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#1298857 - 11/03/09 11:59 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Auggiedoggy]
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Rob, I've tried a couple other adult series - Faber, which I have, and Bastien, which I borrowed from a friend. And I've used the Bastien children's books which I borrowed from my grandkids. Many teachers seem to like the Faber Adult series better, but I found it confusing and really like Alfred better - FOR ME.

I also have the Alfred Adult Pop Songbook, and the Alfred Adult Greatest Hits. I've learned a few songs from each.

And I'm working on Minuet in G, which got from one of the free sheet music sites.
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#1298881 - 11/03/09 12:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: mom3gram]
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I've been using the Alfred AIO level 1 exclusively. I've heard of the Faber adult series, but haven't checked it out. Is there a big difference in the approach? If so, is using two different method books a good idea, or does that cause problems?

I also have First Lessons in Bach. Got it before I discovered the free sheet music sites. I've worked on the first half of the Minuet in G, and have it to where it's recognizable, but I think it's a little beyond my capabilities at this point -- until my reading skills improve, it's on the back burner. I did try a few measures of the second half earlier today, but it's very slow going.

So instead I'm working on "Rainbow Connection" from the Alfred Greatest Hits book, which I started a few days ago. I love that song.

That's right, I could be working on a piece from Bach's Anna Magdalena Notebook. But no -- I chose the Muppets. laugh

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#1299001 - 11/03/09 04:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Gabe]
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Originally Posted By: Gabe
Hmmm, just curious how many are spending as much time here as on the piano? I would say that I may be one.


Count me one as well.

fanatik, this is the only book I'm working on right now. I also bought both Alfred Adult Christmas and Greatest Hits Book one last week but will hold off. When I'm done with this book and go back to review, I will tackle the supplemental books.

Rob, mom3gram has a good point. We are all beginners here so it's hard to know which method is best. I think the teacher thread would be able to help you better. I think they also have a thread in there about this subject. As for me, I did some research before I bought this Alfred Adult book, and found the same thing. Everyone has their own opinion so there's no clear cut. I was thinking why not just give it a shot. When I'm done with it, if I get that far, then try some other methods and see how they are. It's going to be years. Everyone I know that are good with music have been in it for years... 10+ at least.

To me, I'm sure some methods are better than others but practice is probably more important. Picking the best method is only one element of this Journey-Direction; it shows us the way but only PRACTICE will get us there.

I have read somewhere in this thread that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be good/great concert Pianist caliber. My search also leads to another teaching program online with a very well known teacher, who suggests that to practice successfully, do at least 1 hour everyday. This way, you don't get burnt out practicing too much or slack off if you forget it for a few days. One hour, everyday, consistently so it's not too much, not too little, enjoyable, prevent quitting etc... She has a really good point I thought. Well, I did the math. 1 hour every, that's 365 hours a year. 10,000 hours will take us about 27 years. And I'm generous, it's actually 27.4 years give or take a few months. If we think we can do better than that, 2 hours everyday, no rest, 365 days every year, no vacation, no slack off, no time out no nothing. It would still take us almost 14 years. I'm an optimist so I think I can do 2 hours everyday for 14 years. I think in 14 years, I can practice and learn all the prominent methods offer in the US market today. But who will get there? I don't think I will. The Alfred and the one hour everynight is pretty good thus far. Let's see where it takes us.

Whatever methods you get, chords you struggle with, songs you hate, multiple pieces or one at a time etc... don't forget, practice will get you through it. It happens to me. When you hate a piece, and you can't get it right (Right Hand D7, BTMD, Can Can, Brown Jug... these are the ones I experienced so far), you feel you will quit or worse, you want to break your piano in half. Well, take a break, come back the next day. A few of those and you'll see the wonders of them smoothly under your fingers.

Good day all.
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#1299033 - 11/03/09 05:01 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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I'm quite happy with Alfred's. Beats the heck out of the first book I bought (10 months ago now) "Learn to Play Piano Visually". That book was awful. Aside from not progressing in a normal manner, there were mistakes in it. And I, an absolute beginner, noticed these mistakes. I wonder where the editor was.

