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#2048671 - 03/15/13 10:55 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: NoteBender]
scorpio Offline
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I agree, supplemental material is a really good idea. I currently spend half my time on Alfred's AIO1.

Here's my (current) supplemental list:

a. A Dozen a Day Book 1 by Edna Mae Burnam (for warmup)
b. GP451 - Essential Piano Repertoire of the 17th, 18th, & 19th Centuries Level 1 by Keith Snell
c. Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: All-Time Favorites and Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Greatest Hits, Level 1

My greatest issue is taking on too much; I enjoy practicing. I know that working on a single piece for too long, in one sitting, is not productive. So I move from piece to piece and it seems to work.

Also, I am working on something that is way over my head. I am not sure it's a good idea. Interestingly enough I find that working on a more difficult piece makes the Alfred stuff seem easier and more manageable.
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    #2049416 - 03/16/13 11:28 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
    scorpio Offline
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    Just in time for St. Patrick's Day (here in the US)! I have fond memories of this tune. My grandfather taught me this song many years ago.

    Cockles and Mussels (page 105)
    https://www.box.com/s/owiv1lqlid7qmny3wddy
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      #2049621 - 03/17/13 11:35 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: scorpio]
      rnaple Offline

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      Originally Posted By: scorpio
      Hi rnaple!

      Best of luck with your new teacher. I am contemplating the Skype lesson route. I am eager to hear about your experiences and how it progresses. Also, please share if your teacher recommends supplemental material. Thanks.


      Just finished my second lesson. 1/2 hour isn't long enough. He keeps running over. Probably 45 minutes. I need to start paying him for hour lessons.
      Very comfortable at home and him at home. Getting used to him. I'm thinking that is a great benefit of Skype lessons.
      He was very impressed that I got to page 30. Said I did great for one week. Of course, I had to invent new mistakes on Jingle Bells. Even though I shouldn't have needed any help on a couple of these parts. He gave it. I took that as learning fromm him ways to work on problems/mistakes. I learned. It went well again.
      NOTE: On supplemental material. He wants me to just work though this book right now. But... I asked about exercises. He said to go for it. Do all I want. Whatever I can do. Whatever I want to do. They can't do me harm, for sure. He asked what I have. I had to confess that I have all the exercise books. I confessed that I thought: "Gee, exercises, that will do me good." He smiled. He likes Hannon. He was impressed that I have Mikrokosm. Liked that. I'm thinking that most adults don't like exercises. I like exercises because I can focus on disciplining my nervous system. Get my body to do what I want it to do.

      Personally, I can't let myself get bored with something until I play it fast. At least once. Many of these are song's I really don't want to remember. At least remember in the simplicity they are at right now. I do want to play them up to speed. That usually takes away the boredom.

      So anyway. My teacher is impressed. Says I'm doing great. Keep going for it.
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      #2049643 - 03/17/13 12:26 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: rnaple]
      scorpio Offline
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      Originally Posted By: rnaple
      My teacher is impressed. Says I'm doing great. Keep going for it.


      Excellent rnaple! I am happy for you that your lessons have started off so positive. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
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        #2049682 - 03/17/13 01:30 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
        LarryShone Offline
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        Just found this thread, Im not familiar with this book and as a struggling learner of over 30 years inexperience I could do with the help!
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        #2050879 - 03/19/13 02:27 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: LarryShone]
        scorpio Offline
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        I am taking roll call.

        I am curious if anyone else is currently working on Alfred's All-in-One Level 1 book. So if you feel up to it, give a quick nod. And I hope your practices are progressing!
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          #2053697 - 03/24/13 08:54 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: scorpio]
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          Originally Posted By: scorpio
          I am taking roll call.

          I am curious if anyone else is currently working on Alfred's All-in-One Level 1 book. So if you feel up to it, give a quick nod. And I hope your practices are progressing!


          Still here! Up to Lavender's Blue on page 84. Today was my 1 month milestone in learning piano. I just posted a few more videos on youtube. I'm not recording every song like some have, just whatever I can on the weekends. Again, I welcome the critiques.

          http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWQ8V1UG0OKBXASb5AfVPe4zhMqmDU4ju


          Edited by applejack (03/24/13 08:57 PM)

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          #2053708 - 03/24/13 09:24 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: applejack]
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          I am here I am on Amazing Grace and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I have lesson tomorrow. I am hoping to move on to Singing in the Rain and At Last tomorrow.
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          Working on:
          Light and Blue
          Hungarian Rapashody
          Bagatelle
          Minuet by James Hook
          Little Prelude
          First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
          Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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          #2053788 - 03/25/13 03:02 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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          Reporting in. Am currently on Got Those Blues. Will probably go back and record the pieces in the earlier sections of the book.

