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#1070197 - 02/12/07 08:52 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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#1070198 - 02/13/07 06:50 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Hello,
I’ve bought books of Αlfred’s Adult Piano course Level 1,2,3 but without CDs. Unfortunately here in Greece these books are sold without the CD. Is it possible for you to find a way to give me these Cds, for example by uploading them to the site rapidshare.com?

Many thanks, in advance!

#1070199 - 02/15/07 10:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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The last 10-15 pages of book #1 are tougher than I thought, with different fingerings than Im used to with the C, middle C, and G positions. This really throws me off, and forces me to think about each note again. So, book two will have to remain on the shelf for awhile.


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#1070200 - 02/15/07 10:37 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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hi zoso,

have you trained yourself on reading by intervals? if not you might want to look into it not to undermine or discontinue reading notes (I learned to read notes first then intervals). If you learn to read by intervals you'll see that playing in any key will become easier.

once you get through book one you'll find book 2 to be very easy (well so far). I think book one builds a stronger foundation than you think and you should be pleasantly surprised when you get into book 2. laugh


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#1070201 - 02/15/07 11:23 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Loly, I havent learned to play by intervals other than the interval lessons in Alfreds, BUT, I cheat using intervals all the time! Or at least I thought it was cheating until you mentioned reading by intervals. Now Im curious. Heres what I sometimes do; With right hand, thumb on D, going from E to G with fingers 2and 4, sometime it will click in my brain as a third and I will skip a key as opposed to thinking 4th finger G. Like two different paths to the same note.
Now, if you think a different approach reading by intervale wouldnt hurt my alfreds progress I'd love to see how it works.


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If you're hitting the notes with the correct finger without identifying the notes as being e or g then you're playing by intervals.

you're on the right track it takes practice. by the time you're done with book one you'll be doing it without even thinking. laugh

If you can read notes then concentrate on intervals from now on. My teacher stressed it almost every lesson until I started just doing intervals once I had my initial finger positions I read by intervals unless it was something that was too far up the keyboard.

It's kind of funny because it's true what they say about practicing. After a while you'll be doing things without even thinking and recognizing chords without thinking. One day you'll be sightreading and hit chords correctly without a thought and you'll get such a warm fuzzy feeling.


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#1070203 - 02/15/07 01:24 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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The last 10-15 pages of book #1 are tougher than I thought, with different fingerings than Im used to with the C, middle C, and G positions. This really throws me off, and forces me to think about each note again. So, book two will have to remain on the shelf for awhile.
I hear you...it is very slow going late in book one...I'm just staying the course and working hard. Every so often you get a small break through and move ahead...

Good Luck...

Mark

#1070204 - 02/19/07 06:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Are we all on the same page on what book were in? There are three different Alfred,s Basic Adult Piano Course series of books, one I just mentioned, one also entitled Play Piano Now, and an all in one book. I have the Play Piano Now series, spiral bound. I think it might be easier than the all in one book. Not that it really matters I was just wondering who has what and if anyone knows if a certain series would be better than the others.


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#1070205 - 02/19/07 06:59 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Zoso, I'm in the 3 book series myself...

#1070206 - 02/27/07 05:45 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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I thought I'd bump this up. I was rereading this thread and find it funny that I was complaining about a couple of songs that I now have under my belt and now have new problem songs. I guess its the nature of the beast...

So how is everyone doing in Alfred?

Mark

#1070207 - 02/27/07 09:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Mark, what songs are you working on now? Im going over the last twenty pages and am having trouble with Listen to the Mocking Bird. The end of the song is really cool with the right hand holding sixths and the left playing an arpeggio, sounds great together. Just got to smooth it out.


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#1070208 - 02/28/07 08:26 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Mark, what songs are you working on now? Im going over the last twenty pages and am having trouble with Listen to the Mocking Bird. The end of the song is really cool with the right hand holding sixths and the left playing an arpeggio, sounds great together. Just got to smooth it out.
The Mexican hat and Solo meo are giving me a hard time. Probably because I just dont like the songs at all...

My goal now is to finish the book by the end of June. I think its doable if I can keep up my practice routine.

Mark

#1070209 - 02/28/07 08:34 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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OOOOO mexican hat dance. wheww I'm glad I'm over that but don't dismiss it totally cause book 2 has another mexican fiesta waiting for you guys. he he he he he


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#1070210 - 03/01/07 12:39 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Wow, Im almost finished with the first book. Of the two songs left, Cafe' Vienna is just about under my hands but not up to tempo yet. This is one sweet little tune that I plan to memorize. So far the only one Ive memorized is A Gift to be Simple. How are you all doing?


