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#2309546 - 07/31/14 10:02 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Donzo]
pdxfz1 Offline
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Registered: 07/26/14
Posts: 18
Loc: Portland, OR
Originally Posted By: Donzo


Congrats! I started with my (then 7 y.o.) son a little over a year ago. (I never played piano before then). I think it is great to learn with your children.


Thank you Donzo. I am glad to know that I am not alone in this. That someone was ahead of me are doing it too and making progress.

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#2309570 - 07/31/14 11:10 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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MandyD the Australian contingent was quite sparse for a while but you must have wrote "heaps" in one of your posts and I knew we had another. Thanks for sharing and look forward to your recital debut this one or next.
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#2309651 - 08/01/14 04:20 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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pdxfz1 - Welcome to PW!!!
Really nice to know that you and your sons are in this journey together. As a father of two (13yo and 17yo) I know how music was/is important in our family. I see you like to listen "calm music", but what do you like to play?

MandyD - Welcome to PW!!!
I would say the same thing I told to pdxfz1! Looking forward to know more about your novel smile
What kind of music do you like to play?
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#2309678 - 08/01/14 07:26 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hi, everybody. My name is Mike and I've just joined. I started piano in early May (with a teacher) using Alfreds All in One, Adult. I'm currently on o Sole Mio. Having played a little guitar. Timing and the treble clef weren't major hurdles but the bass clef was like a foreign language! Anyway, glad to be here.

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#2309690 - 08/01/14 07:53 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Welcome aboard Mike407.
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#2309733 - 08/01/14 09:00 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hi Mike, I hear you about the bass clef. grin I started lessons about the same time as you and you are much further than me so well done. smile

Carlos the only things I can play at the moment are the little tunes in the Alfred's L1 books! blush However I would love to be able to play Claire de Lune, Ballade pour Adeline, Jessica's Theme and anything pretty. I love a lot of classical music but find some of it to be a bit heavy (for want of a better word). I'd also love to be able to play musicals as well as pop & rock. So basically everything! grin


Edited by MandyD (08/01/14 09:02 AM)
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#2309741 - 08/01/14 09:20 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Welcome to PW, Mike407! You are in the right place; PW has lots of resources to explore.
Keep us up to date with your progress and achievements. Have a nice journey! thumb

Oh, that's a great collection of pieces to play, MandyD. I love the "anything pretty", btw smile
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#2309744 - 08/01/14 09:28 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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About 25 years ago I starting taking piano lessons when my daughters were quite small using Alfred's. Bought a nice Kawai DP and took lessons for about 2 years. At that point my teacher moved away, I got stuck, the lessons stopped and the Kawai was sold.

Eleven months ago my wife and I saw a story in our local paper about a teacher who seemed like a perfect fit for us. Not only did she have a lot of teaching experience, but over a third of her students were adults.

Well we bought a nice Kawai CN34 and away we went (using the Faber series). About three months ago we decided to upgrade to an acoustic piano. After a dreary two week adventure with a Yamaha AdvantGrand N1, we found a great deal on the new Yamaha CX series. We have had this piano for about three months, and it has been a great experience so far.

The best part is that according to our teacher our playing skills have advanced quite a bit, probably thanks in some part to the C2X, and our increased practice time with it.

A final note: I would hazard a guess and say that most of the "regulars" here that own nice acoustic pianos are not beginners, and have at least some intermediate skills, all the way up to professional status.

See it from my point of view. Eleven months ago I was back at ground zero. As of today, I can play music at a level that far exceeds my original expectations. This probably is because of 1) my teacher, 2) my work ethic, 3) my instrument, 4) my lesson books.

Needless to say I'm thrilled grin


Edited by BrianDX (08/01/14 10:03 AM)
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#2309748 - 08/01/14 09:54 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Great story BrianDX, thanks for sharing. And great progress too! As far as I can see, you are in the right path. thumb
Very nice to know that you recovered your passion for piano.
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#2309751 - 08/01/14 10:04 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: CarlosCC]
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Thanks CarlosCC smile
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#2309830 - 08/01/14 02:48 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: CarlosCC]
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Registered: 07/26/14
Posts: 18
Loc: Portland, OR
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
pdxfz1 - Welcome to PW!!!
Really nice to know that you and your sons are in this journey together. As a father of two (13yo and 17yo) I know how music was/is important in our family. I see you like to listen "calm music", but what do you like to play?


