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#2163858 - 10/09/13 10:01 AM So I finished the Alfred book
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So I finished the Alfred all in one books.

As well as the Michael Aaron book 1+2.

What now?

Had a teacher while going through the Alfred all in one book, but no longer have one. Any suggestions? go onto graded books?

I dont care for exams really.

Thanks
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#2163864 - 10/09/13 10:15 AM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Mken]
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Classical? Pick some stuff that you like. There's the Schumann miniature pieces, the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, the Grieg Lyric pieces, the Bartok Mikrokosmos, the easier Chopin Preludes and so on and so forth. Look at the ABF Recital Index to see what other people have been playing.

The graded books are good for getting started. I used one of the Keith Snell books for a while - and they come with CDs, which would help if you don't have a teacher.

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#2163999 - 10/09/13 04:08 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Mken]
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Thanks.

I tried finding a new teacher, the problem is I phone or email them, they sound all enthusiastic yet then I never hear from them again.
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#2164004 - 10/09/13 04:17 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Sam S]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S
Classical? Pick some stuff that you like. There's the Schumann miniature pieces, the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, the Grieg Lyric pieces, the Bartok Mikrokosmos, the easier Chopin Preludes and so on and so forth. Look at the ABF Recital Index to see what other people have been playing.

The graded books are good for getting started. I used one of the Keith Snell books for a while - and they come with CDs, which would help if you don't have a teacher.

Sam


I am using the Keith Snell - Essential Repertoire of the 17th, 18th, & 19th Centuries and really like the material
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#2164181 - 10/09/13 11:08 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Mken]
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If you're looking at classical, the Suzuki Piano books have nice material. Book one might be too easy, but check out book 2 and up. Book 2, for example, has 14 pieces from composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Mozart, and Schumann, among others.

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#2164187 - 10/09/13 11:18 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Mken]
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What about the Masterwork Classics series from Alfred? You should be able to start at Level 5 or higher. I'm currently using this series (Level 5) to supplement the Alfred Adult book level 3. I find them more challenging wink
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#2164193 - 10/09/13 11:26 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: AimeeO]
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Originally Posted By: AimeeO
If you're looking at classical, the Suzuki Piano books have nice material. Book one might be too easy, but check out book 2 and up.

Not sure if the OP means he/she finished the Alfred's Book or Books. But since OP is asking what next, I assume he/she has finished all 3 Alfred's books, and therefore Suzuki book 2 might be too easy. It's still a good suggestion as Suzuki has 7 volumes, each with increased difficulty.

And Masterworks Classics also sounds like a good option too as they have study guides to go along with them, don't they?
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#2164200 - 10/09/13 11:47 PM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Johnny D]
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Originally Posted By: Johnny D
Originally Posted By: AimeeO
If you're looking at classical, the Suzuki Piano books have nice material. Book one might be too easy, but check out book 2 and up.

Not sure if the OP means he/she finished the Alfred's Book or Books. But since OP is asking what next, I assume he/she has finished all 3 Alfred's books, and therefore Suzuki book 2 might be too easy.


True.. I would suggest looking them over, before picking one. They do get progressively harder rather quickly. I thought Book 2 had more challenging moments than I thought it would at first glance, and had some smaller pieces worth learning if they haven't been picked up already.

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#2164292 - 10/10/13 04:57 AM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: monads]
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I finished Alfred 3 in July and I am also going through Masterworks Classics. However, I started at the beginning of the series, and I'm now halfway through Level 3. The books so far are technically below the level of Alfred 3 (eg.basic keys, no pedalling). But that doesn't mean they're easy! As some posters have said, they exercise the left hand far more than Alfred did and so give a different experience. For me (self-teaching) that's useful as I hope I'm building a more solid foundation.

PS: I looked at the study guides on Amazon and wasn't impressed.


Edited by Moonraker (10/10/13 05:00 AM)

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#2164304 - 10/10/13 06:17 AM Re: So I finished the Alfred book [Re: Mken]
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Thanks for the suggestions. I suppose a trek down the music shop to have a look at the suggested titles is in order.
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