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          #2053838 - 03/25/13 07:28 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
          scorpio Offline
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          applejack Very nice playing. I have yet to make the jump to youtube; I think they are excellent videos. It is good to hear that you did not rush through the songs like so many others seem to do.

          ShannanwL Good luck with your lesson. Seems like you are moving toward the end of the book, very nice.

          DeMae Ramen I'm at the blues too. Since I'm not so crazy about them I have been working on some other stuff. But alas, I will need to tackle these three songs this week. Let me know how it goes.
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            #2054172 - 03/25/13 06:26 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
            rnaple Offline

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            I guess I should check in. Even though you know I'm here. smile

            I"m up to page 50. Reworking that material till this weekend.

            Opened up Alfred's chords etc. book. Got a bunch of info. I'm overloaded. Need to reread.
            Thought I"d take a break and read from my Theory book. Same stuff! Intervals, etc... I'm intimidated...need to reread and take it a little slower....
            Went back to Alfred's 1... play...
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            #2054230 - 03/25/13 08:34 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: rnaple]
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            I love the Blues that is my best genre when playing but I want to lean toward more classical music. I am having a difficult time with Singing in the Rain and Laura but I am determined to get them this week. She hopes to graduate me the 2nd week in April to Level 2. We will see if I survive these two difficult songs. At last is not too bad so my main focus will be on these two songs.
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            Working on:
            Light and Blue
            Hungarian Rapashody
            Bagatelle
            Minuet by James Hook
            Little Prelude
            First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
            Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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            #2054263 - 03/25/13 09:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: ShannanwL]
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            Originally Posted By: ShannanwL
            I am having a difficult time with Singing in the Rain and Laura but I am determined to get them this week.

            Hello ShannanwL. You seem to be cruising through the book. Great job!

            As to Singing in the Rain, it gave me a bit of trouble at first, but then it kind of clicked.

            Currently I am learning Laura. All the sharps and flats are making it kind of tricky for me. I still haven't managed to learn all of the right hand part correctly, but I started adding in the left hand. Wow! The piece really comes together with both hands. Love that jazzy sound. One part even reminded me of Garota de Ipanema.

            Since you are near the end of the book, I am curious to what song you thought was the most difficult in the book. For me it was Amazing Grace.
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            #2054314 - 03/25/13 11:34 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Johnny D]
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            Johnny D. Right now it is Laura. You are right all the sharps and flats makes it really difficult. I started Alfreds in October 2012. I have had prior piano experience as a child and teenager.

            I will try learning one hand at a time for Laura that may help thanks for the advice.
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            Working on:
            Light and Blue
            Hungarian Rapashody
            Bagatelle
            Minuet by James Hook
            Little Prelude
            First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
            Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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            #2054321 - 03/25/13 11:48 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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            Hello. I'm working on Amazing Grace, and am not sure if I'm doing the arpeggiated chord in the 19th bar correctly. Should I be playing the notes quickly in order D# - E - G, holding down each note until all are pressed, or is it press and then release, before going to the next note? I hope that makes sense. I've looked at Youtube videos, and they are too fast to know for sure. If I understand the instruction on page 79, its press and hold until all notes are depressed. But I'd like to confirm if this is correct, or perhaps both ways of doing it is correct.

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            #2054322 - 03/25/13 11:57 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: hamlet cat]
            ShannanwL Offline
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            Hamlet kat

            Hold down to each note is pressed but you must do it quickly. You must also do this while playing a triplet which makes is sound sort of jazzy. It took me awhile to do it too.
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            Working on:
            Light and Blue
            Hungarian Rapashody
            Bagatelle
            Minuet by James Hook
            Little Prelude
            First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
            Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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            #2054334 - 03/26/13 12:37 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: ShannanwL]
            hamlet cat Offline
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            Originally Posted By: ShannanwL
            Hamlet kat

            Hold down to each note is pressed but you must do it quickly. You must also do this while playing a triplet which makes is sound sort of jazzy. It took me awhile to do it too.


            Thanks for confirming that for me. I was playing it as you mentioned, when I started wondering. Don't want to memorize something incorrectly! smile

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            #2054423 - 03/26/13 07:12 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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            Hello,
            I have just started with the Alfred's Basic All in One
            Adult Piano Course Book 1
            and I would like to ask how you record yourself
            to check-up and observe how you keep your fingers
            on the keyboard etc. and how you sit whilst playing etc. ?

            How can one check-up to make sure that a lesson
            has been truly studied and it is time to move on
            to the next lesson without a teacher?

            Thanks from Kristina.

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            #2054519 - 03/26/13 11:34 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Kristina1]
            ShannanwL Offline
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            I have never been self taught so I can not answer the question. I know before you start any of the harder songs you should be able to find most notes on the keyboard without looking at your hands. You should sit up straight and keep your hands curved. Pay attention to the fingering and timing. Also if you can play with minimal mistakes you can move on but revisit the song when possible.
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            Currently in Albert's Adult Basic Piano Level 2
            Working on:
            Light and Blue
            Hungarian Rapashody
            Bagatelle
            Minuet by James Hook
            Little Prelude
            First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
            Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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            #2054572 - 03/26/13 02:05 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Kristina1]
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            Hi Kristina1, welcome.

