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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Ginger Flaherty] #2799623 01/08/19 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Ginger Flaherty
Violin is my 1st instrument

Aha, that is why you do everything right from the start! You already know how to learn to play an instrument... smile


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Animisha] #2799678 01/08/19 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Animisha
Originally Posted by Ginger Flaherty
Violin is my 1st instrument

Aha, that is why you do everything right from the start! You already know how to learn to play an instrument... smile


I totally agree that, having learned other instruments, you already have a blueprint for the piano learning process.That works reciprocally. I hang out with a lot of other string instrument players on the Fiddlerman forum. There are a few accomplished players and lots of adult starters (0 - many years in.) That's where it occurred to me that the folks there who have other instruments under their belt have an enviable advantage when picking up violin... especially in terms of theory and how those individual dots and spaces on the page tie together to produce music.

That's what motivated me to try a keyboard instrument.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2799891 01/08/19 08:22 PM
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Im learning Sloop John B in the chapter 3 section. Im glad to see everybody doing well.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2800408 01/10/19 07:16 AM
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Good Morning Faberites,

On the bottom half of page two of Ginger's intro thread, we were discussing - amongst other things - the relative benefits of using the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures books (not the Adult version) vs: the All-In-One Adult version. I thought it might interest some Faberites if I linked it here:
Which Faber Version

I'm using the All-In-One... moving forward at a brisk pace in book 1 - and basically wanted to figure out what I was missing out on. Ginger and Animisha gave me some food for thought... especially about using complementary pieces to shore up skills learned.

Well, I guess my teacher saw the down side of moving forward in the pieces too quickly because at our last lesson (my 4th) he saddled me up with more finger strength, stamina exercises (Hanon), two octave scales in 5 keys (OMG, still stumbling over C Major) and the assignment to transpose a sweet little French melody from C to G and D.

I'm trying to suss out what he's thinking and came up with this:
- It's not a good idea to fall into the faster-progress-is-better trap.
- Working more on coordination and focus skills and less on pieces is a mechanism to slow things down.
- That a sneak preview of the dryer skills work is a good reality check... this journey isn't going to be only about merrily bouncing through the Faber books at top speed.

So I have a pretty dry homework list for the week... trying to make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy the scales crazy


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: TryAnotherName] #2800538 01/10/19 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TryAnotherName
I'm using the All-In-One... moving forward at a brisk pace in book 1 - and basically wanted to figure out what I was missing out on. Ginger and Animisha gave me some food for thought... especially about using complementary pieces to shore up skills learned.

Well, I guess my teacher saw the down side of moving forward in the pieces too quickly because at our last lesson (my 4th) he saddled me up with more finger strength, stamina exercises (Hanon), two octave scales in 5 keys (OMG, still stumbling over C Major) and the assignment to transpose a sweet little French melody from C to G and D.:


The Adult All-In-One does move at a very brisk pace, this is why many adults prefer the regular Piano Adventure books. As a "re-beginner" I found the All-In-One just right for me as a refresher so that I could dig into the many Faber literature books at each level - which can be bought really cheap - used off Amazon. In addition, I worked my way through the Joytunes Piano Maestro app which has tons music from Elementary up through 3B.

But all by itself All-In-One moves much too briskly - if you're still working on honing fundamental skills and knowledge.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Animisha] #2800554 01/10/19 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Animisha
Originally Posted by Ginger Flaherty
Violin is my 1st instrument

Aha, that is why you do everything right from the start! You already know how to learn to play an instrument... smile


Ah, now if only i could apply this to better my playing the violin....there is a reason the devil is reported to be a violinist. But yes I learned/am learning how to practice via the violin.

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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2800783 01/11/19 08:49 AM
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First lesson with my new teacher last night because my former teacher moved back to her home state. I will always fondly remember my first piano teacher, but I think I’ll get along great with my new teacher. Boy oh boy the action on the teaching piano in her studio was heavy! That threw me and combined with the nerves of not wanting to mess up my play was… terrible. I suppose it will take a few weeks to get settled and finish up the level 2 books which is fine because I enjoy the final sections and will happily play them for a few more weeks. I am so glad to be into a new semester with weekly feedback.


First Lesson Oct. 17, 2017. Currently in Faber Piano Adventures Book 3a. Yamaha P-115. I play a little bass guitar also.
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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2800803 01/11/19 10:16 AM
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I already bought book 2 but looks like I'm not going to get to it for several weeks now that my teacher is slowing me down (appropriately so according to everyone's advice :-)

I showed it to him (remember, he likes teaching based on Faber) and his comment was: "It's similar to book 1 with a lot more notes." LOL


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2800806 01/11/19 10:19 AM
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Yes, Chili_Time, I get that. Although my teacher and I have the same brand piano, mine is the opposite (heavier than his) and it's always a surprise when I get started. Enjoy working with your new teacher!


