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#1208546 - 05/30/09 10:52 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: wj3]
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OK I think I've got it down good enough to try a recording, will attempt that over the weekend. Still have to really "learn" the Circle of Fiths but this basically puts me at the end of book #2

Will have to wait till Thursday next week to get the "pass" from teach and if so she'll be signing my cert. Then I'll be taking a break from Alfred (1-2wks) whilst I look at some other songs and then move straight on into #3

Of course I'm expecting #3 to take a 1yr but who knows, we'll have to see how things progress

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#1208558 - 05/30/09 11:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TTigg]
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#1208642 - 05/30/09 01:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: wj3]
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Congrats TTigg!!!

Sounds like a great plan. smile
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#1208844 - 05/30/09 08:18 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Key Notes]
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I'm back. Thanks Key Notes and Undone regarding The Magic Piper and M's Waltz.

I'm glad you gave us an update Wj3. Gauntamanera will take a bit longer than the previous two but I'm sure you'll knock it out in no time.

Ttigg. . . You finished Canon in D? CONGRATS! That's just great( but I hate to see you leave the Book 2 thread behind).
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#1208858 - 05/30/09 09:00 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Originally Posted By: Waltz
I'm back. Thanks Key Notes and Undone regarding The Magic Piper and M's Waltz.

I'm glad you gave us an update Wj3. Gauntamanera will take a bit longer than the previous two but I'm sure you'll knock it out in no time.

Ttigg. . . You finished Canon in D? CONGRATS! That's just great( but I hate to see you leave the Book 2 thread behind).


I'm still going to try to get a nice recording done upstairs on the digital and video (hopefully) so I can post it. Was a struggle at first and then it kind of "clicked".

I'm going to try the proper version I have sheet music for later on but wanted to get the proper "book version" done so I can post that up first..

Yeah I'll be sad to leave #2 but you guys won't be far behind me into #3 so we can hang out again
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#1208871 - 05/30/09 09:27 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TTigg]
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Ha, I'm a bit behind you and Undone, but I'll eventually make it smile

How many days and hours do you think it took to learn the book Canon in D?
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#1208872 - 05/30/09 09:33 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Originally Posted By: Waltz
Ha, I'm a bit behind you and Undone, but I'll eventually make it smile
How many days and hours do you think it took to learn the book Canon in D?

Not sure about exactly how many hours but I kind of measure it between my lessons. I would prob estimate 8hrs or so spread over the week. So just over 1wk (approx 8.5days. I had my lesson Thursday and we went through the 2nd half and by the next day I had it down (well we'll see how the recording comes out) thumb
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#1209229 - 05/31/09 02:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TTigg]
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Hey Gang, I finally managed to give myself a pass on “Danny Boy”. I added “Canon in D” to the mix a few days ago and at this point I must say that I think Danny Boy may be the more challenging of the two (when it comes to getting a decent recording). “Canon” may be a bit more technically challenging as far as some of the fingering goes, but at least it keeps a steady bass line and the dynamics are changing regularly. “Danny Boy”, on the other hand, keeps you on your toes as things change up every couple of measures. Of course it’s really too early for me to tell yet, and I may have an entirely different story to tell once I get to the recording phase of Canon.

Here’s my recording of “Danny Boy”: http://www.box.net/shared/krrlksen7c (and yes, there is a sour note in there)

Tigg – I too will be working on the book version of “Cannon in D”, but I’d if you get the chance, I’d still like know who did the sheet music that you have on reserve. I too would like to try a version that is a bit closer to the orchestral arrangement after the book version without having to resort to the refrain from the Beatles “In My Life” (although that too might be fun to try at some point). Am I the only one that hears “Canon in D” in the refrain of “In My Life”? I tried doing an internet search on this, but didn’t come up with much.

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#1209390 - 05/31/09 07:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Undone]
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Way to go on Danny Boy Undone!
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#1209541 - 06/01/09 01:08 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Undone]
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Originally Posted By: Undone

Tigg – I too will be working on the book version of “Cannon in D”, but I’d if you get the chance, I’d still like know who did the sheet music that you have on reserve.
Undone

Nicely done on Danny Boy! thumb. Well this weekend kind of got away from me in terms of "recording time". I'll knock out a recording tomorrow afternoon when I get home form work. I'll also look up the sheet music I have for the "other version" and I'd hope to be able to get that learned & memorized during the week (evenings and mornings) so I can get a recording down by Wednesday.

