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#2305561 - 07/22/14 06:54 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
karmanathan Offline
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Registered: 07/22/14
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Loc: New York Metro
I am on Alpine Melody - 69 in Alfred's All in One Book. Got a keyboard for Christmas and started with Piano Sessions Online. Great software, but not really for beginners who never touched a piano. It really jumps ahead to playing complex songs and doesn't teach fundamentals. It may be good to learn the popular stuff once I learn the basics. It has fun tests and stats, but nothing like human lessons. I started lessons in May at a school where she teaches full time. So far I am amazed I can play anything. She has focused less on my timing and rhythm and just letting me learn reading and fingering so I feel like I am progressing but kinda clunking along and the songs don't really sound great. She is one of these old school teachers where I feel like she may pull out the ruler and smack my fingers some times !!

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#2305677 - 07/22/14 11:21 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
TX-Bluebonnet Offline
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Registered: 06/15/14
Posts: 208
Loc: Central Texas
EnGee: Sounds like you're doing well with your multi-method approach. I"ve stopped my forward progress while I continue to work on some of the more basic stuff. I also still need to do the F A C E etc sometimes. And if I haven't played a chord in a while I have to stop to figure out which one it is. I was thinking about buying flashcards, but maybe instead I can find a game or program online to help with memorizing notes and chords.

karmanathan: Hi there! We're at the same place, except as I was just saying above, I'm stopped for now. I started out with Piano Marvel before I found this thread and switched over to Alfreds. I did have a teacher for a few lessons. It didn't work out, but I did like her approach of learning all aspects of each song. Have you tried asking your teacher what you can do to make the songs sound better? If you have any concerns about your teacher's methods you may want to start a post about it in the teacher's forum and see if you can get some feedback about it.

Me: Speaking of teachers... I think I may have found one. I have a lesson scheduled for this Thursday. yippie I tried out the 2 simpler Hanon exercises tonight. Not very exciting stuff, but I feel like I gave my fingers quite a workout walking up and down the keyboard.
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Linda

Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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#2305694 - 07/23/14 12:51 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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That's great, good luck with your lesson. I would like a teacher but I'm not sure I can afford one right now.

I played a bit yesterday with a lot of focus on keeping relaxed and shaking out the tension every minute or so and it felt a lot better.
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#2305718 - 07/23/14 01:38 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Originally Posted By: TX-Bluebonnet
I also still need to do the F A C E etc sometimes. And if I haven't played a chord in a while I have to stop to figure out which one it is. I was thinking about buying flashcards, but maybe instead I can find a game or program online to help with memorizing notes and chords.


I tried various programs to speed up learning the notes and they worked, but weren't notably effective. I got much better results from doing one of the drills from the Super Sight Reading Secretes book:

Originally Posted By: Super Sight Reading Sisters

  • Observe only the pitch and fingering information in the piece.
  • We will not attempt to play in time here. (In fact, this will be impossible!)
  • TALK! - Verbalize every single pitch and finger that you see and play, one by one. Do this before (not during) each key stroke. (Speaking before playing promotes thinking before doing, a desired technique for what's going to come!) Say "G-5, F-2, E-1," etc.
  • Say any vertically aligned notes (letter and finger number) from lowest to highest. Then play together.
  • Hold each note until the next note is played.
  • This drill forces you to become conscious of every single pitch. It is even more painfully dull than the Rhythm Alone drill. Again, don't do this one more than two minutes a day. But do it every day until it becomes easy.



I did the note verbalization, but not the fingering. Not sure it's really necessary. And I didn't restrict myself to 2 minutes, maybe 5-10.

As for chords, surprisingly I haven't found any program that would ask you tell which exactly chord is displayed. Most only ask if it's major or minor, some may require to specify inversion, but not the name like C major or A minor.

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#2305750 - 07/23/14 03:59 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 06/28/14
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Glad for you Linda :-) I wish I could afford to have a teacher me too. I believe it is very important to have a teacher especially the first year (or two). I wish you a good one this time (without a noisy kid or a hungry tummy!)

I think I'm OK with my dual learning. The first source can show me how correct I have played in percentage. Usually I don't move if I don't get a perfect score. So, I repeat and in doubt I click the percentage which shows me where I did a mistake and what kind of mistake (pitch or rhythm). In Alfred's book, I must be the judge, but with the aid of the notation software I can judge myself easier.

