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#1071337 - 08/06/08 12:04 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Kdana Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
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Loc: Henderson, Nevada
Dumb question - Ok, I've taken the letters off of my keyboard and I've been working on Alfred's Book 1 for about 1 week. I'm working on getting "Maryann" perfected before I move on. How good does it have to be before I move on - I'm getting bored with it!

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#1071338 - 08/06/08 05:59 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Kdana:
Dumb question - Ok, I've taken the letters off of my keyboard and I've been working on Alfred's Book 1 for about 1 week. I'm working on getting "Maryann" perfected before I move on. How good does it have to be before I move on - I'm getting bored with it! [/b]
Sounds like its time to move to the next piece.

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#1071339 - 08/06/08 07:12 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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My first teacher always told me that as long as the tempo, and phrasing are correct then it's time to move on. If you can move through it smoothly and know the correct notes but you make some mistakes that's ok. Those method book pieces are learning pieces so once you grasp what it's trying to teach, move on.

I started staying on pieces longer when they were supplement pieces for repertoir about 1.5 years into lessons when I got my current teacher. She thought it was time for repertoir and depending on the piece she'll keep me on it till she's satisfied but if it's a learning piece she's not as strict. She's a perfectionist.
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#1071340 - 08/06/08 07:21 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Wow Chris, awesome playing. Looks like you're ready for book 2. teee heeee Thanks for mentioning me on youtube, that's my 15 minutes of fame. he he \:D
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#1071341 - 08/07/08 12:09 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
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Loc: SoCal
Hi all,

Things sure are moving quickly. My teacher has the pedal to the metal. Now we're starting G position, and I'm just trying to hold on for dear life.

Actually, this is a lot of fun. No time to get bored with a certain song. Although I am spending a lot of practice time on both versions of When the Saints Come Marching In. I actually feel like I'm making music with those. It's great.

Changing from chord to chord is still hit and miss sometimes, but slowly things sound better. I'm looking forward to when all this comes together, reading the grand staff, fingers finding the right notes.

I was wondering how much the rest of you spend on practicing scales?
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#1071342 - 08/07/08 01:41 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Kdana Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 5
Loc: Henderson, Nevada
Hi Gary,

It sounds like we're at the same place - I'm working on both versions of When the Saints Come Marching In also. I was also wondering if I should be practicing scales.

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#1071343 - 08/09/08 12:58 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Key Notes Offline
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Hi Gary S. and Kdana,

Being an absolute beginner, I do practice my scales for about five to ten minutes every other time I sit down to practice.

I believe that I should practice everything, even if it's just for a short period of time each time. And to prevent myself from getting bored, I alternate the different exercises every other practice sessions.

I'm sure you'll know which exercises and how much time you should be spending on them as you progress. Your teachers, if you have one Kdana, will help you in determining this as well.

I really enjoyed playing both versions of the Saints when I was there and still go back to practice them occasionally, just to make sure that both of my hands can still handle playing both the treble and the bass parts.

Good luck and happy playing to both of you.

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071344 - 08/10/08 01:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Dave123 Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 203
Loc: Canada
 Quote:
Originally posted by Kdana:
Dumb question - Ok, I've taken the letters off of my keyboard and I've been working on Alfred's Book 1 for about 1 week. I'm working on getting "Maryann" perfected before I move on. How good does it have to be before I move on - I'm getting bored with it! [/b]
My lessons have stopped for the summer so I am dictating how I learn right now. It can get a little monotonous learning the same piece, what I have started to do is learn 2 or 3 pieces at the same time. I find my progress a little faster doing it that way and more interesting. My teacher was not really into learning things perfectly, he was really progressive (unfortunately I get a new teacher next month \:\( )
As I progressed and keep going back to previous lessons I have become better at the pieces I was struggling with.
This is just my experience to keep me getting bored continually practicing the same piece.

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#1071345 - 08/10/08 04:04 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Registered: 09/14/07
Posts: 126
Loc: Long Island, NY
Wow you guys get off easy. My teach now insists everything has to be perfect to the T. But ya know if Im bored with a piece I wont even practice it ;0 i know thats bad but....

Kuris that was great, so smooth - perfect imo.
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#1071346 - 08/10/08 11:12 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
1silkyferret Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 177
Loc: Elsewhere-now Texas
when I was good about it I would spend spend about 10 minuits
doing Hanon get bored and 40 mins on a song...

that was on piano.

