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#1070257 - 04/26/07 10:53 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by loly:
ohhh mark, book 2 is so easy so far.

fabers book 2 for adults is a bit more difficult, i'm on swing low sweet chariot and it's all chord inversions. yikes alfreds doesn't go into chord inversion till later in the book but then alfreds has book 3 while faber doesn't. [/b]
Looking forward to it...I think... \:D

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#1070258 - 04/26/07 10:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Vijay:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Mark737:
Everyone's abilities are different. And Alfreds songs do get increasingly more demanding. I'd say a mimimum of 8 monthe to a year or more... [/b]
Thanks for the reply Mark. This statistic will be helpful for me to define short term piano goals. [/b]
Let me add something. I just was going through this whole thread looking for a song and after reading the posts, don't let my time frame mess you up. It seems some people can breeze through the book pretty fast. My time frame might be off.

Just out of curiosity maybe we can have everyone who has completed book one tell us how long it took...

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#1070259 - 04/26/07 11:13 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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While looking for a song, I found these sites. It's for those who have compatible Yamaha pianos...

http://www.sheetmusicdigital.com/clavisoft.asp
http://www.stagepass.com/midi/browse_item_detail.hperl?cat=373&invnum=502547

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#1070260 - 04/27/07 02:39 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Just wanted to share this with Beginners. I was learning with Alfred's All-in-One book for a couple of weeks. I felt something was missing and I am not progressing well. Today I got the CD of the book. Man! It made a lot of difference. I compared all the songs which I played earlier and got the errors I made. I was able to understand better now. I highly recommend the CD and midi disks for beginners using Alfred's.

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#1070261 - 04/27/07 12:26 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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It took me 9 months for alfred's doing 1 song out of alfred's at a time. I wish I could have talked my teacher into doing 3 songs from alfred's instead of from other books but it doesn't bother me very much now. I play better and better everyday and I get more variety from using other sources.
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#1070262 - 05/04/07 12:56 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi everyone! I've been a long time visitor of this site, but just never got around to posting until now.

Anyways, I started learning the piano about 2 months ago, and I had this book as my main learning material. I'm self-teaching myself, so I pretty much just go on my own pace. I just finished up learning how to play "Amazing Grace" which is the last song of the book, so I'm pretty much done with it.

The funny thing with me is that despite knowing how to play every song in this book, I literally have no clue whatsoever concerning the piano theory of the book. For example, usually before each song of in the book, they give you a little lecture about new things like new chords and their names and how they relate to one another, but I pretty much just skipped over these and went straight to the songs. I really didn't have any problems playing the songs since I can read sheet music pretty well, but as far as theory goes, plain and simple I suck LOL. So my question is for you all now is should I go back and try to relearn and truly understand the piano theory in all those chords I've been playing up to this point, or should I just continue on with what I'm doing?

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#1070263 - 05/04/07 10:02 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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z32, welcome to the forum. I would say, yes. Why not do both?

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#1070264 - 05/04/07 01:32 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Matt H:
z32, welcome to the forum. I would say, yes. Why not do both? [/b]
I have to agree with Matt.

It also wouldn't be a bad idea to go over the songs with someone who really knows music to make sure you are doing things correctly and that you have no bad habits developing. When I started with my teacher she found some things i was wrong and helped fix them...

No matter what you have done a great job in 2 months...

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#1070265 - 05/04/07 01:33 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally posted by Mark737:] Sorry double post

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#1070266 - 05/04/07 03:32 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Thanks for the replies! Yea, I'll definitely go back and relearn those theories then. To tell you the truth, I guess I just became a little lazy when it came to those theories. I was just really antsy to get to playing each new song in the book that I just skipped over those parts. Yea, I know that's bad. Hehe, anyways I'm planning on getting a teacher soon to really teach me the right way. Until then, hopefully I can rely on you all here if I have any questions! \:\)

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#1070267 - 05/06/07 09:46 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hi z32, there are 3 theory books that accompany the 3 practical books
in the Alfred's Adult Series..

Their titles are, 'Alfred's Basic Adult Theory Piano Book level X'
(X being one, two or three).
The practical book only provide the bare minimum to introduce the
new concept, the theory book provides you with a bit of 'pencil and paper' time.

The theory books contain nothing you can't find other places but it is
convenient. The books also have notes that tie the worksheets to the piece
you are working on. (i.e. assign with pages 20-21).