The two mini programs (or games) I have in my android phone are "Note Trainer" and "Score Master lite". They are free but with ads I think. Anyway, I bought them both so I play them for 5 mins and exercise the notes (in my case it helps a lot). I just can imagine that for iphone there are even more of such programs. Those are only for notes, like rpw, I couldn't find something for chords.

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#2306174 - 07/23/14 09:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: AndrewJCW]
karmanathan Offline
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Registered: 07/22/14
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Loc: New York Metro
@Andrew - I really enjoy your videos. It's really helping me see how they should be played (speed, etc). The Alfred's CD I have, play other instruments playing the songs in addition to the piano so it's really hard to hear how the piano notes should sound.


Edited by karmanathan (07/23/14 09:07 PM)

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#2306236 - 07/23/14 11:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
TX-Bluebonnet Offline
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Andrew: Glad you're keeping relaxed and feeling better. What you're doing sounds like a good way to go about it.

rpw: Thanks for those drill instructions! I'm going to give that a try. When you say you didn't do the fingering, do you mean you didn't touch the keys, or that instead of saying, "G-5, F-2, E-1," etc., you just said "G, F, E," etc."

EnGee: Thanks, I downloaded "Note Trainer" and did some note practice and playing. I like it! I couldn't find "Score Master Lite," though. Is it available for the kindle?

karmanathan: I don't have the CD, but I believe I read that it's recorded on 2 tracks, so you can turn the volume off one or the other speaker in order to hear just the track playing piano playing. See if that works for you.

My update: I feel like I got some good practice in today, with the focus on relaxing my wrist. My chords are starting to sound better, except for D7. I cannot figure out how to press fingers 4 & 5 down at the same time. Grrr!

As for my potential new piano teacher, well, it ended before it even began. He sent a text message today asking to reschedule tomorrow's lesson so he could go to a friend's birthday party. I think that pretty much says it all.

It's not like I can afford a teacher anyway without going into debt. But I'm struggling with some of this basic stuff and could really use some one-on-one help. I am not giving up, though! So, I shall carry on with self-teaching the best I can, for now at least. So, here I go... moving on to the C position.
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Linda

Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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#2306253 - 07/24/14 01:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
rpw Offline
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Originally Posted By: TX-Bluebonnet
rpw: Thanks for those drill instructions! I'm going to give that a try. When you say you didn't do the fingering, do you mean you didn't touch the keys, or that instead of saying, "G-5, F-2, E-1," etc., you just said "G, F, E," etc."


The later. I don't see a point in verbalizing finger numbers, unless that's what you want to learn.

Originally Posted By: TX-Bluebonnet

My update: I feel like I got some good practice in today, with the focus on relaxing my wrist. My chords are starting to sound better, except for D7. I cannot figure out how to press fingers 4 & 5 down at the same time. Grrr!


When I got to the D7 chord, I thought there was a mistake in the book. Why would one use 4th and 5th fingers if 3 and 4 feel so much easier? I don't know. Anyway, I don't have any useful advice, I think I just got used to it after some practice. Maybe someone from the teachers forum can help.

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#2306300 - 07/24/14 05:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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www.musictheory.net is a nice free website with some good music theory stuff on it. I use it a bit to practice reading the bass cleff.

Glad my videos can help karmanathan. If you type the song name and "Alfred's" into youtube it'll usually come back with 10+ similar videos that you can watch. It's fun watching some and seeing how people can play the same piece so differently. I think there's one or two good players or teachers that have done examples as well that are good to look at.

Bluebonnet - Good luck with your 4 + 5 fingers! From what I can recall they share some physiological structures (like tendons or something) that are independent in the other fingers, so it can be very difficult to get them to do stuff that's easy for your first 2 fingers. I might have a slight advantage here because guitarists go through a similar thing, so perhaps mine a little more well trained than the average beginner's.

I think the fingering in the book is a pretty rough guideline, however it definitely wants you to use your 4/5 fingers for precisely the reason that they are weak! The songs we play are simple enough you could usually play them with 2-3 fingers on each hand, and beginners have a tendency to play this way, but this will leave you in a bad spot when you move onto tougher stuff and your 4/5 fingers are still very untrained.

