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#1071547 - 11/08/08 10:18 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Gary Schenk:

When I get a chance, though, I'm going to sneak in working on Cafe Vienna, I like that one. [/b]
That's spooky that's just what I'm playing the moment. \:\)

And for everyone else thanks for all the good advice. No short-cuts for me. I'm going through Book 1 page by page and to be fair thoroughly enjoying it.

I am however secretly practising a couple of other pieces in addition, one a long term project.

.........don't tell anyone \:\)
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#1071548 - 11/08/08 11:11 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I think we all work on other things besides our Alfred book once in a while. Those who are lucky enough to have a teacher generally get assigned other pieces to supplement and to build a repertoire. Some self learners have mentioned getting bored with Alfred and finding other pieces to keep their interest up. And I assume that there are some, like me, who hit rough spot from time to time and need to find some pieces at the same level to hold our interest until we are ready to move on. Most of my additional pieces right now are Christmas music. :-)
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#1071549 - 11/10/08 04:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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OK, I managed to submit a short piece for the recital. Now, I can start again with Alfred where I left it, about to start Little Brown Jug.
I can't avoid working on the side lines either, so I am having fun with Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook ( and the piano handbook by Humphreys I must admit), there are a few short pieces not too difficult when you overcome the fear of big jumps (OK they seem gigantic at first, but doable with practice)for L and R hands.
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#1071550 - 11/10/08 12:13 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:

I am however secretly practising a couple of other pieces in addition, one a long term project.

.........don't tell anyone \:\) [/b]
We won't tell. What's your long term project?
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#1071551 - 11/10/08 12:19 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Key Notes:
Pushing the envelope is always nice Gary. After all, if we don't believe in it, we wouldn't begin this incredible journey anyway.

Don't worry we won't tell. Just make sure that I never meet your teacher. ;\) \:D [/b]
She picked a good one to push with. Minuet in G Major is giving me fits. So far five hours of practice and just now the first 6 bars sound OK.

Not only that, she wants me to play it in a recital next month!
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#1071552 - 11/10/08 11:47 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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It has been a few weeks since I posted my progress, now past Lone Star Waltz and working on Cafe Vienna. I spent rather a long time on Lone Star Waltz, ironing out different things.
I am also working on Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) out of the Alfred's basic adult all-time favorites, in places a little tricky but to me well worth learning

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#1071553 - 11/11/08 09:32 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Dave123:
It has been a few weeks since I posted my progress, now past Lone Star Waltz and working on Cafe Vienna. I spent rather a long time on Lone Star Waltz, ironing out different things.
I am also working on Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) out of the Alfred's basic adult all-time favorites, in places a little tricky but to me well worth learning [/b]
Looks like we're at a similar spot. I've just moved on from Cafe Vienna though my Alfred journey is now being slowed somewhat as I get sidetracked by other music \:\)
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#1071554 - 11/11/08 08:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Blackbird:
Looks like we're at a similar spot. I've just moved on from Cafe Vienna though my Alfred journey is now being slowed somewhat as I get sidetracked by other music \:\) [/b]
I am thinking you will be well past me soon my progress has been slowed somewhat over the last couple of months, my new teacher really wants to keep me at a particular piece until he is satisfied and is big on scales so I do allot of practicing of scales now. I too have been sidetracked a little but that's OK as I do want to play the pieces I like and not just the course music, and I am feeling confident enough to do that now \:\)

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#1071555 - 11/12/08 02:32 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Dave123:
It has been a few weeks since I posted my progress, now past Lone Star Waltz and working on Cafe Vienna. I spent rather a long time on Lone Star Waltz, ironing out different things.
I am also working on Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) out of the Alfred's basic adult all-time favorites, in places a little tricky but to me well worth learning [/b]
Sounds like you've made wonderful progress Dave123, especially with learning pieces from your all-time favorites book as well. I don't have that one, yet. Perhaps I'll get it as a treat and reward for myself after I finish up book 1, or maybe another one that I also wanted pretty badly. \:D
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#1071556 - 11/12/08 08:15 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Key Notes:
Sounds like you've made wonderful progress Dave123, especially with learning pieces from your all-time favorites book as well. I don't have that one, yet. Perhaps I'll get it as a treat and reward for myself after I finish up book 1, or maybe another one that I also wanted pretty badly. \:D [/b]
Thanks keynotes, your words means allot, great encouragement for me. I do have a tendency to get down on myself on occasion, with no real justification. The all time favorites book doesn't have to many recent music scores like other books, many of them I probably won't try but there are a few I would like to play

