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#1292468 - 10/23/09 01:58 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Waltz]
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Quagles,

Have you checked out the Claire de lune from scratch thread here on ABF? Hugh Sung is putting up great short lessons to play this beautiful piece. I've just started in on it and plan to continue along with Alfred #2. In three weeks you could make a lot of progress on this.
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#1292472 - 10/23/09 02:07 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: JimF]
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Is "Guantanamera" driving anyone else crazy???

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#1292483 - 10/23/09 02:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Cassandra Hall]
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Originally Posted By: Cassandra Hall
Are you set on a Brand new DP? if so why new?


I wouldn't say set, but definitely leaning that way.

My assumption is that the technologies that comprise the tones and "touch" in a DP have improved greatly in recent years, so that anything more than, say, three years old might not be comparable to the best new DP's made today. Is this incorrect?

And then you have to get over the usual "unknowns" whenever you buy something used or without warranty. Has it been well cared for, what could be the worst case if it hasn't? Am I buying someone else's headache? If its such a bargain, why are they selling? I live in South Florida where enormous humidity and temperature changes are the norm, not to mention three direct hits from hurricanes in the last 5 or 6 years on my community alone.

I'm sure there are bargains to be had. Just not sure I could distinguish one from a potential lemon.
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#1292492 - 10/23/09 02:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: angelojf]
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Originally Posted By: angelojf
Is "Guantanamera" driving anyone else crazy???


Yes, it nearly drove my wife crazy grin
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#1292838 - 10/24/09 09:31 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: JimF]
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Thanks for the advice everyone, ill be sure to check out. I tried to find the book as well online to check as a preview, but I could only find the basic course book and I'm not really interested in that so ill just wait for the book itself.

Wasn't too many interesting songs on that page but I might give that other Greensleeves version a go, I really liked that one in book 1.

Hopefully ill join up soon again, just finished the first book so then I'm just awaiting the arrival of book 2.

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#1293436 - 10/25/09 02:19 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Quagles]
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I developed a new respect for you guys that make recordings and videos, I tried for the first time to make a video of me playing 10/3 and failed horribly, then I tried some easier songs that I normal play without errors and couldn't put anything together. I'm I camera shy? or experiencing some type of "camera freeze"..

anyway I can play a slow version of 10/3 at this point, but when i try to add dynamics the whole thing falls apart. Is this the most difficult piece in the book or what?

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#1293918 - 10/26/09 10:34 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bobjr]
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Bobjr, what works for me is to simply record everything I practice. I know full well I am going to discard, well, everything, so after awhile, the recording device simply falls off my radar.

Mind you, I have not used a camera for quite awhile now, but when I did record my performances (such as they were), that is how I did it.
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#1295273 - 10/28/09 07:40 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Always Wanted to Play Piano]
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I had my lesson a while ago. Guantanamera, as expected, still needs some polishing and working with the metronome for an even rhythm. I'm really excited about the next piece, theme from the Overture, which we played through. I like these kinds of slightly depressing tunes in minor keys laugh The theory part is all over my head, though, so I'm planning to study chords and music theory in earnest. My teacher will be on an extended vacation starting next week so I'll have to work on my own for a while. I hope I'll be able to advance and make decent progress even without my teacher!

I always keep meaning to make a recording one of these days, but I still haven't! Maybe when I've got Guantanamera or Overture up to performance standard grin
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#1295741 - 10/28/09 10:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: marimorimo]
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I just wanted to jump in and say hi, as I'm officially joining the book 2 thread after graduating book 1 tonight. I'm not going to be working much in the book though until after the first of the year so I can work on my Christmas collection of songs. Plus I'll only be having one lesson for each of November and December due to my 2nd lessons of the month falling on the holiday weeks.

Just for fun, I'm curious what song in Book 2 is the Blow the Man Down equivalent, you know the first one you come to and you think holy moly I'll never get that, but then it clicks and its like you are suddenly on a new playing field and all the rules have changed.

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#1295756 - 10/28/09 11:00 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: BarbVA]
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Welcome BarbVA,

You are joining a very fine thread with a fine group of people.

