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#1273096 - 09/22/09 10:07 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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Thanks Keynotes, still not having any big success with tremolo but i will get it soon. Hungarian Rhapsody seems to have a few little tricks that i need to work out. Using the 4th finger on the left hand to play the D with the FG doesn't seem to come natural yet and i am supposed to play a B with #2 finger (right hand) and crossover, but since i know this is coming for some reason I been anticipating it and my thumb seems to have a mind of its own and shifts over to D and my #2 finger ends up hitting C instead of B. That is a real tricky spot, easily played on its own.. but when i play the whole song through that is where the problem starts. This one is going to take some patience smile

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Here’s one clip I found showing how to play a Tremolo with one hand (in a different song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEvBiwxpids Just do the same thing with both hands, add the extra note, and your all set. \:\)

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Thanks keynotes for the pointer...that was a good 3/4 ballad chord style. I have spent about 2 hours playing Greensleeves using this style, which is good but requires a lot of practice. The one-octave tremolo is something I've done before, but when combined with this chord style it sounded very nice.



#1273794 - 09/23/09 09:08 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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Next is You're in My Heart.

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Next is You're in My Heart.

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Well done MiM! You have excellent control when you play


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#1273828 - 09/23/09 10:16 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Waltz]  
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Waltz, you're my guiding light and beacon of hope!!! I really appreciate your opinion because feedback is always great, and when it comes from someone who knows what this is all about and how much effort it takes, it's well appreciated.

I really can't brag (I would love to, don't get me wrong grin ) but I was at this book some 8 years ago, so this is more of a failure on my part to not have continued when I was at it. I'm trying to catch up on all my missed out chances.

So, here goes You're in My Heart, that wasn't hard at all.
You're In My Heart



#1274265 - 09/24/09 01:52 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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Originally Posted by Music_in_Me
Waltz, you're my guiding light and beacon of hope!!! I really appreciate your opinion because feedback is always great, and when it comes from someone who knows what this is all about and how much effort it takes, it's well appreciated.

I really can't brag (I would love to, don't get me wrong grin ) but I was at this book some 8 years ago, so this is more of a failure on my part to not have continued when I was at it. I'm trying to catch up on all my missed out chances.

So, here goes You're in My Heart, that wasn't hard at all.
You're In My Heart




No problem MiM! That is what this thread is all about, supporting each other through the tough process of playing piano. Great job on You're in my Heart. Nice soft touch smile


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Thanks Waltz.

Here is Divertimento in D



#1274285 - 09/24/09 02:15 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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MiM, you sre really flying through these. I'm still trying to get a good feel for Introduction and Dance, a piece which, try as I might, I just can't develop an appreciation for.

That and I am playing this Clementi piece over and over again, in preparation for lessons tonight.


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#1274307 - 09/24/09 02:54 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Always Wanted to Play Piano]  
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AWtPP, some of these pieces I have tried before, so it was almost like a review. The new ones of late were You're in My Heart and Calypso Carnival. Divertimento in D is one I attacked before, but not very successfully. In fact, let me take a look and list the ones that I have done before: Brahms Lullaby, Village Dance, Hava Nagila, messed around a little with Space Shuttle Blues, and the Magic Piper, that's it! I hope I don't slow down too much with the new ones coming up.

Another thing is that you do get better with time, no doubt about that. I noticed that with some of the new pieces... some took me an hour or so to do for the first time. Good luck all.


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Boy I aggree. MiM you are really flying.....And playing them so well too. Good job... I am still stuck on Guantamamera.. I guess I am a little too picky but I can't get it to sound right yet... Maybe I'll move on soon.


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#1274478 - 09/24/09 07:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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Originally Posted by Music_in_Me
Thanks Waltz.

Here is Divertimento in D



thumb Was that ending improv?


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Good luck wj3...feel free to ask for feedback, support, or just vent, etc., I'm sure, you will find me and others here to help.

Here is Brahms Lullaby


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Yes, Waltz, I changed the last chord of Divertimento in D into an arpeggiated chord, as I didn't like their ending. This piece would sound better if repeated one more time (not 8va).

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Originally Posted by Music_in_Me
Good luck wj3...feel free to ask for feedback, support, or just vent, etc., I'm sure, you will find me and others here to help.

Here is Brahms Lullaby



thumb A really nice piece and great job on the expression! What type of piano do you use? I thought you said you use a keyboard, but your recordings are very rich and refined (not that that can't be so on a keyboard...)


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Boy I aggree. MiM you are really flying.....And playing them so well too. Good job... I am still stuck on Guantamamera.. I guess I am a little too picky but I can't get it to sound right yet... Maybe I'll move on soon.

I am learning one of your recital pieces. You did the Bach G maj and G min Minuets right? I am learning the G maj. Minuet right now. It doesn't look that hard, but learning it has been quite difficult. Both hands are generally acting in different motions etc. But it's a very pretty piece. What did you think of it?


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Originally Posted by Waltz
[quote=Music_in_Me] ...

thumb A really nice piece and great job on the expression! What type of piano do you use? I thought you said you use a keyboard, but your recordings are very rich and refined (not that that can't be so on a keyboard...)


