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#1112502 - 01/10/05 04:43 AM Many others learning from a book like me?
Ell Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 67
Hey all,

I've been playing for a total of 2 weeks!
Am learning from a good book.

Ok, Nice to meet you all.

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#1112503 - 01/10/05 07:35 AM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Jerry Luke Offline
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Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 969
Loc: Tillamook, Oregon
Welcome, Ell.

I'm 38, been learning for 10 months, self-taught (so far). I'm using the Alfred's Adult All-In-One Piano Course.

This forum is unbelievably helpful. (Now, the Coffee Room, well, that's another story...)

[Yeah, yeah, cut & paste is a beautiful thing.] \:D
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#1112504 - 01/10/05 07:43 AM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
markallen Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
Posts: 460
Loc: Stanwood, WA
Hi Ell - Welcome aboard!!

Many of us are just starting out. I'm 43 and have been at it just about as long as you. Like Jerry, I'm also doing the Alfred "All-in-one". I've also just started the Sudnow program.

Lots of people here willing to help in any way they can. Its a wonderful resource. \:\)

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#1112505 - 01/10/05 09:23 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Ell Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
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thanks \:\) Nice to meet you both.
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#1112506 - 01/10/05 09:38 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
welcome! when i started about 4 years ago, i learned basic piano playing from a book just like you. just be sure your book is a good one and follow it through.

#1112507 - 01/11/05 08:52 AM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
bassman Offline
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Registered: 12/08/04
Posts: 43
Loc: Hershey, PA
Hi Ell,

I just started taking lessons last week. I'm using the Alfred's Adult Course also. The songs seem pretty lame, but I can play them now. More than I could say a few wekks ago. \:D

Are you going to look for a teacher? One on one can be very helpful. You might think you are doing something correctly but may have misinterpreted. A teacher can help you through those instances.

Music is tastefully manipulating silence.

#1112508 - 01/11/05 01:07 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
james_cc Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 99
Loc: Chino Hills, CA
I have been playing on and off for 2 years(feel like one year though). I actually started by sitting in with my daughters' group lessons 4 years back. In the process, I have bought many classical, pop, xMas books(with and without CD's.

I also use this website: http://www.mfiles.co.uk/sheet-music.htm
that helps me tremendously from using Scorch and downloaded some popular classics.

I am also collecting a lot of classical CD's, and getting help from my pianist friends.

I am not looking for a teacher yet but maybe in the future.

#1112509 - 01/11/05 05:20 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Scott Prell Offline
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Registered: 12/30/04
Posts: 101
Loc: Diamond Bar, CA
(Hey, james_cc, I'm over the Grand Ave. hill in Diamond Bar!)

I'm another Alfred Adult All-In-One worker. When I got to page 73, I moved on to Aldred's Jazz/Rock Course. (Well, a few pages of it, anyway!)

I also got Alfred's Complete book of scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences, but haven't worked on it at all.

Instead, I'm focusing exclusively on Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises. Can't quite get up to M.M. 108 without playing sloppily (been trying since Jan. 1 w/exercises 1&2). Doin' good at M.M. 96, though!

KEEP UP ALL THE SELF-STUDY, FOLKS! IT BEATS NOT PLAYING AT ALL! (Tough I do hope to get a teacher one day...)
"Amateurs practice until they get a piece right. Professionals practice until they can't get it wrong."

#1112510 - 01/11/05 07:21 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Ell Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 67
I see alot of people use Alfreds All-in-one, I'm using Progressive Method book 1, at the moment, but am going to buy Progressive method book, a complete book for piano. But maybe Alfreds is better?

I have been to a couple of lessons years ago when I was 14, (should of stuck with it at 7) but moved and didin't bother to get back into it. I'm not going to go to a teacher, but I have a friend who is a pianist, so I might ask her if I need to.

Thank you all for the warm welcome \:\)
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#1112511 - 01/11/05 07:25 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Ell Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 67
I will say thank you James_cc for that great link!
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#1112512 - 01/12/05 11:11 AM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
tr1n1trotolu Offline
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Registered: 01/02/05
Posts: 5
Loc: Who are you?
hi guys, I am also learning from a book. speaking of good book... what is an example of one? because the book I am having is really poor... currently reading 360 pages of piano practice instruction ;_;

but hey.. nice to meet you Ell!

#1112513 - 01/12/05 12:29 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Rodney Offline
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Registered: 10/28/04
Posts: 735
Loc: Caledon ON, Canada
Hi Ell,

I'll add another vote for the Alfreds All in One Adult course (Book 1) but by the time you get through it you'll not want to continue with book 2 (The method pieces are REALLY boring). That would be a good time to consider getting a teacher to help with all the mistakes your bound to be making. He/She can then also help you select some repetoire appropriate for your level.


#1112514 - 01/13/05 06:10 PM Re: Many others learning from a book like me?
Ell Offline
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Registered: 01/09/05
Posts: 67
Thanks Rodney
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