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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: TrevorM] #2506686
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Originally Posted by TrevorM
Lesson two done. Played terribly again (although I loosened up towards the end)… hopefully I'll start to relax over time!

Still with Piano Adventures and moving onto Duke of York's Strut while polishing New World Symphony a bit more. Teacher seems impressed by PA and is happy to continue using them. I'm also practicing scales for, I think, the first time ever: A major and Bb major. Next week he's also going to introduce a longer piece to work on as well, which I'm looking forward to. He's going to email me a couple of options to choose from.

Sounds like a very good start to me. You will loosen up at your lesson over time. And it's safe to say, you have great lessons, good ones, and once in a while, a real stinker.

I don't have an official count, but this lesson coming up tomorrow is close to #100.

The two pieces I'm currently learning is a good example of the ups and downs of Faber pieces. The Burgmuller piece is impossible to play at speed right now (My left hand is slower and less agile than the right). This will take weeks to get it to a passable state.

So to kill time tonight and take my mind off Burgmuller, I do the sight-reading reading exercises for the next piece in the lesson book, Medieval Fair by Nancy Faber. Within one hour I go through all the exercises, and pretty much have the piece learned, albeit not up to speed yet.

You never know what the next challenge will bring...



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Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2506824
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I had my third lesson with new teacher. The first lesson was mainly an introduction to each other and expectations and then the second lesson was a continuation and a little playing. Now we are getting down to it. We are working on playing music, not just hitting notes and reading the score. I am learning to listen to what I am playing. So, one assignment is to memorize The Merry Widow Waltz. I did yesterday and then was able to listen to what I was playing. Some difference.
I will look at this part of the journey as learning music, not just piano.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2507126
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This morning I completed the Faber Adult Piano Adventures Book 1. smile


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2507223
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Great job mom3gram! What a nice accomplishment. I'm getting there myself. Hoping to be done by end of April. So what are you going to do now?


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2507248
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Congratz mom3gram!


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: PFred] #2507537
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Originally Posted by PFred
Congratz mom3gram!

+10! smile

Are you immediately moving on to Book 2?


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Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2507568
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I don't think so, Brian. At least not now. I bought the PA 2a and also the Alfred Premier 2a to see which one I like best. I'm also trying to re-learn some if the first pieces in my Alfred Adult Book 2, but I think they are STILL over my head.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2507694
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Well done, mom3. Keep it up!!


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: mom3gram] #2508313
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Originally Posted by mom3gram
This morning I completed the Faber Adult Piano Adventures Book 1. smile


Congrats mom3gram!! Well done!!

Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Mario2015] #2509921
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Two good lessons in the past two weeks, moving into Unit 2 of Level 4.

I have to say that so far this is my favorite set of core books. The pieces are hard, but not too hard. Most of the pieces are either original form classics (Like Arabesque by Burgmuller), or great original compositions by Nancy Faber. It's interesting that the first edition of these books did not have a Technique book at all. So far this second edition Technique book has been pretty good, with two original form pieces, plus a very nice arranged version of the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata coming up next.

Hope everyone out there is practicing hard and having fun!


Yamaha C2X | Yamaha M500-F
Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2510303
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Hi everyone, I haven't posted in ages but I'm still here! Lost momentum for a time, but I finally got committed to finding a teacher and did so about a month ago. I'm feeling SO much more motivated and getting the direction I needed, so I'm extremely grateful for that.

Just wanted to pop in here quick and say "hi", and hoping to start posting again more regularly. So glad to see how everyone has been doing, you guys have done GREAT!!


Currently working on RCM level 5 pieces (and some easier ones, lol)
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"Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!" - Frederic Chopin
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: ebonykawai] #2510972
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Welcome back! Keep us informed as to your thoughts on the new teacher. smile


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Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2511652
02/17/16 07:48 AM
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Not much progress this past fortnight. I've been too busy to get in some proper practice time, and my teacher was sick last week. Still, lesson yesterday went well, I think. Now working on Canoeing in the Moonlight in 2B. Plus A, Bb and E (I think!) scales while maintaining Duke of York Strut and New World as "repertoire" pieces. Plus some finger exercises based on the A scale.

Congratulations on completing Unit 1, Brian! The pieces in Book 4 sound pretty good.

Congratulations on completing Book 1, mom3gram! Definitely worth pushing ahead, I think. New pieces that seem hard at first are often a lot easier after just a few tries. Piano Adventures seems pretty well structured in that regard.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2511731
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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Welcome back! Keep us informed as to your thoughts on the new teacher. smile


I like her a lot, Brian! She's making me memorize the things that I was too lazy to do before (key sigs and such, names of cadences, etc) and I just started a Chopin prelude a couple days ago. Still working with Faber 3A, but she says I'm at higher level than that, so we're touching on each unit and moving on, and I'm playing more classical pieces from Alfred's Masterworks series. I feel so much more engaged than I was, and really excited about this new direction!

Hope you guys are all doing great and enjoying the journey!


Currently working on RCM level 5 pieces (and some easier ones, lol)
Kawai UST-9, Yamaha CLP565GP

"Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!" - Frederic Chopin
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: ebonykawai] #2511770
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That's great, ebonykawaii! It's much easier to progress with good support.

You also reminded me that I'm also going to start on some of the Faber Developing Artist pieces as well next week, which I'm looking forward too.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: TrevorM] #2511946
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Good move TrevorM!

There are many good pieces in those books. Which exact book will you be using?

EbonyKawaii; let us know which Faber pieces you are learning in 3A; sounds like you may not be there much longer!



Yamaha C2X | Yamaha M500-F
Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2512026
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Originally Posted by BrianDX

There are many good pieces in those books. Which exact book will you be using?


I have both the Prep and Book 1. I think I'm Book 1 level (ish), but my teacher says that there's value in the Prep book (and likes that it has duets) so we'll start with that.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: TrevorM] #2512274
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Originally Posted by TrevorM
That's great, ebonykawaii! It's much easier to progress with good support.

You also reminded me that I'm also going to start on some of the Faber Developing Artist pieces as well next week, which I'm looking forward too.


That series is VAST, so much good stuff! Anyone can find loads of pieces they enjoy. I was amazed when I saw just how much there is, knocked my socks off, LOL!


Currently working on RCM level 5 pieces (and some easier ones, lol)
Kawai UST-9, Yamaha CLP565GP

"Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!" - Frederic Chopin
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2512276
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Originally Posted by BrianDX
EbonyKawaii; let us know which Faber pieces you are learning in 3A; sounds like you may not be there much longer!


The ever-annoying Amazing Grace, LOL!!!! I'll be so thrilled if I never play that song EVER again!


Currently working on RCM level 5 pieces (and some easier ones, lol)
Kawai UST-9, Yamaha CLP565GP

"Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!" - Frederic Chopin
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: ebonykawai] #2513040
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Originally Posted by ebonykawai
Originally Posted by TrevorM
That's great, ebonykawaii! It's much easier to progress with good support.

You also reminded me that I'm also going to start on some of the Faber Developing Artist pieces as well next week, which I'm looking forward too.


That series is VAST, so much good stuff! Anyone can find loads of pieces they enjoy. I was amazed when I saw just how much there is, knocked my socks off, LOL!

There are five different books in this series. The last book (Book 4) is late Intermediate and is over 100 pages long! There are probably enough pieces to keep me busy for years if I ever get there (1/3 done Book 2).


Yamaha C2X | Yamaha M500-F
Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Curriculum: Faber Developing Artist (Book 3)
Current: German Dance in D Major (Haydn) (OF); Melody (Schumann) (OF)
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