At Musical U, we’re proud of the hard work and dedication that our members dedicate to their individual musical journeys and we always love to celebrate their achievements.
Every once in a while, we like to check in and see how our members are doing. This month, HoomamN was kind enough to answer a few questions about his experience as a member.
Musical U: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions, HoomamN! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
HoomamN: My name is Hoomam and I’m from Syria. I’m a Business Administration final year student. I work as a procurement agent and as a translator. I play the piano and I plan to learn to play the guitar in the near future.
I feel that I lack technique in my playing and also I hope that I can reach a level where I can actually PLAY music instead of just recalling notes from memory. I can speak Arabic, English, and Japanese. My hobbies include anime, gaming, playing and listening to music and reading. My biggest musical ambition is to become a highly skilled pianist!
MU: What’s your #1 favorite music track?
HN: Glasslip OST 29. “A Sudden Expected Loneliness”
MU: Before joining Musical U, where were you stuck?
HN: Actually, I am very new to the musical world (only 2 years a pianist so far), so I wasn’t really stuck but I really wanted to find a systematic, easy way for me to enhance my capabilities to play by ear and improvise.
MU: How did you become interested in Musical U? Why did you decide to try it?
HN: My brother is a guitarist, he’s been playing for more than 6 years now, I believe. One day, I was telling him that I would really like to enhance my ability to play by ear. He said that was called called ”aural” training.
So, I searched Google and it led me to a module on easyeartraining.com which led me to Christopher, who led me to Musical U after sharing some interesting stuff with me, convincing me more and more that this was the place that I searching for… this was where I could enhance my abilities… I ended up pretty much convinced with that and so I am here right now!
MU: What information has stood out during your journey? What’s the biggest benefit you’ve gotten from Musical U so far?
HN: Well, that’s a tough one, considering that many things were greatly important here. I think that the bit where I can sing any scale using the Solfa “Do major” scale and its relation to relative pitch is one of the greatest things I’ve learned so far.
My journey here started with learning how to think, plan, and live musically. Then I took the first step in relative pitch, and then I decided that singing would help me to play and think more musically and accurately. Now I’m focusing on rhythm, sight reading, and technique.
MU: How have your plans changed along the way?
HN: After I started the relative pitch journey, I felt some improvements, but not the results I was aiming to achieve. So, I decided to start training on singing, which I have never thought to be of any necessity to me before.
During my journey in singing, I noticed that I also have to enhance my internalized tempo and rhythm, so I went for rhythm.
MU: Has keeping a progress journal helped your musicality?
HN: But of course! The continuous help I get from both Stewart and Christopher is amazing, and ever so useful and cheering.
Our thanks again to Hoomam for sharing a bit about his musical journey so far. He’s been making rapid progress inside Musical U and it’s an honour to be able to help him as he expands his skills and unlocks his true musical potential.
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