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#1198500 - 05/13/09 12:25 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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I finished up my initial study of the "Theme from the Unfinished Symphony" by Schubert this morning - surprisingly good piece! I vaguely recall someone else saying awhile back that they didn't get much out of this piece, but I think it has a lot going for it - not the least of which is the fun of hammering out that great series of chords at the end! I even got a fairly decent recording that only has a half dozen or so mistakes, none of which is too serious - I may try to record it again.

Now, it's on to "Spooky Story" (played an octave lower than written) which is I notice the 16th piece in Book 3, with 23 regular and 6 "ambitious" pieces to go.


Also continuing study in 2 other sources simultaneously.

How are you all doing?

Regards, JF
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#1199211 - 05/14/09 03:51 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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The going is a bit slow here.

I am not fully satisfied yet with my scheherazade, so it's still on the list for next weeks lessons. It needs more dynamics, and I've been messing around with the fingering, which doesn't help.

I am also doing some duets with my 12 yr old, which is really fun!! But it does take time from working on my own stuff....

Any of you participating in the upcoming recital????


I probably asked before, but what do you guys use to record yourself? With a DP it's probably fairly easy, but with an acoustic???

Ingrid

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#1199253 - 05/14/09 05:32 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT
The going is a bit slow here.

I am not fully satisfied yet with my scheherazade, so it's still on the list for next weeks lessons. It needs more dynamics, and I've been messing around with the fingering, which doesn't help.

I am also doing some duets with my 12 yr old, which is really fun!! But it does take time from working on my own stuff....

Any of you participating in the upcoming recital????


I probably asked before, but what do you guys use to record yourself? With a DP it's probably fairly easy, but with an acoustic???

Ingrid


I use the Zoom 2 to record my piano and then transfer it to my computer. In fact my recital piece is from the ambitious section of Alfred 3...

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#1199287 - 05/14/09 06:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT

I am not fully satisfied yet with my scheherazade, so it's still on the list for next weeks lessons. It needs more dynamics, and I've been messing around with the fingering, which doesn't help.
Ingrid

Except for finishing up Fur Elise, I've pretty much finished with Alfred Level 3 and have moved on to learning some old standards from the Lee Evan's books. However, seeing that John Frank and Ingrid were working on "Scheherazade", I wanted to pass along a critical lesson I received from my teacher on playing legato. Until this piece, my legato playing focused on tying my single right-hand notes together smoothly. In "Scheherazade" I learned that I should do it with multiple notes. For what it's worth here's the trick. In the last measure on the first page, measure 13, the left hand plays a B and D# using fingers 1 & 2. While moving on to the A and C using fingers 1 and 3, one holds the B with the 2nd finger. Voila, it makes the left hand nice and smooth. When I went back to play "A Very Special Day", I could see that the trick could be applied several times in the right hand, and it improved that piece significantly. Now I use it all the time.

Ingrid, for what it's worth, the indicated fingering works pretty well, although I had to write the 3 -> 4 -> 5 fingering for measures 10 and 11 explicitly to remind me what to use there. My teacher did not suggest any changes and he is usually very good at making things easier for me when it is appropriate.

I use the Zoom H2 to record my teacher. It's simple to use and makes pretty good recordings. After transferring the file to the computer I use Audacity to normalize and clean up the file and then use the Amazing Slow Downer so that I can play along with my teacher at a much slower tempo. For me, the Slow Downer is terrific tool for learning to play "musically".

Mark, I noticed that you were selling your "new" piano. Why? I'm curious as I'm thinking of trading my Tier II 6'1" acoustic grand for the new Yamaha digital Avant Grand. I'm getting so I can't bear the "harsh", "loud" sound of my acoustic. I'd love to have a volume control.

Bob
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#1199297 - 05/14/09 07:07 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
I also noticed that somewhere along the line you've changed career objectives from being a cocktail lounge pianist to being a retirement home lounge pianist grin The atmosphere might be a little quieter there and you actually may get a few people paying attention and listening!


JF, it occurred to me that retirement home entertainment is an emerging market and the residents make up uncritical audience. It should be a perfect fit. The question is, do I get to entertain before or after I myself become a resident.
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#1199339 - 05/14/09 08:36 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: OldFingers]
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Originally Posted By: OldFingers
Originally Posted By: John Frank
I also noticed that somewhere along the line you've changed career objectives from being a cocktail lounge pianist to being a retirement home lounge pianist grin The atmosphere might be a little quieter there and you actually may get a few people paying attention and listening!