            I think recording yourself with a video camera is a good idea. This method provides you with an opportunity to see what you are doing. Sometimes it is not easy to pick up mistakes while you are playing (posture, fingers, etc). But by viewing your own performance you will be able to critique your own practice. Also, if you put them on youtube you may find some that will help you.

            As far as moving through the book, for me, I move on to the next set of songs when I can get a decent recording. By that time I have practiced many hours and have gone through the "red dot" (recording nerves) phase. It can be a long process.
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              #2054581 - 03/26/13 02:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Kristina, I wouldn't stay on a piece for too long, IMO they're not meant to be memorized and performed perfectly, but to teach you specific techniques. It can take a long time to be able to play even an easy song up to tempo and get a satisfying recording. Personally, I pick a favorite song now and then as a 'keeper', but most of them I just forget after a couple of weeks. I tell myself, when I'm done with the Alfred's books I will have the freedom to play only what I like and devote all the time I want to it!
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              #2054962 - 03/27/13 05:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Thank you for your constructive suggestions, Shannanwl, scorpio, and sinophilia,
              it is very much appreciated.

              I am currently working very hard to make sure about keeping my posture straight
              and keep my fingers curved, especially the little finger on my right hand which started
              to develop bad habits. Thanks again for mentioning Shannanawl.

              I can imagine it is a long process to get the recording nerves right
              and to be able to make a proper recording, thanks for mentioning, Scorpio.

              Thanks for your thoughts, sinophilia. I understand how important it is
              to study and stay on a piece long enough to learn
              what that piece is instructing me to learn
              and to practice that instruction enough so that I feel confident
              not to forget it when I move on to the next part.

              Thanks again from Kristina.

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              #2055474 - 03/28/13 03:57 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Unfortunately I'm not really into blues, so going really slow here. I'll probably sit down and force myself to focus and learn them soon, since it's Easter break now.

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              #2055502 - 03/28/13 07:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Hi there. I am self-studying piano, using Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course. Here is my new recording. I hope to receive comment from others so that I can adjust my mistake soon ^^. Thank you.

              http://youtu.be/6P6BtZpnzJs
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              #2055798 - 03/28/13 05:39 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Originally Posted By: Kristina1
              How can one check-up to make sure that a lesson has been truly studied and it is time to move on to the next lesson without a teacher?

              This is a good question, Kristina, and is important, I suspect, for a lot of those self-studying with Alfred's and other methods.

              The first step is to make a recording. You can't concentrate enough while you're playing to pick out all the errors and as a current thread will show, I can't even concentrate enough on a recording smile If you're not consistent enough to get an error free recording in a reasonable time that should point to a flaw.

              One of the first things to listen for is wrong notes. If your own ear isn't strong enough to tell (and I'm finding out that mine is in such a category), get someone else to listen honestly and objectively. At the Alfred's level it doesn't have to be a professional but if you can't get anyone, posting a recording in the forums (or a PM to a willing volunteer) with a request to have them pointed out is an option. I am currently undergoing this kind of therapy. smile

              Next up is dynamics. Are you obeying all the P's and F's, all the crescendos, decrescendos and hairpins (< and >)?

              Are you getting all the accents (typically the first note of each measure but some are individually marked) and touches, legato, staccato, non-legato?

              Are your phrases complete and unbroken and is there clear separation between phrases? Are they correctly inflected, with dynamics as well as pitch? This might be a bit advanced but it's never too soon to start improving in this area.

              Is the melody clear enough above the accompaniment or, in canon, individually brought out? Listen to a good recording of a song and hear how much more prominent is the voice. This is difficult stuff to pull off on one instrument and it isn't worth holding yourself back trying to achieve it but it is still worth considering regarding your playing in general.

              Is the tempo reasonable for the piece and your present ability? This is subjective but for me I need to be playing fast enough that I'm not having to concentrate in order to get the right notes.

              In pieces that are beyond our sight-reading ability we go through what I consider to be distinct stages. This is specific to my (current) way of learning but it has universal features. The first, for me, is mechanical accuracy with a complete disregard for rhythm or tempo. Just being able to play the right notes with the right dynamics in the right order. This may entail difficult stretches, leaps, changing fingers on one key, a change of the whole hand position and other mechanical difficulties.

              The second stage is when I'm familiar with the mechanical actions and can begin to think of the piece as music and start play rhythmically but slowly and thinking carefully about which finger and which key for each note in each phrase.

