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#1042758 - 12/01/08 07:34 PM Christmas Songs
Shey Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 327
Loc: Greater Manchester, England
Hi everyone,

Every year, we know it's time to learn and play Christmas songs, but personally, I have so much difficulty. I have been provided with a lovely, easy book of Christmas songs from my teacher and have been practising them. But, my playing is slow, and disjointed, with no flow or musicality.

I have realised that all in all my practise time is roughly in total 30 miniutes a week!!! This is not very much and I don't seem to be able to fit in any more with my work and everything.

I have done well to get to where I am on so little practise. If only I could practise more my playing would improve so much. But I don't have any more time to spare.

I would love to have two hours each day, and I know I would improve so much.

However, I just wanted to say, happy practising to you all with your Christmas songs and have you got a favourite one?

Mine is Coventry Carol. Quite a simple version, but a challenge for me.

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#1042759 - 12/01/08 09:42 PM Re: Christmas Songs
SAnnM AB-2001 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/04
Posts: 2022
Loc: Canada
I find Christmas music stressful. I don't have the patience to learn it and don't have the skill to sightread it.... I haven't even learned one this year.... I'll sightread the right hand should anyone ask but they'll have to sing or play an instrument too!!
It's the journey not the destination..

#1042760 - 12/02/08 01:39 AM Re: Christmas Songs
宮前さん Offline
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Registered: 10/23/08
Posts: 13
Loc: San Jose
I love Christmas music so much fun hahahaha, gotta love those tunes. So much fun, and thanks a lot. I love to play the 12 days of Christmas, Sleigh Ride, All i want for Christmas. I like most Christmas songs


#1042761 - 12/02/08 11:42 AM Re: Christmas Songs
Agilita Offline
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Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 476
Loc: Missouri
Mine is Coventry Carol. Quite a simple version, but a challenge for me.
I'm also working on what I think of as the dreaded Coventry Carol. My youngest granddaughter and I are supposed to play a duet of this for our Christmas recital. She hates to count and hates half notes (she says they slow her down!), so this is a real struggle. It's such a beautiful melody but we're just not together.

#1042762 - 12/02/08 11:43 AM Re: Christmas Songs
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
also check out the Wexford Carol.. it's gorgeous.
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

#1042763 - 12/02/08 12:08 PM Re: Christmas Songs
Fraggle Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 384
Loc: Nottingham, U.K.
Originally posted by IPIBAHN - Sandy:
I find Christmas music stressful. I don't have the patience to learn it and don't have the skill to sightread it.... I haven't even learned one this year.... I'll sightread the right hand should anyone ask but they'll have to sing or play an instrument too!! [/b]
What he said.

#1042764 - 12/02/08 12:17 PM Re: Christmas Songs
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 1133
Loc: New Jersey
Since I've only been playing piano for about 11 months, most of the Christmas carols I can play are from primer and level 1 books, but I love playing them. I spent the past week at my son's house, and my granddaughter and I spent one evening taking turns playing carols. It was very enjoyable, and I think we will do it on Christmas also. I wish that I had thought to purchase some easy Christmas duet music for us to play together.

Silent Night
What Child is This
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear



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