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#1504375 - 08/27/10 03:56 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Doug F]
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Clementi Sonatina No. 1 seems to be as much a right of passage for most teachers as BTMD is in Alfred 1 grin

Now, eat your peas so you grow up big and strong

I was really glad I'd worked on my multioctave scales when I got to runs like measures 24-28 in the third (vivace) movement.

While it may seem like forcing ourselves to eat the peas, we're gonna need those vitamins eventually wink
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#1505585 - 08/29/10 09:30 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: JimF]
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I've been away on vacation for a week, and I just played through some of my pieces tonight, and except for being a little rusty on the first piece, I didn't backslide much, if at all. That's the good news. The bad news is that I am dropping La Bamba for now. I will be reviewing some later Book 1 pieces, and the Book 2 pieces up to La Bamba, and then I will start with the next piece, which will be La Raspa, I think. That won't be for a while, because I want to get those earlier pieces down really good again before moving on. I've been really out of my comfort zone here, and instead of getting more frustrated I need to go back to basics. So some of you Book 2 newbies will probably pass me by.
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#1506717 - 08/31/10 04:56 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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Well, that was easy, I just polished La Bamba! Just kidding mom3gram, I haven't made it that far. smile smile

I'm gonna need to rerecord Overture using the correct dynamics. Pretty much finished Light and Blue. Started Hungarian Rhapsody #2. That'll take some time. The last thing I need is sheet music that says "faster and faster" as I already play faster (on everything) than I should.

I sing with a small group and I'm constantly saying, "pick it up" (in regards to the temp). I can't stand to sing slow draggy songs. Apparently I don't like to play them that way either.

Anyway, I'm looking for some new supplemental stuff to play. I'm tired of Alfred stuff and bored of the other junk I've been playing...
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#1506738 - 08/31/10 05:38 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: GracieCat]
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I've never recorded anything - well, I did record a couple of the earlier Book 1 pieces on my digital, but it only holds one song so as soon as I recorded something else it disappeared. I keep meaning to find a way to save recordings on the computer, but since my piano is on the first floor, and my computer is upstairs, and on opposite sides of the house too, I haven't been able to do that.

A couple of weeks ago, I was playing "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" from the Faber book, and "Greensleeves" from Book 1, and they sounded so good that I attempted to record them. No one else in the house to hear me, so no pressure, and yet I butchered both of them every time I tried to record. Sigh!

It would be so fun to be able to make a recording of my favorite pieces.

I'm always looking for supplemental pieces, but most of them are a little bit easier than the lesson book pieces, so that I don't totally frustrate myself. Right now I have a number of different level 1 books with post-it notes in them as bookmarks, and when I'm done practicing my Alfred pieces, I play a different one or two of them each day. It keeps me from getting bored.
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#1506989 - 09/01/10 01:05 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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My teacher gave me an easy version of Flight of the Bumblebee to play. That's actually been kinda fun. I also have a couple of Bach pieces I've been working on. I'm so close to having one of them down, and I was getting frustrated with myself for making dumb mistakes in the same spots. I decided to start playing the Bach pieces using the harpsichord function my DP and I find myself enjoying those pieces more. I might even be playing them better - go figure. Switching these things up sometimes might be a good idea for me.

I listened to Light and Blue finally.. I hope maybe I can go in there and pull it off so I feel like moving on in this book.

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#1507070 - 09/01/10 06:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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Originally Posted By: mom3gram
I've never recorded anything - well, ....


There is always the mobile phone for the job.
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#1507668 - 09/02/10 09:56 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]
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Hello Everyone!

Hope everyone will get some quality time with their pianos this coming weekend! I know I plan to...but the weather is supposed to be wonderful up here..so I'm going to be doing early and late practicing!

I had my lesson last night and was passed on Tumbalalaika, which was a fun piece. Now on to Light and Blue--which looks difficult.

In my All Time Favorites book, I have passed Sonata Pathetique and Bridal Chorus (which was driving my husband crazy!). Since I aced all three songs right away, she gave me two more in this book--In the Good Old Summertime and Romance from the Serenade--which looks difficult. I think with Light and Blue and this one..this will be a 2 week one!

One thing that my teacher wants me to work on is my differing left vs right hand strength. She told me to get one of those Hannon books..the first one-which has exercises and wrist positions to study. I am left handed, so I can really pound out the bass--but I need to tone it down and get louder on my right hand. So, off to the music story in the sky to get that one!

GracieCat...you do such a wonderful job of recording yourself! I can't seem to get it. I am doing better with the performance anxiety, but it always seems the phone rings, or the dog barks. Gets me flustered. Maybe this weekend with everyone gone--I will be able to deal with recording myself. Would like to get a couple of pieces down that I have enjoyed doing..just for the sake of looking back in a year and seeing if I have improved.

