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#2566624 - 08/27/16 06:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 12/22/15
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i'm new playing started self teaching and after suggestions I got a teacher, had my first lesson a few days ago. my teacher teaches school ad does private lessons, has over 80 students in private lessons. here is what he told me: he told me book one is just about being able to count and playing the correct notes as well as learning the notes, book 2 is where you learn to stay in time. so basically book 1 you worry more about playing correct notes and not worry about perfecting the time. I suppose that will come in time so I will continue to upload on youtube as I progress so everyone can see my mistakes and know you are not alone.
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#2566729 - 08/28/16 06:27 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: CRTT]
Noonie Offline
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Originally Posted By CRTT
i'm new playing started self teaching and after suggestions I got a teacher, had my first lesson a few days ago. my teacher teaches school ad does private lessons, has over 80 students in private lessons. here is what he told me: he told me book one is just about being able to count and playing the correct notes as well as learning the notes, book 2 is where you learn to stay in time. so basically book 1 you worry more about playing correct notes and not worry about perfecting the time. I suppose that will come in time so I will continue to upload on youtube as I progress so everyone can see my mistakes and know you are not alone.


My teacher has stressed 'playing in time' on every song I've learned, with as much or more importance than playing the correct note.

I view "being able to count" as understanding how long a note should be played in relation to other notes, which you could do while clapping, tapping your legs or saying out loud - one, two, three...or one-and-two-and-three,one-and (and so on). And then being able to replicate this on the piano. Alouette is a good song to learn this relatively easily.

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#2566815 - 08/28/16 01:31 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: CRTT]
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Originally Posted By CRTT
i'm new playing started self teaching and after suggestions I got a teacher, had my first lesson a few days ago. my teacher teaches school ad does private lessons, has over 80 students in private lessons. here is what he told me: he told me book one is just about being able to count and playing the correct notes as well as learning the notes, book 2 is where you learn to stay in time. so basically book 1 you worry more about playing correct notes and not worry about perfecting the time. I suppose that will come in time so I will continue to upload on youtube as I progress so everyone can see my mistakes and know you are not alone.


CRTT I definitely agree with Noonie on this, you should be staying in rhythm from the very start of playing and not waiting until book #2!

If you look at p 13 of the Alfred's #1 book you will see an example of how to correctly count quarter notes and half notes. Rhythm is taught from the very start. I would highly recommend to get your rhythm down from the beginning and not wait to focus on that until book #2.
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#2566821 - 08/28/16 01:49 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Agree with blackjack and Noonie here. Get rhythm right first. If you do sight reading exercises you'll learn that hitting the right notes isn't as important as keeping rhythm. Book one does introduce dotted quarter notes. You'll definitely want to get that right smile
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#2568738 - 09/05/16 09:24 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Registered: 11/11/15
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After being unable to play for about four months it is great to be back at the piano. The first week has answered a number of questions. Would I still enjoy it as much as before? Be able to put as much effort an energy in playing? How much have I forgotten?

It felt like a daunting task. Ok, I didn't have to start all over, but it certainly felt that way.

To get back to where I was before, and not make it a frustrating boring exercise, I had the following plan:
- start Alfred 1 again, playing each piece to 'passing' level
- sight read everything

Since memorising pieces is natural to me, my sight reading skills are quite underdeveloped. But now I hadn't played for such a while, I had forgotten everything (well, of course that is not entirely correct, but it certainly felt that way). So I figured my break from piano playing this would be an excellent opportunity to work on sight reading.

I started out slow - on day one I only did some very simple exercises to get back the feeling. My strength, balance and stability in my hands was not there. As a result there was lots of tension in my body (my back got sore in the area of my shoulder baldes). I struggled with playing to an even, controlled volume at first. Playing fluid (legato) with a good sound was easier to get back.

Sight reading was an excellent choice. Not only did it make rehashing the old stuff feel fresh and give me much confidence when I could sight read everything from the beginning of the book in one go, but I actually improved quite a lot.

I'm at Lullaby right now, everything has been going pretty quick - nice feeling when you have to spend less than half an hour on BTMD smile

I have slowed down somewhat since I got obsessed over getting the crescendos in Cafe Vienna just right. And now I got obsessed about Lullaby, just like the first time I learned this wink

Before my injury I was at Chiapanecas, I expect to get back there in 1-2 weeks (depending on how many obsessions I develop along the way - Can Can, here I come).

And then a couple of more weeks to relearn Fundamental Keys.

All in all, very happy to be back.
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#2569208 - 09/06/16 10:17 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
sonjbean Offline
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Registered: 08/29/16
Posts: 1
Loc: Australia
Are there any relatively new beginners here still? smile
I've just started playing (had my fourth lesson yesterday) and am up to pg 33 (money can't buy everything) of the basic version. My teacher assigned about 5 new songs this week so I have a lot to practice! smile Really loving it so far though, I'm excited to play every day. I'm loving reading all of your posts and they're giving me a lot of hope to keep going.
She hasn't given me any scales or anything yet though, and I was wondering if you guys practice scales etc alongside this or just continue working through the book?