I recorded another song today after a bit of a break, and it feels good to (semi) officially be progressing again. I've spent a fair bit of time on the next 5 songs or so but if I can get them on video I really feel like I'm ready to move on.

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#2306341 - 07/24/14 08:34 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
fizikisto Offline
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rpw,
Fingering indications in sheet music are just suggestions. Not everyone has the same hands, and if you find a different fingering that is more comfortable for you, take a pencil and change it on the score. Also, the suggested fingering for the same notes might be completely different in two different pieces of music, or even the same piece of music, depending on the context. That is because it's not only about playing those specific notes, but also being able to smoothly transition to the next notes as well. Sometimes a different fingering will make it easier to move to the next chord, for example.

One caveat. When you start playing in keys other than C-major, be very careful when you decide to change the fingering. If a note is supposed to be sharped or flatted because of the key signature, but you forget to do so, the suggested fingering might seem crazy but only because you're playing the wrong notes. smile

Warm Regards
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#2306352 - 07/24/14 08:52 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Loc: Middle of nowhere, Australia
I would laugh but just today I realised I have a whole song recorded with me hitting b flat instead of b in one of my videos. I tried to play it the right way but it sounds really wrong to me now. In the end you've gotta go with your own ears!

Just put my new Amazon order in as well.

Beginning Blues Keyboard
Big Book of Beginner's Piano Classics
Complete Jazz Keyboard Method
Adult All-in-one Course: Alfred's Basic Level 2
The Real Book: Sixth Edition

Should be fun!


Edited by AndrewJCW (07/24/14 07:39 PM)
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#2306708 - 07/24/14 08:40 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: AndrewJCW]
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Are those your lucky piano shorts?

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#2306716 - 07/24/14 09:25 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Registered: 06/28/14
Posts: 65
Loc: Auckland, NZ
Originally Posted By: TX-Bluebonnet

I downloaded "Note Trainer" and did some note practice and playing. I like it! I couldn't find "Score Master Lite," though. Is it available for the kindle?

I really don't know! I have kindle "reader?" for PC but I don't have kindle device. Score Master Lite is very similar to Note Trainer, so you are not missing that much really.

Quote:

It's not like I can afford a teacher anyway without going into debt. But I'm struggling with some of this basic stuff and could really use some one-on-one help. I am not giving up, though! So, I shall carry on with self-teaching the best I can, for now at least. So, here I go... moving on to the C position.


Sorry to hear about your lessons. I don't have something to say except that I really like eMedia Piano as my teacher! Unfortunately, there is no demo for the program, but you can watch the video below to have an idea about the flow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE5M3Wi9StQ

IMO, if you can afford a teacher, that would be the best option because Alfred's book is not enough as the only source for learning.

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#2306757 - 07/24/14 11:37 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 06/15/14
Posts: 208
Loc: Central Texas
rpw: Thanks for clarifying, and I'm in agreement with you on that. Seems like saying the finger number would just slow things down and make it more complicated than it needs to be. But other than that, I think this method will be a great way to help improve my sight reading, so I'm going to start using it.

Andrew: My thinking is the same, to stick with the suggested fingerings. I am very slowly getting used to the D7. At least now I can occasionally make it sound as one, so there's hope for me yet.

Nice job with "Little Brown Jug." What are you listening to through the headphones?

Oh, and I'll take a look later at that musictheory website, thanks.

EnGee: Sounds like I'm set with Note Trainer then. I spent some time on it today with the treble staff, and already seeing a big improvement. Next time I use the program I'm going to muster all my will power and select the bass staff instead.

I took a look at eMedia and watched the video. I'm tempted to buy it. But I'm wondering if it'd be confusing because it's not like the two methods would be in sync with each other. Do you find it at all difficult to work on both at the same time? It doesn't sound like you do, but just want to double check.

Me: Practice today included working on chords and memorizing notes on the treble staff. I've started on the C position in the Alfred's book. Just up to "Good Morning to You!" on page 74. And for some fun I also started back in on "You Are my Sunshine" from Alfred's pop song book.