La Bamba is a very difficult piece relative to its early location in the book. Unfortunately, for many, myself included, it's more a feeling of "diminishing returns" and "it's time to move on" rather than that of triumph. It's not that hard, but it requires a lot of time and patience. There are many, many other great challenges where you will fill you've achieved much. Personally, I felt the simplified Chopin etude 10/3 was like that. Very difficult but once you master it, it feels very pleasant.

Welcome again,

W
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#1296262 - 10/29/09 07:21 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Waltz]
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I'm just about to play the songs with first inversions - but I don't think I will like the hokey-pokey - does any one know another rtne where first inversions are used a lot?
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#1296978 - 10/31/09 12:25 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: justcallmesir]
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well.. Night Song sounds a lot nicer and its almost all inversions. After playing Night Song the Hokey Pokey should be a lot easier, and you might as well give it a few plays just so you can "complete" the book. We all have our favorites and they get a lot more practice time than a song that like the Hokey Pokey. A lot of the songs seem to teach more than the lesson would suggest you get experience playing a new style of song, the timing involved and everything like that. I come across a few songs that I couldn't stand to play, if it bothers you a whole lot I would say just skip it. As long as your not skipping every other song, skipping the Hokey Pokey probably won't make or break your piano skill.

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#1297282 - 10/31/09 03:03 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bobjr]
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Night Song = First Inversions
Olympic Procession = Second Inversions
A Farewell to Thee = Triad + 1st inv. + 2nd inv.

Hokey Pokey isn't very inspiring, but it's actually sort of fun to play. Let your hair down and just hammer it away smile
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#1297383 - 10/31/09 07:15 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Waltz]
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I've actually been looking at the Hokey Pokey - and apart from getting the LH staccato and the RH working well its going OK. I think I'll like Night Song.

On another note - I have a digital piano and I'm thinking about recording a few bits. But I rerely play a piece to my satisfaction - any advice would be welcome.
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#1297390 - 10/31/09 07:25 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: justcallmesir]
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Funny thing is.. I'm on battle hymn of the republic now, and it is supposed to be teaching dotted 8th notes... but those don't seem to be the problem in playing the song. The problem is in the right hand seems to just bang away nonstop chords while you are trying to play glory glory hallelujah with the left hand. This is a total disaster at the moment, it is almost comical.

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#1298224 - 11/02/09 11:35 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bobjr]
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I ordered Book 2 yesterday. It may be a bit premature, since I'm only up to "Scarborough Fair", and the next 4 pieces look really hard. But I've been in Book 1 for about 20 months now (yeah, I'm slow) and I'm getting excited about finishing up.
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#1298227 - 11/02/09 11:41 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bobjr]
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For the life of me, I can't seem to grab a reasonable recording of Plaisir d'Amor.
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#1299149 - 11/03/09 08:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Always Wanted to Play Piano]
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Well, I've jumped on into book 2 while working on my Holiday collection as well. The first two songs are quite a disappointment after the excitement of the ending pieces in book 1. But I realize why they are going back to very basic songs, its because they are teaching us something new, but I'm bored with them already, and my family is tired of hearing them already.

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#1299380 - 11/04/09 11:14 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: BarbVA]
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Yeah, first few pieces in the book seem to take you back to the middle of Book 1. But the interest picks up quickly...
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#1299451 - 11/04/09 01:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Always Wanted to Play Piano]
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Hello All

My name is Bobby, and like most other newcomers I've been silently lurking around for a few months. I really enjoy reading the posts everyday.

I just had my biggest accomplishment of the year last night, I finished book 1! I was so happy when my teacher signed it. My homework is the first two songs in book 2, which are fairly easy.

I think my favorites from book 1 were "Greensleeves", "Scarborough Fair", "Entertainer", and "Amazing Grace". I've listened to some songs from book 2 and I can't wait to play them, especially "night Song".

I practice on a yamaha psr-e313. I also have a Lester piano that a friend gave to me for free. Unfortunately it's out of tune and the pedals don't work. I don't have the money to fix it yet, but soon.

