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I'm still hanging out in the back of Alfred's 3. Doing some of the ambitious stuff. But at the same time my teacher moved me into repertoire pieces months ago. I'am also going to talk to my teacher next month for the years game plan...

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I think a good percentage will finish Book 3 .. Book 2 seems to be the place where I would expect most people to give up. I just finished up the Peer Gynt myself and It was a lot easier than I would have expected.

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Hi all. I have been away and gotten back between a wicked cold, work and grad school. I had been working on Rudolph but decided that wasn't for me and went back to remembering "Carol of the Bells" and "O Holy Night". As much as I worked on "Fur Elise" I had to begin again because I forgot some parts AUGHH!
Anyhow, Have a Happy New Year!


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Originally Posted by piano4
Anyhow, Have a Happy New Year!


Yes - Happy New Year everyone!

JF

P.S. - has anyone heard from Waltz lately?


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I’ve managed to finish “Trumpet Tune” (I found this to be a fun piece, yet more difficult to complete than I initially expected). And am now working on “The Hall of the Mountain King” (aka “the Peer Gynt piece) (Hi IngridT) smile

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Happy New Year all!

Well I'll be back on #3 as of Thursday when I have my lesson. Progress over the next 2-3wks is going to be heck slow though since I somehow managed to bugger up my right thumb mad

Still that won't stop me from playing but of course I won't be anywhere near full speed or capacity!

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Originally Posted by John Frank
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Anyhow, Have a Happy New Year!


Yes - Happy New Year everyone!

JF

P.S. - has anyone heard from Waltz lately?


I'm back! I've been away for two weeks on winter vacation (although not from piano). Thanks for asking JF, I've missed the site while away smile ...

Edit. Never mind. Summary: Finished Fur Elise. Just finished Bach's Bourree in E Minor (which was a struggle for some unknown reason). Finished a second Mozart Minuet (K.5) with the wicked trills.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. Let's make 2010 the best year yet for piano and music.

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Welcome back Waltz, we all just figured you'd had too much eggnog.

And welcome back to THE BOOK TTigg, hope your thumb heals quickly.

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Originally Posted by Waltz


I'm back! I've been away for two weeks on winter vacation (although not from piano).


Yes, welcome back - I thought maybe you started hanging out in the Pianist Corner Forum to pick up some better hints and tips laugh


Originally Posted by Waltz

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. Let's make 2010 the best year yet for piano and music.


I'll drink to that - iced tea or lemonade, of course grin

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Anyone played Blue Rondo yet? Sounds nothing like what I would have expected. Everyone on Youtube seems to be playing it totally different than what is in that book. For example here is a guy playing it supposedly from book 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAQa...next=1&playnext_from=PL&index=16

am i missing something here ?

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bobjr - "Blue Rondo" in Book 3 is not the same piece as the YouTube piece "Blue Rondo a la Turk" - not even close - if I'm not mistaken (and I rarely am laugh ) "...a la Turk" is a piece composed by the great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and popularized by his quartet way back in the 1960s or so, which has become a classic of the genre - the Book 3 piece has yet to reach this status I'm afraid laugh

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CHecking in after the New Year's restart of lessons this week.

I guess I have to say I am done with Book 3. We've decided to put the Moonlight to rest for the time being. I can play through it well enough, tho I am not completely satisfied with it. But, as with a couple other things, we agree that I have probably taken it about as far as I can right now, and plan to revisit it later. So, then the question became: On to what? I brought a few things, she suggested a few things, and this is what we are working on now:

Hymne (from Opera Sauvage) by Vangelis (some may remember this as the Gallo wine TV commercial theme a number of years back)

Frosted Windowpanes (from the Martha Mier Romantic Expressions Book 2) This book got put aside when I began working in earnest on Fur Elise and the Moonlight. Appropriate for this time of year, I think!

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To A Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell.

Enough to keep me busy for a while!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Congrats IrishMak! Now comes the fun of learning the pieces you really want to learn!


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Originally Posted by IrishMak
I guess I have to say I am done with Book 3.


Congratulations! I will be achieving that goal after just several more pieces.


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Frosted Windowpanes (from the Martha Mier Romantic Expressions Book 2)

To A Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell.



"Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside..." the first words of the lyrics of "The Christmas Waltz"...

"To A Wild Rose" - lovely tune - would like to hear it when you get it down...any chance?

JF

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Originally Posted by John Frank
"To A Wild Rose" - lovely tune - would like to hear it when you get it down...any chance?

JF


Not promising anything, but I am looking at options for getting the Kawaii MP-4 set up again. Have to do some measuring and moving things around, but It may happen. I just don't know when. Of course, I also don't know when I might get the piece to decent shape, either! wink

And I have a saltwater fish tank to set up first...


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Fur Elise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpVSXWFYzQ

Not perfect, but let me know what you think; thanks,



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Originally Posted by Waltz
Fur Elise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpVSXWFYzQ

Not perfect, but let me know what you think; thanks,



Nicely done. I also took time to watch your Beethoven Sonatina's since I'm working on those now for my Exam in May. I can officially say you've fully surpassed me on piano skill smile Good job and keep it up!

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Fur Elise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpVSXWFYzQ

Not perfect, but let me know what you think; thanks,



Nicely done. I also took time to watch your Beethoven Sonatina's since I'm working on those now for my Exam in May. I can officially say you've fully surpassed me on piano skill smile Good job and keep it up!

Thanks Nancy smile ! I don't know if I've surpassed anyone with piano skill. That Sonatina was really fun to learn, but probably should be played faster than I did (even though my teacher swore it shouldn't lol). How've you been?


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Originally Posted by Waltz
Fur Elise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpVSXWFYzQ

Not perfect, but let me know what you think; thanks,


You've been a busy bee, nicely done indeed thumb. I'm going to try to get back into #3 by Feb 1st, still working on polishing up some very hard (to me) pieces.. smile
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Originally Posted by Waltz
Thanks Nancy smile ! I don't know if I've surpassed anyone with piano skill. That Sonatina was really fun to learn, but probably should be played faster than I did (even though my teacher swore it shouldn't lol). How've you been?


I don't think you were too far off speed wise - I'm not up to speed on it quite yet; but am really close. I've been working on the level 3 stuff; I cannot for the life of me play the Sonatina by Clementi.
(You play it great here http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=uvajoe1#p/u/12/Ib5fI3F0VuQ) - I have some sort mental block on that one where I stumble throughout the song when trying to play it at anything other than a death march speed. That one has to go super fast it seems. I've given up on it at this point (even though my teacher told me to work on it over the xmas break *grin*). A lot of other fun songs; but nothing from Alfreds I'm afraid. I think we've set aside alfreds and probably won't go back to it with my teacher - maybe I'll do some on my own.


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