Anyway, I've been playing The Entertainer for two days now and am pretty happy with it. Again, it's much easier and a welcome relief from most of the songs in the Greatest Hits book. I'll continue to polish it while I move on to Blue Suede Shoes, which I should be living with for about three weeks (an intimidating thought).

It looks like I'll be finishing both books just shy of the one year mark and then it's on to both book twos and I'll give the Beatles Easy Piano book a whirl.
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#1299076 - 11/03/09 06:24 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Leon Shuffle]
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10.000 hours of practice...when I first got interested in playing piano, it was because of the piano version of Pachelbel's Canon in D. If I could ever play that song then I will have achieved my goal. I sure hope that moment will come long before I reach 10.000 hours though shocked

I moved on to Lullaby last night and it seems I really underestimated that one. I'm finding it pretty tough, this seems to be the first song where the right hand fingers have to change position quite a bit. There doesn't seem to be a version on youtube either, which sucks, because I don't have the cd. At least I know the tune, but there's a few 'intricacies' that I would like to hear played in the correct way.

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#1299084 - 11/03/09 06:37 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Physics]
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My advice for Lullaby is just to make sure you have the counting down right. I spent some time doing that before I began playing it. The second measure (the first full one) didn't seem right to me at first but just make sure you're playing those E's on "and 3".
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#1299272 - 11/04/09 03:33 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Got curious and scrolled through the Alfred's 2 & 3 threads and it seems that alot of the people who started and finished the second book wasn't interested in the songs that were presented, but loved the songs and sections in the third book. I know I should be nowhere near these threads but it's nice to see that the third book is a goal to shoot for, that's if I ever manage to get anywhere near that skill level. lol

And thanks mom3gram. I was interested in some other pieces that I could learn that would be near my playing level so I took a look at the same piece you're working on (Bach Minuet in G) and am attempting it myself. Staccato and HT is making me look like a fool. lol

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#1299975 - 11/05/09 12:56 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: fanatik22]
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Tuesday night I was practicing "O Sole Mio" with headphone on as my wife watching "Dancing with the Stars". when the show was over, she was so into the Dancing, took off my headphone, unplug it and danced to my "O Sole Mio" singing its (Elvis Presley?) 50s' version. It was a great moment. She sang and danced at least 5 rounds. I think it's proof that I have fianlly nailed that Song.

I have now moved on to Jericho. For the last 2 nights, counting was all I did. Have not tried playing it yet. My counting is quite slow for this one. I think I have burnt myself out with "O Sole Mio". Well, more counting to come...
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#1300014 - 11/05/09 02:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Ok, I think 'Why am I Blue' is there finally!!!! I was told by my teacher I can skip 'Good people', but I might just try and practise it for fun for a bit. Auld lang song is nearly perfect, as I jumped to it earlier. So, tonight I added 'O sole mio' and 'Jericho' to my practice list. Love Jericho, but hate 'O sole mio'.
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#1300975 - 11/07/09 09:19 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Auggiedoggy]
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For exercises I have "A Dozen a Day" and "Burgmuller, Czerny and Hanon -Book 1". What amazes me is that these pieces were used by Mozart to teach Hanon and Czerny who then taught Liszt. So you will be practicing using exercises that Mozart wrote and Liszt and probably most pianists since have used for practice.

My teacher was quite excited to see that I had them at my first lesson and prescribed several to be played daily.

Designed to strengthen fingers and help develop technique.
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#1300980 - 11/07/09 09:40 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Gabe]
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Gabe,

I think you have your history a bit confused.

Mozart lived from 1756-1791
Czerny (who spent time studying under Beethoven) lived from 1791-1857
Hanon lived from 1819 - 1900
Burgmüller lived from 1806 - 1874

So there is no way Mozart could have taught Hanon or Czerny. You are correct that Liszt studied with Czerny.

Rich
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#1301040 - 11/07/09 11:39 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Hello, I am Eveline from the Netherlands, and started 6 weeks ago with piano lessons (I've had 4 so far). This week, my teacher told me to go until Lavender Blue, but I also manage to play Kumbayah until Michael row the boat ashore. And after all the scary talk on BTMD, I tried that one. After about 100 tries, I can play it! (very slowly). I have one more day of practice to really impress my teacher on Monday.