I am sort of thinking about looking for a simple piece to learn for the upcoming recital. Andrew, are you still going to be submitting something? What about the rest of you guys?
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Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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#2306765 - 07/24/14 11:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 07/12/14
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Loc: Australia
Hello I'm a newbie :-) I'm glad I found this thread as I have read through some of the others in the adult beginner forum and most were well over my head! I am working on 2 Alfred L1 books - the basic adult piano course and the one for the later beginner. It's through chance not intention though, I was learning the latter with my piano teacher when I found an old copy on the other book. I'm actually finding it helpful going through both books to re-enforce things and play the same song a bit differently. I am loving all the suggestions (such as the apps which I downloaded to my android phone - thanks very much :-) ) and I have learnt so much already (even if some of it is still over my head!). It is daunting at times trying to learn as it seems like every little step I take shows me just how much further I have to go. It's nice to know there are others in the same boat. :-)
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#2306811 - 07/25/14 04:05 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Welcome MandyD! I know what you mean, sometimes it seems a little bit like this is the only actual Adult Beginners thread in this forum.

Reinforcing is good, sometimes all you really need is a rest and a break for a day to really make progress.

Bluebonnet - My piano is only playing through the headphones, I live in a house with 4 other people so more often than not I'm using headphones. I'm getting the sound by recording straight with my computer, no microphone.

I've been doing about 20 mins or so a day on my recital piece and it's coming along slowly. I doubt it'll be ready in time but you never know, and it's not like the time spent on it is wasted if I don't make this recital. Maybe if it's obvious it's not going to happen with a week to go or so I will pick a relatively easy one from Alfred's or something to submit.

I'd encourage you (and everyone) to try to enter a piece, I feel like even if it's the first song in the Alfred's book the contribution will be appreciated, and recording yourself is great fun and a great learning experience.
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#2307165 - 07/25/14 08:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Loc: Auckland, NZ
Originally Posted By: TX-Bluebonnet
Do you find it at all difficult to work on both at the same time? It doesn't sound like you do, but just want to double check.


No, not really. Well, in the very beginning I was confused about the left hand position because in eMedia tutorial they say to put the two thumps over the middle C which is not the same as Alfred's book, so I asked here and I got the answer from the good guys in the forum which was "It depends on the musical piece you are playing".

The two sources are great (and correct of course) but with different plans to reach the same goals. I don't feel a conflict or a contradiction between them.

Look for discounts if you decide to buy it. I bought the download version with 15% discount (with code "group" at checkout) from JRR Shop. You might find it cheaper in another shop (and with physical box sent by mail to you). Oh, and there are two versions: Level 1 only and Level 1+ Level 2 together (which can save you little bit more) :-)

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#2307187 - 07/25/14 09:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Mandy: Hello and welcome!! In here we're beginners helping/supporting each other, which is awesome of course, but the adult beginner forum is invaluable for the information (questions/comments/answers) you find there from more experienced piano players.

You're right about it being a lot to take in, especially for those of us who are starting out with no prior musical experience. And I know it can be daunting, but try to keep in mind that you are constantly gaining new knowledge and learning new skills, and that it's a years-long process, not something you're expected to master in mere months.

Andrew: Ahh, now the headphones make sense. Didn't even think about that. That's a really nice song you're working on, and I'm looking forward to when you do have it ready to show us.

Engee: Great, sounds good. I hadn't thought about looking for a discount code, so thanks for that. I'll do that now and get the program tonight, will probably just go for the download instead of the CDs. I have to say, Piano Marvel started in the C position (both thumbs on middle C) and it confused the heck out of me when I started in the Alfred's book.

Me: Nothing new to report. I haven't advanced any further in the book, just still working on the same stuff as last time, but I'm at least getting my practice time in.


Edited by TX-Bluebonnet (07/25/14 09:47 PM)
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Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

XXXV

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#2307265 - 07/26/14 06:03 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Quick update, got 2 songs done today.

Chapanecas - Probably played this (badly) every day for 5 or so days now, then probably another 40 mins or so today to get it recorded. I sat down and drilled the tricky bits playing them non stop for 5 mins at a time (just looping over and over the same 8 bars or so), but even doing that still managed to screw it up quite a few times trying to record it. I remember plying in F major (with a b flat) being very strange at first but now it's seems perfectly normal. There's a weird thing with key signatures where your ears clue your fingers into notes that you should avoid and every time you see a b you automatically go to b flat. I know at first it seems very strange and for a while I was hitting b natural but now my brain seems to have gotten used to the idea.