JF, it occurred to me that retirement home entertainment is an emerging market and the residents make up uncritical audience. It should be a perfect fit. The question is, do I get to entertain before or after I myself become a resident.


grin

Wouldn't it be a kick if by some remote chance we ended up in the same home and took turns entertaining the folks (you don't by chance sing , do you?) laugh

Regards, JF

P.S. glad to hear you're done with your studies in Book 3, although I hope you'll continue to check in here with us frequently!
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#1199580 - 05/15/09 05:13 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Ooooh...John!! Recital piece from the ambitious section!! You make me curious!!!!!! I scrolled through the whole recital thread, but I guess you want to keep it a secret???????

And recording with a zoom 2. Hmm. The only recording device we have in the house is a mobile phone. Guess I'll need to invest in something a bit more appropriate some time...

And Oldfingers... Ha! That trick with 'holding the B' is EXACTLY the tip I got from my teacher last tuesday! Funny!! It was the section where I was messing around with the fingering. Just sloppiness I'm afraid! It's getting better now.

My legato is otherwise pretty much OK, but i do notice I get sloppy when playing with pedal. But my teacher let me listen to herself playing, and it's true, even when playing something with sustain pedal you still hear the difference when playing 'good' legato vs 'sloppy'. So I'll watch myself a bit more carefully on that aspect!
Have you really finished book 3?? WOW! Congratulations! (but don't leave! If you start up an 'after alfreds book 3' thread you'll be pretty lonely! And...eeh...(hardly dares to ask) How's the decision process on the Satie going????

Had a nice morning by the way playing piano with a mother I know from school. She played as a kid, but has neglected it lately. We messed around with some easy duets, and shared some (old time) favourites. It's fun to play together with someone else!!

Ingrid

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#1199594 - 05/15/09 05:55 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT
Ooooh...John!! Recital piece from the ambitious section!! You make me curious!!!!!! I scrolled through the whole recital thread, but I guess you want to keep it a secret???????

Ingrid


Ingrid, I believe that's Mark that has the recital piece from the ambitious section - it's the Bach Prelude.

Regards, JF
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#1199627 - 05/15/09 07:47 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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oops...sorry John....I misread. Mark...I'll be looking forward to listening to your Bach! It's one of my 'keepers'. Beautiful piece!!

but John, are you in as well?? And with what???

Ingrid

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#1199629 - 05/15/09 08:03 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: OldFingers]
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Originally Posted By: OldFingers
[quote=IngridT]


Mark, I noticed that you were selling your "new" piano. Why? I'm curious as I'm thinking of trading my Tier II 6'1" acoustic grand for the new Yamaha digital Avant Grand. I'm getting so I can't bear the "harsh", "loud" sound of my acoustic. I'd love to have a volume control.

Bob


My Estonia L190 has some major problems that I hope the dealer finally fixes. But the dealer's service has been extremely slow with very poor communications. So wish me luck.

The piano has been such a disappointment that I really don't want it anymore.

Anyone buying a L190 please thoroughly check them out.

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#1199698 - 05/15/09 09:58 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Mark...]
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Mark...it's probably more appropriate to post feedback in the recital thread, but I had to sneak in and listen to your Bach, and I have to say: Very well done!!!

Ingrid

(just out of curiosity...how long have you been playing? You take lessons? Interested in feedback to make it sound even more impressive? I had some extensive discussions on my own playing of this piece with my teacher. I play it by no means perfect myself, but I'd love to exchange some ideas on how you worked on this one, and what aspects you were more/less happy with. Hmm. I don't want to make this sound like I want to criticize your playing. Like I said, it was pretty good. But still....discussion is always fun. I know there was all this sensitivity about critical discussion wanted or not..anyway..hope it comes across what I mean!)

edited to add: Oops, I read in your submission that you do plan to work on it further, and that you DO like technical feedback. Should I post it in the recital thread?? I feel a bit weird doing that since I listened to your piece just because you are a book-3-colleague, and because I've been playing the piece myself, and I wasn't really planning on commenting on all 60-something pieces. Just let me know what you like, or what's more appropriate. I don't want to dis-obey any forum rules/etiquette.....


Edited by IngridT (05/15/09 10:42 AM)

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#1199839 - 05/15/09 12:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT
Mark...it's probably more appropriate to post feedback in the recital thread, but I had to sneak in and listen to your Bach, and I have to say: Very well done!!!

