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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Mario2015] #2687694
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Update: Well I have gone out on a limb and I'm going to play the Faber Level 5 "Graduation Piece" (last piece in the Lesson Book) on Sunday in front of 30 people (Ballade by Burgmuller).

It's been an amazing 4+ years; hard to believe it's only a few weeks away from being finished.


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Update: Well I have gone out on a limb and I'm going to play the Faber Level 5 "Graduation Piece" (last piece in the Lesson Book) on Sunday in front of 30 people (Ballade by Burgmuller).

It's been an amazing 4+ years; hard to believe it's only a few weeks away from being finished.


Wow!! Congrat Brian!!!

All the best with the playing of that piece.

Hope you remain on the site and continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

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Thanks Mario!


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Update: Well I have gone out on a limb and I'm going to play the Faber Level 5 "Graduation Piece" (last piece in the Lesson Book) on Sunday in front of 30 people (Ballade by Burgmuller).

It's been an amazing 4+ years; hard to believe it's only a few weeks away from being finished.



Awesome and congratulations! I hope you come back with a report or even better a video of you killing it at the recital.


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Thanks Mario!


How is it going Brian. Are you all done?

Please keep this wonderful forum and keep updating us with your progress and advising us as we make this journey.

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I just finished reading all the threads.
Over 44 pages covering about five yrs.
Enjoyed reading all the comments from
Everyone. Congratulations Brian on your
achievements. After I finished Alfreds Adult
All In One book 2 I plan on Faber Piano
Adventures level 4. It seems their
are many folks that will be somewhere at
that point. So Brian keep this baby open
and chime in from time to time. Thanks
for your support. —Birdgolf


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Originally Posted by Birdgolf
I just finished reading all the threads.
Over 44 pages covering about five yrs.
Enjoyed reading all the comments from
Everyone. Congratulations Brian on your
achievements. After I finished Alfreds Adult
All In One book 2 I plan on Faber Piano
Adventures level 4. It seems their
are many folks that will be somewhere at
that point. So Brian keep this baby open
and chime in from time to time. Thanks
for your support. —Birdgolf

Originally Posted by Birdgolf
I just finished reading all the threads.
Over 44 pages covering about five yrs.
Enjoyed reading all the comments from
Everyone. Congratulations Brian on your
achievements. After I finished Alfreds Adult
All In One book 2 I plan on Faber Piano
Adventures level 4. It seems their
are many folks that will be somewhere at
that point. So Brian keep this baby open
and chime in from time to time. Thanks
for your support. —Birdgolf


Hi Birdgoff,

I'm in the middle of Level 4 so let's keep the conversation going. Right now half my time goes on Level 4 practice and the other half goes in learning jazz piano.

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Hello Mario,
I'm finishing up on Alfred's AAIO Bk 2 and then sometime in Feb or Mar will start Faber PA Level 4 (all the core books). Right now half my times goes to christmas songs and the other half goes to Alfred's (I'm in the Bb Major Section, about 7 pieces working on). Later, Birdgolf


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Mario2015] #2694708
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Originally Posted by Mario2015
Originally Posted by BrianDX
Thanks Mario!


How is it going Brian. Are you all done?

Please keep this wonderful forum and keep updating us with your progress and advising us as we make this journey.

Thanks Mario!

Working on my last piece in the Level 5 Performance Book. Will be done by the end of this month.

The Burgmuller piece went very well. Hopefully I'll have the audio recording of it soon...

Nice hearing from you Birdgolf!


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Well tonight was a real milestone; I finished the last two pieces in the Faber Piano Adventures Level 5 Performance book. Graduation is done as it were.

Here are the stats: Total elapsed time starting from August 2013 when my wife and I started Accelerated Older Adult Book till tonight, about 4 1/2 years. If I subtract the weeks off, prep for performances, studying other material etc, I would say I spent about 3 years 9 months on these books. Over 750 total pieces. Although the material got harder in the later books, the pieces when mastered were a joy to learn and play. My final piece, Mazurka In G Minor adapted from Chopin by Nancy Faber was my favorite among all the other pieces.

For me, this system works (so far). Now the real test begins; how well will I be able to learn and master other Intermediate level material outside of the Faber world? That will ultimately determine how good these books really were.

I will continue to monitor this thread as long as it stays reasonably active. Take my word for it; practice hard at each level. Your are building a house here; when the roof is finally in place you've really got something...


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Interesting. And I should have a look at these books. Congratulations on completing. It looks like you are well over-qualified for the 40 pieces a year thread! smile


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Great example of motivation and dedication. Job well done.


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Yay, Brian!!!! Congratulations!! You are a great model and inspiration for the rest of us. And this thread can be our reference, so thank you so much.