Thank you CarlosCC. My wife and I are excited. We are hoping that we can continue with this journey for a long time. This morning right before I was about to take my boys to their daycare the delivery truck arrived.

I posted some picture at my original posting here at Piano Forum. Today will be the first day of our exciting journey.

As far as what I would like to play, I am hoping someday I could play Chopin Nocturne no.20 and Beethoven Moonlight Sonata.


Edited by pdxfz1 (08/02/14 02:10 AM)

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#2310090 - 08/02/14 04:35 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: n301291]
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Loc: Auckland, NZ
Originally Posted By: n301291
Well... good morning for all.

Good morning n301291 :-) If I do my name in your pattern it would be n050266 cool

I felt sad when I read your post. I hope you are still alive and kicking!

Life is already too short, so why people in a hurry to end it?! I mean if you are going to live 1000 years, maybe it is a long time, but say 90 years is not a long time.
I also tried to kill myself when I was 20 years old. I'm glad that the pills were not strong enough and they could save me :-) I would miss this beautiful computer, Casio DP, Virtual studio of many great synths and of course my 90 or so great games of all times (mostly RPG!).

I born and grew up in Iraq, then lived in Greece for 10 years, Uruguay for 4 years (got married there) and New Zealand since 2006 (got divorced here!). See, if I killed myself, I wouldn't make this big travelling around the world and living in those very different cultures and I wouldn't met wonderful people around the world. Of course everything is not that nice! I suffered a lot from racism (and still of course), but I got used to it and the less you talk with people around you, the better ;-)

Three years ago, I had a heart attack and this the most important event in my life! Being 45 years old that time, it was early. I could survive, and this experience has changed my life. Maybe you think I became religious ....etc. No at all! I was kind of spiritual person believed in incarnations ...etc. I changed all that, no illusions any more! Just science and 1 +1 = 2! No cigarettes (damn! how difficult it was), very rare alcohol and of course "No woman, no cry"!

I thought it would be a miserable life, but in reality for the first time I could feel happy without illusions.

Oh, I was poor (and still poor). I always dreamt of making my own band when I was young, but nothing.I had my first classic guitar in the late 80's and learnt for one year but the damn wars changed my life. I had Yamaha/Casio home keyboards in the 90's when I lived in Greece, and in Uruguay and NZ I went completely computer based with Midi controller.

Now I'm in Alfred's book level 1 and enjoying everything in the piano world including "Jingle Bells" and enjoying to be alive and breathing. so with all these laughters and tears, in the end "Life is wonderful", believe me :-)

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#2310537 - 08/03/14 08:31 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Well, I just noticed that I missed some new PW members bios...
n301291 and EnGee, your stories are really full of emotions and I don't want to comment the sad side of it. On the contrary, I just want to welcome you to this wonderful community. Welcome to PW!
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#2310740 - 08/03/14 07:41 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: CarlosCC]
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Thanks CarlosCC. Indeed it is a nice friendly community. I already learnt a lot. PW is already my main resource now for learning music :-)

Sorry for the sad bio. I just wanted n301291 (or anyone with a negative attitude towards life) to feel more positive about it. Sometimes, a tiny little idea can lead to a whole new life or direction.

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#2310929 - 08/04/14 09:53 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 26
Loc: Singapore
Hello everyone, I'm not really that new, but I just saw this thread and I thought it would be nice to get to know the people who have been so kindly replying to my threads! laugh

I'm from Singapore and am 27 this year, and in the day I'm a Math teacher. It's fun and I really enjoy teaching, but I love playing the piano too. I've been playing the piano since last year (though I did a bit of other music when I was younger), and I'm really excited by all the pieces waiting to be played!

Apart from playing the piano, I also enjoy reading and playing board games and other games (I think it has to do with liking Math). I am trying to lead a more active lifestyle though, and get moving a little more.

Once again, it's nice meeting all of you and reading all your introductions!

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#2311321 - 08/05/14 05:44 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hi musicalinfinity, and welcome to this thread (and PW!).

I'm not a math teacher but some say that I've a kind of "math mind" too. Some close friends tried to link this characteristic to my playing... smile The only link I can see is to have a kind of structured approach in front of a new piece - analyse to resolve -.
Nice subject. Maybe, you can explain us what are your experience and thoughts about it.
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#2332464 - 09/30/14 05:22 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Loc: UK, Surrey
Hello, I live in Surrey in the UK and have just turned 50 and I started to learn piano in March 2013 so not that long ago. I new nothing about playing any instrument or reading music or how music really worked. I did very much enjoy listening to music though and always have.