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#1071557 - 11/14/08 03:18 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Dave123:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Key Notes:
Sounds like you've made wonderful progress Dave123, especially with learning pieces from your all-time favorites book as well. I don't have that one, yet. Perhaps I'll get it as a treat and reward for myself after I finish up book 1, or maybe another one that I also wanted pretty badly. \:D [/b]
Thanks keynotes, your words means allot, great encouragement for me. I do have a tendency to get down on myself on occasion, with no real justification. The all time favorites book doesn't have to many recent music scores like other books, many of them I probably won't try but there are a few I would like to play [/b]
Anytime Dave123. That's what classmates and support groups are for and I'm glad that we can all help each other out. Thanks for the informations on the contents of the book.

Your awareness and clear observations about yourself surely should be use to prevent you from chastising yourself to such an extend. I agree, it's a constant daily mental and technical struggle, that's for sure. You are definitely not alone. Whenever I find myself starting to feel just a bit overwhelmed by the mountain of materials and techniques that I have to learn in order to be even somewhat decent at this, I would try to remind myself of the simple reasons and goals of why I even wanted to start to learn how to play this instrument in the first place, and how much I've already accomplished up until now, from absolutely nothing. And I'm sure that you did too, just may have forgotten. ;\) It's these small, minute baby steps and short term goals that'll eventually lead us to achieve the bigger ones.

I may never have a plethora of complex pieces of music that I'm capable of playing in my repertoire at any given time, but I'll always be grateful for every single notes and songs that I can play, no matter how simple they are.

To the power of positive thinking and perseverance.

Cheers,

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071558 - 11/14/08 03:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I wish I could say things the way way you do, Key notes. I could not agree with you more than I do.
Baby steps are steps, and they count towards reaching final destination. For us self teaching the journey will be for sure longer and harder, but as rewarding if not much more.
I always focus on where I am from where I started, not on how far I am from where I'd like to be.
One baby step a day is huge success for me!
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#1071559 - 11/14/08 07:00 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by pixi:
I wish I could say things the way way you do, Key notes. I could not agree with you more than I do.
Baby steps are steps, and they count towards reaching final destination. For us self teaching the journey will be for sure longer and harder, but as rewarding if not much more.
I always focus on where I am from where I started, not on how far I am from where I'd like to be.
One baby step a day is huge success for me! [/b]
Your view seems astute and articulate enough for me \:\)

PS Totally agree with the both of you, would you be so hard on yourself if you were self teaching calculus.
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#1071560 - 11/14/08 07:51 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Key Notes:
I may never have a plethora of complex pieces of music that I'm capable of playing in my repertoire at any given time, but I'll always be grateful for every single notes and songs that I can play, no matter how simple they are.
Key Notes \:\) [/QB]
That's exactly where I am in my playing, Key Notes. I love playing the simple pieces that I'm learning, and I accept the level that I'm capable of playing at right now. I am enjoying each step in the journey and trying not to worry about anything farther away than the piece that I'm working on today.

Right now I have halted my Alfred book at "Chasing the Blues Away" (which I am working at getting up to tempo), and am concentrating on a couple of pieces from the Faber Adult book, and a couple from the "In Recital" series, all of which are slightly easier than "Chasing...", plus working on all the Christmas songs in a Level 1 Christmas book. Baby steps, but loving it all the way.
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#1071561 - 11/15/08 08:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Just thought I'd pop in and say Hi to you fellow Alfredites.

I've been on Lullaby the week as well as my non Alfred piece.

I've been having a pig of a job getting the LH-RH timing right on the first 4 bars, after that it seems to be ok.

A few more days practice before I move on.

Hope everyone else is enjoying themselves

Regards \:\)
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#1071562 - 11/15/08 08:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi Blackbird!
Thanks for your kind words.
Of course I am enjoying myself! Lots of fun with Little brown Jug (i.e slow progress \:D ) And even more fun with Anna Magdalena Bach (1 piece down 24 to go)
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#1071563 - 11/15/08 05:39 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by pixi:
I wish I could say things the way way you do, Key notes. I could not agree with you more than I do.
Baby steps are steps, and they count towards reaching final destination. For us self teaching the journey will be for sure longer and harder, but as rewarding if not much more.
I always focus on where I am from where I started, not on how far I am from where I'd like to be.
One baby step a day is huge success for me! [/b]
Thank you Pixi, you are much too kind.

