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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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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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#2367600 - 12/31/14 10:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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I have been on business training in Korea for a while and then my new job has been eating up my hours for practice.
But now that I had some free time during the festive break I am back loving the piano.
I haven't been to a piano lesson for over a month. My teacher probably thinks I have abandoned her.
I plan to climb right back on the piano train as soon as our year end is over mid Jan. I used to practice an hour a day.
Was playing through Morning Has Broken, I love the broken chords, this piece makes the piano sound so sweet.
Am finally getting Hungarian Rhapsody #2 up to tempo. I find that hugging the keys with my finger tips like my teacher taught me really helps me with keep my place in the crescendo.

Anyone else battling to find time? I think I'm just going to have to make time.


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#2367669 - 12/31/14 01:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hey Jeremy, Glad to hear you will be back playing the piano in the new year. Sounds like you've been making good progress even with the interruptions. Morning has Broken was one of my favorites, I tried transposing it a few times for fun. I didn't really enjoy the Hungarian Rhapsody #2, but I stuck with it and eventually got an ok recording.

I'm in kind of a fun place in the book, Pomp and Circumstance, Black Eyes, and the simplified CHopin Etude are all nice pieces. The Etude (I just started it) is pretty challenging though.

Just for kicks, I listed all the pieces I working on this year (2014) and it came to 68 (38 from Alfred #2). I had a talk with my teacher and we decided not to continue to Alfred's #3. There's so much intermediate level stuff out there that I really want to work on, and he has no problem breaking away from the method books at this point. I'm going to finish book 2 though.
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#2367792 - 12/31/14 06:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: ajames]
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Pomp and Circumstance, Black Eyes, and the simplified CHopin Etude are all nice pieces. The Etude (I just started it) is pretty challenging though.



I rate this as the most difficult piece in the book and had a heck of a time with it.
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#2369047 - 01/03/15 03:51 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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Hi James
glad to hear you will be competing Alfred's 2. My teacher has come to like the Alfred's books. I would like to think I can carry on all the way to the third book.
68 is a lot of pieces. I am envious.
I would like to start on some New Age solo piano when in book 3 as I love the sound.
No practicing for me these last few days. Trying to close off accounts for the year.
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#2370338 - 01/06/15 04:09 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: ajames
Pomp and Circumstance, Black Eyes, and the simplified CHopin Etude are all nice pieces. The Etude (I just started it) is pretty challenging though.



I rate this as the most difficult piece in the book and had a heck of a time with it.


Earl,
It's definitely a step (or two, or three...) higher than the pieces before, and the ones after that I've started on. It's really *dense*. I have to break it down to half-measures...
It is a longer-term piece for sure.

Originally Posted By: Jeremy SA

Hi James
glad to hear you will be competing Alfred's 2. My teacher has come to like the Alfred's books. I would like to think I can carry on all the way to the third book.
68 is a lot of pieces. I am envious.
I would like to start on some New Age solo piano when in book 3 as I love the sound.
No practicing for me these last few days. Trying to close off accounts for the year.


Jeremy,
Are you using the Alfred's Basic or the All-in-one? I really enjoy having more supplementary pieces, although it probably does slow down my progress through the method book, I think it speeds up what counts- my progress at learning the piano! Anyway, I'm lucky enough to be able to put in lots of time, probably 1- 1.5 hrs/day every day. And those 68 pieces were pretty short.

If you like new agey stuff I can recommend the "Fresh Impressions" series. The "prep" level book is really fun and not hard at all. "Dark Journey" is my favorite.
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#2372378 - 01/11/15 02:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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AJames,
I am using the All-in-one.

Thanks for the tip on New Age, I will look up the Impressions in the future.

Had my first lesson in a month today. It was great. My teacher picked up a few bits of bad technique that had crept in. And when I got home and practiced what she taught me, I could already hear the difference. A lot better.
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#2373393 - 01/14/15 07:55 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...]
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So how are you all doing here? Anyone approaching the finish?
I took a long break from the book and played some other pieces with my teacher. I'm planning to restart tonight though. I've been labouring hard and long on some Bach pieces. Now I'm really looking forward to take up the shorter pieces of Alfred, which don't take a month to get somewhat right (I'm only in the beginning of the book though, no idea how hard it will be near the end!)

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#2373401 - 01/14/15 08:25 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: qwert]
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Originally Posted By: qwert
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 ).

Hey qwert, I just noticed this post. I'm very impressed!

It takes a lot of perseverance and dedication to spend that much time completing that book. I especially liked your comments of how you enjoyed each moment of the process.

I could learn a couple of things from you I think.

I have a tendency to try to rush though my Faber books to get to the "next level", and not completely enjoy the process of getting there, as well as learning to play a lot of lovely and exciting pieces.

Hope to hear from you when your break is done.
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#2373452 - 01/14/15 11:53 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Jeremy SA]
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Originally Posted By: Jeremy SA
AJames,
I am using the All-in-one.

Thanks for the tip on New Age, I will look up the Impressions in the future.

Had my first lesson in a month today. It was great. My teacher picked up a few bits of bad technique that had crept in. And when I got home and practiced what she taught me, I could already hear the difference. A lot better.


Sounds like a great lesson. Glad you got back into it with no major drama. My lesson yesterday was bit rough, I felt like I couldn't play anything. We spent a lot of time on the Chopin Etude, which does need a lot of work...

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So how are you all doing here? Anyone approaching the finish?
I took a long break from the book and played some other pieces with my teacher. I'm planning to restart tonight though. I've been labouring hard and long on some Bach pieces. Now I'm really looking forward to take up the shorter pieces of Alfred, which don't take a month to get somewhat right (I'm only in the beginning of the book though, no idea how hard it will be near the end!)

I'm all for supplementing Alfred's with outside pieces, I think it really helps. I keep meaning to go back to the A. Magdelena Bach notebook for some pieces, but right now I'm on a Kabalevsky trip, and I just got some Gillock books, so it will probably be a while.
I'm up to p. 100 (of 140). I hit the Chopin etude speed bump (feels like a brick wall right now :0 ). I probably have another 6-9 months, but I'm not in a rush to finish.
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