I hope to learn a lot from you guys; reading through the last 96 pages already has given me some great hints!
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#1301061 - 11/07/09 12:01 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Eveline72]
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Hi Eveline! You've done great for only 6 weeks. I'm glad that you've decided to join us.
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#1301072 - 11/07/09 12:22 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Eveline72]
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Originally Posted By: Eveline72
Hello, I am Eveline from the Netherlands, and started 6 weeks ago with piano lessons (I've had 4 so far). This week, my teacher told me to go until Lavender Blue, but I also manage to play Kumbayah until Michael row the boat ashore. And after all the scary talk on BTMD, I tried that one. After about 100 tries, I can play it! (very slowly). I have one more day of practice to really impress my teacher on Monday.

I hope to learn a lot from you guys; reading through the last 96 pages already has given me some great hints!


Eveline,
I'm glad you joined as well. For six weeks and you can do BtMD already, that's great. I hope the 10,000 hours doesn't scare you, or any of us.

Well, Jericho is smooth now. I plan on practicing it again today and see how it goes. If it's up to my liking, I think I'll move on Overlapping Pedal & Greensleeves.

Good day everyone. I'll check back later to see how's everyone doing. Keep updating your progress. smile
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#1301085 - 11/07/09 12:42 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Welcome Eveline, good to see the Dutch contingent here expanding grin

Anyone else think the book does a pretty poor job of explaining how to count? It goes over the basics, but that's it. I've ordered Basic Timing for Pianists by Alan Small to help me with my counting issues. I also can't wait to get started with lessons, hopefully that'll happen somewhere in the next two weeks.


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#1301097 - 11/07/09 01:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: DragonPianoPlayer]
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Oops, meant to say Beethoven, not Mozart. Beethoven taught Hanon who taught Liszt.
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#1301432 - 11/08/09 06:02 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Gabe]
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Hello Physics,

Where in NL do you live?

The counting is difficult to learn from Alfred's, I agree. My teacher will count when I'm playing during the lesson, so that helps. I am thinking of buying a metronome, maybe I can get it as a present for my birthday. By the way, Pachelbel's canon is one of my favourite pieces of classical music! But in the end I am more of a country/pop girl... ;-)

And hello to all the rest!

This forum motivates me more and more to play the piano. I practice almost every free moment. Most of the time, I manage to do more than the homework the teacher gave to me. Therefore, last week I ordered two extra Alfred's books: Country Hits and Pop hits.

From the Pophits book I can now also play: You are my sunshine and Somewhere. The first song in the Countrybook has the same nasty tricks as BtMD, so I think it is better to wait learning that one until I can play BtMD really smooth.

Eveline
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#1301465 - 11/08/09 07:57 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Eveline72]
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Hey Eveline, I'm from Hoogeveen, though I go to school in Utrecht. Yourself?

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#1301920 - 11/09/09 03:53 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Physics]
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Well, another week is over and I am on to week 7 of my piano journey. Who thought it is going to be so much fun?

I did not move any further. I still keep making silly mistakes in one of the earlier songs (Lullaby), and as I love it so much, I just keep playing it over and over again. My husband must think I am mad.
I an trying out Chiapanecas and Jericho - slowly, they are coming together. I have to give up on O Sole Mio as am not sure about arpeggios. Will ask my teacher to show them tonight, so I can get on with that.

Busy day ahead, and I hope I will manage to squeeze in some piano practice!
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#1301926 - 11/09/09 05:27 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: gintarec]
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Physics, I am originally from a small town in Brabant, currently living in Leiden (for about 10 years already). Utrecht is nice, too.