Congratulations on your first ABF recital piece by the way. I'll have to take a listen when I get a chance. \:\)
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#1071564 - 11/15/08 06:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Key Notes:
I may never have a plethora of complex pieces of music that I'm capable of playing in my repertoire at any given time, but I'll always be grateful for every single notes and songs that I can play, no matter how simple they are.
Key Notes \:\) [/b]
That's exactly where I am in my playing, Key Notes. I love playing the simple pieces that I'm learning, and I accept the level that I'm capable of playing at right now. I am enjoying each step in the journey and trying not to worry about anything farther away than the piece that I'm working on today.

Right now I have halted my Alfred book at "Chasing the Blues Away" (which I am working at getting up to tempo), and am concentrating on a couple of pieces from the Faber Adult book, and a couple from the "In Recital" series, all of which are slightly easier than "Chasing...", plus working on all the Christmas songs in a Level 1 Christmas book. Baby steps, but loving it all the way. [/QB]
It's definitely magic mom3gram. I love your attitudes.

It's wonderful that you are enjoying yourself and are using a varity of lessons books and songs. You are doing super well considering how many you are currently juggling.

I have two whole pieces of Christmas music in my repertoire \:o \:D , and I love playing "Joy to the World". Some of those Blues pieces were definitely challenging for me as well and I took a long time working out their timing and tempos, but once you get it, the rhythms are super fun to play.

Hope you are still enjoying your brand new digital piano. It's such a fun and exiting acquisition.

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071565 - 11/15/08 06:56 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Blackbird:
 Quote:
Originally posted by pixi:
I wish I could say things the way way you do, Key notes. I could not agree with you more than I do.
Baby steps are steps, and they count towards reaching final destination. For us self teaching the journey will be for sure longer and harder, but as rewarding if not much more.
I always focus on where I am from where I started, not on how far I am from where I'd like to be.
One baby step a day is huge success for me! [/b]
Your view seems astute and articulate enough for me \:\)

PS Totally agree with the both of you, would you be so hard on yourself if you were self teaching calculus. [/b]
Hi Blackbird,

I believe that you may have misinterpreted or misread my previous post, for other then the basic fractions aspect in the timing of the musical notes, I fail to see the connections between learning calculus and the point that I was trying to make.

But since you asked, and if it's indeed a question. My answer would be, depending on what your aim and intentions are, and assuming that you have some basic knowledge of fractions, all three levels of calculus can be learned within a few months or a few weeks, while learning how to play the piano, well, can take some of us a lifetime. So unless I'm interested in making a career out of being a mathematician, my answer would be no, I would not.

Key Notes ;\)
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#1071566 - 11/16/08 12:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi Blackbird,

I believe that you may have misinterpreted or misread my previous post, for other then the basic fractions aspect in the timing of the musical notes, I fail to see the connections between learning calculus and the point that I was trying to make.
I never was the brightest. \:D

 Quote:

But since you asked, and if it's indeed a question. My answer would be, depending on what your aim and intentions are, and assuming that you have some basic knowledge of fractions, all three levels of calculus can be learned within a few months or a few weeks, while learning how to play the piano, well, can take some of us a lifetime. So unless I'm interested in making a career out of being a mathematician, my answer would be no, I would not.

Key Notes ;\) [/QB]
Off on a course about "making more sensible comparisons during forum conversations"
:p

I am mindful of the words of Samuel Butler whose words often seem most relevant to me

“He was born stupid and greatly improved his birthright”

\:D
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#1071567 - 11/16/08 04:43 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Key Notes:
My answer would be, depending on what your aim and intentions are, and assuming that you have some basic knowledge of fractions, all three levels of calculus can be learned within a few months or a few weeks,
Key Notes ;\) [/b]
Key Notes: All 3 [/b] levels of Calculus?

In a few months? Even a few weeks?

And all you need beforehand is a basic knowledge of fractions? That's all? Wow!

Are you sure?

What do you mean by "a few'?

How many hours per day on the average?

Are you talking about intensive self-study as opposed to formal classroom instuction in an acedemic setting, where each levels is typically taught over the course of a semester?

