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#2536576 - 05/04/16 11:40 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Overture is behind me now, moving on to Light and Blue. It looks like the lesson from this piece is all about working with the thumb under. Which we both had to laugh a little because the Chorale I'm also working on is all about that (except harder haha), so I figure it's all good.

I'm still working on the Sonatina, omg I played it so terribly for her last night it was embarrassing. I have to get that lesson anxiety thing worked out somehow. But in spite of that, she zeroed in on what I need to work on with this piece, which is getting the left hand as fluid as the right. We also talked about the other two movements for this sonatina, I don't know if I'll end up doing that or not - I sent her the sheet music I found for them.
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#2537637 - 05/07/16 07:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MeganR]
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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to give a short update.

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted at all in several weeks, the reason is because my father died suddenly and I've been helping to take care of my mother and help her through this difficult time. I was so sad I almost was thinking to stop learning piano altogether. But fortunately I decided that piano would be something healthy that could channel some of my emotions and help me to recover from this loss, so I am back. And hopefully I will contribute to this forum more regularly again.

I had my first lesson in a month and it felt great to get back to the piano. It's honestly the only good thing I had to look forward to since my father passed. I'm not practicing as many hours as I previously had because of everything that is going on and helping with my mom.

My teacher passed me on Scherzo and also 2 little technique pieces in my Dozen A Day work book. So it was a good lesson.

I've started working on Introduction and Dance which I'm really enjoying the melody of. It seems that many people know this song but I have not heard it before. I loved it when my teacher played it for me.

I'm also still working on, and making very slow progress on, Chopin's Prelude in E Minor. It will be beautiful once I get it all down. I expect it to be another couple of months before I get close to completion.

I also passed myself on A Little Porcupine by Kabelevsky which was the most difficult piece I encountered in the Alfred's Masterworks book so far. I'm working on Told You So! by Gurlitt and will finish it later tonight or tomorrow. It is a much easier piece.

I've enjoyed reading all of your comments since I was last in the forum and it looks like everyone is making such good progress. I'm happy to be back at the piano and I will hopefully be able to comment on some of your posts in the future as I have more time.

Talk to you all soon.
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#2537678 - 05/07/16 10:31 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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blackjack, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father, what a difficult time it must be for you.

Welcome back to piano, may it continue to be a solace for you.
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#2537778 - 05/08/16 11:50 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MeganR]
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MeganR thank you very much for your kind thoughts. This forum is very supportive.

I read some of your updates. I wish you luck on Light and Blue and also on your Sonatina. It looks like you're really making good progress and moving along quickly. smile
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#2537914 - 05/08/16 09:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: blackjack1777]
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Just thought I'd pop over and see how the Alfred's folks were doing (I did Alfred's 1, but focused on classical instead of moving to book 2).

Blackjack, Really sorry to hear about your dad. I find playing the piano a consolation when things go awry. Glad to hear you are continuing with it.

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#2537973 - 05/09/16 06:06 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Very sorry to hear about your father's passing Blackjack1777, glad to hear that the piano is providing you with a distraction at this difficult time.

Quick update on my progress, after a little break of a week from Alfred's book 2 ( I have been learning My Heart Will Go On from greatest hits book 2 and am now happy with it really enjoyed learning this one and also my first 3 page song) I will be starting up again tonight with alexander's Rag Time. Had a little play with it doesn't seem to difficult also still working out of Masterworks Classics book 1.


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#2537989 - 05/09/16 07:53 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Blackjack, I am sorry for your loss. Keep on playing. You enjoy it and will find comfort in your music during this difficult time.
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#2537991 - 05/09/16 08:01 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Very sorry for your loss, Blackjack. I hope playing your piano helps to lessen the grief somewhat.

I'm still hung up on "Theme from Solace", although "Morning Has Broken" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" have been moved from practice pieces to repertoire. "La Bamba" coming up. Not ready to start it yet though.
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#2539643 - 05/14/16 03:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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Great to see so many updates from people this week!

grace_note nice to see you popping into the Alfred's thread. How are you enjoying your classical pieces compared to Alfred's method books? Do you have a favorite piece you've learned so far? Thank you for your kind words about my father.