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#1071347 - 08/10/08 11:18 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
1silkyferret Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
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Loc: Elsewhere-now Texas
On the love of my life (carillon and oh my gods theres a practice keyboard here) huzzah!!!its half hour on scales 1/2 hour on technical exercises, 1/2 on music and then 15 minutes or so on the " live" keyboard..,,then my hands are thrashed for a few days.....I only get to practice that once a week.

and I still suck.

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#1071348 - 08/11/08 12:06 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Key Notes Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 744
Loc: CA
 Quote:
Originally posted by 1silkyferret:
On the love of my life (carillon and oh my gods theres a practice keyboard here) huzzah!!!its half hour on scales 1/2 hour on technical exercises, 1/2 on music and then 15 minutes or so on the " live" keyboard..,,then my hands are thrashed for a few days.....I only get to practice that once a week.

and I still suck. [/b]
Hi 1silkyferret,

I don't know of course but I have the feeling that you are a perfectionist and are being overly critical of yourself. ;\)

It's really great that you are enjoying playing the carillon so much. I'm sure that with that much time spent, you must've also made some wonderful progresses as well.

I'm learning how to play the simple jazz/blues rhythms right now, and while they are fun, they're also quite challenging because they are so different from the others that I've been learning so far.

Keep up the great work and happy playing to you.

Key Notes \:\)
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#1071349 - 08/12/08 07:31 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2398
Loc: SoCal
Hi all,

I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am. Another lesson is coming up tomorrow. We just started G position and it looks like more chords are coming. (I peeked) I'm really starting to think this piano business is going to work out nicely. I'm realizing more and more that this is going to be a long haul, but that it is not too tough a row to hoe.

As soon as I can play as well as I mangle metaphors, I'll be a happy camper.
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#1071350 - 08/12/08 07:41 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
mom3gram Offline
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 1136
Loc: New Jersey
I'm glad that you are having so much fun, Gary. It sounds like you are picking it up easily.

I just got back from my visit to daughter and family in Oklahoma. Whew, it was HOT there! I never got to touch, or even see a piano, keyboard or other musical instrument while I was there. I had to get up at 4:00 a.m. to make my plane, so I'm really tired. Will see if I forgot everything I knew about piano tomorrow.
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#1071351 - 08/13/08 02:38 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
mom3gram Offline
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Well, I haven't forgotten what little I know. It only took me about 10 minutes to get over the awkwardness from not having played for almost two weeks. I went through my #1 play list and only messed up the first one or two times I played a piece. I started "Lullaby" today and it doesn't seem too difficult.

My keyboard sounds wierd, but then, almost everything, including my own voice sounds weird. My ears are still somewhat stopped up from the descent in the plane - they usually get back to normal within about an hour after landing, but this time it's hanging on. The descent and landing were like being on a half hour rollercoaster ride. I REALLY hate flying, but it's the only way to see my daughter and three of my grandchildren.
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#1071352 - 08/13/08 09:07 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Dave123 Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 203
Loc: Canada
 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
Well, I haven't forgotten what little I know. It only took me about 10 minutes to get over the awkwardness from not having played for almost two weeks. I went through my #1 play list and only messed up the first one or two times I played a piece. I started "Lullaby" today and it doesn't seem too difficult.

My keyboard sounds wierd, but then, almost everything, including my own voice sounds weird. My ears are still somewhat stopped up from the descent in the plane - they usually get back to normal within about an hour after landing, but this time it's hanging on. The descent and landing were like being on a half hour rollercoaster ride. I REALLY hate flying, but it's the only way to see my daughter and three of my grandchildren. [/b]
I got back from visiting my daughter and granddaughter in the US this last weekend, it took me a couple of evenings to get back into it. As many times as I fly ( I do still need frequent trips to the washroom before I board the plane) I still dislike it one part of the journey involves flying on a dash 8, I think I have dashaphobia :rolleyes:
As an update I have progressed to Michael row the boat ashore. BTMD is staring at me on the next page Another phobia to conquer \:D Actually I am looking forward to it.

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#1071353 - 08/14/08 01:07 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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mom and Dave, that's good to hear. I'm about to leave on a two week vacation, also. Hopefully, I won't have to start all over again.

I did solve one problem last weekend. I spend weekends with my girlfriend. She has no piano, so I don't get any practice in on weekends. There is a Yamaha Music School close to her house. I discovered that they will rent a practice studio for $6 per hour. Not only do I get some practice time in, but I get to fiddle around on the grands a little bit after. Ever play When the Saints Come Marching In on a C. Bechstein?
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#1071354 - 08/14/08 05:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
marie323 Offline
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Registered: 06/13/08
Posts: 38
Loc: California
Hi everyone.