Another goal is to be able to do tracks...play guitar in the background...but I will have to learn some type of software to do it. Goals, goals.

A woman that cleans the cabins here said that if she didn't work, she would become so bored...that she was never going to retire. I told her to come over to my house...I could teach her guitar, crocheting, Irish tin whistle, knitting, quilting, drawing and painting, art journaling, reading, very elementary piano. I told her that I was NEVER bored. She said why should she learn anything..she is 73....

I told her, "Why NOT??????"

Happy Piano Playing Everyone!!!

Nancy
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#1507718 - 09/02/10 11:22 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Nancy, I'm learning the tin whistle as well!! LOL I just got it last week, but my book hasn't come yet. I'm just playing Amazing Grace until it does. I highly doubt you'll ever hear a recording of me playing that.

Looks like you're doing a lot of work. It'll pay off. Once you get the hang of Light and Blue it isn't so bad. I couldn't stand Bridal Chorus...
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#1508321 - 09/03/10 09:36 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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GracieCat! The tin whistle is WONDERFUL!! Tangleweeds from here also plays. Check out the great forum for the tin whistle called "Chiff and Fipple". www.chiffandfipple.com There you will find EVERYTHING you wanted to know about the whistle. They have a great search engine too if you wanted to put in a word like, newbie and it will bring up all sorts of great threads! I have been there for years.

I tried to play "Light and Blue" yesterday. Will work on the melody a bit before adding the bass. Same thing with Romance--lots of right hand work on that one as well. Good Ole Summertime doesn't seem very difficult. I almost had that one down yesterday. It seems if I can get a good hour to 1.5 hours in each day, I progress pretty well. So, that is my goal. (My house says I should have a different goal...but oh well) My gravestone will never say "She kept a clean house!"

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

Nancy
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#1508383 - 09/03/10 11:10 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I'm kind of stalled right now on Alfred, since I started with my new teacher. He's got me playing Beyer Etudes, & I've been finding them really difficult to start. I can tell it's really going to help with hand independence, though. & with reading, I think.
So I'm still playing stuff out of Alfred - I'm sort of working on Plaisir d'Amour, but mostly I'm using Alfred tunes "recreationally," going back & playing things I've already learned. No worries, mom3, about me passing you by!
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#1508450 - 09/03/10 12:49 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Nancy Mae, no on would ever accuse me of having a clean house either. LOL I'm either sketching and painting, playing piano, or hanging out on the computer, and the dust and clutter just pile up until I expect company and then I hope I can get it to look decent.

Carol - Ah, teacher has you doing that classical stuff. Most of the people here who have done that end up finding the Alfred pieces easy. I've got one of the Snell beginner classical books, and I work on one of the pieces in there from time to time, but I haven't noticed any improvement in my HT yet.

I love listening to the tin whistle. :-)

I started on La Raspa today. I hope it goes better than La Bamba did. I've only worked out the first line so far, and it definitely seems easier to keep the rhythm.
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#1508489 - 09/03/10 01:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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my current favourite excuse for not cleaning is I need to practice my HT...:)
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#1508601 - 09/03/10 05:23 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I usually feel compelled to dust the piano when the tuner's coming, & that sometimes leads to other cleaning. Happens a couple of times a year. Right now I can't wash floors till the scarlet runner beans are finished - they're on my back balcony & they've twined around the mop that's hanging there. I see no reason to disturb the arrangement.

A clean house is a sign of an empty mind! Music, on the other hand, is known to do all kinds of good things for your brain.
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#1508617 - 09/03/10 06:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: joyoussong]
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joyoussong - Well at least you did your gardening. When I got my new piano my gardening plans went to hell in a handbag, in short order. My once pristine flowerbeds are overgrown with weeds. Now I can sing "The Crabgrass' is high as an elephant's eye" and actually play a couple of measures of it! thumb

I've been slacking off on Alfred's 2 having spent a week on musical "candy" ...more Christmas Carols and "Welcome to Jurassic Park" easy piano. I've had a good time too, with the Masterpiece Classics Book 1-2. I got up to piece 5 in the book and was so proud of myself for doing such a good job in sight-reading the pieces and playing them, before I listened to the book's CD. I checked Youtube for Kohler pieces and of course I found several ....all of the ones I was working on, played by a 6 year old girl, who looked like she was anxiously awaiting a good piece of candy for her bravura performance! So much for my delusions of grandeur!!! Hey, I'll go back to Alfred's next week! Do I get a week in Costa Rica if I play "Guantanamera" perfectly? I need to be bribed! grin
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#1508777 - 09/03/10 11:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Well, I don't know what I was worried about. La Raspa is MUCH easier than La Bamba. I can already play the whole thing HT with minimal mistakes. There are a few spots where the fingering get's a little crowded and awkward, but that will get easier with practice. I can have fun with this one. {Big Grin!!!}
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#1510073 - 09/06/10 12:41 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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La Bamba is hard frown

