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#1325858 - 12/15/09 10:48 AM Hello everybody - I am new here
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Registered: 12/09/09
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Loc: Rio de Janeiro
Hi,

I just made my registration here. I really didn't know this so helpfull forum.

Let me introduce myself. I'm 30 years old (turning 31 next month), had played (just a few songs, so and so...) some guitar since 16 years old before suddenly decided to play piano. I'm playing for almost 6 months now.

Well, sorry for the bad english, I speak portuguese as primary language.

Anyway, I hope you people could give me some hints and advice, and I hope I'll be able to help someone somehow either.

cheers
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#1325864 - 12/15/09 11:11 AM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
al-mahed Offline
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I'll put some information about what I'm playing.

I'm working on the burgmuller op. 100, 25 easy pieces, but I can play only the first one, Candura, the other ones are difficult for me by now.

I also play minuet in G anh 114, but I don't think I really play the piece with all the legato e non legato very good, etc.

I'd like to work on William Gillock - Jazz Styles, but I don't know if this is the right moment for this... well, any opinions about it?

cheers
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#1325879 - 12/15/09 11:39 AM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
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Hi, al-mahed. I'm not a classical music player so I can be no help at all at the minute, but welcome to the ABF.

As for your English - I admire people who can speak more than one language, and I thought your English was clear.

Glad to have you here.

Cathy
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#1325882 - 12/15/09 11:44 AM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: jotur]
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Registered: 05/01/09
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Originally Posted By: jotur
Hi, al-mahed. I'm not a classical music player so I can be no help at all at the minute, but welcome to the ABF.

As for your English - I admire people who can speak more than one language, and I thought your English was clear.

Glad to have you here.

Cathy



+1 to all of that, and welcome to the forum!
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#1325921 - 12/15/09 12:40 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: pianonewb]
Morodiene Offline
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Welcome! The Gillock is good, but tricky, you might want to hold off until you're a bit further along. I have a student who is working on Clementi sonatina op 36 no1, so early intermediate, and he's playing one of the Gillock pieces. The Anna Magdalena Bach notebook pieces are good for you to work on. Also, take a look at Kabalevsky's pieces for children. I forget the opus numbers but there are two sets that would be good to work on.
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#1326003 - 12/15/09 03:00 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: Morodiene]
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Welcome, Al-m. It's a very exciting adventure to discover the piano, and I'm glad you found the forum--- it can be a gold mine of information (or a cornucopia of misinformation, depending on the person you're talking with).

It would be interesting to hear more about your piano and teacher, if you're studying with someone, and your guitar experience. It sounds to me as if you're doing well for six months out. Your goals and ambitions as a musician would also be interesting.
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#1326035 - 12/15/09 04:01 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: Jeff Clef]
al-mahed Offline
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Registered: 12/09/09
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Loc: Rio de Janeiro
Hello Jeff, thx!

I had study with a teacher for almost 3 months. Then I was relocated in my work to another city (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil), and since last week I am taking piano lessons again. So, for 2 months I was by my self.

Well, I have a yamaha p155 and I can record the songs. Is there any place here to put the songs? Or should I use something like 4shared.com?

About the guitar, well, just pop songs, nothing special. I was learning some Bossa Nova, a really difficult style to play well, but I don't have the same enthusiasm because some chords are impossible to my hands (on the piano I can reach a 9th, and a 10th on the borders of the keys, so consider that I can reach a 9th)and know I'm kind of "in love" with the piano.

Morodiene, thank you for your advice. That Gillock piece "New Orleans Night Fall" seemed to be possible to me, but I'll follow your advice.


Pianonewb and jotur, thx for your wellcome messages.
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#1326076 - 12/15/09 05:07 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
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Registered: 10/14/09
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
Hello Al-Mahed,

Welcome. You might want to try "My First Book of Classical Music". Challenging and wonderful at the same time.
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#1326790 - 12/16/09 04:04 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: Gabe]
al-mahed Offline
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Loc: Rio de Janeiro
Hey people, here you can find that burgmuller song op. 100-1 (candore). Any suggestions about my playing will be very welcome.

