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#2418788 - 05/09/15 08:43 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 03/28/13
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Hi Guys, hope all is well.

AJ- Yeah I know what you mean about LaBamba, I've been spending too much time on it so decided to leave it and move on. Working on La Raspa & Jolly Good fellow on my own until I see my teacher at the end of the month.

BG- I find working on outside material helps with Alfreds. In that I mean it's nice to work on something of your own choosing.

Jeremy- Where you at now with things?
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#2418843 - 05/10/15 04:42 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 12/31/12
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Guys, i got that book and it is total disappointment for me. Alfred Vol 1 was so good because it offered great sounding songs with easy notes. Now, i don't know what second book offers. Music feels empty most of the times because too much chords and not much melody.

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#2418847 - 05/10/15 05:03 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Many people complain about the content of Books 2 & 3 and I myself did not learn every piece from the books but just a selection of the ones I liked. However there are some nice pieces to learn and many more will just capture your interest as you find they are not so easy as you first imagine.

My disappointment with book 2 & 3 was there was not enough classical music. Having had a method book for the first six months was just what I needed but I then switched to non method books. I had read a few recommendations for the Keith Snell series Essential Piano Repertoire of the 17th, 18th, & 19th Centuries and have not looked back.


Another use for books you don't use is for sight reading fodder in the future so perhaps it is not a waste.
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#2419178 - 05/11/15 07:00 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hi Faith, where are you in Book 2?

While I'm not very impressed with some of the content of Book 2,there are pieces I'm really looking forward to learning. At the moment I'm early in Book 2 (La Bamba, La Raspa & Jolly Good Fellow) and not very keen on the Latin material.Despite that I'm persevering with it as it is after all, a musical text book and to keep things interesting I work on outside material I like. As I see it, music books are like Yard Sales: One persons junk is another's treasure.
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#2419183 - 05/11/15 07:05 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 07/15/14
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Loc: Belgium
I've encountered a couple of boring songs in the book but it got better the last weeks. I'm currently working on Musette, which is on an acceptable level when I play the lines seperate from each other. When I play the song as a whole, my hands are way too slow when moving to another section. I'm now focusing on joining these sections properly.

I don't have a teacher until september, so I'm happy to have a method book at hand to help me progress in a natural order.

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#2419656 - 05/12/15 11:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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For the pieces I don't like much, I've been getting some enjoyment in the end just making them sound as good as I can. You can also take some ownership, make it *your* version of the piece. I get some satisfaction from this, even if an unbiased listener may not hear anything special... Also, sometimes a piece grows on you and you may change your opinion of it by the time you finish with it. Still, not every piece in a method book will excite you, that is why I really recommend working on some outside pieces concurrently.

Like EarlofMar, I lean toward the classical pieces (and baroque, and romantic, haha). But I also like swing rhythms and ragtime, so I will keep a mix going, even when I go "off-method" smile at the end of Alfreds 2.
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