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#1510098 - 09/06/10 01:07 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: starbug]
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La Bamba is hard frown


That's why I dropped it for now, but I will get back to it and conquer it eventually.
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#1512032 - 09/09/10 07:31 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Well it appears that I'm in one of those Alfred's ruts. I had a lesson yesterday and did not move on to a new piece. I am not getting a smooth rhythm out of Guantanamera and it's mainly because I don't really like this arrangement of it very much so I have to force myself to practice it. I told my teacher that it sounds like they just grabbed parts of the original and threw them in a bowl and pulled them back out and stuck them on the page in whatever order they came out. I do like the original but this version stinks! On the positive side my teacher said to stick with it until the next lesson and then we'd let it go. He said it has some important rhythm techniques in it to learn so I should concentrate on that.

Overture is easy for me but I wasn't playing it staccato enough so I have to improve on that. Memory (Greatest Hits) is to the point of playing 3/4ths of it great and flubbing one small section so I have been relegated to practicing only that part in hopes of being able to prove to him that I really can do it. I have spent WAY to much time on it. My next supplemental piece will not be from any Alfred's book. I don't know where it'll come from but I need a change. I'll probably start Light and Blue on my own.

I did get a new scale to start practicing. It's the A Major scale and should be pretty easy to remember the fingering. The black keys fall under the fingers nicely. This will bring me up to 6 (C, F, G, D, Bb, A) down and 6 to go for the major scales.

I am continuing to work on Christmas pieces. It will be here before we know it and I would like to have at least a half dozen that I can play for company and not send them looking for earplugs.

My next lesson interferes with a planned vacation. We are heading for Cape May, NJ the week after next. It will be the first time I will miss practicing since last December. It will feel strange. I am already planning on extra practice time before and after our trip.

Nancy & GracieCat - I'm a Tin Whistle fan too! I have one I bought on a trip to Colorado a few years ago and have dabbled around with it a few times. Never got very good at it but every once in a while I pick it back up and chase away the neighborhood dogs with it. I was looking for a decent instructional book on Amazon a few weeks ago. Do you have any recommendations?
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#1512099 - 09/09/10 09:37 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hello fellow Pianists!

I had my lesson last night and was not passed on two of my pieces (nor did I expect to be). I have been working on both Romance and Light and Blue...I'm about 75% there...but way too much hesitation and incorrect rhythms. But, I thought these would be a two week process. Did get passed on the Good Old Summertime..which was easy.

She is having me work in a Hanon book about the way I attack the keys. I need to learn more curved fingers and the drop and lift. So, I've got extra practice to do. I'm on the flat side of the Circle of 5ths now...but I need to go back and review my scales...I haven't memorized them all yet..just for the week and then move on. Bad me.

My new song for this week will be Roman Holiday which looks easy.

Doug--I'm working on Memory too...just for fun. Yes, there are a couple of parts there that stop me every time. It's my hubby's favorite play..and he loves the song, so I wanted to do it for him.

I haven't begun my Christmas pieces yet..but am going to start. I'm going to bring my book to the lesson next week and we can pick out a couple. I have both Alfred book one and two. I think Book one is a little too simple...but that's ok. I will teach my grandchildren them when the time is right.

I miss my piano too when I can't play. We have been gone three weekends in a row, so I haven't gotten good weekend practice in...and I miss it.

As far as tin whistles go...check out the Clark Tin Whistle book by Bill Ochs. You can get it fast through www.thewhistleshop.com They are in Illinois, and ship very fast and are reasonable. They also have tons of information on beginning whistling (free). Also check out their slow sessions (free) I have worked through all those songs. They give you the sheet music, plus a slow and fast version you can download to your computer and play along. They are good people. I don't have any affiliation with them other than customer. But that is the book I would recommend..and I have many!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful piano (or whistle) day!!!

Nancy
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#1512125 - 09/09/10 10:39 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Nancy, thanks for the book recommendation. I have looked at that one and thought it looked good. That looks like a great site.
By the way, what Alfred's book are you using? Mine doesn't have Romance, Good Old Summertime or Roman Holiday in it.
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#1512416 - 09/09/10 06:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Doug F]
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Originally Posted By: Doug F
I am not getting a smooth rhythm out of Guantanamera and it's mainly because I don't really like this arrangement of it very much so I have to force myself to practice it.


