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Hi Monica and thanks for your suggestions. Playing the piano now for less that a year, I found these pieces perfect for beginners. May I suggest the song by David titled "The old country church" for those who want to play by ear.(since there is no sheets available,YET) I fell in love with the song and got it down in a few(hundred) tries,all except that run at the very ending. I also have "The Gift"in the rough, but wanted to get away from it for a while so I started "Wonderland". Wow, what a sweet song that is. I am beginning to learn to read music a little bit now to help me through the hard spots. Thanks for the suggestions Monica...Ray
#1106560 - 07/03/0710:51 AMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
Hi Ray, I'm very impressed you were able to play "The old country church" by ear! I listened to David's rendition on Rhapsody, and it's not as simple as some of his others. I'd love to hear your version if you feel like recording and posting it.
Incidentally, David has released the sheet music for "Song for Speyer Cathedral," which I would rate as easier than "A Moment Lost." It's also only 2 pages long, so if you're looking for another easy Nevue piece, that's a good candidate.
Monica, Guess I need to start learning how to record and then get it on the forum. My piano is acoustic but I also have a Casio 575 R with recording capibilities, but I don't have nearly the control over the dynamics as I do on the acoustic. There is no internet service at my home,(country folk) so Id have to get it on a memory card and from there, I'm lost. I would be reluctant to put anything I recorded out here untill I was satisfied with it,especially the way you folks play. Actually Monica, I bet you could play the Country Church song in one night with your talent. It is in the key of D and only uses the 3 major chords D G and A. The bass part is a lot like Wonderland.( I hope I am correct on that) I listened to Speyer Cathedral and I do like it. Thanks..Ray
#1106563 - 01/26/0811:30 PMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
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these pieces are easy but they are not exactly "beginner" pieces. I would say the "easy" ones are at least mid book 2 of alfred which is a good 6-10 months into piano. And even at that time, its not sight-reading pieces, it takes some time to learn it and it takes longer to learn it than most of the lesson pieces that you guys are used to.
so don't get discourage when they label songs like twinkle little star as EASY BEGINNER, and yet you find it hard to play. It actually how they label that can be misleading.
#1106566 - 07/26/0805:34 PMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
Thought I'd resurrect this thread because David Nevue has released some new sheet music from his latest album, "Adoration." His arrangement of "Amazing Grace" is very very simple and beautiful. The first two pages (up through measure 31) in particular I'm guessing could be played by somebody with just a month or two of lessons under their belt and can stand alone without the rest of the piece. (But the rest of it is not all that challenging, either.)
Originally posted by NancyM333: I couldn't seem to connect (in a computer way, not in an emotional way) to Monica's pieces. I listened to Solitude on David Nevue's site, but that's the only one of the three he has posted. I see he's coming to Atlanta in September, so maybe I'll get a chance to go see him. He's playing at the store that sells Estonia, Grotrian and Bosendorfer, so it could be a really expensive concert!
Does anyone know why my Internet Explorer "must shut down" when it tries to open these pieces? I didn't have a problem with any of the recital pieces I listened to.
Hi Nancy I have always had problems with IE and downloading of quicktime music, video clips etc. what I did was download firefox browser. I still use my IE but I just copy paste the address into a firefox browser and it plays great. It is better than going into IE and trying to configure the browser.
#1106568 - 07/27/0812:41 PMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
I am still too beginner to play those three pieces that you mentioned but I think I will be there soon. I already had his website bookmarked ( I think you mentioned it before to me ), But I didnt have all those pieces marked. I cant wait to be able to play them. They are wonderfull pieces. Something definitely to look forward too. Thank you............
Oops!!! I just bought one of his albums...Shame on me!!!! :rolleyes:
Its been 7 years since ive played. But im back, and I have a teacher and im excited !!! and finally...a Baby Grand !!! Cheap & used, but I LOVE its sound
#1106569 - 01/31/0907:44 PMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
Originally posted by Ray Tarkington: Hi Monica and thanks for your suggestions. Playing the piano now for less that a year, I found these pieces perfect for beginners. May I suggest the song by David titled "The old country church" for those who want to play by ear.(since there is no sheets available,YET) I fell in love with the song and got it down in a few(hundred) tries,all except that run at the very ending. I also have "The Gift"in the rough, but wanted to get away from it for a while so I started "Wonderland". Wow, what a sweet song that is. I am beginning to learn to read music a little bit now to help me through the hard spots. Thanks for the suggestions Monica...Ray
I like The old country church also. I emailed David about the sheet music and he said he will have it finished in a few months. That was about a month ago.
