught up with my playing, so I will spend half the time I would have spent on that going throught the "Piano by Ear" book I bought two years ago.
I must admit, I do think it's an omission in exam syllabuses, which is why I (and many others) have overlooked this. But I don't really see why sight reading is more (or less) important than playing by ear, so I think both really should be included. I don't really want to join the ranks of Grade 8 musicians who can't pick out Happy Birthday when the occasion arises (actually, as far as I can tell, you could be an FRSM musician and still not be able to pick out Happy Birthday, though I find that highly unlikely!)
So, any other plans for 2019?