Edited by sonjbean (09/06/16 10:18 PM)

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#2569271 - 09/07/16 06:50 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: sonjbean]
Spiro Offline
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Registered: 05/02/16
Posts: 6
Just this week I picked up where I left off when I put the book down a month or so ago. I wanted to take a break from "method" and spend some time on "repertoire", so I picked up the RCM Grade 1 books and "Masterwork Classics Level 3" by Jane Magrath. That gave me some great variety and I think I learned how to apply a lot of the knowledge I've gained in going through the Alfred's book.

But, the pendulum swung back so I'm back into Alfred's (while polishing pieces from the other books). Currently working on Scarborough Fair -- it's trickier than I expected mostly due to the chord changes in the left hand.

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#2569273 - 09/07/16 07:03 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: sonjbean]
bSharp[C]yclist Offline
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Registered: 02/18/16
Posts: 299
Loc: Orange County, California
Originally Posted By sonjbean
Are there any relatively new beginners here still? smile
I've just started playing (had my fourth lesson yesterday) and am up to pg 33 (money can't buy everything) of the basic version. My teacher assigned about 5 new songs this week so I have a lot to practice! smile Really loving it so far though, I'm excited to play every day. I'm loving reading all of your posts and they're giving me a lot of hope to keep going.
She hasn't given me any scales or anything yet though, and I was wondering if you guys practice scales etc alongside this or just continue working through the book?


I don't think it hurts to do scales in the beginning. My teacher had me start with 5 finger scales, major/minor triads. Something like this, focusing on a steady tempo and making each note clear, no blurring.

https://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/e111c3b1de6989a56c56c9358ac1b2399a4d7cc6
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#2570566 - 09/12/16 07:08 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
Wry Meanders Offline
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Registered: 09/10/16
Posts: 1
Loc: Adelaide, Australia
Hello Piano World. I've been lurking for a while but finally signed up. I'm the wrong side of 50 and have just started teaching myself using the Alfred's book. I got the "Self Teaching" version of book one with the DVD and proper MP3s of the pieces so I can see and hear how the pieces are meant to sound.

Been doing a few pages each week and up to the challenging Blow The Man Down; it's gradually sounding better with lots of practice smile

The posts here have been quite useful and I've picked up a few tips so thanks for that.

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#2571463 - 09/15/16 05:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
Noonie Offline
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Registered: 06/02/15
Posts: 187
I stated learning Over the Rainbow in late June and I've finally got it. That. Took. Long. crazy

It must have helped my skills though, because I'm now playing At Last ok after only one week, though I probably need another two weeks to get it.

I'm also learning Singing in the Rain. Good thing is I'm much better at learning a song's timing right from the start, as I've found a way in my mind to play a measure or two with a mix of notes (1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 (including dotted)) on time, where as before I "got" this much later in the learning.

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#2571585 - 09/15/16 02:15 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Noonie]
blackjack1777 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/14
Posts: 380
Loc: California
Noonie, congrats on finishing Over the Rainbow. That whole back section is a lot more difficult than the regular lessons in the Alfred's book so it takes a while. Definitely an accomplishment in my view.
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#2572414 - 09/19/16 02:26 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
tommac Offline
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Registered: 09/15/16
Posts: 2
Loc: uk
Hi folks--not sure I should be posting here as strictly speaking I am learning to play keyboard.(My wife just bought me a Yamaha Tyros 4) .I am a total "true" beginner at 58 hence the decision to go with keyboard for fun,
Anyway my Alfred's All in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 arrived today ( no cd but found youtube) .Can`t wait to improve on my 2 weeks playing from the internet. Here`s hoping.

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#2572467 - 09/19/16 04:47 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
nancyde Offline
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Registered: 06/12/15
Posts: 65
Welcome to the adventure. I was several years older than you when I started and have loved every minute. We will enjoy hearing how you are progressing.

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#2572470 - 09/19/16 04:59 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
tommac Offline
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Registered: 09/15/16
Posts: 2
Loc: uk
Thanks---loads to learn both musically and technically.

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#2573007 - 09/21/16 08:40 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
CQlady Offline
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Registered: 09/21/16
Posts: 3
Loc: boston
Hello: I'm brand new here. I'm actually on page 117 working on Good People. I just learned about courtesy accidentals (I didn't notice it on Why Am I Blue?) because of this forum and so I thought I'd sign up laugh. I was so confused and didn't know how to word it in google "why would there be a natural on the first note of a measure when it isn't supposed to be a flat or sharp" I think is what I went with. Not sure how it brought me here but alas, here I am. This is the first song I'm having trouble with getting the timing right. Turns out I'm going way too fast. But I've slowed down and I think I've got the hang of it. I think this is really the first time that the metronome has helped out tremendously. Should have it done by the end of the week. I tend to do one song a week or so but then I keep playing it for a while. I go back all the way to Blow The Man Down on page 89 and reply songs I like so I don't get too frustrated. I'm rambling now but just wanted to say hi! So glad there are other people here doing this book too.

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