#1106570 - 02/23/0901:59 AMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
Nevue's pieces are GREAT. I don't know why I haven't heard him before, as I'm a big New Age fan.
These are perfect for keeping me up 'til 4am learning them, and *really* giving my wife something to fuss about. (The headphones work great, but I get carried away, and really start banging on the keyboard).
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#1106571 - 02/23/0908:10 AMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
I also want to thank you for starting this thread. I have finally gone back to work and my practice time is now very limited - still every day - but not nearly as long as I would like (or need).
Since my time is much shorter I have gone back to my David Nevue music and was getting ready to look on his site for a couple more easy pieces to work on and came upon your thread this morning. I had forgotten how great Daivd's music is. After hearing you playing, "Wonderland" is next and maybe "Amazing Grace" at the same time.
I love David's pieces! I learned solitude and I would like to start learning "A moment Lost" soon. I was wondering if someone could point me to some easy music that have more of a joyful mood (maybe some other David's pieces?) I started Yiruma's "River flows in you" but it is a bit beyond my abilities right now. That A major scale is giving me some difficulties.
#1394054 - 03/11/1010:58 PMRe: Easy Pieces for Adult Beginners--Rediscovering David Nevue
Welcome to the forum, Javarik! "River Flows in You" is a tough piece. Those ornamentations with the 4th and 5th fingers are not easy to rattle off at all.
Hmmm... other easy Nevue pieces that are joyful. "Wonderland" is a definite candidate, but I think your best bet might be "The Gift," which is not much harder than "Solitude."
Another pretty piece that is uplifting, but a bit harder than those (though still easier than River Flows in You) is "Waiting for the Sun." It starts of somber (like the night) but then quickly gets cheery and bright, like the sunrise. I made a recording of it, but the video quality was pretty bad (the sun was glaring too much) that I thought I'd try for a better take.
It's on my home computer. I'll upload a recording tonight. Maybe I'll go ahead and post at YouTube despite the glaring video and claim that it was a deliberate attempt to capture the metaphor of brilliant sunshine or some such nonsense.
Hmmm... if you want to go a little harder, Stearman, "A Moment Lost" is very pretty. If you want easier, and don't mind waiting a few days, David will soon be bringing out sheet music for two new pieces, "Song For Noelle," and "Winter Twilight." I just got through rating those and thought they were at the same level as "Solitude."
Javarik, thanks for the gentle nudging. I went ahead and uploaded my video of "Waiting for the Sun" tonight, so you can hear the whole piece. It's on the harder side of easy David Nevue pieces (if that makes any sense), but it's one of my favorites of his:
I have to thank you for introducing me to David's music. I first bought the sheet music to "Solitude" a couple of weeks ago. You had suggested it as an easy piece for someone. It is so beautiful. Now, I have downloaded four other pieces to try. Thanks for these suggestions. They have really jump started my enthusiasm for practicing.
Glad you like the pieces, Heirborne Groupie, and I'm glad you resurrected this thread. I recorded yet another easy Nevue piece the other day and was thinking I should add it here. It's called "Winter Twilight":
In my YouTube description of the piece, I called it "somber but lovely," which I think captures the tone of the piece well. The nice thing about it is that it is possibly Nevue's easiest piece to learn yet. The tempo ranges from 'glacially slow' to 'very easy to handle slow.' The left hand is mostly whole- or quarter-note chords involving two keys. And it's only a page and a half long.
I have been playing Twinkle Twinkle for about the last 4/5 months - off and on. It is labelled as a beginner piece but i am finding it difficult to polish. There is a lot going on with it for my level (about 18 months playing) - and i wonder how David grades the pieces in terms of difficulty.
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Hi Ingersoll, David's difficulty ratings are the average provided by a small group of raters, including David himself, some teachers, and a few adult beginners (of which I am one ). He tries to avoid giving the pieces any kind of "absolute" assessment of difficulty and stresses to us, his raters, that we should be using the 5-point scale in terms of the typical David Nevue piece. Here's how he describes it on his website:
"Note these difficulty rankings are all relative to each other. My most difficult works may be ranked near a five, but even so I would consider them no more than an "Early Advanced" piano student level. So you can't compare a David Nevue selection ranked at a 5 with a Chopin selection you'd rank at 5. These rankings are just to give you an idea of how my sheet music ranks, from easiest to more difficult."
"Twinkle Twinkle" is definitely one of the "harder" easy pieces that I included on this thread (except for "Waiting for the Sun"), and there's a few measures where getting the right off-beat rhythm is tough. Don't be reluctant to pour on the rubato and give it a nice relaxed feel. And it might help to think of those 16th notes more as ornamentations.