Ingrid

(just out of curiosity...how long have you been playing? You take lessons? Interested in feedback to make it sound even more impressive? I had some extensive discussions on my own playing of this piece with my teacher. I play it by no means perfect myself, but I'd love to exchange some ideas on how you worked on this one, and what aspects you were more/less happy with. Hmm. I don't want to make this sound like I want to criticize your playing. Like I said, it was pretty good. But still....discussion is always fun. I know there was all this sensitivity about critical discussion wanted or not..anyway..hope it comes across what I mean!)

edited to add: Oops, I read in your submission that you do plan to work on it further, and that you DO like technical feedback. Should I post it in the recital thread?? I feel a bit weird doing that since I listened to your piece just because you are a book-3-colleague, and because I've been playing the piece myself, and I wasn't really planning on commenting on all 60-something pieces. Just let me know what you like, or what's more appropriate. I don't want to dis-obey any forum rules/etiquette.....


I do take lessons and as you can tell have problems with timing which I have been working to fix. Since its a Alfred three piece it really can be discussed here if you like...

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#1200451 - 05/16/09 02:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Mark...]
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Hi all, I'm still plugging along. I can't believe that I am taking this long for learning this Bach piece, on side of the coin, on the other side, however, i am glad that I am taking this long (considering that my instructor told me that it took her 6 months to learn "Toccata" to play on the organ!

Mark, I am looking forward to hearing your Bach piece!
I'll get to one of these months recitals evenually!
take care all!
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#1200484 - 05/16/09 03:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: piano4]
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Originally Posted By: piano4
Mark, I am looking forward to hearing your Bach piece!I'll get to one of these months recitals evenually!
take care all!


Here is my Bach piece, warts and all...

Prelude in C Major

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#1200497 - 05/16/09 04:40 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Mark...]
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Really nice work on the Bach Prelude Mark - you're playing better than ever - keep up the good work - Ingrid was right about how nice a piece it is - now I'm looking forward more than ever to getting to it and into it.

Regards, JF
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#1200526 - 05/16/09 05:47 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
Really nice work on the Bach Prelude Mark - you're playing better than ever - keep up the good work - Ingrid was right about how nice a piece it is - now I'm looking forward more than ever to getting to it and into it.

Regards, JF


Thanks JF, I was playing pretty tight with the Red Dot going. Its a piece that needs much more attention to get a better flow. Every once in a while you can get lost in it and it sounds much better. Its a keeper for anyone's repertory. You will really like it, especially if you liked Prelude in D minor.

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#1200953 - 05/17/09 02:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Mark...]
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Mark, this is beautiful! You did an awesome job playing this!
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#1201368 - 05/18/09 09:05 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: piano4]
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Aaah, Mark,

sorry, I was away for the weekend. hence my late reply. Glad you posted your recording here as well. Like I said, I think you did real well, but do you agree with me that this is a piece where indeed 'flow' is of the utmost importance? I don't know any other piece of music where it is so crucial to keep the tempo very very constant. If I try to do so too consciously, though, I seem to lose some 'musicality'. The 'art' of the whole thing is (in my beginners opinion) to keep the tempo and the 'flow' without making it sound like a hanon exercise. (your's did not sound like an exercise at all by the way) My feeling (and my teacher confirmed this) is that playing with the 'volume' is half of the trick. A lot of the emotion of the piece comes from the changes in loudness, the real soft 'intermezzo's, and of course the long crescendo starting on the bottom of page 2. On that part, I think you can improve a bit if you want. The climax of the piece, somwhere halfway page 3 can be a lot louder then you played it. And also in other spots I am sure it would sound even better with more volume-dynamics...

Did I mention to you before that my teacher asked me to focus on the left hand in this piece?? Like thinking that the left hand kind of is the melody of the piece, with the right hand just adding some detail to that?? That's also where the soft/loud differences should come from. From the left!

Again. I think you did a great job, and it's so nice to read your comments/experience with the piece, they are so similar to mine!!! (including the 'getting lost in it, or getting caught in the flow completely, especially when the recording device is not running of course...hahaha!

Ingrid


Edited by IngridT (05/18/09 09:08 AM)

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#1201413 - 05/18/09 10:40 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Thanks Ingrid, your assessment is right on!

I will work on those volume issues. I also have to get much smoother, so I don't have that holding back flow problem too.

Being a joy to play, this piece can only get better in time.


Loved the feedback...


Mark



Edited by Mark... (05/18/09 10:41 AM)

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#1201432 - 05/18/09 11:23 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Mark...]
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Hey Mark,

Giving feedback is easier then incorporating these kind of things in ones own playing. I'm also pretty good at pinpointing the critical 'to work on' area's in my own playing. But theory and practice are 2 different things....

Glad the comments were received well though. As an above-average-blunt dutch person I sometimes feel I have to be extra careful around here.

