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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2742532
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David_B,
I have a supsicion that if someone else posted a video and asked what you thought, you wouldn't be nearly as critical of them as you are of yourself. I don't think your runs sound bad at all! Of course they aren't going to be as good as Duane's (he's been doing this for decades and you're on year 1 or 2), but you seem to be keeping the runs in time and they flow. That's all that's required! There's nothing jarring or disconcerting about them at all. I humbly suggest that you should cut yourself some slack smile Your progress is fantastic and you should be very proud of it!

Way to go! I hope that you'll continue posting and I look forward to seeing your continued progress.

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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: fizikisto] #2742599
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Originally Posted by fizikisto
David_B,
I have a supsicion that if someone else posted a video and asked what you thought, you wouldn't be nearly as critical of them as you are of yourself. I don't think your runs sound bad at all! Of course they aren't going to be as good as Duane's (he's been doing this for decades and you're on year 1 or 2), but you seem to be keeping the runs in time and they flow. That's all that's required! There's nothing jarring or disconcerting about them at all. I humbly suggest that you should cut yourself some slack smile Your progress is fantastic and you should be very proud of it!

Way to go! I hope that you'll continue posting and I look forward to seeing your continued progress.

Warm Regards


Very encouraging words, thank you!

There are two songs in lesson 27 and both of them offer the opportunity to work on runs. I’m hoping to have lesson 27 done sometime next week and I think I will record Santa Lucia which is one of the songs.

God bless,
David


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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2744293
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Here is a song from lesson 27 that I like. I don’t know most of the songs in this course but I remember hearing this one (Santa Lucia) growing up. No new arrangement techniques were taught in this lesson. It’s arranged based on what was taught in the past. I’ll play it first as written and then arranged. The piano sound is my new VSL CFX



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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2747951
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I finished lesson 28. There are two songs covered in this lesson and no new arrangement techniques are introduced. Duane gives some ideas on how to arrange the song I recorded by mixing up chords and arpeggios.This lesson marks the advent of the key of G. The song I recorded coincidently happens to go along with the holiday weekend. The piano sound is the VSL CFX (Karvala Preset). I'll play it once through as written and then arranged.



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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2748137
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Very nice! And as you point out - timely! I'm anticipating September Song in a few months . . .

Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: pwl] #2748157
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Very nice! And as you point out - timely! I'm anticipating September Song in a few months . . .


America is a fun song to play. The tempo I selected is too fast for me to perform smooth runs at the end, but I like the tempo for the rest of the song.

Is "September Song" in the course? There are so many songs covered that many of them are a blur now in my mind.

God Bless,
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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2748187
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Alas, I don't think "September Song" is in the course.

Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2759757
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I hope everyone is having a pleasant summer. Traveling over the past few months has disrupted my regular practice, but now I'm back on schedule. Here is a song from lesson 28 (I’m currently on lesson 30). This song is fun because it’s my arrangement using the techniques taught in the previous lessons, e.g., Alberti bass, swing bass, arpeggios, and runs. I feel like my runs are starting to smooth out a bit and I’m not having to think about them as much (if that makes sense). I feel more relaxed doing them. The song is Camptown Races and I’ll play it as written and then arranged. The Piano sound is VSL CFX.



God Bless,
David

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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: David B] #2759766
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What a coincidence - literally at approx. the time you posted I was thinking about you and your progress with the Shinn course. Thought maybe you'd just been busy - pretty sure (and hopeful) you hadn't given it up. So this is a VERY nice surprise tonight - thank you (from all your fans, too, I'm sure)!

I REALLY like when you get down at about 2:08 and take us on home - some serious funk from that point!

Btw, I'm bettin' on the bay . . .

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Originally Posted by pwl


I REALLY like when you get down at about 2:08 and take us on home - some serious funk from that point!


Thanks.

That's one of the benefits of this course. The opportunity to develop the techniques that are taught will always be there by virtue of Duane's teaching style and the shear amount of songs covered in the course.

If I never took this course I'd only be able to play the song as written, which of course is pretty boring.

God Bless,
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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2760102
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For those who are fans of Duane, sadly he passed away on July 26 at the age of 79.
He'll be missed - after almost 15 years of using his instructional materials, I am still learning.
RIP Duane!

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So sorry to hear that,


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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: EP] #2760121
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Originally Posted by EP
For those who are fans of Duane, sadly he passed away on July 26 at the age of 79.
He'll be missed - after almost 15 years of using his instructional materials, I am still learning.
RIP Duane!


I thought it was strange that he didn't reply personally to the last video link I sent him like he had been accustomed to doing in the past. His son Garth responded, but there was no mention of Duane's passing. I found this link to a memorial.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/medford-or/duane-shinn-7945936

I'll have to say that this past year and a half using Duane's materials has been one of the most enjoyable musical experiences in my life. His kindness in responding to my questions and constant affirmation served to help motivate me as I plodded along through the lessons.

My determination to finish this course has never wavered, but I feel even more inspired now to finish it in honor of Duane and his commitment to education.

Thank you Duane for touching my life with your gifts and talents. RIP

God Bless,
David


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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: TonyB] #2762186
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Thought I would update where I am with the 52 week crash course. I ordered the first 4 lessons this past January. Having never played before starting this course I found it to be a real challenge. It took me about 4 months to get through the 4 lessons.

I decided I needed a teacher at least for a little while so I sought out a lady close by and she has helped fill in the blanks rally well for these last few months.

However I don’t think her style is where I want to end up so I stopped the lessons and started lesson 5 of Duane’s course this week. Things went real well but I still see each lesson taking more than a week but that is ok as I am in no hurry.

The main reason I started back is because of David’s wonderful videos he posts. Thanks to everyone who posts here for the inspiration.


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Re: Duane Shinn 52 Week Crash Course [Re: dcupright] #2762233
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Originally Posted by dcupright


The main reason I started back is because of David’s wonderful videos he posts. Thanks to everyone who posts here for the inspiration.



Amen! smile

Different lessons have taken me a month or more to complete also. I find is hard to believe that any beginner could finish this course in a year. When I ordered the material Duane's office staff told me that the 52 Week Crash Course was three years of study material condensed. I wanted to finish it as quick as possible so I could move on to his Praise and Gospel series that I bought. However, it's been a year and a half since I started and I'm on lesson 30. So I'm on track to finish it in three years. I think the foundation this course provides is worth taking the time even if it takes three or more years to complete.

Thanks for sharing your progress. Enjoy the journey. The reward is not only at the end, but also through the process of learning week by week and day by day as you see your ability improve. Soon you'll really start for feel like a piano player.

God Bless,
David




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