Now on topic: when I bought my DP, I thought it would be best to buy the cheapest one with weighted keys, as I eventually want to buy an acoustic piano (but I first wanted to see if I really would enjoy playing as much as I had thought). But now I have a CDP 100, which is fine, but the pedal is a loose one, so it is hard to practice with the pedal. Anyone knows if I could buy a more decent pedal with my Casio CDP 100?
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#1302145 - 11/09/09 01:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Eveline72]
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Gintarec,
You must have forgotten to live. Too much Piano isn’t good for you, you know. LOL... Just kidding, 7 weeks in and you are already doing Chiapanecas and Jericho: IMPRESSIVE! Maybe I’m just slow. I’m on my 8th month and was barely done with “O Sole Mio and Jericho” this past weekend. Regardless, I’m sticking to my one book per year mindset. Don’t go too fast and get me in trouble rushing myself now. I really want my slow steady pace in tact. smile

Eveline,
I’m not too familiar with Casio or Pedal. Well, to be honest, I’m not familiar with the technical, mechanical and/or accessories side of these digitals at all. I find the threads in the “Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards” very helpful. A few links discussing pedals. Hope it helps:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1301088
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1299018


Well, I have finally reached “Greensleeves”. I practiced the OVERLAPPING PEDAL this weekend and have a question, more than one actually.

Instructions I get from the book:
“At this point, pedal again”. I get this part. Then comes this “As the hand goes down, the foot comes up. Pedal again immediately.”

What do these all mean? I’ve been practicing and playing it like “Alpine Melody” but I think I am wrong. I thought if it’s like Alpine Melody, then it should be the same and not “Introducing Overlapping Pedal”. This Introducing statement suggests it’s a new technique?

Best.
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#1302258 - 11/09/09 05:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Nguynen - don't worry, I won't be fast anymore!!!

I am sure it will take me forever to master O Sole Mio - I hate those arppegiated notes!!! Had teacher to show them to my tonight and I really don't like it (well, I sure once I manage to play them reasonably well, things will change).

Anyway, I will be taking a step back from Alfred's as I am going to get on with some Christmas tunes. I have a friends get-together in less than 4 weeks and I can't play a single tune yet. I am just about to order the book... Oh, and next week I need to prepare one of the pieces and we are going to play 4 hands with my teacher... Right, I did say I want a challenge, but that might be a bit too much!
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#1302303 - 11/09/09 06:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Originally Posted By: Nguyen

Instructions I get from the book:
“At this point, pedal again”. I get this part. Then comes this “As the hand goes down, the foot comes up. Pedal again immediately.”

What do these all mean? I’ve been practicing and playing it like “Alpine Melody” but I think I am wrong. I thought if it’s like Alpine Melody, then it should be the same and not “Introducing Overlapping Pedal”. This Introducing statement suggests it’s a new technique?

Best.


Not sure how well I can word this but if you look at Alpine Melody, you'll see there are only 5 measures in which the pedal is used. Ex: you press down the pedal at the beginning of measure 4 and let up at the end of that measure. Then again at measure 6 and so on. However, in Greensleeves, you'll be pressing down the pedal throughout the entire song and only letting up briefly (and then pressing again immediately) at the start of certain measures. Does that help at all?
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#1302407 - 11/09/09 09:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Leon Shuffle]
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[/quote]

Not sure how well I can word this but if you look at Alpine Melody, you'll see there are only 5 measures in which the pedal is used. Ex: you press down the pedal at the beginning of measure 4 and let up at the end of that measure. Then again at measure 6 and so on. However, in Greensleeves, you'll be pressing down the pedal throughout the entire song and only letting up briefly (and then pressing again immediately) at the start of certain measures. Does that help at all?

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Thanks Leon. Anything we share will help tremendously as I and maybe some others are self teaching. I think "Alpine Melody" is a bad example. How about "Harp Song"? What's the difference? Harp Song's pedaling looks the same but aren't connected by those little cones between chords; and it's not called "overlapping pedeling". When I play Harp Song, as my left hand lifts up to change chords, my right foot also lifts and pedal again simutaneously. I'm doing the same with "Greensleeves" but I don't think it's right. There's something else to it that's why the book introduces it as a "new technique/concept". Hmmm...