But I'll keep on talking about this piece with you. I love it. and just played it this afternoon again. It does get better and better over time (just like Satie! and probably everything else you keep on playing. But this one is truly beautiful.) With the added advantage that it's a nice one to play for any accidental audience. It's not so overplayed as fur elise, but familiar enough to sound interesting to most people and difficult enough to sound impressive! I haven' t heard anybody that disliked it so far.

Andd..eeeh..have you tried singing the Ave Maria while playing?? That's beautiful as well. Hmmm. Being male you should probably find yourself a female singer you can play with....(which I shouls do as well I guess, I'm not really a soprano type singer)


Ingrid

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#1201637 - 05/18/09 05:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Nice job, Mark! I love this J.S. Bach piece, and based on the Bach pieces I have heard, other than some of the simpler pieces in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, it may be only one that I will ever one day be capable of playing!

I'm not currently working out of Alfred Book 3, but I believe this will be the next Bach piece my teacher and I will tackle, provided I can get my current Bach piece up to a decent standard of playing.

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#1201639 - 05/18/09 05:13 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT

Andd..eeeh..have you tried singing the Ave Maria while playing?? Ingrid


Oh my goodness, I can't even talk and play simultaneously! I just don't have the coordination! Well, I am getting better though. When I first started learning how to play the piano, I sometimes found it difficult to breathe and play at the same time! No, I'm not exaggerating; I would have to make a conscious effort to take a breath, as I would often hold my breath through "difficult" passages.

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#1202599 - 05/20/09 07:16 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: molto_agitato]
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molto agitato (does that translate as "much agitated"? smile ) - welcome to the Alfred 3 thread - pleaswe feel free to drop by any time to post your progrss and thoughts.

Regards, JF
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#1202858 - 05/20/09 03:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Thank-you for the welcome, John Frank. Yes, molto agitato is essentially "much agitated." Composers sometimes use the term as a tempo/mood marking. But I picked it for my user name because its how I sometimes feel when I'm practicing the piano! Fortunately, I haven't yet thrown my metronome through a window, but I have had the occasional urge to do so grin

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#1203381 - 05/21/09 11:11 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: molto_agitato]
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Originally Posted By: molto_agitato
Thank-you for the welcome, John Frank. Yes, molto agitato is essentially "much agitated." Composers sometimes use the term as a tempo/mood marking. But I picked it for my user name because its how I sometimes feel when I'm practicing the piano! Fortunately, I haven't yet thrown my metronome through a window, but I have had the occasional urge to do so grin


grin I, on the other hand, like to think of myself as "andante cantible", slow and song-like, which suits my style to a tee!

Update: finished "Spooky Story" in less than a week - easy and fun piece - at least it seemed easy after wading thru "Swan Lake", "Scheherazade" and "The Theme from the Unfinished Symphony" back to back to back..

Currently working on the next piece which is the spiritual "Steal Away", which technically doesn't seem like it will present any problems or real challenges, but which is rather strange or unusual in that within the course of it's 28 measure length contains the following: 3 distinct sections, 3 tempo changes, 11 volume changes, 8 fermatas (fermati?) or pauses of variable length, numerous pedal points and even a treble clef indication on the bass staff near the end! I have this piece in another book (of hymns) and it has only the separate sections, so I guess our authors' idea was to try to make a relatively easy piece a little more difficult was all the "extra musical stuff" they devised and threw in.

I'm really looking forward to the next piece which is the great old Italian love song "Come Back to Sorrento", which is a show piece with a beautiful melody!

Regards, JF
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#1204140 - 05/22/09 03:54 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Molto Agitato....nice to see a new face here in the book 3 thread!! Welcome!And keep on hanging around if you like it!!

John...I'm catching up on you!! It's the unfinished Sympathy this week, and Spooky Story. I won't finish them both in 1 week for sure, but the symphony looked rather intimidating so something relatively straightforward to work on simultaneously sounded like a good plan.

Although I must say that the rather complex looking and sounding syncopated rhythm started to work out pretty well after just one fairly short practicing session yesterday, so we'll see how it will go further. It's a piece where you REALLY have to count in the beginning to get it right. I'm pretty good with rhythm things, but this one I had to look twice before I got it. And I get to do the JF-Tremolo's!! (after skipping the star spangled banner...yes!! They return in this piece!!)

On the Scheherazade by the way... (John or whoever)..what tempo did you play it?? I finished it, but it annoyed me that the last long triplet part sounded a bit 'bare'...no pedal allowed, and the left hand chord is basically completely gone before you finally hit the final notes. My teacher recommended playing the chord very loud to make it last as long as possible, and speeding up the whole thing in general to make the last bit also faster. But to be honest...I dislike the tempo any higher then a fairly slow andante. I can play it, but it doesn't make the piece sound nicer in my opinion....

