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#2392633 - Yesterday at 07:11 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 3
This weekend I have been working on Standing in the Need of Prayer, Alouette and Lavender's Blue. I think Alouette is easy, the two others are a bit more tricky for me. I really enjoy playing Standing in the Need of Prayer.

Silvia, I also find going back to previous songs in the book a good idea. I didnt do so at first until I realised that songs I didnt play for many days, I made many mistakes when trying to play them after some time and had to learn them again, much quicker than the first time though. But it made me think how weak is my "piano memory" at this point, so started to bookmark all the tricky songs played so far, and at the end of my practise time, I try to play most of them at least once. I think it is a very good exercise.

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#2392705 - Yesterday at 11:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 02/23/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Great idea. I think when I get to the level where I can play the "Greatest Hits", or perhaps after actually finishing this first book, I'll go through a bunch of those and keep them in my playing repertoire to keep my chops up. I'd rather play full songs rather than the short, one page songs we are getting in the lesson book.

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#2392817 - Today at 08:07 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 04/09/13
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Congratulations to all of you working your way through Alfred's! I started lessons in April 2013, off, on, off, etc, etc. Picked up Alfred's again after a long while and see that tunes are a lot easier and the lessons are clearer for me to understand. I went through Happy Birthday once. It's fun now being able to at least pick these tunes out of a lineup. Makes me feel a bit accomplished.
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#2392827 - Today at 08:47 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 10/16/14
Posts: 7
Jorge. I agree with you, Alouette is easy. Amazing I would say that. My teacher has me adding chords to Skip to my Lou and it is proven to be quite a challange.

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#2392977 - Today at 04:08 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Bsw]
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Registered: 09/11/14
Posts: 26
Loc: California
BSW my teacher is the same way. I will pass a song after working on it for a week and then she will add some interpretation that she wants me to perform and I'll be "stuck" working on it for another week. Its fun though, some of the things she adds really make the songs more interesting to play and listen to.
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#2393044 - Today at 08:13 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 10/16/14
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Blackjack you are right. It does make what seems like an easy tune much more interesting. Plus I am learning more theory.

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#2393047 - Today at 08:24 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Bsw]
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Registered: 09/11/14
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Loc: California
My teacher has promoted to On Top of Old Smokey and The Can Can. I'm very happy to be moving out of the blues after being in that section for the last month. I think I was actually starting to get a little blue!! wink
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The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract. By this, and only this, we have existed.
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Adult Beginner - Started learning September 2014
2/3 of the way through Alfred's Adult All in One - Level 1

Knabe WMV-121
Yamaha P-35

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#2393049 - Today at 08:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 09/28/14
Posts: 3
Loc: Southeast PA, USA
I learned Standing in Need of a Prayer, moving on tonight. It seemed relatively easy, especially after listening to it on Youtube first. Figuring out how a piece HAS to sound is not always easy, even with these simple tunes at the beginning of book one.

From now on practicing will become harder. I am working full time again after a maternity leave of 10 weeks. With a toddler and a newborn my hands are always full, literally. Now the only time to do it is late at night. I must figure out who invented headphones. They rank on the same level with sliced bread for me.

Interesting idea about adding chords to a RH-only piece. Do you have to figure them out on your own or do you get guidance?

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