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: TryAnotherName] #2800830 01/11/19 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by TryAnotherName
I suggest you download the free Piano Adventure Player app. There are 16 units of free videos by Randall Faber (very clear and... I'd say, graceful.)

I’m not who this was addressed to, but I took this suggestion and wow! Great videos! I think I’ve been inspired to use Adult PA for the basis of my re-restarting journey (I haven’t been in a conducive situation for piano for the past 5+ years, and have lost all my skills frown ).

ETA: For later readers not on iOS, the videos are also available via the Faber Piano Adventures YouTube page.

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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Groove On] #2801384 01/12/19 08:04 PM
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I'm using the All-In-One... moving forward at a brisk pace in book 1 - and basically wanted to figure out what I was missing out on. Ginger and Animisha gave me some food for thought... especially about using complementary pieces to shore up skills learned.

Well, I guess my teacher saw the down side of moving forward in the pieces too quickly because at our last lesson (my 4th) he saddled me up with more finger strength, stamina exercises (Hanon), two octave scales in 5 keys (OMG, still stumbling over C Major) and the assignment to transpose a sweet little French melody from C to G and D.:


The Adult All-In-One does move at a very brisk pace, this is why many adults prefer the regular Piano Adventure books. As a "re-beginner" I found the All-In-One just right for me as a refresher so that I could dig into the many Faber literature books at each level - which can be bought really cheap - used off Amazon. In addition, I worked my way through the Joytunes Piano Maestro app which has tons music from Elementary up through 3B.

But all by itself All-In-One moves much too briskly - if you're still working on honing fundamental skills and knowledge.


Hi. Moving from a PC based stage piano to a digital piano away from the PC, and poorish eyesight that means I won’t be using my iPad on my pianos music stand to read music as I play, I’m looking at a few books to learn from.

I have the kindle version of Alfreds all in one level 1 and am working through that fine although have to print out the music to use on my piano (PC has 27” monitor that rotates hence can easily read kindle books on there. Am looking to get actual paper books for level 2 and have been considering Fabre.

I take it there isn’t one all in one version for each level that contains the main books such as theory, lessons, technique etc, I have to buy them all separately? I know there is the Adult all in one, I mean the other version?

Which books do I need for each level to both learn and have fun with please?

A teacher is out of the question at the moment due to health problems (could never book an appointment as I don’t know in advance whether I’ll be well enough)

Many thanks

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Which books do I need for each level to both learn and have fun with please?

For the older beginner either:
1. The Accelerated Piano Adventures
(4x books per level + lots of literature books).
2. or the 2x Adult All-In-One Piano Adventures books + lots of literature books.


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Which books do I need for each level to both learn and have fun with please?

For the older beginner either:
1. The Accelerated Piano Adventures
(4x books per level + lots of literature books).
2. or the 2x Adult All-In-One Piano Adventures books + lots of literature books.


Many thanks

Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2803242 01/17/19 05:36 PM
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Im in another pause due to the LH. Ive got to find a dr who cares as mine is a xxxx. Im moving along as best i can. I just have to go with the pain or quit entirely and that isnt in the cards. I hope everyone is well.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: dobro] #2803669 01/18/19 04:57 PM
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Im in another pause due to the LH. Ive got to find a dr who cares as mine is a xxxx. Im moving along as best i can. I just have to go with the pain or quit entirely and that isnt in the cards. I hope everyone is well.


Man that is bad news. i hope it gets better soon!


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Thanks Chili Time. Its slow and this dr mentioned surgery but im going to give it more time. This past week was good. Its just a hassle getting older.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2811684 02/06/19 09:43 PM
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Im still in unit 3 and up to the Beyer piece Allegro in F. Its a nice classical sounding piece. Im having a little trouble sorting out Phrase Marks from Tied Note ones so thats tonights study.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2811711 02/06/19 11:11 PM
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I'm just starting Faber's Adult Adventures so I'm almost up to you guys, just a few millennia to go.

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welcome anthony. I like Faber 2 so far. Keep us posted.

I seen the error of my thinking on the phrase marks as well.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2812228 02/08/19 07:32 AM
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Welcome to the Faber train Anthony! I have enjoyed Faber but then again I enjoy piano so would probably be happy in any of the popular method book series.

I'm playing the final pieces of book 2 for my new teacher but not quite up to her standards yet. Hope I can close book 2 out by the end of Feb.


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