Analysis of page 1

This will be the second entry today, and this will be about the analysis of page 1. First this is the picture of how the points were distributed in page 1:screenshot-185

Personally I want to use pictures and explain each symbols, but because of copyright I can’t do that. So, please see the website ( and analyze it yourself. But I will list things (names) of symbols that you should know before starting practice of the first page:

–      Marks of flats

–      Type of notes, number of notes in one measures (Two numbers)

–      Speed: Lento- means slow tempo

–      Dynamics- pp(pianissimo) which means very soft

–      Marks of the accent (like a triangle hat) here you have to play little stronger


I think these are all the things you have to know to for starting practice. Other things I will be explaining as I go by. See you!


How will I be practicing…

Hello, in this entry I will be talking about how I am going to approach the practice. When I first thought about it I knew that I need a plan. But for making a plan you need a way to analyze the difficulty! So, from a beginner’s perspective I made up several rules to change the notation into points and count them up! Those are:

  1. Count up the number of notes (Simply counting number of dots)
  2. If there is a same pattern of the notes, -10 points
  3. If treble clef, 0 points   Bass clef- 10 points
  4. Speed (Lento: 0   Andante: 1    a Tempo: 2)
  5. Difference between the notes (For example, C to D is 2 points each)
  6. Number of flats(black keys) (1 point per one note of flat)
  7. # of chords (When you have to press two notes together) Double: 1 points, Triple: 2 points…

After summing up points for each pages (Overall 5 pages) and calculating the average, according to the difficulty I created a plan like

Dates Which part I should practice
2016/10/31~ 2016/11/6 Page1
2016/11/7~ 2016/11/13 Page2
2016/11/14~ 2016/11/20 Page3
2016/11/21~ 2016/11/27 Page3
2016/11/28~ 2016/12/4 Page4
2016/12/5~ 2016/12/11 Page4
2016/12/12~ 2016/12/18 Page4
2016/12/19~ 2016/12/25 Page5
2016/12/26~ 2016/12/31 Any page if there are parts I have to practice more.


This is an action plan for me to practice in 2 months. I have to say that I can’t post pictures of my musical notation on this blog because of copyright, so please buy one copy of the notation. You can buy it in the link:


This will be it for this entry and in the next entry I will be analyzing in detail the first page. See you!

Journey towards “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”

Hello, I am shimshim36 and this is my first blog in my life. In this blog I will be recording my pathway to becoming able to play “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” completely with piano in a short period of 2 months! Before you start reading my blog let me say one thing. In my life I never learnt any musical instruments, and even can’t read the musical notation at all. Well this will be a very hard challenge but I will work hard. Through the blog I will be writing my opinions what I felt, and advices from a perspective of a perfect beginner.


So first I want to talk about the background information on the piano piece Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. This piece was a theme song for a movie “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” directed by Nagisa Ohshima. The movie starts off with a dying American soldier, Jack Celliers coming to the Japanese prisoner’s camp. This man’s arrival gives a huge impact on the complex structure of the camp. He urges anger from the administration, since the Japanse side can’t understand why they surrendered. At that time in Japan you are told to commit suicide if you are getting captured. And caught between this friction is Officer John Lawrence, who is the only person that can speak both Japanese and English in the camp. In the movie he gradually develops this strange friendship with Gengo Hara, the guard of the camp. In addition, captain Yonoi who runs the camp begins to seek interest on Jack and …  This is far i will say, and please see the movie yourself in youtube or anything. But this movie makes you think about how you should live and how you think, so I recommend this movie for you guys.


Well this will be it for this first entry and in the next entry I will talk about how I am going to approach this piece. See you!