There's a lot of accents and staccato notes in this song which I didn't pay too much attention to. Definitely something to work on in revision.

Auld Lang Syne - This was a pretty straight forward song, I think it's purpose teaching wise is really just to give you more time in F major. I got so used to F major from the last song though that this one was relatively easy.

O Sole Mio - Oh boy. This is what I'm up to now, it sounds weird, but I have definitely heard it before somewhere and it has a strange charm about it. Again in F major but a few accidentals that really through you off! Also an arpeggiated chord thingy which is pretty cool. Feel like I might be on this one a few days...

The song after that is Jericho which I can play pretty well already, a groovy little tune that I think I've sung in choir before.

Hope everyone's having a good weekend!


Edited by AndrewJCW (07/26/14 06:04 AM)
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#2307298 - 07/26/14 09:31 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: AndrewJCW]
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Yes, the first time I ever played in a key other than C major, I kept forgetting to apply the key signature (not every time, but enough to frustrate the heck out of me). The thought of learning to play in other keys in addition to that was daunting to say the least. But as you say, it quickly becomes very normal. It's really self correcting because the wrong notes usually sound, well wrong.

I do think that playing scales helps a lot with that. I used to think that practicing scales was just about training your fingers. And yes, that's part of it, but more I think it's about training your ear. In fact, I think it's a good idea to try to work out the scales for any new key you're learning to play in by ear rather than counting half and whole steps (though that's a good way to check).

Anyway, it seems like you are making really great progress! You should be very proud of what you're accomplishing smile

Originally Posted By: AndrewJCW
Quick update, got 2 songs done today.
Chapanecas - Probably played this (badly) every day for 5 or so days now, then probably another 40 mins or so today to get it recorded. I sat down and drilled the tricky bits playing them non stop for 5 mins at a time (just looping over and over the same 8 bars or so), but even doing that still managed to screw it up quite a few times trying to record it. I remember plying in F major (with a b flat) being very strange at first but now it's seems perfectly normal. There's a weird thing with key signatures where your ears clue your fingers into notes that you should avoid and every time you see a b you automatically go to b flat. I know at first it seems very strange and for a while I was hitting b natural but now my brain seems to have gotten used to the idea.
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#2307468 - 07/26/14 06:52 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: AndrewJCW]
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I can't wait to play The Marines' Hymn. I am not far off. Having been a Marine, we had to sing that song every night as a platoon before going to bed. It still puts chills down my spine and I know the words by heart. @AndrewJCW you mentioned you were not sure what it was (in your youtube post) so now you know. Nice job playing it.

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#2307546 - 07/26/14 10:20 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Thanks so much for the warm welcome everyone. :-) I had a breakthrough yesterday and managed to play the C major scale with both hands at the same time (I have been struggling with this) and then I even surprised myself and managed the G major scale with 2 hands at once too. When I get both hands actually working together on this I'll try 2 octaves instead of just one. It's probably a pretty stupid thing to be happy about lol, but it's taken me weeks to try to co-ordinate my rebellious fingers. What is the recital thing about Andrew?
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#2307559 - 07/26/14 10:42 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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A good weekend so far for me. I've had lots of free time for practicing. I'm going through the middle C section right now. Next up is "Standing in the Need of Prayer." Aside from that, I think I may have found a piece to work on for the recital. I haven't really looked at it that closely yet, but I'll do that tomorrow to see if it's going to be doable or not.
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Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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#2307698 - 07/27/14 10:08 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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MandyD Well done with the C major scale. I've been practising it every day and I have it pretty smooth today, and I started working on the G major today as well. For me at least for reference it probably took 30 mins to get one hand scale sounding good, then 2 hours to get both hands good, and then 10 hours to get both hands 2 octaves good. Not saying my times were fast or slow or whatever, just the 2 hands 2 octaves is a real challenge so stick in there! I also want to start working on F major too but it's fingering is quite different.

I've been practising the chromatic scales too which is nice and simple.

