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#1013812 - 06/09/08 01:26 PM Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Ok, so first remember I am a "true" adult beginner. Learning for the first time at age 42 and playing for about 8 months. I am proud to say, I learned Dragon Hunt! YahOO! Yes, that's right,... me and the seven year olds on YouTube!!! HA, Ha.

Ok, well, it feels like a great accomplishment to me. Oh what a challenge to get my left hand to do its thing, and then my right hand....

Do you remember those days? But, what a rewarding, frustrating adventure.

Have fun all
Diane
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#1013813 - 06/09/08 01:29 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Great Diane - Three cheers for those dragons

Enjoy your continued adventure!
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#1013814 - 06/09/08 05:00 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Congrats Diane

Shall we be blessed with a recording ?
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#1013815 - 06/09/08 05:49 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Congrats...its all good...

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#1013816 - 06/09/08 05:59 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Swingin Barb and Mark, thanks so much for your support.

ddh, I'm afraid I haven't figured out how to record myself yet. I'll have to set my husband out to figure that out! thanks again.
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#1013817 - 06/09/08 08:14 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
KaylaX Offline
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O.K guys,

Im two months into this piano playing adventure. I have a question....

Whats "Dragon Hunt"????

Is it a piece that I might find fun to play???

Thanks AspenX
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#1013818 - 06/10/08 07:00 AM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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me and the seven year olds on YouTube!!! HA, Ha
Ha Ha some of you guys just get my laughing meter rolling so early in the morning.

Hey Aspen, it's a piece in the piano adventures level 2b book. Here's a youtube performance of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMGH-dGCAZA&feature=related

Congrats Diane, I do remember those days when the accomplishments were so obvious and it always made my heart soar. \:\)

That piece reminds me of Griegs March of the Trolls. I hope someday in the distant future to play that piece.

Here's a youtube performance of that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7o7FSfQ9Ak
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#1013819 - 06/10/08 11:24 AM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Wow!!!!!Thats an impressive piece.

Something I will definitely look forward to mastering in my near future. I am in piano adventures level 1.

Thank you for the You tube link.

AspenX
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#1013820 - 06/10/08 10:42 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
redeagle Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
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I have a copy of the Adult Piano Adventures, Bks 1 and 2, but cannot locate this song. I think they left it out. Under what lesson topic do they have this song? Can I get a scan of just this song from somebody? Thanks.

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#1013821 - 06/11/08 07:56 AM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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There's a difference in books. There are lesson books, performance books, repertoir books and then you have numbered books with letters attached.

Piano Adventures Performance Book, Level 2B


Here's a link to the book that has that particular piece

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_...tail&item=13578
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#1013822 - 06/11/08 07:54 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Loc: New Jersey
I have to admit, I play the song slower than the kid on YouTube, but at a good pace (IMO). If I tried to play it that fast, my fingers would just fall right off, No Doubt!

I like the PA Performance books along with the Lessons books. I like having songs to play along with the lesson pieces.
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#1013823 - 06/13/08 03:51 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
redeagle Offline
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Originally posted by Oxfords Gal:
There's a difference in books. There are lesson books, performance books, repertoir books and then you have numbered books with letters attached.

Piano Adventures Performance Book, Level 2B
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Oxford's Gal, Thanks for the link. I looked, but could not find Dragon Hunt as a single piece of recital sheet music, so if I want it, I will have to buy the whole book. I already have almost half of the songs in other books. Which other songs do you like in this book?

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#1013824 - 06/13/08 08:15 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Its been 7 years since ive played. But im back, and I have a teacher and im excited !!! and finally...a Baby Grand !!! Cheap & used, but I LOVE its sound smile

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#1013825 - 06/14/08 02:12 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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I think a massive online exchange/swap of music is definitely a no-no.

Our public library has a bunch of fake books in its collection. I respect copyrights, but have photocopied a song or two from song books checked out of the library and don't think there is a problem with that or that it is not legal.

I don't mind buying songbooks, but I can't afford to pay $8 to $10 for each songbook that has 1 song that I want to play. Since I have several other books with songs like Kum-Ba-Yah, Brahms Lullaby, Bach's Minuet, etc, I was asking Oxfords Gal what she thought of the other songs to see if it worthwhile spending $8 what may end up being only one song.