I found them worth every cent of the 7 or 9 dollars they cost

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#1070268 - 05/06/07 10:20 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
KetchupandJam Offline
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While I was using these books, I found, since I actually had to write something down, I would go out on the Internet, solidify the concept, then write it down.

They're good.

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#1070269 - 05/06/07 02:14 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
z32 Offline
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I actually just finished ordering 3 new books in the Alfred's line: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level Two, Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Sight Reading Book Level 1, and Alfred's Basic Adult Theory Piano Book: Level One. These should keep me busy for a good while! \:\)

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#1070270 - 05/07/07 04:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
I am looking for a good Sight Reading book. Has anybody used Alfred's[/b] Basic Adult Piano Course: Sight Reading Book [/b] Level 1? Could you share your opinions on it?

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#1070271 - 05/07/07 08:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I'm waiting on this sightreading book by Helen Marlais. I have her books succeeding with the masters books and love them.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/store/smp_detail.html?item=7863953&cart=33875138075485962
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#1070272 - 05/08/07 01:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I'll make sure to let you know what I think of the Sight Reading Book once I get the chance to actually start using it.

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#1070273 - 05/08/07 07:30 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I'm cursing under my breath, I don't know why I don't like the blues music in Alfred's but i don't and for some reason there are a lot of them. funny thing is when I see a blues song come up I grit my teeth, but when I play it I pick it up quickly can't figure that one out.

I was kind of happy go lucky until last week,when I turned the page and my teacher got this wicked look on her face, kind of like a sneer. I think she knows I don't like the bluesies, boogie woogie stuff and to top it off the next piece in my fabers was another bluesies, boogy woogie. I've been hit by a double whammy 2x4 this week and I'm hating life right now.
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#1070274 - 05/09/07 06:28 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
z32 Offline
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I just finished relearning all those theories that I skimmed through my first read, and I must say, I'm SO GLAD I did this. Now, every song in the book makes more sense to me, and I can play each one SO MUCH easier! Hehe, now it's on to Alfred's Course Level Two!

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#1070275 - 05/11/07 09:20 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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A little update.

With the teachers help I'm finally moving to the end of book one. I should be doing the Entertainer next week followed shortly by the last song, Amazing Grace. Looking through book 2 tell me it will take much longer than book one.

On the side I'm still cleaning up Moonlight in Dm. It drives me nuts that I can't get that clean recording. And finally I'm on the top of page two in Nefeli.

So how you doing class?... \:D

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#1070276 - 05/11/07 11:19 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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I'm currently working on some recording issues, but it would be nice if the people in book one could upload their songs to help everyone else. Kind of a minature recital...

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#1070277 - 05/11/07 12:04 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Bob Griffin Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
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Loc: Sacramento, California
Me too. I am polishing up Amazing Grace, and have been playing other stuff on the side and it will be nine months total on book one for me.

My teacher has agreed to let me give book two a break as I work on some of Thompson's books. He has alot of classical pieces and I am almost ready to record "claire de lune" which is a four page synopsis and I love the way it sounds. I have been working on that for two months, and also am working on "time to say goodbye". I became bored with Alfreds. I don't know if I will ever go back to it. That said, I did learn alot from book one and I still play entertainer and a few others now and then from memory.
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#1070278 - 05/11/07 12:48 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Griffin:
Me too. I am polishing up Amazing Grace, and have been playing other stuff on the side and it will be nine months total on book one for me.

My teacher has agreed to let me give book two a break as I work on some of Thompson's books. He has alot of classical pieces and I am almost ready to record "claire de lune" which is a four page synopsis and I love the way it sounds. I have been working on that for two months, and also am working on "time to say goodbye". I became bored with Alfreds. I don't know if I will ever go back to it. That said, I did learn alot from book one and I still play entertainer and a few others now and then from memory. [/b]
Hi Bob, good to hear from you. Sounds like your doing very well. Do you feel the Thompson books will build off what you have learned so far from Alfred? I know what you mean about some song selections, but I figured that the process is to build off each song, no matter what the song. I hoped that if I complete the series, playing well will take care of it self. Kind of like paying your dues so to speak.

Keep us informed on your progress, it might be a better way to go.

Mark

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#1070279 - 05/11/07 06:00 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Loc: Jersey City, NJ
Hi Everyone,

I'm on my second week on the Alfred's Adult Level One book.

I just finished "Lavender's Blue" on Pg. 52 and I think I'm progressing pretty well.