Now that I've made that huge step of actually registering on this forum, I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts and hearing other's.

Bobby

Working on:
"Down in the Valley"
"Bridal Chorus"

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#1299470 - 11/04/09 02:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bobby smith]
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Welcome Bobby, we're at about the same place, but I'm working on Guantanamera(sp) as well, that one is a little funner than the first 2. I also went through the book and once again have end of the book envy, can't wait to get to Cannon in D variation, that will be my Entertainer equivalent from book 1 (I didn't like Amazing Grace).


Edited by BarbVA (11/04/09 02:07 PM)

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#1299520 - 11/04/09 03:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: BarbVA]
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Good job on book 1, Bobby. I'm just a few songs into book 2 at Light and Blue, where I've stopped temporarily while giving a go at the Clair de Lune from Scratch thread. Guantanamera is a lot of fun. Like AG it is one that you can keep perfecting for quite a while trying to add expression to the song. Ok, back to my Clair.....
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#1299626 - 11/04/09 07:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: JimF]
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Ok, so I've been dabbling with other styles and stepping away from Book 2 for now, but sure to be back on again very very soon. Here's a recording of GreenSleeves just to try out one style I'm learning now which is the ballad style.

GreenSleeves in Ballad style
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#1300621 - 11/06/09 04:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]
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For future generations of this forum that might be interested, here is Scarborough Fair also played using the ballad style.

Scarborough Fair
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#1300640 - 11/06/09 04:59 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]
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What would the RCM equivalents be at the completion of Alfreds 1, 2 and 3 in terms of playing ability. I know the RCM levels involve more than just the ability to play.
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#1301665 - 11/08/09 03:27 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Gabe]
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Still waiting for 2nd book to arrive smirk hopefully it will come soon because its already been taking too much time already. Been working on some other pieces but with minimal success, realizing for most pieces there's a part I can't get past or some places which just doesn't sound right so I just give it up. I guess I just haven't had the motivation, patience or ability to finish them up.

Anyways today I decided to take a sneak peek from an online version of the book, unfortunately was only the basic course. Down the valley was down in like 30mins, easy. Next one I didn't even play because I know it isn't in the all in one and it seemed dull. So now I'm working on Light and Blue the 3rd song in the book, which doesn't seem too hard. But with exams in 2weeks I'm slightly restricted on playing the piano. But hopefully at least the book will arrive soon.

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#1301691 - 11/08/09 04:19 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Quagles]
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Originally Posted By: Quagles
Still
Next one I didn't even play because I know it isn't in the all in one and it seemed dull.


I hope you don't mean Tumbalalaika? It's one of the best songs in the entire level 2 in my opinion.

Take a listen here:

Tumbalalaika
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#1302066 - 11/09/09 11:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]
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My Book 2 came today! Yes, I know I haven't finished Book 1 yet, and I will try not to cheat and skip ahead, but I just wanted to have it here for inspiration. I've looked through it, and it doesn't look as scary as I expected. At least, not until around P. 90 - Etude, Opus 10, No. 3, and the "Swinging 7th's". And then, of course, Canon in D at the end - that one is truly scary!

Well, if I ever expect to get there, I still have a few scary ones of my own to get through - namely "He's Got the Whole World", "Entertainer", and "Amazing Grace".

Gotta go practice!
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#1302080 - 11/09/09 12:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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Hello from a new member, returning to the piano after a long hiatus! I picked up Alfred's Basic Book Two at the music store on Friday. The lady working there recommended the series, and I flipped through them and picked that one, thinking I'd do okay at this level. We'll see how it goes.

I'm doing a bit of final polishing on "Tumbalalaika" and learning "Light and Blue". The finger-under business isn't too hard, but I'm going to have to work on it a bit to make it sound not quite so corny. wink

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#1302283 - 11/09/09 05:38 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Lea09]
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Welcome Lea09. You'll like it around here. Lots of support and helpful tips.

And congrats on your pending new arrival! smile
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