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#2270800 - 05/04/14 02:02 AM New Fundamental Keys website  
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Rachel Jimenez has revamped her Fundamental Keys website - a very clean design. The new 3-volume edition of the Fundamental Keys book, plus new videos, are not expected until later this year.

Encouraging news is that it appears she will be actively blogging once again. She has just put up a post about her purchase of a digital piano - I found it to be an interesting read and look forward to her follow-up posts: Discovering the digital piano

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#2270804 - 05/04/14 02:14 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I too look forward to hearing about how she is doing. I am enjoying her method book and her approach to teaching.


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#2270814 - 05/04/14 02:45 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I will get into more specifics about digital pianos and how good they have gotten in recent years, what it feels like to switch between a digital and a Steinway grand, what itís like to practice and record using virtual piano software through a MIDI connection, and lots of philosophizing about what the future of music making might look like once this technology makes its way into the mainstream of classical music education.


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#2270903 - 05/04/14 10:07 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I can relate to her lack of time for practice! Kids take so much time,(not to mention money!)


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#2270917 - 05/04/14 10:31 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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Originally Posted by pwl
Rachel Jimenez has revamped her Fundamental Keys website - a very clean design. The new 3-volume edition of the Fundamental Keys book, plus new videos, are not expected until later this year.

Encouraging news is that it appears she will be actively blogging once again. She has just put up a post about her purchase of a digital piano - I found it to be an interesting read and look forward to her follow-up posts: Discovering the digital piano


Thanks for the update. But the full preview link for the current book seems to be missing now ?

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#2270986 - 05/04/14 01:49 PM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I absolutely love the Fundamental Keys book. It has dramatically changed my piano playing.

And Rachel is wonderful.

The current Fundamental Keys book is on sale and a CRAZY BARGAIN at $17.49.

This is a 'one book' piano method with about four years of good music in it.

Here's the link to buy the book:

Fundamental Keys

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#2271670 - 05/05/14 11:57 PM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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thanks for sharing this. I'll be following her blog and also plan to check out her method book


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#2271902 - 05/06/14 02:34 PM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I corresponded briefly with Ms. Jimenez and received an online-only sample of the book. I was looking for something to teach adult beginners for which I could use Suzuki pedagogy but not have to use Suzuki book 1 repertoire which is full of nursery rhymes. This requires an early introduction of tone quality, dynamics, phrasing and articulation, a relatively late introduction of complicated 2-hand coordination, and lots of real pieces of music. Fundamental Keys does all of these! My only (ONLY!) objection is the inclusion of simplified piano pieces, but there are only a couple, and I can skip them. I'll need a recording to give to students, but if one doesn't ship with the book, I can just make my own. All the pieces are public domain so I could even post it online for students smile

I also like that the teaching of reading is intuitive and oriented toward playing from the beginning -- the first reading exercise is seeing a row of clefs only, and playing notes in treble area of piano whenever you see a treble clef, bass area of piano whenever you see a bass clef.

Not enough 20th-21st c. music imho but I know that stuff isn't public domain and harder to include in anthologies. Most anthologies have that problem, except the expensive ones, which are expensive for a reason...

I plan to order and use the book. Probably current edition for me and new edition for students. I will probably still switch over to the Suzuki books when adult students are ready for book 2, but it'll still be nice to have a source book that has more material to choose from.


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#2290331 - 06/16/14 05:25 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I just received Fundamental Keys in the mail and I'm excited. After thumbing through the book, and Ms. Jimenez's introduction (and website), I realize I should have gotten this book instead of Alfred's. I appreciate the immediate straightforwardness she portrays in the book. It's exciting seeing full pieces ready for me to learn--knowing that I will eventually improve and know all of this is motivating.

Jimenez also gives a nice timeline for completing this manual: Four years. Might be sooner, could be longer, but don't expect to rush through it like Alfred's! I already see it's a different way of learning (just like Alfred's), and I'm excited to start.

These are just my initial thoughts. I haven't read any further in the book yet.

On another note, I also downloaded "Fundamentals of Piano Practice". I think these two books/manuals, along with my wonderful teacher, will propel me out of the beginner stage.

And that's exciting in itself.


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good luck JazzyMac, hope you keep us all posted of progress


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#2290338 - 06/16/14 06:04 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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Four years, that tells you how hard piano is. I'm always relieved when I see one is not supposed to be able to play certain things before 3 or 4 years of study. Things that don't look too hard on paper and that some talented/very committed people play after much less than that, but that still require a lot of time and effort. Most late beginner/early intermediate pieces are actually grade 5. Patience is the key.


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#2290355 - 06/16/14 07:00 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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Perhaps since I've been taking lessons off and on since last April (finally did the math...about 8 months total), I'm familiar with a lot of the initial lessons: Finger numbers, Staffs, Measures, Counting, etc. It makes me feel confident that at least *I've learned something* over this time.

Now, it's just a matter of following through with practice!

I truly think Fundamental Keys should get its own thread. I'm way too busy with my full-time job to dedicate to the thread, but this is the book adult beginners should use!

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#2290388 - 06/16/14 09:03 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: JazzyMac]  
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Originally Posted by JazzyMac
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Jimenez also gives a nice timeline for completing this manual: Four years. Might be sooner, could be longer, but don't expect to rush through it like Alfred's! I already see it's a different way of learning (just like Alfred's), and I'm excited to start.
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I recollect reading earlier, learners with teachers completing it faster, in less than 2 years. Does it contain all the pieces meant for the full course or suggest adding supplemental material ?

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#2290395 - 06/16/14 09:09 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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JazzyMac,
I'm a fan of the fundamental keys method as well. Rachel used to have a discussion board section on her website, but it was never very active, and it had a lot of problems with spammers (which I'm sure was a pain for her). Since that seems to have gone away with her website redesign, a dedicated fundamental keys thread here (Similar to the dedicated Alfred's Threads) would be really cool. Though I wonder how many people are actually using the method, so I don't know how active it would be. In any case, it's a great approach to piano pedagogy. I wish you much success in your piano journey.



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#2290400 - 06/16/14 09:16 AM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: pwl]  
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I have recently started using this with adult beginner students. Good results so far.

I usually teach Suzuki and note that some of the repertoire toward the end of Fundamental Keys also appears in Suzuki books 3 and 4. There is no time standard for Suzuki students. Mine have taken anywhere from 2 1/2 to 6 years to get from beginning to that level.



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#2290629 - 06/16/14 05:34 PM Re: New Fundamental Keys website [Re: EM Deeka]  
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Originally Posted by EM Deeka
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Jimenez also gives a nice timeline for completing this manual: Four years. Might be sooner, could be longer, but don't expect to rush through it like Alfred's! I already see it's a different way of learning (just like Alfred's), and I'm excited to start.
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I recollect reading earlier, learners with teachers completing it faster, in less than 2 years. Does it contain all the pieces meant for the full course or suggest adding supplemental material ?


It looks like everything is included in the book that one needs to learn. However, she says in her introduction that if teachers would like to add similar pieces for their students to practice, they are free to transcribe. She insists that teachers don't just add only one type of song to supplement, rather, pick songs the students want to play.


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