It started as a bit of a new year resolution (2013 new year) to find out more about how music works, and as I read and found out more I thought why not learn to play something as well (its probably been something I have always wanted to do and I thought lets just do it now before I get much older). So I thought about guitar or piano and went for piano and purchased a Yamaha P35 as I was unsure how I would get on and didn't want to spend to much. I started with Alfreds Adult all in on course (which I am still doing) and I am now having lessons as well.

I have had two issues with the Yamaha with noisy keys once after 8 weeks or so (which meant it going back to Yamaha for a month) and again 6 weeks ago, so being rather fed up with it and with my 50th round the corner I went looking for something new (the Yamaha is back with Yamaha being fixed) so after looking at Acoustic and Digital and listening and playing and thinking I now have a new Kawai CA-15 smile.

I can be oh so easy to get frustrated when things don't go well but I have had the view from the outset that this is a 'rest of my life' learning process that will never stop. I don't have a 'target' level to achieve but I hope I will just keep improving but if reach my limits in the future then that's fine I will just carry on enjoying playing.

Its been a brain stretching journey so far , learning how music works, learning to read music and learning to play the piano - but I have enjoyed it all, my wife has also just recently purchased a guitar (I think spurred on by my efforts) and a few weeks back I played a duet with a friend on violin and will be playing in a little recital before Christmas with the other students (where I have lessons) so its been an immensely rewarding and fun time.

So that's about it for the intro, I hope to take part more on the forum and enter into the quarterly recitals.
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#2332469 - 09/30/14 05:41 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Welcome aboard Kawai Player, look forward to reading more of your progress as it developes
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#2332541 - 09/30/14 10:05 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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How cool that you've been playing some duets, and that your wife and you may soon be able to jam together, Kawai Player. The learning process will keep you young and entertained for the next 50 years (I can vouch for the next 18, anyway)!

Nice to have you here.

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#2333096 - 10/01/14 05:57 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: jotur]
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Just wanted to add one more welcoming voice, Kawai Player. You've got the right attitude to go far and enjoy the ride at the same time. You will find lots of folks with similar stories around here.

Hope to hear how you are doing from time to time.

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#2333240 - 10/02/14 04:38 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hello everyone. I have just spotted this thread so I though I could also say a word or two about myself smile

I was born in Poland a grew up in a little southern town there. My dad was sort of musician amateur and he played saxophone with friends. When I was a kid he sent me to music school to play the clarinet. I did not really enjoyed that. My choice would be probably anything else like the guitar which I tried later or the piano. Well, I was so fed up with clarinet so that I eventually abandoned music school and stopped playing anything.

Currently, I live in UK and work as a sound engineer. I am also married and this year I will turn 40 smile Oh dear when I realise that I feel like my life is passing so quickly!

Last year around September something occurred to me. I have no explanation on that but after listening to Stevie Wonder I realised that learning piano would be great and then later in my life it would be fantastic to spent free time and enjoy playing music smile My wife bought a piano for me for my 39 birthday. I was so surprised and thrilled. Three weeks later I decided to learn this instrument in a proper way with a teacher.

Now It is almost a year since I have got the piano and I never enjoyed it more even though I though my progress would be much better. Recently, I have to reconsider my progress and things I should be learning. I was simply trying to play some material / pieces too difficult too soon. I guess most people fall into that trap smile But as a beginner it is really difficult to became a good self-observer and sometimes people need time to understand it.

Shortly I started playing piano, I though listening to classical music would help to understand piano. Now I listen to Chopin not only for the sake of playing piano but because I fell in love with his style. It's amazing because every now and again I find something new in his music. Classical composers help me to stay motivated. It's a huge aspiration but I would eventually like to play classical pieces smile

I can say just one thing at the moment that it's been and still is great experience to play piano smile I feel up and down very often but after one year I can say that practising everyday, repetition, self criticism, self respect is the key to progress and stay motivated. I wonder where I am going to be next year :p

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#2333253 - 10/02/14 05:40 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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I just saw this thread. I started October 2013. I am a very slow learner but have a couple of very good teachers who don't mind my slow progress. I have a piano here, where I work and live, and another couple at my house in Europe. So I have no excuse for not practicing.
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#2333632 - 10/03/14 06:31 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: ZikO]
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ZikO, Yes I fell into that trap, it was taking me a long time to learn new pieces and I was self teaching to start of with. When I decided to go to a teacher she explained that my sight reading was way behind my playing ability and I needed to play pieces that were easier and work on my sight reading so it catches up then build both in tandem - and its working.

