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#1601325 - 01/20/11 08:36 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: fliper]  
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Originally Posted by fliper

denjin, nice you can practise in campus.

I am in "Standing in the need of Prayer" and playing Hanon exercises. How much time did you spend in Hanon Aerobics before start the next one (Alouette)?

I played some pieces of "Christmas Book - Level 1" in Christmas (at up "Suzy Snowflake"). It is an easy book, good for starters play something at Christmas.

Now I am planning to start the first piece of "All Time Favourites" book.

nipo, The Entertainer is one piece that I would like to play. I will arrive there sooner or later...


My self-teaching one hasn't had Hanon exercises in it yet...how odd. I think they'd be more useful before Blow the Man Down (or the ones just before it) due to a lot of extended range playing outside of the normal 5 finger stuff. I got a Hanon book recently maybe I should go through it since your book seems to have it.


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#1601460 - 01/20/11 02:03 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: fliper]  
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Awesome, nipo! I can't wait to get to those songs.

I found the Music Centre on campus and have been there twice this week. As much as I like my CLP-320 I would definitely own an acoustic piano if I lived in a detached house. Also, even these cheap ancient uprights have better keys than my CLP-320 (which seemed better than cheaper models I tried). I must resist spending money until the end of the year, though! This is what I've been playing on this week - http://www.pianospares.com/john-broadwood-and-sons-upright-piano/default.htm.

I've pretty much got Blow the Man Down in about 2 hours of practice. It's very fun if you play it at a fast speed!


That is great you have a music centre you can practice on at campus that must make the practice/study balance a bit easier to maintain. I'm in an apartment myself and owning an acoustic just isn't feasible for me either. I look forward to my lessons and getting to play on my teachers acoustic as often as possible.

I did the same thing with Blow the Man Down playing it faster and faster. I'd repeat it ad nauseam slightly increasing the speed each time until I'd lose it then start over. I think i nearly drove my girlfriend insane. I had a problem keeping a nice legato in it though as i preferred pounding it out in more of a drunkin tune manner.

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Hi Nipo,

I really enjoyed the Amazing Grace piece. I think it has a lot of flexibility it that you can make it your own. Play it fast play it slow etc. Just remember the triplets. I over looked them at first.

Enjoy!


I started looking at Amazing Grace a bit today to break up The Entertainer practice. I see what you mean about the triplets as it really changes the feel of the song if you don't follow that notation. I'm already finding it more of a challenge with the amount your hands jump around. Overall it is a nice sounding piece.

Originally Posted by fliper


nipo, The Entertainer is one piece that I would like to play. I will arrive there sooner or later...



I was feeling the same way. This and Singing in the Rain were the two songs I wanted to learn most from book one.

#1601797 - 01/20/11 11:18 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]  
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Just starting out again (after a long time away from my keyboard) and am beginning with Alfreds BAPC 1. Im going it alone as I dont have time for lessons and I guess I just like doing things my own way. I would also like to learn chords and am in need of a good source for that.
Wish everyone well, Steve

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Originally Posted by nipo
I did the same thing with Blow the Man Down playing it faster and faster. I'd repeat it ad nauseam slightly increasing the speed each time until I'd lose it then start over. I think i nearly drove my girlfriend insane. I had a problem keeping a nice legato in it though as i preferred pounding it out in more of a drunkin tune manner.


I just started on BTMD two days ago, but have only had time to (barely) get practice time in (have to stick to that MOYD promise, so I shoot for 10 minutes minimum). In the few attempts I've made at it, I find I tend to play the left hand almost staccato, against legato in the right hand. Pretty sure I do that only because I find it amusing. Probably not a good idea, technique-wise, but...not like I have a teacher to worry about. smile

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#1602741 - 01/22/11 07:36 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: denjin]  
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Originally Posted by denjin
My self-teaching one hasn't had Hanon exercises in it yet...how odd.

Do you have the "Alfred Self-Teaching Piano Course" (Yellow Book)? I thought that this was the most complete Alfred Adult Book.
http://www.amazon.com/Alfreds-Self-Teaching-Adult-Piano-Course/dp/0739052055/
Maybe they decided that Hanon was not needed.

I am impressed with those of you that are playing BTMD without too much problems.






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Originally Posted by fliper
Originally Posted by denjin
My self-teaching one hasn't had Hanon exercises in it yet...how odd.