I don't have any formal piano lessons, but my gf's mom is a piano teacher and she gave me this booklet. Once a week I will go to their house and she'll just tech me a thing or two and I learn everything else from the book.

It's been great so far. Before I did this book, she gave me a small piano/music theory booklet which I breezed right through in two days. I have some music background (church choir/trumpet player im middle school and hs). So everything else as far as music theory is just a review.

I'm relearning everything from scratch because I don't want to miss anything. It's been a little more than 10 years.

With Piano, my mom was a piano teacher but I was a very stubborn child so I never practiced. I did everything by ear and I was good at it. I new a few songs which I learned by ear (windowing?).

But now I am learning how to play the piano the correct way.

Here's my video on Lavender's Blue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrPInBtu6oY

Comments/critics welcome as I need it since I do not have fulltime piano teacher. \:\)
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#1070280 - 05/11/07 11:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Marv:
Hi Everyone,

I'm on my second week on the Alfred's Adult Level One book.

I just finished "Lavender's Blue" on Pg. 52 and I think I'm progressing pretty well.

I don't have any formal piano lessons, but my gf's mom is a piano teacher and she gave me this booklet. Once a week I will go to their house and she'll just tech me a thing or two and I learn everything else from the book.

It's been great so far. Before I did this book, she gave me a small piano/music theory booklet which I breezed right through in two days. I have some music background (church choir/trumpet player im middle school and hs). So everything else as far as music theory is just a review.

I'm relearning everything from scratch because I don't want to miss anything. It's been a little more than 10 years.

With Piano, my mom was a piano teacher but I was a very stubborn child so I never practiced. I did everything by ear and I was good at it. I new a few songs which I learned by ear (windowing?).

But now I am learning how to play the piano the correct way.

Here's my video on Lavender's Blue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrPInBtu6oY

Comments/critics welcome as I need it since I do not have fulltime piano teacher. \:\) [/b]
Hi Marv and welcome. Sounds like your moving quite well though the book. And by having a music teacher to help you even occasionally will help you immensely. I was doing the book by my self up to around page 55-70 and then started lessons and the teacher was able to fix some mistakes and help me get though some ruff areas.


Nice job with Lavender Blue. The only thing I noticed was that you didn't do the repeat after the 8th measure where you go back to the beginning and then play through to the end. the double dots with the thin and heavy bar mean to repeat.

So keep up the good work and keep us posted. I like the video too, it really helps the thread...

Mark

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#1070281 - 05/12/07 12:57 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Marv Offline
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Loc: Jersey City, NJ
Oh man! I totally missed the repeat ":" on that measure!!! I'm used to seeing the repeat at the end of the song and I was also too focused on playing the notes correctly.

No wonder I was like, "this is a really short piece". hahaha

I will have to play it again and redo the video. =P

Thanks for correcting me!
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#1070282 - 05/12/07 08:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Marv:
Oh man! I totally missed the repeat ":" on that measure!!! I'm used to seeing the repeat at the end of the song and I was also too focused on playing the notes correctly.

No wonder I was like, "this is a really short piece". hahaha

I will have to play it again and redo the video. =P

Thanks for correcting me! [/b]
Its funny, I did the same thing. My teacher corrected me...:lol:

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#1070283 - 05/12/07 01:34 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Bob Griffin Offline
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I would say that you should be trying to play some stuff outside of Alfred's as soon as you can. I have started and stopped alot, but learned from those as well. I started book two, but quickly became bored with it. I might not go back to it other than select a few songs that interest me.

I guess at this point I don't want to take the time on some songs in the book that I don't enjoy hearing. The thompson's books are more difficult, but the pieces sound "better" and more enjoyable to hear while you are learning. I have no regrets though about doing the Alfred's book.
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#1070284 - 05/12/07 03:15 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Bob Griffin Offline
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Here is a song that I am working on for example. It's claire de lune from a different book.

http://www.box.net/shared/s18vmo0hs9
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#1070285 - 05/12/07 04:33 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Griffin:
Here is a song that I am working on for example. It's claire de lune from a different book.

http://www.box.net/shared/s18vmo0hs9 [/b]
Thats a classic song. Very nice Bob.

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#1070286 - 05/12/07 08:58 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Nice song Bob! I recognize that from the song played at the end of the movie Ocean's Eleven! Hehe, I might have to give that one a try myself! Sounds soothing!

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