Sounds like we'll be moving over to #3 about the same time smile
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#1210118 - 06/02/09 12:38 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TTigg]
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Hi Undone,

Wonderful progress and recording of "Danny Boy". Thanks for sharing your experiences and current observations and feelings regarding the technical differences between Danny Boy and Canon in D. Very interesting to know indeed.

As for me, I'm getting tired of practicing my old pieces, including Morning Has Broken and its alternative broken chords examples. Although I've gotten them down pretty good, I kept wanting to make them even better. Well...dare I say "perfect"? grin But I've decided that that's never going to happen, so I'm going to move on to Alexander's Ragtime Band now. Wish me luck!

Key Notes smile
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#1210194 - 06/02/09 07:43 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Key Notes]
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Undone - nice version of "Danny Boy" - very well played from a technical standpoint - very accurate as per the sheet music - this is an arrangement that is easy to play badly and a little challenging to play well, and you've accomplished that with your precision.

However, with time and lots of practice and experience will eventually come that special skill that adds a very personal touch to the interpretation of a piece in terms of unique musicality - the choices of and changes to tempo and phrasing and dynamics, and the uninhibited expression of one's deepest feelings about the piece, that give music is ultimate color and appeal and identify a given version as that of a true artist. It's important to keep working on this aspect of performance in order to bring the music to the full life it demands and requires.

Regards, JF
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#1210360 - 06/02/09 02:20 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Hello everyone,

I passed He's Got the Whole World in His Hands last night. I've played it a few times without error today and I made a recording after. However, I am having trouble with youtube and my computer right now but hopefully I'll get it up there this afternoon.

It was a tough thing to play, for me. While it certainly took less time to learn than the Etude, I feel this has been the most challenging piece in the book thus far for certain reasons:
1. The left hand, and my certainly weaker hand, plays melody and is constantly jumping around with little respite.
2. The right hand chords require the use of the thumb for the B flat. Also, there are quick chord shifts (both containing B flat). For the, the combination of those features makes the transition shaky.
3. The left is playing eighth notes long-short. My RH can sound awkward at times with this pace.
4. Most significantly, however, It's just a very busy piece with many quick transitions and few breaks between. Add 1-3 with that and it's hard.
5. I suck at piano.

On to "Ballin' the Jack". The title, wtf; but the piece appears thus far to be much easier that HGTHWIHH.

Most Sincerely,

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#1210450 - 06/02/09 04:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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My rendition of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrHBvonlExc
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#1210844 - 06/03/09 07:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments on “Danny Body”.

Waltz – You’re recording of “He’s got the…” sounds great! I remember having a tuff time with that one for many of the reasons you made not of. There will be more like this. smile

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#1210854 - 06/03/09 07:38 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Originally Posted By: Waltz

On to "Ballin' the Jack". The title, wtf;

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Waltz - Ballin' the Jack is the name of a rather funky, somewhat risque dance very popular in the 1920s, but I'm not sure what it means exactly (perhaps like the term "rock 'n roll" it has to do originally with intimate physical activity of one sort or another grin ).

Regards, JF
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#1211061 - 06/03/09 01:30 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Thanks Undone laugh . I hate to hear there will be more like this. Today, sadly, I was playing He's got the... worse than I had been yesterday. It takes, for me, much concentration to prevent the piece from falling to pieces (oh lord! not a pun). I've really had a bad time with it today in my two practices, although yesterday it went relatively well. . . Feels bad (opposite of progress).

Thanks for the information JF. I remember hearing that you really liked this one.
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#1211431 - 06/03/09 11:38 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Originally Posted By: Waltz
Thanks Undone laugh . Today, sadly, I was playing He's got the... worse than I had been yesterday. It takes, for me, much concentration to prevent the piece from falling to pieces (oh lord! not a pun). I've really had a bad time with it today in my two practices, although yesterday it went relatively well. . . Feels bad (opposite of progress).


Hi Waltz,

I had similar experiences last night, although I wouldn't say that I was regressing as much as not improving as fast as I would like. But today is another day, as well as tomorrow...

Cheers, smile
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#1211542 - 06/04/09 07:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Key Notes]
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Day’s like that just happen from time to time. Sometimes I think it’s because I have something “in the back of my mind” that is taking some of my attention away from my playing. Other times I can’t think of any explanation for it. Fortunately it is usually “all better” the next day.