Marko697 Alexander's ragtime band is one of my favorites. Good luck with it. I'm also working through masterworks classics on the side and I really enjoy it, the pieces are challenging but not to the point of being frustrating.

BSW thank you for your kind words. It's nice to see you in here posting. How is your progress going?

mom3gram congrats on passing Morning has Broken and Alexander's Ragtime Band. You're moving along quite quickly. Good luck on finishing up Solace, I really enjoyed that one, and thanks for your kind words.

My update is relatively short this week. I have hands together on "Introduction and Dance" which is really fun to play. I will work on the dynamics this week and maybe possibly pass it by the time my next lesson rolls around.

I have hands together on about half of Chopin's Prelude in E minor and will continue working on the remainder of it this week. It's the most difficult piece I've tackled so far but I will be proud of learning it, I feel like it will be a real accomplishment.

My teacher also passed me on a little Dozen a Day exercise and I passed myself on Told You So! by Gurlitt from my Alfred's Masterworks book. I've started on Melodic Tune by Kohler and have it about half way completed.

Overall I had a great piano week with lots of progress. I really enjoyed working through some tricky places in my Chopin piece with my teacher today. Lesson day is my favorite day of the week. smile
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#2539654 - 05/14/16 03:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: blackjack1777]
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Blackjack. glad to see your update and that you are progressing. I am now working in the Faber series as my new teacher's focus is totally classical. After having to take at least 2 steps backwards I am now progressing. Learning to play music and not just hit the right keys. Lots of focus on how to play. It has been frustrating at times as I wished I was taught this from the beginning. But it is what it is. I'm almost thru the second Faber book and loving it.
I now know how important a good teacher is. My playing is a lot smoother now and learning how to play dynamics.
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#2539656 - 05/14/16 03:54 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Bsw]
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BSW, that's really great and I think that regardless of having to take a couple steps back that it sounds like you've made tremendous progress and the best part is that from here on out you will be learning correctly with a teacher that you really love. So congrats on that!
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#2539690 - 05/14/16 05:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I was back to lessons with my teacher today, after being out of town for two weeks and missing the last two lessons. I thought I would come back and forget everything, but surprisingly nothing was really lost, and I think I'm playing Wild Rider better now than before I had left town. Crazy. Perhaps every now and then a break is good thing.

We recorded Sonatina in C Major (Duncombe) today and I was pleasantly surprised with my performance. I think I even surprised my teacher ;0 The lesson actually started with sight reading as we had discussed that before I left town. We went through a different set of pieces from Eugene Kuo's Keyboard Sight Reading Exercises published by MTAC and she suggested I get the following book(s) and start working from that.

http://www.amazon.com/4S02-Royal-Conservatory-Sight-Reading/dp/1554407435 or
http://www.mtac.org/store/

We ended with practicing Wild Rider, which also went very well. I struggle with the left hand part in the key change so I'll be working on that more this week. She mentioned that she was going to look for some other pieces to start working on, but not from Alfred's. So I'm not sure if I should keep posting in this thread, hehe ;0 Alfred's seems to be dormant for the moment.
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#2539720 - 05/14/16 07:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Blackjack, yes, taking a step back with new teacher has made all the difference. Lesson learned, I knew I was not improving to where I wanted to be. Always listen to your inner self.
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#2540376 - 05/16/16 03:36 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I have a question for folks who completed Light and Blue - did you finish with the tremolo suggested as an alternate possible ending? I've been playing with that, and although I am far from having perfected the technique (very far), I kind of like the sound of it. It's such a fun piece to play anyway.
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#2540385 - 05/16/16 04:00 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: bSharp[C]yclist]
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bSharp Welcome back to the forums! I'm glad to see that your break didn't affect your playing. I was surprised that my absence from the piano for a couple weeks in April didn't seem to affect me too much either. I'd say keep posting, I doubt anyone would mind. Half of my updates are usually on stuff I'm working on outside of Alfred's anyway and so are a lot of other folks in here.