Do you have the "Alfred Self-Teaching Piano Course" (Yellow Book)? I thought that this was the most complete Alfred Adult Book.
http://www.amazon.com/Alfreds-Self-Teaching-Adult-Piano-Course/dp/0739052055/
Maybe they decided that Hanon was not needed.

I am impressed with those of you that are playing BTMD without too much problems.


Yeah I have the self teaching one but don't see Hanon in it. I actually went through the whole book just now and there is no Hanon in it. However, I got a Hanon book separately anyway, so it's no biggie.

I can't wait till Tuesday's lesson as I've been playing the same 5 songs for like 2 weeks now and can't wait to get passed to go on to more. laugh


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#1603032 - 01/22/11 04:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]  
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I have a question for all of you. I am just getting into the pieces that require you to move your hand position (ie. Cafe Vienna) and am finding my hands just don't want to move sometimes, it's as if they are rooted in only playing 5 keys per bar. I was wondering if besides straight up practice you guys and gals had any tips making your hands/arms be more mobile.

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Originally Posted by denjin

Yeah I have the self teaching one but don't see Hanon in it. I actually went through the whole book just now and there is no Hanon in it. However, I got a Hanon book separately anyway, so it's no biggie.


The first exercise of AIO 1 book seems the same of the first of the "Virtuoso Pianist - Hanon"

Virtuoso Pianist - Hanon link:
http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Virtuoso_Pianist_%28Hanon,_Charles-Louis%29

I did not find the second exercise of AIO 1 in Virtuso Pianist.

I decided to practise both exercises before continue to "Alouette".

I started the first piece of "All Times Favourite". It is not hard and is funny (it is a German sond I do not know it). But the second one is much harder imo.



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#1608551 - 01/30/11 01:38 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]  
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Hello, all!

I just registered on this site today, and excited to know that so many piano buddies are using the exact same book!

Here is what I recorded today. Hope to hear yours too!

Cockles And Mussels

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Sounding good, Wish4Thing! "Cockles and Mussels" was one of the pieces that I really liked in Book 1 - probably because I liked the sound of moving the chords up a step with each measure, and because it was one of the few pieces that came relatively easy to me. You are doing great - keep up the good work, and welcome to the Alfred threads.


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#1609172 - 01/31/11 01:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: mom3gram]  
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Thank you for your encouragement, mom3gram! I took a sneak peek at your watercolor paintings, they are beautiful!

I never had a teacher... so I'm sure there're things that I'm not doing correctly... feel free to give me some pointers if you hear something wrong in my recording!

Here is another one: On Top Of Old Smoky

It sounds like everybody is progressing onto Level 2 now... I'll try to catch up:)

Have a great week!



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#1609217 - 01/31/11 04:22 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Wish4 Thing]  
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Originally Posted by Wish4 Thing

It sounds like everybody is progressing onto Level 2 now...


Welcome to this thread wish4thing.
I am in Hanon exercises, before Alouette. I have a long way to Alfred 2.
I think that reading this thread from the beginning we learn a lot and do not need to ask so many questions as thread started from now.

Mom3gram, I just noticed that you add one more book to your collection, the "Masterwork Classics 1-2"


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Hi Everyone i wanted to ask for help.

My Daughter and myself are working through book one and are currently on Mary Ann, but my 2 year old snapped the CD frown

If any of you would be willing to zip up the midi files for me it would be great, We are playing along ok, its just i need to know how it sounds.

I will buy a new one if i have to but it was just a cry for help

thanks

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P.S all files would be good but if not 19 is Mary Ann


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#1609311 - 01/31/11 09:17 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Wish4 Thing]  
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Nice job, wish4thing!

Rest assured, not *all* of us are progressing on to Level 2, just yet. smile I'm starting with a new teacher this week, so hopefully I won't have to completely rewind and start Level 1 from the beginning shocked

Take care, and thanks to all for the support and encouragement -- it really helps to have some companions on this journey!

#1609335 - 01/31/11 10:28 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]  
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Nice recordings wish4thing it sounds great.

How do you like the Masterworks classics books Mom3gram?


My teacher passed me on The Entertainer and Somewhere Over the Rainbow but recommend I spend another week working on Singing in the Rain and Amazing Grace. Also, she gave me Beethoven's Ecossaise WoO 23 to work on. So far it is a nice change from the standard Alfred Pieces.

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If any of you would be willing to zip up the midi files for me it would be great, We are playing along ok, its just i need to know how it sounds.