Regards, JF
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#1071568 - 11/16/08 05:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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My experience with calculus was also slightly different Key Notes. Annual subject 1st and 2nd university years, 5 hours a week classroom instruction and as many as I could of personal study. Just thinking again with those nasty triple integrals make me shiver (or the function to shape a mushroom I had to solve in an exam
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#1071569 - 11/16/08 11:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by John Frank:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Key Notes:
My answer would be, depending on what your aim and intentions are, and assuming that you have some basic knowledge of fractions, all three levels of calculus can be learned within a few months or a few weeks,
Key Notes ;\) [/b]
Key Notes: All 3 [/b] levels of Calculus?

In a few months? Even a few weeks?

And all you need beforehand is a basic knowledge of fractions? That's all? Wow!

Are you sure?

What do you mean by "a few'?

How many hours per day on the average?

Are you talking about intensive self-study as opposed to formal classroom instuction in an acedemic setting, where each levels is typically taught over the course of a semester?

Regards, JF [/b]
Hi JF, Yes, I did have Universities' semesters and quarters time frames in mind when I was referring to a few months and weeks, in addition to of course intensive personal study and homework time. It took me three semesters and endless hours of homework time. I'm sure it varies for every individual. And yes, you do need to know fractions.

Best Regards,

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071570 - 11/17/08 12:02 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by pixi:
My experience with calculus was also slightly different Key Notes. Annual subject 1st and 2nd university years, 5 hours a week classroom instruction and as many as I could of personal study. Just thinking again with those nasty triple integrals make me shiver (or the function to shape a mushroom I had to solve in an exam [/b]
I cannot agree more.
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#1071571 - 11/17/08 12:15 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Blackbird:
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I never was the brightest. \:D
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Me neither. \:D
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#1071572 - 11/24/08 12:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi, everyone. It's nice to be back. I just finished reading the last 12 pages of this thread, a few other interesting threads on pianoworld and some of the forum member's blogs. It has been nice to catch up and see everyone's progress. I've missed this community and am glad my situation will now allow me to once again stay more or less current and active on the forum. My greetings to everyone in AB1.

A mix of personal issues, long term houseguests and the unexpected death of my laptop conspired to keep me away from all my favorite forums and blogs for an extended period. Fighting three teenagers for computer time on the home PC was a battle that I ended up losing more often than not. Strangely enough, nobody ever wanted to fight me for the piano, so I was able to keep up a regular practice schedule on that front.

To mom3gram and AWTPP...Congrats on the Casio DPs!!! I hope you enjoy them 110%.

AWTPP...Congrats on the new house and I really like the Einaudi pieces you are playing. I have put two of them on my song list of pieces I want to learn.

Key Notes... Hi there! I hope you are doing well. It's nice to see we have all stayed more or less in synch.

Here is an update on my progress in AB1. I still use Alfred's as my primary method book. It has always represented about 50% of the pieces I play, since I supplement a lot from my daughter's old piano books and some sheet music I picked up via ebay. I have worked through Alfred's almost to the end and am about to start on The Entertainer sometime this week.

Some of the supplemental pieces I have played that I liked alot and found a good match for the AB1 level are listed below in case anybody wants some other material to try. My taste these past 3 months has run mostly towards ragtime/swing or russian folk songs.

Piano Literature, Book 1
- Minka (Russian Folk Song)
- Vive La Compagnie (French)
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep

Czerny Op.599, Ex: 11 to 14
Dragon Hunt (Piano Adventures, Perf Bk 2B)
Gypsy Earrings (Brett Adams, Glover)
Those Were The Days, My Friend (Edna-Mae Burnam arrangement)
The Girl From Ipanema
Shooting the Rapids, by Ronald Bennett (Fast arpeggios)
Pumpkin Boogie (Dennis Alexander)
Surfboard Boogie, Martha Mier (Jazz, Rags & Blues Book 2)
Minuet in G - J.S. Bach

The next few months I plan to add more classical to my practice. I want to finish Alfred's Book 1 and then continue into some simple pieces by J.S. Bach. I love Bach and a lot of my focus to work through AB1 has been to get to where I can start working on these pieces. I have already purchased Alfred's Book 2, but plan to continue working through the same as I did with AB1, representing about 50% of my effort. Some of the next pieces I will be working on are:

Bach, Anna Magdalena Notebook
Burgmuller, La Candeur, Op.100, No.1
Burgmuller, L'Arabesque, Op.100, No.2

Well, its been a bit long, but I had some time to make up for. It's good to be here again and hello to everybody.