I am 10 years ahead (in age) so don't worry about being 40! and I dont see any reason why you cant play classical pieces now - just find versions at the right level , there is plenty available online , just go for it.....
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#2333642 - 10/03/14 07:22 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Kawai Player]
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Ziko, take it from my perspective; I started lessons a year ago at age 58 and now at 59 I'm infinitely ahead of where I started.

Imagine where you will be in 18 years; just don't ever stop, keep moving ahead and enjoy each little success along the way.
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#2333660 - 10/03/14 08:14 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Loc: Toronto, Canada.
Just seen this thread, and loved reading all the different stories smile

As for me... I took up piano in january of this year at age 28, after a couple-year period of saying i wanted to do, but never did! =p

I am currently learning with a teacher, using the micheal arron books and other supplementary material.
sometimes i feel i am not progressing enough and can get hard on myself, but when i look back at where i started i feel like I am doing quite well smile.

I try to practice daily for 30 min to an hr at least.

My main goals are to be able to improvise, play by ear any song I hear that may tickle my fancy, and also make my own arrangements of those songs.. which i can do now with very simple pieces(happy birthday, la bamba, a few pop songs... lol)

I would love to play in the style of jazz, but i am starting with learning some classical music. It seems almost all the Jazz greats started there so they cant be wrong lol.

whew that might have been too long haha.

My name is Justin, I joined piano world in may 2014 and everyone here has been so great and helpful.

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#2333662 - 10/03/14 08:21 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Greetings to forum with some delay! I'm multi-violin, viola, piano, synthesizer, melodica, clarinet, alto saxophone (key instruments of them - piano and melodica, on which I fundamentally changed the playing concept), but most of the time I have been teaching jazz theory, harmony, improvisation, arrangement, method, jazz education of children. My experience includes 14 years of professional musical training , 12 years of work in symphony and chamber orchestras, participation in the leading jazz ensembles where I lived - in Soviet Union and Israel. My jazz teaching experience continues for 43 years ,   experience of performances for 46 years , during which I performed at the Newport Jazz Festival as well as in Europe jazz festivals ; played with artists: Esther Ofarim, Memphis Slim, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Buster Williams, Joe Farrell, Chico Freeman, Arnie Lawrence, Billy Hart, Dewey Redman, Walter Blanding, Delphio Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Herb Pomeroy, Avishai Cohen, Yuval Cohen, Roman Kunsman , Peter Wertheimer, Mamelo Gaytenopulos . Among my students became known guitarists Dan Adler, Mordy Farber, Roni Ben Hur, Arnon Palti ; pianists Ruslan Sirota, Tamir Hendelman, Haim Cotton, Eli Meiri, Ofer Portugal, Greg Foldvari, Natalie Tenenbaum.
I am very active in teaching via Skype, unfortunately not in English.



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#2333688 - 10/03/14 10:37 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Wow, a veritable cascade of new folks - it'll be a shot in the arm to the liveliness of PW! Welcome.

Cathy
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#2334914 - 10/07/14 04:30 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hi Guys

I'm from Newfoundland, and will have my first "piano-versary" next January ( starting at 40 years old ). Even with all the frustrations that come with starting off having no musical background, this is the most fun and satisfying experience I've ever had, and I'm really looking forward to being able to play with more fluidity and expression hopefully over time...as an added bonus, I'm getting to discover all this wonderful music that I had never really listened to before! Bach and Grieg are favorites.
I have two great children, and work with kids that have exceptionalities, I love hiking around my beautiful province, painting, and as of late, the art of keeping life simple...

Also, since I've taken up piano, my kitchen floor is very dirty
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Great forum!

Christy

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#2335040 - 10/07/14 12:36 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hi there. I'm from germany and startet playing hitting the keys on my MP7 some weeks ago. I'm using Alfred's adult course #1 as one of my main lessonbooks. Also playing some guitar (since 2 yrs). PW is a good source of information, inspiration and communication. So I decided to hit the registry button and join the party.

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#2335121 - 10/07/14 05:11 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Welcome Exo, you may also be interested in the Alfred book 1 thread if you have not found it already
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