              The third stage is when I can play each phrase and concern myself only with the first notes of each. The rest of the phrase is a semi automatic response to either the printed notes or the memorised sound or a mixture of both. There will be a much greater fluency in the playing and it is usually accompanied by a fairly noticeable rise in tempo without my having to bother about it. There will still be hesitations and pauses at the start of some phrases or patches of difficulty that I need to isolate and work on slowly.

              Finally, there is a stage where I don't hesitate or stumble at any phrase or section and this is again signalled by a further automatic rise in tempo. At this stage the piece is memorised and fluent (for me) but not everybody memorises and I don't know how well others judge their arrival at this stage.

              It's at this stage that a piece can be considered finished - for me. Others get to this stage before they add dynamics, phrasing and "polish". It's an individual thing - we all have our own methods, objectives, agendas and criteria.

              Whether I'm at recital speed is another issue and, for me, is not an issue. There is a limit to my speed and my tempo usually increases over time from familiarity. I don't have to work at it. I'm not concerned with winning races. My own feeling is that tempo is personal and dynamic. If you can keep time with a metronome then you can keep time. If you can keep time with a metronome at recital speed then you can play faster without - if you choose to (it takes extra thinking time to synchronise with a metronome that slows down the paying) - and you are then free to 'interpret' the tempo and vary it in the piece.

              If I can increase my speed in scales or in one of my faster pieces, it affects my playing across the board so I don't need to bring each piece up to a speed beyond comfortable.

              Our progress is not measured by the difficulty or level of the pieces we play but by how well we play them. If you're progressing through Alfred's ask yourself honestly if the last piece you've learned is representative of your current ability. If it is, move on. If it isn't linger a while longer.

              And as has been noted, there's no harm moving on to other pieces and returning to unfinished material after a spell away. We don't learn in gradual curves but by sudden jumps followed by longer plateaus. We need variety of material to see us through the plateaus and the Achievement of the Week thread to celebrate the jumps. smile
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              #2056528 - 03/29/13 09:48 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
              MrSnrub Offline
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              Hello. I want to learn how to play the piano. I take it this "Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Book One: Lesson, Theory, Technic (Book and DVD)" is a good place to start? And just so I'm clear on this, this:

              http://www.amazon.com/Alfreds-Basic-Adult-All-Course/dp/0739082426/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_y

              ...is the book that this thread is talking about? I don't want to buy the wrong book.

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              #2056569 - 03/29/13 10:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: MrSnrub]
              ShannanwL Offline
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              yes. Welcome. I hope you enjoy your journey into the world of piano.
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              Working on:
              Light and Blue
              Hungarian Rapashody
              Bagatelle
              Minuet by James Hook
              Little Prelude
              First Lessons in Bach- Minuet in G Major
              Czerny Opus 599 Exercise 2

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              #2056578 - 03/29/13 11:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: ShannanwL]
              MrSnrub Offline
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              Woo Hoo! It's ordered and on it's way! I'm gonna be the next Chilly Gonzales in no time!

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              #2056643 - 03/30/13 02:19 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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              Hello beautiful people!

              Seeing how this is my very first post let me start off by introducing myself. I'm Alex, currently living in Western Australia, originally from Kingston NY & having a great time butchering the keyboards for the past several months. I took lessons when I was around 8 for a couple of years only to lose interest by not only being taught to play by ear only, but having a teacher who refused to deviate from John Thompson's lessons with outside material.

              I stumbled across this forum by sheer chance a couple of weeks ago and read up on some of the previous post. The advice & experienced shared by all of you has reassured me that some of the difficulties & uncertainties I experienced thus far are not unique just to me (such as the dreaded "teacup pinkie" as well as my first stumbling block in the form of Little Brown Jug).

              Currently I've been using the Alfred's All-In-One from the start and presently battling my way thru page 119 (Little Brown Jug), patiently working on page 120 (Chaipanecas) & polishing up page 123 (Auld Lang Syne) with the occasional foray into Alfred's Greatest Hits to break things up a bit as well as Alfred's Adult Jazz/Rock Course on order.

              Have a good Easter everyone & look forward to hearing from you all soon :-)

              ~Alex~
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              Kawai CA95
              Alfred's Adult All-In-One Level 2
              Australian Music Examinations Board- Preliminary
              Alfred's Adult All-In-One Level 1 Graduate

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              #2056655 - 03/30/13 03:31 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: MrSnrub]
              hamlet cat Offline
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              Registered: 01/01/13
              Posts: 103
              Loc: Mojave Desert
              Originally Posted By: MrSnrub
              Woo Hoo! It's ordered and on it's way! I'm gonna be the next Chilly Gonzales in no time!


              Excellent! With that attitude, Chilly himself will be looking in his rear view mirror to see you fast approaching.

              Just watch those speed bumps like Blow The Man Down and Amazing Grace. You'll see what I mean when you get there.

              But the journey is fun, and well worth it. You picked a good method to learn with.

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