I'm recording using the Yamaha PSR 700, which has all kinds of bells and whistles, but I use it because I haven't yet started recording from the acoustic, which should sound good, but I need a microphone and some experimenting to do.

After recording, I just remove noise and normalize the volume level, so that if you stream all my recorded pieces, they will all have the same volume level.



#1274720 - 09/25/09 06:28 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: MiM]  
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Originally Posted by Music_in_Me
Yes, Waltz, I changed the last chord of Divertimento in D into an arpeggiated chord, as I didn't like their ending. This piece would sound better if repeated one more time (not 8va).


Well, yes exactly - it really does (see my long-standing version back on page 1 where this was done) - all it requires is a two note transition to get back to the beginning in a smooth manner - but, if you came to this logical and perceptive conclusion, why didn't you follow thru? Your performance was good (including the arpeggiated chord ending) but it could have been a little better...always go with your imagination.

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Hey JF - I'm still struggling with Book 1 pieces, but I have Book 2 and I've listened to most of the recordings at the beginning of the Book 2 thread while following along with the sheet music and I really like your versions of many of these pieces, especially the way you play them with enthusiasm and feeling, and how you often modify or enhance the arrangements to make them more interesting - I also like the recordings of Z32 whose playing seems very accomplished and polished - I hope some day I can get as good as you guys and some of the others here in the 2 (and 3) threads! Thanks to all for sharing your music! You're an inspiration!

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Originally Posted by John Frank
[quote=Music_in_Me]...

Well, yes exactly - it really does (see my long-standing version back on page 1 where this was done) - all it requires is a two note transition to get back to the beginning in a smooth manner - but, if you came to this logical and perceptive conclusion, why didn't you follow thru? Your performance was good (including the arpeggiated chord ending) but it could have been a little better...always go with your imagination.

JF


Just rushing really! I know if I extend a piece, it takes longer to record as the probability of making a mistake goes up laugh. I just took a listen to your piece, well done.


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Boy I aggree. MiM you are really flying.....And playing them so well too. Good job... I am still stuck on Guantamamera.. I guess I am a little too picky but I can't get it to sound right yet... Maybe I'll move on soon.

I am learning one of your recital pieces. You did the Bach G maj and G min Minuets right? I am learning the G maj. Minuet right now. It doesn't look that hard, but learning it has been quite difficult. Both hands are generally acting in different motions etc. But it's a very pretty piece. What did you think of it?


I really like Bach. I am working my way through "First Lessons in Bach". Actually my teacher is using this book as my main lesson book. Alfreds AIO is a supplementary book in my case. We spend alot of time on each song. First learning the notes and then alot of time on Phrasing and dynamics. Bach is very demanding to play right. But is sounds lovely played at any speed. I am still working on the minuet in G minor as my teacher hasn't given me a passing grade on it yet. (He is pretty tough) I am also trying to get the next song (another Minuet in G major) under hand. In my spare time I work on Alfreds......

I enjoyed you recording of Bach's Musette....

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This is Lonesome Road


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This one is Village Dance

Looking at the next one (Circus March), I know it's not going to be as breezy smile


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Great job on both MiM. I'm shocked on both how quickly and how exceptionally you learn and play these pieces; keep going, you'll be in Book 3 in no time smile


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It turned out to be easier than I thought.

Circus March



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Originally Posted by Music_in_Me
It turned out to be easier than I thought.

Circus March



Yet another great performance. I feel like I'm beating a dead horse but, once again, WOW!


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Waltz, I'm looking at the Hokey Pokey, and did some searching in the forum, and only found unkind things said about this piece! It has an air of La Bamba to it (cringe), and I'm not all that excited about spending too much time on it. Your thoughts?

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Waltz, I'm looking at the Hokey Pokey, and did some searching in the forum, and only found unkind things said about this piece! It has an air of La Bamba to it (cringe), and I'm not all that excited about spending too much time on it. Your thoughts?

It's ironic, because I felt the exact same apprehension when I began this piece. It's actually much easier and, in my opinion, more enjoyable than La Bamba. It's not so bad really. I'm sure you'll master it in no time ! thumb


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... on the downside, there are 64 pieces in Book 2, and I'm now working on number 31 !!!! All this huffing and puffing, yet still far away. I'm just venting...gasp!

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Hello all,
I've enjoyed reading this thread! Very motivating!
I'm committed to getting back to the piano-it's been nearly 20 years since my last lesson. I had about two years' worth of sporadic lessons sprinkled throughout my childhood years. We got a used Wurlitzer about a year ago, but I've not done much with it except sit down for a few minutes here and there and lament over how much I've forgotten. I'm a homeschooling mom and I decided to teach my boys the basics this year(my dd is on her 2nd year of lessons now)But the real result of that worthy ambition is that now I am at the piano for an hour or more a day I bought the level 1 text and went through it and the accompanying theory book last week to get back into things.
I've started the AIO book 2-things will reeaallly slow down now. Guantanamera is still not up to speed.
JF,
Were you the one talking about the Alfred Sacred book? I would love to hear some of these if possible. Pretty please?


What I'm currently working on...
First Lessons in Bach
Masterwork's Classics
Sacred Silhouettes


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Welcome aboard happykah. It looks like you are on the right track...wish you the best of success.

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