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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742210
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Just checking in. I'm going through the Adult All-In-One book one. Started at the end of February and started practicing a lot more lately. Just got through Lavender's Blue today well enough that I think I can move on. I also have the greatest hits, and I'm just starting to be able to play Love Me Tender all the way through.

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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742228
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AKG - welcome and have fun!


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: monkeeys] #2742230
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Originally Posted by monkeeys
I was thinking of the Brent Mydland tune “Tons Of Steel” from In The Dark. Not sure if that’s a lyric now that you mention it.


Here's the lyrics in question (no mention of "derailing this ride"):

I know these rails we're on like I know my lady's smile
Re-see a dozen dreams in every passing mile
Can't begin to count the trips
That she and I have made
But I wish I had a dollar
For each time we both been down this grade

Nine hundred thousand tons of steel
Made to roll
Her brakes don't work and this grade's so steep
Her engine's sure to blow
Nine hundred thousand tons of steel
Out of control
She's more a roller-coaster than the train I used to know

It's one heck of an understatement to say she can get mean
She's temperamental, more a bitch than a machine
She wasn't built to travel at
The speed a rumour flies
These wheels are bound to jump the tracks
Before they burn the ties

Murphy's sure outdone himself to pick this stretch of track
I can only hope my luck is riding in the back
Well I have prayed to God
This ain't the day we meet
I've done about everything
But try dragging my feet

Oo, oo, I wanna go down slow
Oo, oo, oo, oo, oo
Nine hundred thousand tons of steel
Out of control
She's more a roller coaster than the train I used to know


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742322
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Yea, I said that in my recent post. Trust me, I’ve heard all sorts of things in that Dead circle over the last 35yrs. I may have in fact heard, or seen, the words “Derail This Train” and I apologize if that offended you in some way.

Welcome AKG. This Alfred’s course is quite a TRIP. I’m 9 songs from the end and I’ve really liked it so far. Someone else in this group has written well of the Greatest Hits book.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: monkeeys] #2742453
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Originally Posted by monkeeys
Yea, I said that in my recent post. Trust me, I’ve heard all sorts of things in that Dead circle over the last 35yrs. I may have in fact heard, or seen, the words “Derail This Train” and I apologize if that offended you in some way.



No need to apologize at all - you may have misunderstood - I wasn't offended in the least - just curious about the origin of the phrase, which I happen to like & think very appropriate...


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742562
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I wasn’t trying to be a jerk. I had to go back and dig up the lyrics. When I wrote that, for some reason that old tune came to mind. I had listened to them live with Mydland recently but not that tune. I’ve wondered if I was going to eat that derail statement anyway as I found “Scarborough Fair” a little tougher that I had assumed. 🙂 I gotta quit that assuming. I’m on “Raisins and Almonds” now. Ive got to maintain the extra practice schedule for these longer pieces and songs.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742701
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I'm still working on getting "O Sole Mio" to be fluid. Now that I have a pedal I can really hear the difference in this piece. I haven't worked on it that much but only the second ending is a little rough still. I'll continue to work on it while I move on. Started having a preliminary look at "Jericho". It sounds like a fun piece and I don't anticipate that it will take too long to master. Speed continues to be my biggest challenge I think.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742711
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O Sole Mio is a great example for pedal isn’t it? I kept hearing it on mandolin (or Lute?) in my head and adding pedal was the “Ah Hah” moment in getting that sound.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742904
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Finally got up to Lone Star Waltz. It doesn't look to difficult, should move past this quickly (there I go assuming again)!!! Did have some problems with Lavender's Blue and Blow The Man Down, really had to put in a lot of practice time on those pieces, timing seems to be the main culprit with those pieces. Am also pre-practicing ( l & r hand separately) Cafe Vienna, Lullaby and Rock It Away. I've never heard Cafe Vienna before but, it seems pretty straight forward, just taking my time and getting the timing correct.
I also was peering ahead to what's coming ahead in the book. I noticed some blues pieces ahead and am really looking forward to them as blues is one of my fav genres.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2742930
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Thanks for the warm welcome! How much do you guys focus on the Hanon aerobic exercises? I've been using the first one on page 78 for a warm up before I play. I haven't really tried the others yet as number one is still pretty hard.

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Originally Posted by AKG
Thanks for the warm welcome! How much do you guys focus on the Hanon aerobic exercises?


Not at all - too many nice songs to play & too little time...but if you're young and eager they can't hurt and might help...playing them as a warm up might be the best approach...


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I second what Handyman said. You can practice up with some of the early songs in the book or exercises...it's up to you!!!

I like to start with Hanon, then C scale up and down 2 octaves and the Leschetizky exercise on pg 57. Then, I typically go back to Mary Ann and just run through easy songs.

Anything is good exercise for the warm up of your hands.


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I do Hanon and a different scale each time to warm up. I try to make em musical in some way. I was doing “Raisins and Almonds” but having to drop out for a few days with an Olympic sized flare up of arthritis. It’s a bummer since I’m close to the end of book 1.


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It's gotten quiet in here...

I'm still inching along. Finished "Jericho". I thought it was pretty easy compared to the couple pieces prior to it.

Just started working on "The Stranger". So far, it doesn't seem too difficult.

Summer weather and outside chores are making it more difficult to play as much as I would like, for the length of time that I would like, but at least I do something every day, even it it's only a few minutes.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...] #2744417
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I got started back with “Raisins and Almonds” and some past pieces today. Still a little sore but happy to be back at it.


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I've looked ahead at "Raisins" and tried it a little - sounds interesting - currently working on "Scarborough" - nice melodic piece - remember a version by Simon & Garfunkle some years ago - also working on "O Canada" from "Jumbo Easy Piano Book" - really like this Anthem!


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I really enjoyed “Raisins and Almonds” alot. I had never heard it and didn’t know the history either. I haven’t played for anybody since starting but I played this for my mother and she was impressed with the song. I’m sure it was the tune and not my playing. 😢🙂 I’m back to the start stage with “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. This seems to be the most up tempo song that we’ve had so far.


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I think I mostly have "The Stranger" down. I still made like 2 mistakes last night doing the Play With Me section of the video on Lets Play Piano Methods YouTube channel, and I'm pretty sure my dynamics aren't on spot yet. I think I'll continue to perfect that but move on to "Greensleeves". I seem to be taking about 10 days for each new piece. Of course, once in awhile I have to work on something else just to keep it interesting.


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I have done a face-plant into "At Last". I know I struggle at the beginning of every piece but this one has really tripped me up. For some reason the consecutive 1/8th notes with the two slurred together in the middle just totally destroy my ability to keep time. That is even without attempting the syncopation or pedal. I think I'll be on this one for a while.


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Anyone working with the Alfred's Basic Adult Jazz/Rock Course book? Pretty sure that you can begin this after you've reached a page in the 70's of the All-In-One Level 1 book. I did a search and only found a couple posts where someone said they had ordered it.

It seems like there are several versions and I'm trying to decide if I should buy one, and which one to buy.


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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
Anyone working with the Alfred's Basic Adult Jazz/Rock Course book?


Not familiar with it, except for the excerpts from it included in AIO, 1 - that might be one you would want a good teacher grounded in those genres because of the special techniques and unique rhythms involved...


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