And actually to be honest one reason I found out about Masterworks and some of the other beginning pieces that people play is because people posted what they were working on outside of Alfred's in the Alfred's forums. And I'm thankful for that. smile

MeganR Yes, my teacher also had me play the piece both ways (with and without the Tremolo) and I liked how the Tremolo sounded but it took me a long time of practicing it to get it to sound good. It's a very odd feeling at first, at least it was for me. Good luck with it! smile
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#2540398 - 05/16/16 04:34 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MeganR]
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Originally Posted By MeganR
I have a question for folks who completed Light and Blue - did you finish with the tremolo suggested as an alternate possible ending? I've been playing with that, and although I am far from having perfected the technique (very far), I kind of like the sound of it. It's such a fun piece to play anyway.


I didn't. I had to ask my teacher about it though when I first started it - I didn't know what it meant ;0
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#2540450 - 05/16/16 07:56 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I tried to do the tremolo, but wasn't successful.

Today I was able to play through all of "Theme From Solace" with a couple of wrong notes and a few hesitations. Not ready to call it done (I still have to drill the last few lines on page 2), but I'm getting close. Not ready to move on to "La Bamba" yet.
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#2540937 - 05/18/16 08:36 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Just an update on my new practice schedule. Since I have added the Masterwork Classics series and the Greatest Hits to my schedule I definitely think that my playing has progressed currently just finishing up alexander's Ragtime and moving on to Solace. I have decided to skip La Bamba as I think it is just a review of F and I don't feel like having weeks of frustration trying to learn it. My progress has slowed in Alfred's now that I have added the other books and I am quite happy with that. I always felt I was trying to rush to the end but adding the other books have made me feel like I can just play songs and see where it takes me rather than trying to finish a certain book. Happy playing.


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#2540944 - 05/18/16 08:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: marko697]
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Originally Posted By marko697
Just an update on my new practice schedule. Since I have added the Masterwork Classics series and the Greatest Hits to my schedule I definitely think that my playing has progressed currently just finishing up alexander's Ragtime and moving on to Solace. I have decided to skip La Bamba as I think it is just a review of F and I don't feel like having weeks of frustration trying to learn it. My progress has slowed in Alfred's now that I have added the other books and I am quite happy with that. I always felt I was trying to rush to the end but adding the other books have made me feel like I can just play songs and see where it takes me rather than trying to finish a certain book. Happy playing.


I've decided to skip "La Bamba" too. I think it is too confusing, and not a piece worth getting frustrated over. I too use several other books, which slows my progress in Alfred 2, but it keeps me interested and adds a lot to my enjoyment. I started "La Raspa" yesterday, and it doesn't look too bad. You will, of course, be passing me by shortly, because I'm a really slow learner.
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#2541547 - 05/19/16 10:12 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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blackjack1777 Sorry to hear about your bad news, but I am glad you are back.

I didn't do the tremolo. I really want to learn how, though. Any tips?

I am currently working on "Night Song". It's actually quite fun, although I am having difficulty getting it smooth.


Edited by Utkonos (05/19/16 10:24 PM)

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#2541957 - 05/21/16 12:13 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Utkonos, I watched this video on tremolos, I guess it helped a little. I can't say I'm exactly happy with what I'm doing with it, but it's interesting to try. You have to be confident you can hit the chords first for sure. I have my next lesson on Tuesday, so I'll ask about it. I also thought I'd try playing the left hand chords staccato on the repeat just for something different.

Got the Chorale recorded this morning, the first couple of measures aren't as even as I would have liked, and I still need to bring up the tempo a bit. Also, I think the recording captures the left hand louder than it actually is in "real life" but this is another thing I'll ask my teacher about.
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#2542123 - 05/22/16 12:09 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Had my usual Saturday lesson. Nothing new was assigned or look at out of Alfred's though. I played Schumann's the Wild Rider at the very end. That went well, but of course she pointed out some articulation issues which I'll work on. She mentioned that if I were to play in the upcoming recital, that she would want me to play that. There is a recital on an upcoming Sunday in June, however, I'll be flying back into town that day. I *could* make it, my flight gets in around noon and I think the recital is evening or late afternoon. Hmmm. Do I try to make it?

