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#1077797 - 12/09/04 02:16 PM Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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Hi guys. I am a beginner (40 yrs old) and attempting this as my first piece. It's going well, considering I have to decipher the bass clef notes. LOL I can read treble clef, but not bass clef. I start lessons tomorrow, but couldn't wait to get started.

This is from the Hal Leonard version of the book, and it's the "Easy Piano" version. Boy do I need that!!! Anyone else love this piece? It has such interesting notes together making some very dissonant sounding chords. I love that stuff. I've got the first page worked out, but at a slow pace. Now, I've got to move on to the key change part!!!

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#1077798 - 12/09/04 02:21 PM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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I love that song, and I don't even celebrate Christmas. I also love Linus and Lucy. My first goal is to be able to play it, at least a dumbed down version, but even that's a long way off. Most "easy piano" stuff isn't even that easy for me.


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#1077799 - 12/09/04 08:02 PM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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Welcome chprout! That happens to be the third Christmas tune I learned. (The first was Silent Night and the second Do you Hear what I Hear.) The arrangement I learned was from "The Ultimate Christmas Collection". I was able to play everything except the "solo" at the end of the piece.

I've been playing for a little over a year, so now you have a goal for next Christmas. wink

#1077800 - 12/09/04 08:16 PM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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This is a wonderful piece. A little story: I used to get all emotional when I'd watch this on TV or slip the video into the VCR. And like a month and a half ago, I was at a concert with my choir and the children's choir's pianist disappeared, and so I had to sight read it in concert. I loved it then and I love it now.


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#1077801 - 12/10/04 10:53 AM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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I love this song! A Charlie Brown Christmas was just on this past Tuesday and I got all nostalgic. What a great piece for the holidays. Welcome, and keep up the good work, chprout.

Cheers!
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#1077802 - 12/10/04 09:20 PM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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Originally posted by chprout:
Hi guys. I am a beginner (40 yrs old) and attempting this as my first piece. It's going well, considering I have to decipher the bass clef notes. LOL I can read treble clef, but not bass clef. I start lessons tomorrow, but couldn't wait to get started.

This is from the Hal Leonard version of the book, and it's the "Easy Piano" version. Boy do I need that!!! Anyone else love this piece? It has such interesting notes together making some very dissonant sounding chords. I love that stuff. I've got the first page worked out, but at a slow pace. Now, I've got to move on to the key change part!!!
Cool. I just got this song to practice this week from my teacher. I think mine's an intermediate version but, it's pretty easy to play. After I get it down, he'll going to teach me how to improvise! Can't wait.


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#1077803 - 12/12/04 10:09 AM Re: Charlie Brown Christmas music - Christmas Time is Here  
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I'm definitely a beginner too, and a newbie to posting, altho I've been lurking for awhile. I just came back to playing after a 30+ year absence, we bought a piano this fall. I only played for 3 or 4 years as a kid. Anyway, Charlie Brown has always been my favorite Christmas show, and I bought the easy piano version and have been playing Christmas Time Is Here. I played it for my teacher and she said she could tell I really like that piece. My teacher is Korean and was familiar with the Peanuts characters but not the songs and she was surprised when I played it, she was expecting it to be a kids piece, she really liked it. It's really been fun to play that piece, and challenging, I'm definitely a novice compared to some of the people here, that's why I never wanted to post. But I had to chime in when I saw this post.


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