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#2532781 - 04/21/16 08:24 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: grypol]
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Originally Posted By grypol
who's stuck on Good People? smile


I am. I think the left hand is awkward. I'm getting better at it, but it's going slow. I'm not crazy about the blues songs in general. I'm also working on Little Brown Jug. Not really crazy about that either. I'll be glad to get past these. I looked ahead a little and think I'll like those songs better.
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#2532800 - 04/21/16 09:59 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: SadieLady]
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Originally Posted By SadieLady
Originally Posted By grypol
who's stuck on Good People? smile


I am. I think the left hand is awkward. I'm getting better at it, but it's going slow. I'm not crazy about the blues songs in general. I'm also working on Little Brown Jug. Not really crazy about that either. I'll be glad to get past these. I looked ahead a little and think I'll like those songs better.


I think once you get use to Little Brown Jug you will like it. I was at a piano store the other day, and while I brought some photocopies of certain songs, I found myself playing this song from memory (first song I tried from memory!). And while I didn't like the first blues song at the time, I now play it daily (I like the creative aspects of that slight staccato touch and syncopation). Which is to say, our minds change as we continue this artistic journey!

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#2532841 - 04/22/16 04:18 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: SadieLady]
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SadieLady

I found Good People quite difficult, don't think I ever did get it up to scratch. Keep going it will come.


Originally Posted By SadieLady
Originally Posted By grypol
who's stuck on Good People? smile


I am. I think the left hand is awkward. I'm getting better at it, but it's going slow. I'm not crazy about the blues songs in general. I'm also working on Little Brown Jug. Not really crazy about that either. I'll be glad to get past these. I looked ahead a little and think I'll like those songs better.

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#2532858 - 04/22/16 06:34 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Towards the back of the book some of the songs require farther jumps around the keyboard, satay from simple triads to more difficult chords, an octave up or down. To stay in time is quite difficult. Would you practice the move over-and-over, or play the song in time and at some point this will come (I.e. Drill vs whole song)?

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#2532872 - 04/22/16 08:39 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Noonie,
I think it's a good general rule that if you're struggling with some part of a song, break it down into a smaller piece and slow down, slow way down. So I would focus on practicing the move hands alone until you have it down. Then slowly increase the speed and bring each part up to tempo. Then slow way down again and try hands together.... You don't necessarily have to do this to the entire song, but sometimes you might. Other times there might be just a few bars with trouble spots that you need to smooth out.
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#2533325 - 04/23/16 06:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
SadieLady Offline
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Thanks Noonie and Marko697. Both songs are getting much better. I've worked so hard on Good People. I'm going to play it at least once a day for awhile. I'm actually getting to like it now.
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#2533496 - 04/24/16 12:39 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
Finfan Offline
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Registered: 01/04/15
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Loc: Arizona USA
My teacher has started using lessons from the Alfred's book since I already have it. I just started on Good People. After about 90 minutes of practice I'm starting to get a bit of a feel for it but I doubt it will be smoothed out by my next lesson. I like how it sounds when done correctly. Now I just have to play it correctly.
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#2535695 - 51 minutes 13 seconds ago Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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I'm on Scarborough Fair and I'm experiencing a both hands challenge...I can play hands separate very easily, but together is much, much slower to learn. Usually a song is a certain degree of challenge for separate and together.

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