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#1211672 - 06/04/09 01:04 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Undone]
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I think I worked out the issue today... It just took heavy concentration regarding my LH and keeping it in proper control.
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#1211695 - 06/04/09 02:08 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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I'm still working on "Amazing Grace" in Book 1.....However, (trumpet blast)......I ordered Book 2 today! I'm looking forward to joining this thread soon.

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#1211725 - 06/04/09 03:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Undone]
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Originally Posted By: Undone
Day’s like that just happen from time to time. Sometimes I think it’s because I have something “in the back of my mind” that is taking some of my attention away from my playing. Other times I can’t think of any explanation for it. Fortunately it is usually “all better” the next day.

Undone


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#1211780 - 06/04/09 05:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Key Notes]
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Originally Posted By: Key Notes


As for me, I'm getting tired of practicing my old pieces, including Morning Has Broken and its alternative broken chords examples. Although I've gotten them down pretty good, I kept wanting to make them even better. Well...dare I say "perfect"? grin But I've decided that that's never going to happen, so I'm going to move on to Alexander's Ragtime Band now. Wish me luck!

Key Notes smile


I had wished to respond to this earlier but I suppose I was absorbed with He's got the...

This is a personal preference of each players but I agree with your sentiment regarding how far it is necessary to take each piece. I, however, have more of an extreme view. As soon as I have the ability to play the entire piece correctly I move on to learning the next. However, I will play the piece 2X /day for the subsequent 5 days after I "pass" it (if that makes sense). During this time, I'll refine it, make it less crude, and elaborate the dynamics (if possible/necessary).
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#1212022 - 06/05/09 12:59 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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Originally Posted By: Key Notes


As for me, I'm getting tired of practicing my old pieces, including Morning Has Broken and its alternative broken chords examples. Although I've gotten them down pretty good, I kept wanting to make them even better. Well...dare I say "perfect"? grin But I've decided that that's never going to happen, so I'm going to move on to Alexander's Ragtime Band now. Wish me luck!

Key Notes smile


I had wished to respond to this earlier but I suppose I was absorbed with He's got the...

This is a personal preference of each players but I agree with your sentiment regarding how far it is necessary to take each piece. I, however, have more of an extreme view. As soon as I have the ability to play the entire piece correctly I move on to learning the next. However, I will play the piece 2X /day for the subsequent 5 days after I "pass" it (if that makes sense). During this time, I'll refine it, make it less crude, and elaborate the dynamics (if possible/necessary).


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#1212024 - 06/05/09 01:06 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: angelojf]
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Originally Posted By: angelojf
I'm still working on "Amazing Grace" in Book 1.....However, (trumpet blast)......I ordered Book 2 today! I'm looking forward to joining this thread soon.

-Angelojf




Some of us will graduate from book 2 this summer, but I'll still be here going to summer school, and fall, and... grin so come on over.

Key Notes smile
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#1212267 - 06/05/09 01:31 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Key Notes]
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Originally Posted By: Key Notes
Originally Posted By: angelojf
I'm still working on "Amazing Grace" in Book 1.....However, (trumpet blast)......I ordered Book 2 today! I'm looking forward to joining this thread soon.

-Angelojf




Some of us will graduate from book 2 this summer, but I'll still be here going to summer school, and fall, and... grin so come on over.

Key Notes smile


I won't be leaving any time soon as well. . .
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#1212271 - 06/05/09 01:37 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: Waltz]
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I will probably be here for a long time too. Still working on Bridal Chorus. Can't get it quite right yet.... Started learning Guantanamera... Its going to take awhile....
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#1213227 - 06/07/09 09:58 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: wj3]
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Welcome Kitzu
Who has just finished book #1. thumb

I'll be signing off this week from #2 and will miss my new found friends. Some of you have already gone to #3 and some will be joining me shortly. Man taking a quick peek into #3 and it looks "scary" which in turn means good and challenging.. smile

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#1213277 - 06/07/09 11:51 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: TTigg]
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Thanks so much for the welcome to this thread! The mail hasn't delivered the book yet, but I'm sure to get it soon. Thanks again. smile

Angelojf

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#1213377 - 06/07/09 03:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Cour [Re: angelojf]
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I think it's great how people move from book to book. Its such a major accomplishment each time, no matter where you are at and how long it takes...

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