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Re: Beginner-Intermediate Level Piano Groups (want to join one?)
#1020452 06/07/06 11:51 AM
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sweet, i will order the book today also. i was a bit confused a first because there was one by martin mann and that was cheaper---but tim richards i will get. i am surfing to amazon now to check the prices and half.com to see where i can get it the cheapest:)


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Re: Beginner-Intermediate Level Piano Groups (want to join one?)
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I'll be happy to shepherd a thread for the group, which appears to comprise (at this point):
pastafarian (me), funburger, Ishmael, petrof1, kokomo61 and keyboard samurai.

I've completed most of the first chapter and don't mind furnishing tips and moral support (the book is early-intermediate, but, except for the first lesson it is NOT super easy). Aside from the first piece, there are --in my opinion-- two fairly simple pieces in the first chapter, two or three more that don't present any special challenges (excluding the "extra work"), and a couple that I find quite tricky (the last 2 and the damn tremolos in "Trill Blues"). The rest are solidly in what I would call late-beginner, early-intermediate territory.

I'll wait until a few more of us get our books then we can decide where to go. Sound good?


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Originally posted by pastafarian:
I'll be happy to shepherd a thread for the group, which appears to comprise (at this point):
pastafarian (me), funburger, Ishmael, petrof1, kokomo61 and keyboard samurai.

I've completed most of the first chapter and don't mind furnishing tips and moral support (the book is early-intermediate, but, except for the first lesson it is NOT super easy). Aside from the first piece, there are --in my opinion-- two fairly simple pieces in the first chapter, two or three more that don't present any special challenges (excluding the "extra work"), and a couple that I find quite tricky (the last 2 and the damn tremolos in "Trill Blues"). The rest are solidly in what I would call late-beginner, early-intermediate territory.

I'll wait until a few more of us get our books then we can decide where to go. Sound good?
Okay, I'll give it a try. I just ordered the book from Amazon. It should arrive by the end of next week or so says Amazon.

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Great Pastafarian! You can count me in on the IMPROVISING BLUE PIANO group. smile
It's a great book, has alot of history and pictures
too,some great explanations on how to play the different tunes. The range of difficulty varies throughout the book. There are pieces there on the beginning level, intermediate and towards the back of the book a few of the pieces seem even a little advanced. I've played around a little with one piece in the beginning of the book, but I'm going to wait until everyone gets their books. This should be fun! wink


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Welcome aboard, soleil_nuage! I love your handle!


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I ordered the book, but Amazon states I won't get it until July 1 to July 18 frown

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I ordered the book, but Amazon states I won't get it until July 1 to July 18 frown
The big music stores usually have these kind of books, you might wanna check them out if you have one nearby. Also, since the book is scheduled to arrive in about a month, I think you can just cancel your order from Amazon if you find the book.

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Ok, I'm thinking the Improvising Blues by Tim Richards might be a bit tough for me, but I'm in as it is something I'd like to try. Add me to the group!

If anyone else is interested in the classical book I mentioned,

My First Classical Book

then let me know as I'd like to practice that too!

Cheers

Ash

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I believe Sheetmusicplus.com has the IMPROVISING BLUE PIANO book and CD. It's a little pricy, but it's a BIG book with alot of blues history and photographs as well as some fine Blue music. When I ordered mine it took about 2 weeks. wink


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angelojf, you might try Tim Richards' website. I don't know if he ship to North America, and I haven't done the Euro conversion to see what his prices are like. I'll start an ABF thread strictly for IBP later today and post my impressions of the pieces I've learned.

As a preview, the very first lesson discusses major triads. In fact, the whole first chapter uses only tones 1 through 5 of the major scale, almost exclusively tones 1,3 and 5, with flatted 3rds and 5ths thrown in as passing tones and "crushed" notes. The first piece is a 111144115511 C blues with a quarter note r353 bass line and whole note root position triads in the right hand. There is a further exercise to play the triads on the first upbeat and last downbeat of each measure. BTW, this second exercise is typical of what you get in the Boogie Woogie Hanon at the beginning.

He suggests a rather useless (in my opinion) fingering trick that allows a bit more of a legato feel for the chord changes that is never used again in the book, so I'll ignore it, though I studiously learned it when I started.

As an aside, I looked at some of the scores people are suggesting for the intermediate-early advanced group: way out of my league.
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i think an IBP study group is a GREAT idea! thumb i'd love to participate, but, i'm afraid that with my limited practice time i had better not dilute my current course of study. i'll look in from time to time and maybe in 6 months or so i'll be able to join in.

i hope everyone does well with this!

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sorry, dupe

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If this survey is still being done. (I'm way behind on my Internet affairs!).

What piano materials do you have?
(Don't panic, I'm not using all of these all at once!)
- John Thompson's Adult Piano Course Book One (Preparatory)
- Basic Piano for Adults by Helene Robinson (hand-me-down from family)
- Bartok's Mikrokosmos 1 & 2
- Piano Pieces for Children (has a few beginner pieces)
- Library of Piano Classics (very few somewhat easy enough ones)
- a book of easy Christmas carols
- a sonatina by Lichner (old photocopy from a previous teacher)
- Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist by Ross Ramsay
- Keyboard Strategies for the Older Beginner, Master Text II (what my last teacher used to teach me chords. I'm not using it right now, but I plan to soon)
- Hanon & Czerny. Blech!
- a bunch of pop songs (easy and not easy)
- and a ton of stuff beyond my level which I just have on the shelf (Clementi's sonatinas, Chopin's nocturnes, Bach's 2-part inventions...), since I got a lot of books from family who got to more advanced levels but don't play anymore.

Are you starting completely from scratch or have you had any music/piano experience?
I took lessons for a long time (childhood/teens) but my main teacher (the one I had for the longest time) didn't teach me technique. So I was still in beginner level when I stopped (6 years ago).

Do you already have beginning level piano instruction books?
Yes, see above.

Would you be willing to purchase some on your own?
Yes, as long as it is not too expensive.

Are you planning on taking lessons?
Yes. I just don't know when because I'm still looking for a teacher. (I cannot afford most teachers).

Are you planning on teaching yourself?
Yes, for now. I may be self-teaching for a while until I find a teacher.

Is there any particular music you would like to learn to play?
Mostly classical but also pop.

Re: Beginner-Intermediate Level Piano Groups (want to join one?)
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The improvising blues group will be a stretch for me as well, but i'll never learn if I dont push myself so count me in. I just ordered the book today.


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#1020467 06/10/06 07:56 PM
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What piano materials do you have?
At home I play a Kawai MP8.
As far as printed music, a fair collection of classics, mostly Bach and Chopin. Plus a few others.

Are you starting completely from scratch or have you had any music/piano experience?
I've been an on-and-off self-taught piano for 20 years, mostly off. I classify myself as a middle intermediate.

Do you already have beginning level piano instruction books?
No.

Would you be willing to purchase some on your own?
I'd prefer working directly from example pieces, instead of graded books.

Are you planning on taking lessons?
No.

Are you planning on teaching yourself?
Yes. However my mother is a piano teacher and once in a while she might give me pointers.

Is there any particular music you would like to learn to play?
Strictly classical. I'm particularly interested in Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mussorgsky, and most Russian composers such as Shostakovich.


Piano: Kawai MP8; Interest: classical, self-taught. Occupation: electronics engineer 25 yrs.
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Barbara,

You might want to consider looking at the Intermediate-Early Advanced group.


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Zoso,

Here's the link for the Improvising Blues group.


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Bumping this up....

Anyone else interested? Any other suggestions for songs/piano pieces/method books to study as a group?


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Bumping up again, just in case...


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