Ingrid


Edited by IngridT (05/22/09 03:57 PM)

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#1206128 - 05/26/09 01:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Originally Posted By: IngridT
... On the Scheherazade by the way... (John or whoever)..what tempo did you play it?? I finished it, but it annoyed me that the last long triplet part sounded a bit 'bare'...no pedal allowed, and the left hand chord is basically completely gone before you finally hit the final notes. My teacher recommended playing the chord very loud to make it last as long as possible, and speeding up the whole thing in general to make the last bit also faster. But to be honest...I dislike the tempo any higher then a fairly slow andante. I can play it, but it doesn't make the piece sound nicer in my opinion....

Ingrid


Ingrid - Sorry about the delay - I was away for the long holiday weekend - I played "Scheherazade" fairly slowly (more Adagio than Andante) and played the last measures "rit. & dim.", both slowing down and decreasing in volume over the last 3 measures even though the sheet music doesn't call for it (another one of my free-lance interpretations) - it sounded better to me that way, a more "finalized" ending - as far as that LH chord which is "supposed" to carry thru to the end, it doesn't and playing it loudly and then speeding up the whole passage is just simply not acceptable, ruining the ending's purpose and effect - instead do what I did - forget the tie and play the chord again softly at the beginning of each of the 1st two measures inthe last line - good luck with the "unfinished Symphony".

Regards, JF
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#1206706 - 05/27/09 10:36 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Ha John! I knew I could count on you for a different tweak to a piece!! Thanks, I'll try it your way!! ( I tried holding the pedal throughout the last few bars, but that sounded very unharmonic.

I am going to continue next week with spooky story & the unfinished. Only 2 more lessons, and then it's summer break for at least 10 weeks. Last year I tackled a whole bunch of Gnossiennes over the summer period, I'll have to dicsuss with my teacher what would be a nice 'project' for this summer!

Anybody any suggestions??

Did I mention that I'm also involved in a school orchestra kind of thing?? We're preparing a bunch of kids (aged 6-12) for a nice performance in june. One of the parents involved is a real crack (playing a whole bunch of instrumenst, making his own arrangements and stuff like that) and we're now also going to work on a little piece with the parents. It will be 'hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen.

It will be the first time for me to play in front of a 'real' audience (well, mostly the parents of the kids involved, but still.....), together with a whole bunch of other instruments. Guitar, flute, drum, clarinet, violin. I think it will be a lot of fun to do!!

Ingrid (still waiting for my bit of music, I hope it won't be too complex......)

Ingrid

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#1210462 - 06/02/09 05:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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While quickly scanning the book 2 thread, I saw that there's at least one, and maybe more people joining us shortly...YEAH!!

So let me be the first to give Ttigg a warm welcome here!! And put us back on page one of the forum, we were disappearing again.

Going is slow here. We had a week vacation & next week is the last lesson before the summer vacation. I'll finish the unfinished & spooky story (no piano for a week so no progress), and work on my school-orchestra stuff this week.

For the summer I am thinking of attacking one or 2 Yann Tiersen pieces, from the Amelie movie. Anybody here played any of that? We have at least a 2 month break, so I like to work on something a bit bigger then a whole bunch of Alfreds pieces, and it's beautiful music to listen to. My teacher suggested it, so Iguess she thinks I'll be able to handle it. I'll pick up Alfreds again when lessons start in august/september. Maybe II'll take another look at the Moonlight Sonata as well.

How's everybody else doing??

Ingrid


Edited by IngridT (06/02/09 05:13 PM)

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#1210482 - 06/02/09 06:02 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: IngridT]
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Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 873
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: IngridT
While quickly scanning the book 2 thread, I saw that there's at least one, and maybe more people joining us shortly...YEAH!!

So let me be the first to give Ttigg a warm welcome here!! And put us back on page one of the forum, we were disappearing again.

Thanks for the kind welcome thumb (although I'm not here yet). Will be getting my "sign off" this week then a 1wk break so I can look @ Forest again. Then I'll be over here saying "hi" and looking at what #3 has in store..

So what's the general level/timing like for #3? 1yr+ I would estimate depending on the actual content. I know I did #1 in like 3.5mths but 2 took longer (with some breaks in-between for recitals etc) so my estimate is 1yr for #3 (we'll see)

Looking forward to making more friends and more videos.. So who on #3 is in SoCal?
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