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Thanks folks! Keep up the good work.....


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Thanks folks! Keep up the good work.....


Hi Brian,

Congratulations. You truly are an inspiration to us. Keep egging us on in this forum; god knows we need it sometimes.

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Thanks Brian for all your words and encouragement. Wishing you the best in your future endeavors. --Birdgolf


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Well tonight was a real milestone; I finished the last two pieces in the Faber Piano Adventures Level 5 Performance book. Graduation is done as it were.


Fantastic work, Brian! I've been away from the board for a bit while I fell out with my piano, but I've been keeping up with this thread to see how everyone is doing.

(Fwiw, I love my piano again now.)


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Originally Posted by TrevorM
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Well tonight was a real milestone; I finished the last two pieces in the Faber Piano Adventures Level 5 Performance book. Graduation is done as it were.


Fantastic work, Brian! I've been away from the board for a bit while I fell out with my piano, but I've been keeping up with this thread to see how everyone is doing.

(Fwiw, I love my piano again now.)


Hi Trevor,

I just saw your signature that you are working on Oscar Peterson's Jazz Exercises and Minuet. Can I assume that you are learning jazz piano on the side? I am too but I am at the basic level. My teacher has got me to play 2 5 1s in all 12 keys. Is the Oscar Peterson book quite good?

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Originally Posted by Mario2015


Hi Trevor,

I just saw your signature that you are working on Oscar Peterson's Jazz Exercises and Minuet. Can I assume that you are learning jazz piano on the side? I am too but I am at the basic level. My teacher has got me to play 2 5 1s in all 12 keys. Is the Oscar Peterson book quite good?


Yes! I'm using this book http://amzn.to/2CHRoud which has three of Oscar Peterson's Etude books in it. The first part is "Jazz Exercises and Minuets" and you can year the first 8 here (although there's a bit of improv on Minuet No. 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh0sGE5st2E&list=PLjx2Mlpcay8XTmdZfHKH_j4AZnXQfIvDz

You can see a load of the pieces on the Amazon "Look inside…" link to get an idea of the level.


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Congratulations Brian. I'm about midway through book one and enjoying the process. It is great to hear from a player who finished then entire series!


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Originally Posted by TrevorM
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Hi Trevor,

I just saw your signature that you are working on Oscar Peterson's Jazz Exercises and Minuet. Can I assume that you are learning jazz piano on the side? I am too but I am at the basic level. My teacher has got me to play 2 5 1s in all 12 keys. Is the Oscar Peterson book quite good?


Yes! I'm using this book http://amzn.to/2CHRoud which has three of Oscar Peterson's Etude books in it. The first part is "Jazz Exercises and Minuets" and you can year the first 8 here (although there's a bit of improv on Minuet No. 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh0sGE5st2E&list=PLjx2Mlpcay8XTmdZfHKH_j4AZnXQfIvDz

You can see a load of the pieces on the Amazon "Look inside…" link to get an idea of the level.

Thanks Trevor for the information and the links.

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Originally Posted by Mario2015

Thanks Trevor for the information and the links.


FYI, just discovered that the first book was originally called Jazz Piano for the Young Pianist and appears to be pretty widely available online. The difficulty I'm having with them is that the Minuets don't have suggested fingering (the exercises do) so I'm struggling a bit with those.


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I have just started the Faber Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1. So far so good.

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Originally Posted by NobleHouse
I have just started the Faber Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1. So far so good.


Hello NobleHouse. We should stay in touch on this. I decided to get the Faber books to fill in gaps in my theory knowledge and technique. Though I first learned piano in my teens, nearly fifty years ago, got to about grade 3-4 equivalent, no grade exams, I have now taken it up again in retirement. Though I can play some Chopin, Bach etc, simpler pieces, and I am revising those, I do feel it will be useful to go right back to Book 1 with this. My book is on its way to me and I am looking forward to starting it. I my choice was made after reading Brian's thread here. I hope you
enjoy the journey and find both the Faber course and this thread supportive.


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I went through the Piano Adventures series by Faber when I was a kid. I definitely enjoyed them, and now I'm using my old books to teach a friend. I'm considering getting her either the adult or accelerated beginner books instead, however, because my current ones are (a) made for young children and (b) very much used! Can someone please give me a comparison between the different Faber series, difficulty wise? Is there much overlap between the pieces?

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by lilystem2609
I went through the Piano Adventures series by Faber when I was a kid. I definitely enjoyed them, and now I'm using my old books to teach a friend. I'm considering getting her either the adult or accelerated beginner books instead, however, because my current ones are (a) made for young children and (b) very much used! Can someone please give me a comparison between the different Faber series, difficulty wise? Is there much overlap between the pieces?

