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Wow, thanks for posting. I'm amazed how many YouTube hits these popular piano songs get!

The Metallica cover was awesome, and sounds fairly advanced. Titanic theme, to me, sounds like it's no harder than level 4.

As for the last one, Glenn Gould is one of greatest pianists of all time. Moonlight Sonata (1st movement) is definitely within the reach of someone who's graduated from level 1 Alfred (I think). smile


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The first one, Scott Davis, looks like a professional lounge
pianist.

The second one, playing the Titanic Theme, looks like an
amateur, maybe intermediate level.

The third, playing the Nightwatch song, seems to be
an accomplished amateur, maybe advanced-intermediate level.

The fourth, Glenn Gould, was a big-time classical concert pianist.


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Originally Posted by iroh
Level 4?


Yes, "Level 4" has many different meanings. I read that Für Elise is ABRSM level 4 material, and I would guess that Moonlight Sonata is the same. The Titanic piece sounded "around" that level.

I am no expert at grading (or anything piano for that matter), and this was just a "best guess." smile

PS-can someone re-post that link that has various pieces and their grade levels?


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Hi

I guess I am clasically trained but I do have a fondness for playing themes from movies.I was very impressed when i watched the Scott Davis piano solo of 'Nothing Else Matters' so of course printed out the first few pages (that is all the site allowed me to without purchasing) and sat down to learn it.

It was good practice as I am not used to the style and rhythms of pop music. It is coming along okay so far ..

I am not used to the ABRSM grading system but I am doing grade 6 (AMEB) (Australian system of exams)and would think it is of this level or maybe a bit higher?

thanks for posting the links ..


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Originally Posted by CebuKid
Moonlight Sonata (1st movement) is definitely within the reach of someone who's graduated from level 1 Alfred (I think). smile


I am at the beginning of Alfred second book, and, well, I am still with little pieces like "La Cucaracha", far simpler than Moonlight Sonata. blush

Actually Moonlight Sonata appears at the end of the Alfred level 3, in the "ambitious selections" section, so may be considered as almost level 4 (in the Alfred scale).

By the way, how can be matched Alfred All-In-One levels and ABRSM levels? I mean, somebody that has successfully finished Alfred AIO level 3, may have the same level (approximately) as ABRSM 3? Maybe 4? How it works?

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Moonlight Sonata (1st movement) is definitely within the reach of someone who's graduated from level 1 Alfred (I think). smile


I am at the beginning of Alfred second book, and, well, I am still with little pieces like "La Cucaracha", far simpler than Moonlight Sonata. blush

Actually Moonlight Sonata appears at the end of the Alfred level 3, in the "ambitious selections" section, so may be considered as almost level 4 (in the Alfred scale).

By the way, how can be matched Alfred All-In-One levels and ABRSM levels? I mean, somebody that has successfully finished Alfred AIO level 3, may have the same level (approximately) as ABRSM 3? Maybe 4? How it works?


I think ABRSM grade levels are very comparable to method book grade levels. As an example, as a kid, I reached level 4 on the John Thompson series, and did not have too much difficulty taking on material at this level (and less) when I restarted as a grownup 2 years ago.

Now...the Joplin pieces that I play are a couple levels over my head, so those give me a lot more difficulty. blush

I read somewhere that Maple Leaf Rag is ABRSM Grade 8. smile


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From the (very limited) materials I've looked at, ABRSM levels seem a bit more advanced per level (one progresses more slowly) than some of the other systems I've seen. This is just a vague personal impression though.


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Iroh: I am not sure how many levels there are in the Alfred books but I have only seen the Adult piano up to level 3.

I am following the RCM's which is the Royal Conservatory of Music here and there are 11 grades to graduate.



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