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#1070211 - 03/01/07 12:53 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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OOOOO mexican hat dance. wheww I'm glad I'm over that but don't dismiss it totally cause book 2 has another mexican fiesta waiting for you guys. he he he he he
Just great!! lol...I really hate that song...

#1070212 - 03/08/07 07:40 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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I finished book 1 in September of 2005. I am currently about half way through book 2. This book doesn't get as much attention as it once did because I am taking my Royal Conservatory exams.
I think it's a great series for adult beginners.

#1070213 - 03/09/07 01:24 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Hi Bob G, I'm currently working on Linus and Lucy and was interested to see your comment on it. I am having the hardest time getting the tempo right so it actually sounds like Linus and Lucy! I can play the hands separately and it sounds great (I'll take your advice and not try that again), but put them together and it's a disaster. I type 90 wpm so you'd think maybe I would have been able to transfer that skill to the piano, but it never occurred to me to think of a piano as a typewriter. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll try that and see if that helps.
Thx!


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#1070214 - 03/09/07 01:50 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Carol, maybe by now you "have it." If you can play "blow the man down" in the alfred's book, then you can do Linus and Lucy. After the intro(left hand) play with both hands but go extremely slow. The first three note with both hands are pretty much on the same time. Then hit the low C with the pinky, Then hit the EDC with the right hand as a triplet while playing the GC with the left hand. You will hear it. then from there it is all downhill. When you transition to the DAH DAH DAH DUMM , make sure you "cheat" and position your right hand where is goes so you are ready to thump it when moving the left hand over. I know this will help you and look forward to hearing your smile.


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The second to last song in book one is entertainer, I thought I would post my recording in case there is anyone out there that is not familiar with the tune.

http://www.box.net/shared/mf1h5zkcl9


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The second to last song in book one is entertainer, I thought I would post my recording in case there is anyone out there that is not familiar with the tune.

http://www.box.net/shared/mf1h5zkcl9
Nicely done Bob. I'm looking forward to it. I'm up to Green Sleeves and working on cleaning up pages 73-84

Thanks

#1070217 - 03/17/07 03:19 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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Hi all

Do you guys learn each song to a point it is memorized complete in your mind?

Or do you practice it until you can play just play it well and then move onto the next one?

Because I can't even remember how to play jingle bells now. Well unless I have the sheet music in front.


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I have a week to practice my pieces and if my teacher is satisfied we move on which averages one week sometimes 2 depending on the piece and if it's giving me trouble.

I don't memorize them because we work on 3 pieces and to me it's not productive to memorize them especially since they're method book pieces and so early into the learning process.

I did start memorizing a repertoir piece she gave me though and those I will memorize as they come along and as I advance more.

When the time comes for serious repertoir memorization I'm planning on a small list

2 classical
1 pop
1 religious
happy birthday
wedding song

and i'll carry another 5 pieces of music sheet of well learned pieces with me wherever I go just in case. laugh


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Hi all

Do you guys learn each song to a point it is memorized complete in your mind?

Or do you practice it until you can play just play it well and then move onto the next one?

Because I can't even remember how to play jingle bells now. Well unless I have the sheet music in front.
I play the songs with the sheet music. Just memorize the technique to play it up to speed. It takes some time to get them up to speed without errors. I do the entire book each day and it keeps the songs fresh as I slowly add more songs from the book...

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I do the entire book each day and it keeps the songs fresh as I slowly add more songs from the book...
eek

How do you find the time? wink


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#1070221 - 03/18/07 06:32 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1  
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For me they get "memorized" just from being played so many times.

For titles I haven't played in awhile I would need the sheet music to refresh.

I work on about five from the Alfreds's book and get "checked off" one or two per lesson when they meet the teacher's requirements.


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[b]I do the entire book each day and it keeps the songs fresh as I slowly add more songs from the book...
eek

How do you find the time? wink [/b]
Initially it didn't take too long, but now about an hour...

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Where do you buy your book from online?

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Where do you buy your book from online?
I bought mine on Amazon, but if you do a search there are tons of places.

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So how is everyone doing? My teacher has stopped me at Scarborough Fair till we clean up and go over the rest of the book to make sure I didn't miss anything. I just started lessons with her about a month ago.Its amazing the little hints a teacher can make that makes the learning process so much easier.

Many of the songs are starting to fall into place with the daily practice. On the side I'm still working on Moonlight in Dm.

Mark

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