See this, PianoNoobAlexMan recorded all pieces Alfred Adult Basic 1
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PianoNoobAlexMan



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Thanks Fliper


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Littleted: check this out: Track 23.wma

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Hey guys I'm at the end of Alfred's 1, kind of stuck on the syncopation for "The Entertainer". Thanks fliper for the links to the mp3s that's very helpful to hear how they're supposed to sound. And Thanks to PianoNoobAlexMan for recording the videos, those are very helpful.

I recently started a thread about repertoire books. I'm not sure if everyone here saw it, if not you may be interested to have a look:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1610121/1.html

I'm curious what you all plan to do once you finish book 1? I already bought book 2 and I plan to do half book 2 and half repertoire pieces. I don't have teacher.


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nipo, as far as the Masterwork Classics Book - it's a good change from Alfred. Short pieces that look simple, but aren't necessarily. But they sound much more interesting than the beginner Alfred pieces, and there are a few of them that are downright pretty. There is a lot more hands together note playing instead of just chords in the left hand.

cunparis - a lot of us who are doing Book 2 are alternating between the book and repertoire, or the book and other method books. It's slower, but much more interesting that way.


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Thanks everybody for the great thread and the many useful tips. I started Book 1 last year and finished it last night. I used the edition with the added Teacher guide sections for self-study, and enjoyed the experience. I was invited to NAMM this year. So I went to the Alfred Publishing booth to let them know what a neat edition it was. Then I asked what about levels 2 & 3? They said that the self-study guide edition of book 1 was so successful for them that they are planning on publishing books 2 and 3 in the future with the added teachers guides as well. But they wouldn't commit when that would happen. Just thought I'd let you know, though, in case you were curious as I was. 'Couldn't come soon enough!

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Evening all ! Anyone remember me ? lol I feel like a stranger in here again. I started the Alred course about 6 months ago but then started a univeristy course and learning piano kinda got lost along the way. I hate that and am going to start the whole thing over again at the start of book 1 !

Anyone else had any similar issues with keeping their motivation up ?


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Hi SmokestackLightnin', I have often wondered what happened to you. It is nice to hear that you are back at the piano again.
Since you are starting from the beginning, make sure you grumble a lot about Blow the Man Down (even though you are likely to have less trouble the second time around).
Welcome Back!!!!


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Welcome back, SmokestackLightnin! I've restarted with level 1 book close to 10 times now:) I hope this time this thread can motivate me to get through it!:) Thanks to the very supportive group of people here!

Here is my recording of the week...: Good People! (pretty difficult one for me...)

cunparis, thanks for the "repertoire books" thread! lots of informative insights in that thread!


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I finished book one yesterday! My teacher and I decided to skip 2 pieces, At Last and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas so I'm all done with book one. My favorite pieces were Somewhere Over the Rainbow and The Entertainer(i hope to learn the original version some day). I've picked up book two and am planning to work through it in conjunction with a few other pieces.

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Congratulations, nipo!

would you mind posting your recording of the Entertainer if any? I'd like to see how far off I am without a teacher...:)

Have a great weekend!


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I'm still plugging away at Book 1. For whatever reason, I decided to pull out the CD and listen to the backing tracks today. What a gas. The band on that rocking melody song just after Brahm's Lullaby needs to learn how to swing the beat a little. Trying to play along with a rock solid 4/4 is b.o.r.i.n.g. HAHAHA.

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The CD that comes with the book has horrible backing on one of the channels.

If you have an ipod / mp3 player or can change the balance of L&R, you can silence the backing so you can just listen to the piano.

That helps a lot when you don't know the piece and need to hear it without all that other noise in the CD tracks.

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Hi, I'm a long time lurker (trying to get caught up with the thread, but 142 pages is a long slog, I'm on 42 now) and I've been working through Alfred's All-In-One.

I've got a question about 'When the Saints Go Marching In' Up until now, I've been playing all the songs in a legato kind of way with notes running right up to the next one, but now that the book has introduced slur notation (i.e. Legato) I'm not sure what to do with songs like Saints that don't include it. Does that mean that for notes with no slur that I should be playing very distinctly?

I've tried playing it both ways (one with the notes running into each other, and another with the notes distinct) and I think I like the latter approach, but I want to be learning the correct way, not necessarily the way that I like it.

Can anyone share the correct way to play notes that are written cleanly with no slur or stuccato notation?

How does the CD do it (My book didn't come with one so I don't have the 'official' version to compare with.)

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