The other progress I made today was taking a song I know by chords and transposing (changing it's key) it in my head. I was talking to a piano teacher friend today and she said it's really good practice to get into doing this every into all keys. Helps you really think about chords usefully instead of just abstract letters.

This is explained briefly in the Alfred's book as the I chord, the IV chord, and the V chord etc. For example if you're playing in the key of C a I, IV, V chord progression would be C Major, F Major and then G Major. Now if you transpose the song to G it would become G Major, C Major, D Major. I also need to do lots of practice with the different chord inversions...

Anyway, in short I have a have tons of stuff to practice even without Alfred's, but I got some practice in on that too today and decided I actually like the funny O Sole Mio song! Struggled with it a bit today but am hopeful I can get it recorded tomorrow.


Edited by AndrewJCW (07/27/14 10:09 AM)
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#2307835 - 07/27/14 03:19 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: MandyD]
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Originally Posted By: MandyD
What is the recital thing about Andrew?

Andrew's busy practicing right now. laugh

Piano World holds recitals 4 times a year. It's open to everyone, from the newest beginners to the most experienced players. Recital dates are February 15th, May 15th, August 15th and November 15th. Some more info about the recitals is in the Important Topics thread.

Here are a couple links to the last recital: Recital 34 --- May 15, 2014 and Recital 34 --- General Discussion Room

And for the upcoming August 15 recital there's The Famous (infamous?) One Month to Recital Thread.
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#2307903 - 07/27/14 07:14 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Andrew I haven't got as far as the F major chord yet lol, and you are certainly picking it up quicker than me! My fingers and brain haven't co-ordinated yet lol. Thanks TX (can I call you that?) for the info about the recital. Would I look like an idiot if I posted something really really basic? Also is it only for adult beginners? I was talking about it in front of my 8 year old daughter who's learning with me and she said she wanted to do it too, but I told her she probably couldn't as you need to be a member of the forum.
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#2307941 - 07/27/14 09:28 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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MandyD, several years ago a guy named AW2PP (AlwaysWantedToPlayPiano) was taking lessons with his daughter (also somewhere around 8 years old), and I think the daughter played in two of the recitals. I don't know if they bent the rules for him or whether it just hadn't come up before so there weren't any rules, but I don't think anyone would mind.
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#2308323 - 07/28/14 11:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Hey everyone!

I'm not sure what came over me, but I'm currently working on 4 songs at once: "Standing in the Need of Prayer," "Alouette,", "Lavender's Blue," and "Kum-Ba-Yah!" I actually like them all and I'm having fun learning them. Right now they're all pretty much at the polishing stage.

I had planned on doing Hanon exercises on a daily basis, but now that I've read more about them, I'm not so sure anymore. However, I'm thinking (hoping?) that learning to play scales will be enough exercise.

Mandy: You can call me whatever you want. wink

Andrew: Congrats on your transposing project! thumb

mom3gram: I've read through almost all the posts in this thread, so I'm familiar with your progress as you worked your way through the first Alfreds book. I almost want to ask for your autograph. laugh
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Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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#2308424 - 07/29/14 09:19 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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I've been reading through thread as well. The thread actually started in 2007... 7 years ago! It's great to read the thread and see people grow from complete beginners through to finishing the book, sometimes it seems like people progress very quickly but I guess that's because it only takes 10 mins to read 6 months of time if you're skimming through.

I'm still making steady progress, another song down.

Here it is if anyone's interested.



I think it is natural to broaden your scope a bit as you progress in the book BlueBonnet, that's what I've been doing at least. I need to take a few days at least to get used to a song before you can really get a handle on it. I try to have quick goes at 3-4 songs ahead of where I'm up to and maybe check out some youtube videos of them if I have to. That way by the time I'm actually trying to work on the song I've already heard it and tried to play it (even if it's just right hand) a few times.


Edited by AndrewJCW (07/29/14 09:20 AM)
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#2308481 - 07/29/14 11:50 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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So I know I need to stay disciplined and keep working through the basics and learning through the Alfred's Basics Adult Books, but I really want to learn more Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, and more popular pop stuff, some Billy Joel, etc. Thats the stuff I really want to play. I am struggling to enjoy some of these works and don't want to get bored. At what point do I start trying to fit what I like in with my "classic" lessons?

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