How do you do it? I'm looking at the illustration very closely now. The cones look to be a little bit further to the right of each measure, a split count after each chord change I think. Does that mean we play the left hand chord first, then in that split second after the chord has been played, lift and pedal right away? Hmmm... Interesting... Have I just stumbled upon the answer?
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#1302488 - 11/10/09 01:25 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Hi Nguyen,

Let me share my understanding of pedaling and for others please correct me if i am wrong

In greensleevs when we are about to press a chord, that's the point when we should lift the pedal, once the we have pressed the chord, immediately press the pedal again. If you try to press the pedal at the same time you press the chord, the sound will be very loud and produce noise.

A friend told me that the noise was produced because the notes (i believe those building the chord) are not in the same frequency. The basic rule is that once the sound has been 'dirty with noise', that's the point when we should change to new pedaling. I have not understood fully what this actually mean but from trial and error, i can recognise that if we press the pedal at the wrong point, the sound will indeed have noise



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#1302499 - 11/10/09 01:55 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Eveline72]
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Originally Posted By: Eveline72
but the pedal is a loose one, so it is hard to practice with the pedal. Anyone knows if I could buy a more decent pedal with my Casio CDP 100?


Yes. Technically the pedal is just a simple contact switch wired to a 1/4 inch phono plug. They are very simple devices except for one thing you have to watch out for: Some are "normally open" and close the switch when pressed. and others are "normally closed" and open the contacts when pressed. But some have a selector on the bottom so you can change which convention is used. The M-Audio pedal is like this and can be set either way. It is also very sturdy and has a feel like a real piano pedal. The pedal itself is chrome plated steel, plastic housing. I paid $26 (USD) for it.

I'm using this pedal with my Roland keyboard
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/SP2.html


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#1302538 - 11/10/09 04:10 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Nguyen]
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Originally Posted By: Nguyen
Well, I have finally reached “Greensleeves”. I practiced the OVERLAPPING PEDAL this weekend and have a question, more than one actually.

Instructions I get from the book:
“At this point, pedal again”. I get this part. Then comes this “As the hand goes down, the foot comes up. Pedal again immediately.”


Hugh Sung posted some fantastic instruction on this in another thread.

Originally Posted By: Hugh Sung
Here are two videos from my Clair de lune from Scratch series that might help you better understand the basics of using the damper pedal to connect notes:




Let me know if you find these helpful smile


Hope that helps!
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#1302539 - 11/10/09 04:23 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: BazC]
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It seems my piano music book 'collection' is growing again! I have ordered last night the book of Christmas music that my teacher suggested (Up-grade! Christmas) and then another one (Beginning Christmas for Piano) and also 'Beginning Romantics for Piano'. Can't wait for them to arrive!!! My teacher is having a break from December 21st to January 3rd, so I will have plenty of time to practice over the Christmas, as I was going to take a long break from work as well.
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#1302540 - 11/10/09 04:27 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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I've fallen behind - Gintarec you have flown ahead! smile
I have been away so haven't touched the piano for two weeks. Just played 'Why Am I Blue' and was surprised. I knew I had it nearly nailed before I left and thought I'd be relearning it and stumbling but had it straight off. Think I can comfortably say it's over. Had already made a start on Good People before I left, so yet to see where that's at. Then finally onto a new piece 'Little Brown Jug'.... is that a kids tune? Ergh! My goal of having book one done by Christmas is well and truly out the window, but I don't care, I had no reason for wanting it done by then so will keep moving at my own comfortable pace.
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#1302546 - 11/10/09 04:47 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Oz_Leikela]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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I wondered where have you been OZ Leikela!!

I wouldn't say I am ahead of you. I think we are at about the same spot in the book, I am just amazed that I managed to get so far in just under 7 weeks! We tried some Christmas songs last night and although I was playing them for the first time - and I mean first time, two of them I have never hear before and the first one was Silent night, I managed to sight-read them quite well, even if I say so myself...

I am not aiming to finish the book by Christmas anymore either, as I do want to learn some Christmas songs and some other pieces as well. I have got so many books now, that I am spoiled for choice! (Especially when the last order arrives, which I hope will be here in a day or two) So, all in good time - it will be done! I think the most important lesson in here is to remember to enjoy playing!
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