I started taking a piano class at a community college this summer and ended up dropping it. I plan on trying the class again soon, but in the meantime I've started using Alfred's, so I just thought I'd check in here. At the moment, I'm working on Beautiful Brown Eyes and Alpine Melody.

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#1071355 - 08/14/08 06:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Ah, "Beautiful Brown Eyes"!!! That was my first real stumbling block. I can't tell you how long it took me to get the hang of those first 4 measures. Welcome to the Alfred 1 thread. There are a lot of us working through this book. Have fun with it.
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#1071356 - 08/14/08 10:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Dave123 Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by ynaffit:
Hi everyone.

I started taking a piano class at a community college this summer and ended up dropping it. I plan on trying the class again soon, but in the meantime I've started using Alfred's, so I just thought I'd check in here. At the moment, I'm working on Beautiful Brown Eyes and Alpine Melody. [/b]
Welcome to the forum.
Beautiful brown eyes I still have problems with, I find it hard to get a consistant tempo with it maybe because I am not familiar with it, Alpine melody I enjoyed learning that one and practice it quite often.

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#1071357 - 08/15/08 03:59 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
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 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
Ah, "Beautiful Brown Eyes"!!! That was my first real stumbling block. I can't tell you how long it took me to get the hang of those first 4 measures. [/b]
Yeah, that's been a tough one for me, too. Still working on it.
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#1071358 - 08/15/08 05:42 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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Loc: Jersey Shore
Hi All,

Just a reminder, I'm looking for recordings (Either song files or video) of book one pieces to link on the opening page. From the very first exercises to the end. It will be used as a reference for any and all using book one. Just the work that goes into recording clean pieces will help you improve as well. So let Alfred make you famous... \:D

Thanks

Mark...

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#1071359 - 08/16/08 07:27 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Hey Mark, here are some songs I recorded from last year. I haven't actually continued since then \:\( Am hoping to pick up from where I left off soon.

Harp Song - http://www.box.net/shared/glr6qtaxmc

Liza Jane - http://www.box.net/shared/yf4krqn4ei

Beautiful Brown Eyes - http://www.box.net/shared/5hsq81lolr
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#1071360 - 08/16/08 08:39 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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There are recordings of all of the book 1 and most of the book 2 songs on youtube. He does not use the All-in-one but the regular Book1, so there are one or two songs missing. These are really well done, and I go to them when I am having difficulty with how something should sound.

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=PianoNoobAlexMan&p=r
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#1071361 - 08/16/08 09:23 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Choppin':
Hey Mark, here are some songs I recorded from last year. I haven't actually continued since then \:\( Am hoping to pick up from where I left off soon.

Harp Song - http://www.box.net/shared/glr6qtaxmc

Liza Jane - http://www.box.net/shared/yf4krqn4ei

Beautiful Brown Eyes - http://www.box.net/shared/5hsq81lolr [/b]
Thanks I'll add them...

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#1071362 - 08/16/08 09:25 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
There are recordings of all of the book 1 and most of the book 2 songs on youtube. He does not use the All-in-one but the regular Book1, so there are one or two songs missing. These are really well done, and I go to them when I am having difficulty with how something should sound.

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=PianoNoobAlexMan&p=r [/b]
Thats a great resourse for everyone. I'll add that also...thank you

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#1071363 - 08/16/08 10:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
angelojf Offline
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Registered: 04/03/06
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Soory for the probable redundancy of this question, but:

Does the book have:
A black piano with a vase of flowers on its cover?
Is the title:
"Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One" on its cover?
"Mexican Hat Dance" on p.13?
"Kum-Ba-Yah" on p. 53?
"Why am I Blue" on p.73?
"The Entertainer" on p.92?

I just want to see if I have the same book as you!

Thanks,
angelo

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#1071364 - 08/16/08 05:47 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
mom3gram Offline
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Registered: 01/26/08
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A lot of the people on this thread are using the All-in-One book, but the one you have has most of the same songs, give or take one or two. They are, however, on different pages since the All-in-One sticks some theory pages in between every few songs.

The songs on Youtube are from the book that you have, Angelo.
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#1071365 - 08/16/08 05:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
angelojf Offline
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Loc: PA
I'm a bit confused....

There are different book ones?

Which is recommended?

thanks!

angelo

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#1071366 - 08/16/08 06:40 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
wj3 Offline
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Yes there are two Alfreds adult courses. The basic and the all-in-one. The all-in-one is basically the same as the basic (no pun intented) but the all-in-one course adds in some pages on theroy. The songs are mostly the same with a couple of exceptions. I am not sure exactally what the exceptions are though. I have the All-in-one Course books one and two.
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