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Hi Lilystem2609. I cannot speak from practical experience but if you go to the Faber website they have the contents page chapter by chapter of every book in the series there, this should help you decide. It definitely helped me with my decision.


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I have just started the Faber Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1. So far so good.


Hello NobleHouse. We should stay in touch on this. I decided to get the Faber books to fill in gaps in my theory knowledge and technique. Though I first learned piano in my teens, nearly fifty years ago, got to about grade 3-4 equivalent, no grade exams, I have now taken it up again in retirement. Though I can play some Chopin, Bach etc, simpler pieces, and I am revising those, I do feel it will be useful to go right back to Book 1 with this. My book is on its way to me and I am looking forward to starting it. I my choice was made after reading Brian's thread here. I hope you
enjoy the journey and find both the Faber course and this thread supportive.


Sounds like a good plan....but I am a complete beginner...no previous playing experience frown

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Originally Posted by lilystem2609
I went through the Piano Adventures series by Faber when I was a kid. I definitely enjoyed them, and now I'm using my old books to teach a friend. I'm considering getting her either the adult or accelerated beginner books instead, however, because my current ones are (a) made for young children and (b) very much used! Can someone please give me a comparison between the different Faber series, difficulty wise? Is there much overlap between the pieces?

Thanks!


There is a very active Faber group on facebook which is mostly piano teachers so that would be a good place to ask this question if you are still wondering. I'm a bass player and a raw piano beginner 1/2 way through book one of the accelerated adventure book. My teacher decided on that one because I play bass and already knew time how to read bass clef. The book covers rests, 8th notes, time signatures all those things but moves on fairly fast. As far as difficulty I have been able to play the pieces but it takes me a while to get my fingers to do what I want them to. My teacher also uses the technique and artistry books with the lesson books and although the TA book is hard for me it has really helped me see that I need a lot of work on TA. We use the theory and sightreading accelerated PA books also.


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I have just started the Faber Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1. So far so good.


Hello NobleHouse. We should stay in touch on this. I decided to get the Faber books to fill in gaps in my theory knowledge and technique. Though I first learned piano in my teens, nearly fifty years ago, got to about grade 3-4 equivalent, no grade exams, I have now taken it up again in retirement. Though I can play some Chopin, Bach etc, simpler pieces, and I am revising those, I do feel it will be useful to go right back to Book 1 with this. My book is on its way to me and I am looking forward to starting it. I my choice was made after reading Brian's thread here. I hope you
enjoy the journey and find both the Faber course and this thread supportive.


Sounds like a good plan....but I am a complete beginner...no previous playing experience :
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That's ok. It's just to talk about the Faber book series, compare notes, how we are finding it as that is new to both of us. I notice on the Pen Pals thread you say you have a grand piano and a "really good upright". I don't have a grand piano frown ... and I wouldn't say my upright is a "really good one" so perhaps you have some advantages over me there. I have a Roland digital, I've only had it a couple of months. It isn't top end. I sometimes wonder if I had a $25,000 piano if I would be able to play better but I shall probably never know. Still waiting for my book to arrive. Will stay in touch. Good luck!


"Study Bach: there you will find everything" - Johannes Brahms.
Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Bach_ingMaddie] #2704929
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Originally Posted by Bach_ingMaddie
Originally Posted by NobleHouse
Originally Posted by Bach_ingMaddie
Originally Posted by NobleHouse
I have just started the Faber Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Lesson Book 1. So far so good.


Hello NobleHouse. We should stay in touch on this. I decided to get the Faber books to fill in gaps in my theory knowledge and technique. Though I first learned piano in my teens, nearly fifty years ago, got to about grade 3-4 equivalent, no grade exams, I have now taken it up again in retirement. Though I can play some Chopin, Bach etc, simpler pieces, and I am revising those, I do feel it will be useful to go right back to Book 1 with this. My book is on its way to me and I am looking forward to starting it. I my choice was made after reading Brian's thread here. I hope you
enjoy the journey and find both the Faber course and this thread supportive.


Sounds like a good plan....but I am a complete beginner...no previous playing experience :
(


That's ok. It's just to talk about the Faber book series, compare notes, how we are finding it as that is new to both of us. I notice on the Pen Pals thread you say you have a grand piano and a "really good upright". I don't have a grand piano frown ... and I wouldn't say my upright is a "really good one" so perhaps you have some advantages over me there. I have a Roland digital, I've only had it a couple of months. It isn't top end. I sometimes wonder if I had a $25,000 piano if I would be able to play better but I shall probably never know. Still waiting for my book to arrive. Will stay in touch. Good luck!


Well, my grand piano and "really good upright" haven't helped me at all mad cool

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