For some reason I had no trouble with this one at all!
Here is what I recorded last year:
http://www.box.net/shared/897uu7aqv4#/shared/897uu7aqv4/2/29827998/309705048/1
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#1512421 - 09/09/10 06:53 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I have been working on the dreaded La Bamba... I am going to get it if it kills me... Maybe you better start watching the obits....
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#1512435 - 09/09/10 07:04 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: wj3]
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I have been working on the dreaded La Bamba... I am going to get it if it kills me... Maybe you better start watching the obits....


laugh ha

Good luck with it.
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#1512785 - 09/10/10 11:12 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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It feels SO good when you get it! The best thing was when I played it & a friend who was busy in another room called out "Hey! That's La Bamba!" Made me feel a bit like a "real" piano player.
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#1512882 - 09/10/10 02:20 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hi Doug--glad you enjoyed the tin whistle site. It's sure a favorite of mine!

The Alfred books that I have are the Basic #2 (Roman Holiday, Light and Blue) and the All Time Favorites one with Good Old Summertime and Romance. This book is excellent with a lot of classical and older pieces that have beautiful arrangements that are at a level 2. The book says Level 1, but I think they mean you need to finish level one. It's a great supplement. I also have the movies one too..which I'm learning Memory--a beautiful song.

The thing that I'm see having a problem with..is when I leave Alfred, other types of music have such small font!!! How do you transition?????--besides re-writing everything. Oy....to have young eyes again! Hopefully when I leave the Alfred system, I will have learned enough to be able to recognize chords and really low notes (those blasted ledger lines)...and I will be able to play them without getting out a magnifying glass!!!

Played my prescribed Hanon today..the 2 times required...hopefully it will help my right hand get stronger. I never eat lunch anymore...I play.... :-) But my little half hour is just perfect for all my exercises. I'm working in the Hanon and the Alfred Finger Aerobics books--for my heavy left hand problem. Did a little bit today on Roman Holiday too..it's harder than it looks...I have my own fingering technique (the willy nilly technique) that I'm trying to re-learn the correct fingerings on things.

It's sunny and 63 up here..and I feel like going outside!! Hope everyone has a great afternoon!

Happy Piano Playing!

Nancy
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#1512898 - 09/10/10 03:03 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: nancymae]
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Originally Posted By: nancymae
The thing that I'm see having a problem with..is when I leave Alfred, other types of music have such small font!!! How do you transition?????--besides re-writing everything. Oy....to have young eyes again! Hopefully when I leave the Alfred system, I will have learned enough to be able to recognize chords and really low notes (those blasted ledger lines)...and I will be able to play them without getting out a magnifying glass!!!


Nancy, I was whining to my teacher last week about the exact same thing - with the Beyer Etudes he's got me working on, the DENSITY of information on the page has been giving me problems. I think I'm getting a bit used to it, after 4 weeks, but it's been really hard to follow.
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#1512901 - 09/10/10 03:12 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: joyoussong]
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Hi Carol!

I guess we need the LARGE PRINT Reader's Digest Versions!!!! HA!!!

Has anyone else made the move to the small print side....and still can play music??????

Nancy
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Piano Obsession Log:
Began Piano 12/25/09 on Yamaha starter digital keyboard
Playing on circa 1917/18 Chickering Grand Piano since July 2010
Finished Alfred Book 1-August 2010
Started Book 2--August 11, 2010
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#1512913 - 09/10/10 03:37 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Me too! The few times that I've played from something with smaller print, I find that I sometimes can't tell if a note is on a line or on a space. Especially when I'm tired.
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#1512948 - 09/10/10 04:41 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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An option you might enjoy checking out are the various "big note" piano collections out there. Not only is the music font large, but "big note" is apparently a code name for piano arrangements which are easier than "easy piano". I think they should be quite accessible to anyone in Alfred book 2, since I play around that level myself.

Edited to add:
Amazon's big note selection
Sheet Music Plus' selection

Let me know (pm might be best) if you'd like me to scan some samples so you could see what this stuff looks like on the page.


Edited by tangleweeds (09/10/10 04:48 PM)
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#1514210 - 09/13/10 10:21 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: tangleweeds]
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Registered: 12/27/09
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Loc: NE Wisconsin
Thanks for the links Tangleweeds. I am worried that I won't be able to read the scores after I leave Alfred's music. I do have many books that are too small for me to read right now--except the Alfreds and the easy piano works. I just hope when I get up to speed and graduate Alfred, I will be able to play the real works and be able to see them!! But THAT will be a long time coming!

I worked this weekend and got up to speed on all three of my pieces..and working in Hanon. I spent about 2 hours on Friday night, so that set the stage for this weekend. I played all pieces with barely a hesitation or mistake (still have to work on a couple of measures)...I hope to be able to work in my Xmas songs soon too...I don't want to start too soon...and get sick of them, but I want to be able to play for my grandchildren!

What did everyone else work on this weekend?

Nancy
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