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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #3 [Re: Mark...] #2250130
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Thanks for the welcome.

I've been working on "Super Special Sorta Song", "Calypso Rhumba" and "Fandango" and will be for the next week (spring break no piano lessons). None of the 3 seem to be overly challenging so I'm hoping to work out the details and get a pass on them when lessons resume.

Also, working on a "Beach Buggy Boogie" and "Misty Night Blues" from the Jazz, Rags and Blues series and "A Little Joke" from the Masterwork Classics series.

Of the 6, Misty Night Blues is giving me the most issues - but I like the piece.


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Bump - is anyone still working in this book?

Currently working on Grand Piano Band, A Very Special Day and Classy Rag.



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I Love this book. I use the Alfred All in One series to teach my students with great success! I especially love the classics such as Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, and Toccata in d minor towards the back of the book. Usually when students get to this level, things get really fun and intellectually stimulating.


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LessonsOTW, many people finish at least Alfred's Book One but find hand independence difficult -- for example as might be found in Petzold's Minuet in G. This is not surprising given the chord emphasis in Alfred's. At what point do you find your students are able to play with more independent hands: more counterpoint than chords?

What do you like about Alfred's that leads you to choose it over other methods?


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You are right on about Alfred's emphasis on playing chords in the left hand while the right hand does most of the work, and when the left hand does have any kind of scalar or melodic activity; it is usually accompanied by rests in the right hand. This is especially true for book 1. I use Hanon exercises to build finger strength and dexterity and then move on to some of the easier Bach inventions to get the students accustomed to playing counterpoint.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #3 [Re: Mark...] #2275088
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I am officially AMBITIOUS!


Well done, now you get to try out some really good stuff


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Yes!
I can only hope that it will sound good too!


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I myself went through the Level 1 Alfred's adult lesson book about 25 years ago, and during my studies I was able to develop some left hand/right independence just by practicing the pieces.

I do remember it was kind of a "ah-ha!" moment when I started to develop this skill.

What is also nice, is that after starting my lessons back up eight months ago after a 20+ year gap, this skill came back very quickly, as well as some of the other skills (such as I, IV, V7 chord progressions) that I picked up.

One tip: Try not to ever stop your studies no matter what. This is a lesson I learned the hard way.


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Still working through book Afred AIO 3:

Just finished: A Very Special Day
Working on: Classy Rag and Prelude in D Minor/Clementi
Neither of these are getting me too excited.

Also working on a piece from Martha Mier's Jazz, Rags and Blues Book 2 and a couple from Masterwork Classics Book 3.


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Is anybody (besides me) still working through this book? smile

I am working on two pieces from the book - Steal Away and Come Back to Sorrento.

Finished up Unfinished Symphony last week.
That was probably the toughest piece in the book for me. I found the rhythm very difficult.

Steal Away was a nice change of pace - came much easier after just a week. I think I will probably get a pass on it at lessons tonight.

I haven't spent as much time on Come Back to Sorrento. I basically just worked through the right hand at tempo this week and have started adding in the left.

I had a goal at the beginning of the year to finish up book 2 and book 3 this year. Since I am short of 1/2 through book 3 for sure I am not going to make it with only 4 months left but I will keep marching along.

Also I am working on Worrisome Blues in Martha Mier's Jazz, Rags and Blues #3, Passepied in C Major by Handel and Hunting Song by Schumann.


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I'm still here!

Working on the Fr Elise and not likely to finish it up anytime soon! At least it is pretty, and not like many of the uninspiring pieces of so much of the book.

The cover of my book is starting to peel away from the comb binding, and there are several coffee stains. My teacher and I keep joking that if the book self destructs before I am done I may (or may not) be able to give up on it.


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Yes. Its slow progress.

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Ok I finally made it to book three. Yea!!! Looks like its going to be fun.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #3 [Re: malkin] #2337626
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Hey ... just curious . Is Fur Elise in the book the complete version of the music?


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I believe Fur Elise is the full version but not sure. Here is someone playing the edition from the Alfred book you could compare that to others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK85rMAbLNY

I am about half-way through the book, working on Blue Rondo and Adagio in A major.


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Good grief, I hope it's the complete version!

As a listener I never noticed how repetitive it is.


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Hey OhioMark... I listened to the YouTube video you suggested and yes it is the full song. The middle sections are the most difficult..... at least for me. To play the beginning at a nice melodic tempo I really fumble to play the middle section at the same speed. It has been almost a year.

Let me know how you do ..............


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Originally Posted by RGibson
The middle sections are the most difficult..... at least for me.


This is so correct laugh .. It's the full version, and the middle is fun. In the way dwarf fortress is fun.

You have to play games (a lot) to understand the last reference.

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Starting the Chopin Prelude in A.


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Nice job malkin - almost done?

I'm working on "Just a Good Old Tune" and "Shenandoah". Never of them are inspiring. Piano lesson on Wednesday probably have a good shot at getting a pass on both of them which will mean moving on to Laredo and Jazz Ostinato.

Also, working on Railroad Street Blues from Jazz, Rags and Blues 3 and Beethoven Ecossiase in G Major WoO 23 and Schumann Wild Rider from Masterwork Classics 3.


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I'm coming back to Book 3 sometime this month to hopefully wrap it up in 2015. I had completed the first three pieces of the Ambitious Section and had been working on "Toccata in D minor" when I had to stop lessons about 1.5 years ago.

Now I'm back at things on my own for the time being. I've been practicing various things over the past month trying to shake the rust off. Surprisingly, I'm doing better than I thought I would.


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Cyborg, good to see you back! I love your tagline quote and I might just shamelessly steal it for future use. smile

I still haven't finished Book 3 and acknowledge that I likely won't. I still do play a few of the pieces from time to time. As I think I mentioned earlier in this thread, Book 3 seems to be the level where many of us have developed enough of a foundation to branch out to a whole slew of other great stuff.

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Stubbie,

I definitely understand the high attrition rate with Book 3. Overall I did not like Book 3 that much when I worked on it. This past week I looked at what I had worked on in Book 3 and I didn't realize how close I was to completing it when I stopped my lessons.

Plus, I've always wanted to learn "Toccata in D minor", "Fur Elise" and the first movement of "Moonlight Sonata". It may possibly take me all of 2015 to finish those three pieces but I'm going to see what happens. Also, I'm working on refreshing "Jazz Ostinato" and "Prelude in C major".


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Come Back to Sorrento and Chopin's Prelude in A Major are the ones I come back to. I expect to someday get to the other "Ambitious" pieces.


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The Chopin A maj. Prelude is my currently assigned ambition.
It requires a lot of new skills for me; I'm looking forward to a time when it will sound pretty!


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Still on this book but jumped forward and learned Chopin 28,20 moonlight 1st movement and am on fur Elise, which is a lot harder than I thought.

Good luck to everyone still forging ahead on this book. I've been on the forums for 5 years and it's still fun.


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I've been working on Fur Elise since sometime in January and still don't have it right! Doing well on Moonlight Sonata and still working hard on Toccata in D Minor. Blue Rondo is fun and Adagio in A Major is beautiful! Book 3 is definitely my favorite. I feel bad for the people who don't go on to book 3 for whatever reason because it really has some very nice pieces.

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