Lesson started with usual scale, triads, etc. A♭ Major. Now we move on to E♭ Major. After that was sight reading practice which went well. The new piece she assigned to me today was Sonatina in C Major (Op 36, No 1) by Clementi, first movement. She broke it down it parts (Expo, Dev, Recap) and provided a little history/background. This should keep me busy ;0
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#2542635 - 05/23/16 07:02 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram]
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Wow lots of updates in here over the last week!

mom3gram Looks like you're making continuing good progress on Solace and starting La Raspa. I don't think I enjoyed La Raspa too much because after La Bamba I was getting really tired of all of the latin songs. crazy

marko697 I like what you said about having the outside books. My progress in Alfred's #2 is a lot slower than I was expecting but I think part of it is I'm also working on Masterworks classics along with some other books outside of Alfred's, so it really take the pressure off. In regards to La Bamba, I actually found that song to be incredibly challenging even though it was a review song. The mix of rhythm, legato playing in spots, a mini scale, and on and off pedaling made it the most challenging song I've come across in Alfred's #2 so far.

Utkonos very nice to see an update from you, it has been a while! Thank you for the thoughts, it means a lot smile Night song looks like a really nice piece but it's going to take me a long time to get there! Regarding the tremolo, the best tip my teach gave me was to keep my hands extremely relaxed. If you stiffen up or get anxious trying to perform the tremolo it just doesn't work. Sorry I don't have anything more concrete. I know if I tried to go back and do the tremolo it would be difficult for me to learn all over again. crazy

MeganR Chorale sounded awesome! I really enjoyed the melody and very nice trill at the end. Great job! I have a Bach book I bought but my teacher wanted to wait to work on it so maybe when it's time I can suggest Chorale.

bsharp I say try to go for the recital!! If you have never performed in one before it's a great opportunity to perform in public. I performed at my teacher's recital last year and I was the only adult and although it was nerve racking (and a little embarrassing to be the only adult) I really got a lot out of it. Search my previous posts and you should find a thread I wrote about it.

Ok so this is my update, I'm a bit delayed posting it...My lesson moved to Friday from Saturday so I'm now doing an early morning lesson before work. It seems to be ok so far although I did prefer my Saturday spot but my teacher needed to make a change.

I am still working on Introduction and Dance. It is turning our to be quite challenging and my teacher said it's not perfect yet smirk I think one more week and I should have it completed. I'm trying to work on getting the scales contained in the song a little more smooth and polish the dynamics.

My teacher assigned Streets of Laredo so I'm going to work on hands together right off the bat because it looks pretty easy. (I'll probably regret saying that)

I passed a couple of more Dozen a Day Exercises and my teacher assigned a new one.

I'm still working on Chopin's Prelude in E Minor it's extremely challenging. I have about half the song hands together and the last half is still a very rough hands separate. I wanted to continue practicing hands separate but my teacher encouraged me to begin practicing the whole song hands together. We'll see how that goes. There are a lot of jumps and strange chords that are making it very difficult. I can see working on this for another couple of months. Might have bit off more than I could chew on this one.

I also passed myself on Melodic Tune by Kohler and I will take a break from Masterworks this week and just focus on everything else that I have going on.

Good luck to everyone and talk to you again soon!
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#2542767 - 05/24/16 07:33 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Quick update

Can now play My Heart will go on from Greatest Hits Vol 2 from memory with no mistakes most of the time now.
Started on Solace a couple of days ago about 2/3rds through finding this one tricky,also still working through Masterworks Classics 1 and I am going to start on "Tomorrow" from Greatest Hits Vol 1.

Happy playing.

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#2542785 - 05/24/16 08:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Good luck with "Solace", marko697. I'm still hacking my way through it, but it's getting better. I think I will take out my Greatest Hits book and check out "Tomorrow". I haven't played out of that book for a while.
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#2542844 - 05/24/16 12:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Thanks mom3gram, I have had the Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2 since I started thought it was time I tried a few of the songs, to be honest I had looked at My Heart will go on lots of times in the Vol 2 but never felt ready to learn it. Pleased that I finally have. Keep chipping away at Solace I'm sure it will all click for me and you soon ;-)

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#2542872 - 05/24/16 01:53 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hi blackjack. I signed for the recital. It should be interesting. I'll have about 4 hours to prepare for it upon returning from the midwest ;0 I'll be playing The Wild Rider by Schumann.