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#1013826 - 06/14/08 08:34 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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redeagle,
Im sorry if it seems like I was suggesting something illegal. I was more symphethizing with you about liking a single song in a book. I already have about 6 lesson books ( all the same levels) cause I like a few songs, and most of them repeat songs. Ive been only playing for 2-months and my piano bench is full. I wish we had a good library that had piano books. It would be allot easier on the checkbook.

I apologize, \:\( , AspenX
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#1013827 - 06/14/08 09:07 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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AspenX,

I think you misunderstood..no apology necessary. I am not so uptight as to take offense because you suggest we swap sheet music. I was only clarifying my original statement.

Several here at PWF, including myself, have had a lot of success with a purchase or two of bulk lots of sheet music from ebay. For about $20 I ended up with a bunch of used repertoire books (mostly folk songs, hymns and 40's, 50s popular music) and some collections of classical pieces. The bulk of it is beginner to mid-intermediate stuff.

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#1013828 - 06/14/08 11:03 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Redeagle,

Hey thanks!!! Its all good. I have been eyeballing ebay ( now that you mentioned it). I have also put the word out with some friends that frequent yardsales to keep an eye out for level 1 music for me. I think I am becoming a "Sheet music junky". My husband doesnt understand it, but thats O.K cause I dont understand his need to have a 12'x8' HO train track in my living room!!!!!. Its the hit of all his buddies that i allow it.

Thank You, AspenX
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#1013829 - 06/14/08 11:21 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
redeagle Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
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What, couldn't he settle for turning the dining room into a pool hall? ;\)

When we were being shown our house by the previous owners, we had to go under a 4' high bridge and through a small tunnel to get from the living room into the den. The husband had converted the entire room into a 2 level train setup...the whole works...town, mountains, little people, stations, the ceiling painted like a sky and the walls painted with scenery. It was ultra-cool and I felt sorry he had to take the whole thing down to move out.

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#1013830 - 06/16/08 09:50 AM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
Oxfords Gal Offline
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Registered: 11/21/06
Posts: 1553
Loc: Jacksonville, Florida
Ah Redeagle, sorry for replying so late, I don't come to the forum as often. I need all the practice time I can get \:D

Not sure about the other pieces. I don't have either of those books, I just thought I'd look for it and help with the info.

Sorry. Wish I could help
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#1013831 - 07/08/08 04:52 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
redeagle Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 106
Loc: South Florida
Well, I finally joined the ranks and went on a Dragon Hunt. The 2B book arrived in the mail yesterday so I was able to work on Dragon Hunt during the evening.

It is definitely a fun song to play and not difficult to master. It is one of those songs that sounds "bigger" than the technical challenge it presents. It has a fun rhythm that is easy to get into.

Njmeisje, Thanks for pointing this one out. Any other songs in that book that you like?

Regards,

redeagle

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#1013832 - 07/08/08 07:01 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
KaylaX Offline
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Registered: 05/14/08
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Loc: N. Cali
Hey redeagle,

How is that Dragon Hunt piece coming along???? You will have to let me know!!!Im in the middle of my level 1 books \:\( so it will be awhile befor I can tackle that piece. Although it does sound like allot of fun.

Im glad you finally got it.

AspenX \:\)

BTW, Did you get a pic of that train layout in your house befor you guys bought it????
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#1013833 - 07/09/08 09:49 PM Re: Finally on a "Dragon Hunt"
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Loc: South Florida
The Faber Performance Lvl 2B book is ok. Dragon Hunt is by far my favorite song in the book, although there are 2 or 3 I like well enough. The rest are so-so.

I find the level of the book fairly easy (Beginner to Late Beginner) and most of the songs would fit well into the the second half of Alfred's Adult Book anywhere after Blow The Man Down and none of the songs are as difficult as The Entertainer. It only took me about 1 hour to get the whole of Dragon Hunt down at tempo. It is a pretty upbeat song at 110-120, but none of the fingering is technically challenging.

Besides Dragon Hunt, I liked:
Sunburst Waltz, Everybody Loves Saturday Night, In My Red Convertible, and Come Sail Away.

We never got pics of the train setup since it was there when we went to the open house, but was taken down for their move a few days later. Second time we saw the house, it was already empty.

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