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#2079263 - 05/08/13 12:06 PM Looking for a new piece to learn
AaronJames Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
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I am currently working with my teacher on the Alfred Adult All in One book #1. I am on Lullaby, and I enjoy the book very much.

I am looking for some pieces that I can supplement with. I will talk to my teacher about it, but I want to see if any of you have ideas for me.

I listen to and appreciate most types of music and would like to expand my repertoire past the arranged to teach pieces in the Alfred text.

I love Sometimes I Wonder Why by Anita Baker, NY State of Mind or Piano Man, Clair de Lune, all kinds of blues and jazz, Elton John, Beatles....things like that.

Can anyone name a couple pieces that are a bit jazzy or perhaps rock oriented that I can try? Also looking for easier, but still original arrangements of, classical tunes that sound pretty.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.


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#2079342 - 05/08/13 02:14 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
dmd Offline
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All of your questions are best directed toward your instructor. That is the one person who can give you the best choices. The rest of us would just be guessing.

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#2079373 - 05/08/13 03:11 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
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Bradley Sowash has a nice collection of beginner books/methods that are based off jazz and blues that you could supplement with.
Bernhard - Always Have a Plan

#2079382 - 05/08/13 03:39 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
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TBH I did not like the Alfred adult book or many of the pieces in it. I simply heard things I liked looked for simple arrangements and took the sheet music to the teacher.

I took someway above my level pieces, I put them aside and find them easy these days.

#2079397 - 05/08/13 04:10 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
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If you are near the end of Alfred's book 1 I would recommend progressing onto book 2. It builds on the first but gets a lot more challenging. The pieces are longer and more interesting.
I am currently using books 2 & 3 simultaneously working on pieces I like, as an extra activity I have a chord/pop oriented method book "Piano for All". This is a series of ten ebooks (very economically priced)with sound and video bites. There are books on Pop, Ballad, Blues and Jazz. The drawback of the series is they give you the basics but little actual sheet music. But if nothing else I think it's great for chord practice and left hand bass runs
Learning piano starts by taking all your confidence and then over many years drip feeding it back to you smile


#2079418 - 05/08/13 04:46 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 2032
Loc: south florida

This book of jazz standards is in the Easy Piano format, which you may know is not always too easy. But many of the arrangements are probably doable for a first year student with a little work and patience. Just take it real slow. Most of the arrangements are nice sounding, although there are a few clunkers.

Hal Leonard Jazz Standards - Easy Play

Here's another one that just a notch harder, but very nice arrangements by Dan Coates Top 50 Jazz Standards - Coates

Good luck. These have provided me with many hours of enjoyment.
Consolation no.3 - F.Liszt
Reverie - C.Debussy
My Foolish Heart - V.Young

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#2080396 - 05/10/13 03:48 PM Re: Looking for a new piece to learn [Re: AaronJames]
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Loc: Reseda, California
Look at lead sheets on WikiFonia.com....
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