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#1071573 - 11/24/08 12:51 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hello everyone! I'm not exactly new to this forum, but it's only now that I decided to post more frequently.

I just stopped having lesson a while coz of a move of location so I thought of purchasing Alfred's all-in-one course level one and teach myself for a while. I'm looking forward to going through this book.

I found a book online called First Lessons in Bach published by Hal Leonard Corp. I was going to order it too but decided to wait a while more. May you might want to look at it as well redeagle?
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#1071574 - 11/24/08 06:20 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi redeagle,

There you are, welcome back! It's nice hearing from you again and to know that you are still progressing nicely with your piano studies and are doing better. I'm not sure if you've noticed within one of my previous post a while back on Oct. 1, post #552 on pg. 54, but I sent out a short greeting your way to see how you are doing.

Thanks for the personal explanations, but none is needed. Life happens to all of us, and sometime we just need an occasional break. I'm sure that you know that the forum and the supports will always be here whenever you feel like revisiting. \:\)

It's great that you are plannning to tackle Bach in the near future. Good luck to you, and glad to have you back!

Happy Thankgiving and happy playing everyone!

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071575 - 11/25/08 11:25 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi redeagle

Welcome back (although I only joined recently and never answered to our posts before)

You will enjoy working on the pieces you choose to do next.

I have already started the Anna Magdalena notebook (Anh 131 and 132 under my belt)and I have almost finished La Candeur.

I hope you will find some use of my views on learning them (I am self teaching at the moment and I chose those pieces myself, without other guidance than reading the forum)

For me, the intervals in Anh 131 felt huge at first, as it was the first piece I learnt that required both hands to travel so much up and down the keyboard (well, maybe not that much, but it felt a lot at the time). It seemed almost impossible to let my hand move to start the next phrase without affecting the rhythm. It took a lot of practice to put it HT but once you feel one hand answering the other it's great fun.
I learnt the first piece in a bit over 1 month. On the second piece things did not feel so alien, as I was used to some of the transitions and recorded it in only two weeks.
On the other hand Burgmuller's has taken me much longer, playing the chords was somehow difficult for me. I started learning it together with the first Bach and I think I am just about ready for recording now (so about 7 weeks)
I find that Bach and Burgmuller complement each other very well. And I also feel the Alfred book works on areas I would not touch if working only on classical pieces so everyone is a winner and I am enjoying every minute. (trying not to spread too thin I am working in 1 Eunadi's piece only).

Sorry for the long post, but I got all excited when I saw your choices (maybe I am not in the wrong path after all)
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#1071576 - 11/30/08 05:48 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
redeagle Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 106
Loc: South Florida
I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Key Notes,[/b] Yes, I did see that greeting, snif, snif... Thanks :-)

mydnyt,[/b] Thanks for the recommendation. That is actually the book I am using. It has about 8 pieces from the AM Notebooks and another 8 misc bach selections.

Pixi,[/b] Welcome and thanks for your remarks.
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Originally posted by pixi:
I have already started the Anna Magdalena notebook (Anh 131 and 132 under my belt)and I have almost finished La Candeur.
[/b]
I am working on the Minuet (Anh 114) and the March (Anh 124). Once I finish these two, I plan to tackle La Candeur, then L'Arabesque (which I really like a lot). At that point, I will start working on Clementi's first sonatina in Op.36 before going on to any other pieces from the bach/burgmuller books. By this time next year, I hope to feel capable of trying one of the 2-part inventions.

I find that Bach and Burgmuller complement each other very well.[/b]

I think so too.

And I also feel the Alfred book works on areas I would not touch if working only on classical pieces so everyone is a winner and I am enjoying every minute. (trying not to spread too thin...)
[/b]
Yes, Yes and Very much yes!
I started on my own with AB1, but got a teacher after 2 months. We set the goal to finish book 1 plus supplemental pieces within one year and then move to learning by repertoire. Since I am now finishing The Entertainer, I sat down with him last month to review next steps. We agreed on these pieces (plus two from Streabbog that he wants me to do first). I picked a large set of what I wanted to learn and he helped me trim it down and pick the order.

Well, Seasons Greeting everybody and don't forget to practice your holiday songs!

Regards,

- redeagle

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