Thank you.

http://www.4shared.com/file/174641223/eca5cb7/burgmuller_op_100-1.html
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#1327021 - 12/16/09 08:53 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
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Registered: 07/24/09
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Loc: Oregon
I think you are well on your way - you kept the tempo going and the feeling of the piece was good!
So, welcome! As for the jazz, learn your theory, scales and then your chords.
All your chords come out of the scales.
Keep it up! You'll find this forum alot of fun and full of great information and help.
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#1327608 - 12/17/09 04:01 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: CMohr]
al-mahed Offline
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Registered: 12/09/09
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Loc: Rio de Janeiro
hi CMohr, thx for listening and put a comment.

I wander if is there any place here in the forum to upload and download recorded pieces from beginners like me. What that "piano bar" topic is all about? It it to share any recorded pieces(from any level)or only our own compositions?

Cheers
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#1327646 - 12/17/09 05:01 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
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Loc: Scotland
Yes, al-mahed, you are welcome to join us in the piano bar. It's very relaxed and friendly. smile
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#1327718 - 12/17/09 06:40 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Registered: 07/09/09
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al-mahed, welcome to the forum. With only 6 months of experience I think your playing is excellent! Did you start piano lessons as a complete beginner or you think your guitar experience helped you get through the basic material (like reading notes, basic chords, etc)?
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#1327746 - 12/17/09 07:16 PM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: MiM]
al-mahed Offline
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Registered: 12/09/09
Posts: 769
Loc: Rio de Janeiro
Hi, thank you!

I started piano as a complete beginner in this instrument. I don't think my guitar experience helped me much in piano. My hands were totally "virgin". I always had more "rhythin" than "finger dextery", that is, good to play simple pop songs. BUT, of course, fulling around (I dont know if it is the correct expression) with the guitar helped me in "music sense" as a whole, I think... so I cannot consider myself a totally beginner in music!!

But, most important: I never had the same passion for the guitar as I have now for the piano, so I do practice every day.

About read music, all I knew to read before was those "magazines" with lyrics and simple chords, like A, B, C, ... D7, Bb7, etc

Now I am really able to read serious sheet music because I am really "into it".

cheers


Originally Posted By: Music_in_Me
al-mahed, welcome to the forum. With only 6 months of experience I think your playing is excellent! Did you start piano lessons as a complete beginner or you think your guitar experience helped you get through the basic material (like reading notes, basic chords, etc)?
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#1328125 - 12/18/09 08:35 AM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: al-mahed]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17733
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: al-mahed
I wander if is there any place here in the forum to upload and download recorded pieces from beginners like me. What that "piano bar" topic is all about? It it to share any recorded pieces(from any level)or only our own compositions?


Hi al-mahed, the piano bars are for members to share ANY of their own recordings; it doesn't have to be your own compositions. (Which is a relief, as I don't have a composing bone in my body. laugh ) The only rule is that it has to be YOU playing. smile

We also hold special AB Forum internet recitals every three months. The next one will be on February 15th, so you might want to start thinking now about a piece to record and submit for it. smile As we get closer to the recital there will be a thread talking about how to submit to it.

Welcome to the forum! smile


Edited by Monica K. (12/18/09 08:35 AM)
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#1328138 - 12/18/09 08:56 AM Re: Hello everybody - I am new here [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 06/12/08
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Hello Al-mahed,

Welcome here. I'm also a beginner and about your age, from '77 however.
I too am working on Burgmuller opus 100. The pieces, especially the first ones, are not too difficult in my opinion in terms of notes and fingering etc.... .
I learn them relatively easy slowly... what makes them hard for me is the required tempo... It is not difficult to learn them, it is difficult to play them at the prescribed tempo.

This brings me to the following question to everyone, how do you train yourself for speed? One thing I do is memorize what I play. I found out playing is much easier and fluent when it is done from memory and no reading is involved. This already improves my speed... but other tips are more than welcome.

Regards

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