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#2341217 - 10/25/14 12:52 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: ajames]
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Originally Posted By: ajames
I ran into a issue with "Nava Havita"- it seemed to irritate my left wrist.


Have a look at this James: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/the-...t-music/3537476

I have the same issue at times due old age so to help build strength & dexterity I use Hanon. Talk to you teacher about it and see what he/she says.
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#2345909 - 11/05/14 04:16 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Well it seems piano was not at fault for my wrist pain after all. It's all fine now and I play more than ever. Not sure what happened there.

Since I enjoyed Marth Mier's Jazz, Rags and Blues book I tried her "Romantic Sketches" book 1 and I like it even more! Slightly easier than most of the other stuff I work on, but they really sound nice.

Also working on a recital piece, not sure if it will come together or not.
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#2347842 - 11/09/14 05:27 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: scorpio]
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Scorpio, I agree with you that there are diverse pieces outside the Alfred books. I must rely on a teacher to pick those pieces for me. Unfortunately, I do not have a teacher at this point; I decide to follow the Alfred books. I am learning book 3 now. Xiao
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#2348099 - 11/10/14 10:31 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Xiao Qin, congrats on making it to book 3! I believe you can easily find a lot of music that is within your reach, even without a teacher. Just sticking with Alfred's pieces is fine too, if you are enjoying yourself and making progress.
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#2348115 - 11/10/14 11:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hi all.
I am glad I finished book 2!!!
It took me 3(!!!) years! And, I enjoyed every moment of it. Long time, ea, I know. During this time I also completed twice all 12 scales from book Scales and Cadences ( each scale includes parallel, contrary motion, 3ds, 10ths, all chords and inversions, 1-4-5 in all inversions, arpeggios in 3 inversions, dominant 7th arpeggios in 4 inversions ).

My plan is to have 2-3 month break for repetition, check on what is in supplementary materials. I want to check Blues book by Tim Richards as well. And then, of course, continue Alfred book 3.

I wish you all to enjoy this fantastic hobby!

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#2348252 - 11/10/14 04:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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congratulations qwert that is a great achievement, I wish I had the discipline for all that scale and chord work
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#2349561 - 11/13/14 11:41 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Congrats qwert, I don't think 3 years is too long, especially considering the extra work you did.
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#2352724 - 11/20/14 10:30 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I have spent some time on "Aloha Oe", or, as I like to call it, the "hawaiian ukelele song". It's impressive how the rolled chords on the piano can simulate the slow strum of a stringed instrument. I've been working on making the rolled chords sound evenly throughout the piece, and playing them without tension. My teacher has helped immensely with this.

Next is the "Black forest polka", or the "transposition song" as my teacher calls it. It's composed almost completely of I, V, and V7 chords and arpeggios so that makes transposing pretty straightforward. I've already been messing around with C->G.

For fun, I'm still working on the Martha Meir books (JR&B1, and Romantic sketches #1), I also added Kabelevsky "A night on the river", from his Op. 27, to the rotation.

Going to start on Christmas music soon! It'll be interesting to go back and work on the same pieces I played last year at this time to see if I've actually improved... smile
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#2361910 - 12/15/14 01:03 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Time to give this thread a bump up- maybe some Alfred #2 lurkers will pop out of the woodwork.

Enjoying "Pomp and Circumstance" --it seems like a nice arrangement to me. Still working on some Meir and Kabelevsky pieces. And Christmas music of course...
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#2361945 - 12/15/14 03:08 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I've just started working on Loch Lomond, but I'm also working from other books: John Thompson's Grade 2 book, Faber's Piano Adventures 3A, a book called "So You Used to Play Piano", and miscellaneous other pieces that catch my interest and are within my reach.

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#2362079 - 12/15/14 07:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: maju]
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I'm studying Faber 3A as well. Where are you at?

I've found the Faber series very much in tune with my way of learning, at least so far...
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#2362312 - 12/16/14 11:21 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Welcome to ABF maju. I don't know LOch LOmond so I guess I haven't got there yet... I also grab lots of other pieces from various sources- not other method books though. Not that I think Alfred's is so great, just I started with it and I want to see it to the end (book #2, at least).
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#2362381 - 12/16/14 02:38 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: BrianDX]
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This week I'm working on Fanfare Minuet from the Faber, and it seems much easier than some of the earlier pieces. (I have to confess I skipped The Fly's Adventure.)

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