I don't think you'll have any problems with Streets of Laredo. I'd say start with both hands, maybe even look at it as a sight reading exercise, just go slow smile
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#2543308 - 05/26/16 12:22 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I'm rather looking forward to Streets of Laredo, that song actually has an interesting history and is related to St James Infirmary.

I had a great lesson tonight, and passed Light and Blue. So now on to Hungarian Rhapsody, which also looks like fun - she had me sight read the right hand a couple times and thought I'd do fine with the left hand on my own.

I also passed the Chorale and we agreed I'd try one of the Marches next. I didn't have any particular preference, so she picked the March in E Flat, BWV 127 since she had just had me working on my E Flat scales, it seemed appropriate. I think this piece will take me a while, it has trills and triplets and repeats oh my. I'm going to keep playing the Chorale though because I like it so much.

And to cap it, I'm moving onto a new Sonatina, Beethoven Sonatina in G which to be honest I was already noodling around with because I was getting kind of bored with the other one.

So it looks like I've got my work cut out for me although next week may be a not as consistent in the practice department as I'm going back east to visit my son, daughter in law and most especially my granddaughter. My son is a guitar teacher and thinks he'll be able to borrow a keyboard of some sort for me - he did the last time I was there and that worked out ok, so fingers crossed.

bSharp[C]yclist, that's great you decided to do the recital. Sounds like fun!
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#2544774 - Yesterday at 11:43 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MeganR]
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Hello everyone, just spending the first part of Memorial Day reading through the updates in the thread since the last time I visited.

bsharp Awesome! Even though you're going to have limited time to prepare I think it will be great fun and good experience for you. I looked up the Wild Rider sheets and it looks like a challenging piece, a very nice selection for your first recital piece! I wish you luck and I can't wait to hear how it goes. smile

MeganR Congrats on passing Light and Blue, Chorale, and your Sonatina! You have been very busy!!

As for my update this week, I had my usual lesson on Friday and my teacher passed me on Introduction and Dance which I was very thankful for because I was getting tired of it to be honest, although the extra week of practice did really make it sound a lot nicer.

I have hands together on Streets of Laredo and will probably pass it on Friday if all goes well. It is a lot simpler than all of the previous pieces. So it's a nice little break.

I passed a technical exercise in my Dozen a Day book and was assigned a new one.

Also, I now have hands together on my Chopin prelude that I've been working on since mid April crazy I will begin increasing the tempo and probably work on the dynamics starting next week.

Since my teacher did not assign a new Alfred's piece, I'm going to start in on the next little piece from my Masterworks called Andantino by Louis Kohler. It looks relatively easy as well.

I hope everyone enjoys their week practicing piano and I hopefully will check back in here again very soon.
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#2544799 - Yesterday at 01:01 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Thanks, blackJack. Glad to hear Streets of Laredo is going well. It is a relatively easy piece, compared to the pieces before it. For Andantino, see if you can sight read it. Seriously, give it a try ;0. Your right hand is always in C position. Your left hand the same, the only subtle part there is dropping down slightly for the inverted G major broken chord. Start real slow and let the interval between notes guide your fingers. Look through the sheet first and play with your fingers on top of the keys before actually playing it. My teacher has me do that for the sight reading exercises. Or maybe you already practice like that ;0 I think you could have it done by the end of the day!


For the recital, I actually changed the piece I'll do. I'm instead going to do Menuet in G Major, the one from the Masterworks Classics Level 3 book. I probably made it harder for myself, but I think this a more elegant piece and harder to play musically, at least for me. I'm also more familiar with it since having started to learn it back in February. Right now I'm working on being able to start from every fourth measure (from memory), starting backwards. My teacher suggested that. During practice this past Saturday I made slip in between measures 13 and 16 and she asked that I start from 13. I found it very difficult. My muscle memory is so reliant on starting from the beginning! ;0

As for the rest of practice, we did play through the Menuet several times and discuss recital formalities such as what to wear and how to bow ;0 We ended with working on Sonatina in C by Clementi, which is going well. It will take me time to get it up to the marked tempo, but I can play it pretty solidly at a slow speed.
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