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When to move on to next piece to learn?
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Hi everyone

I'm very, very new here, and as an absolute beginner I like to read this forum, there's a lot to be learned!
Bought Alfred's All in One - book 1, and so far it's fun to be practicing and playing around.
One thing I'm curious about: when do you guys move on to the next piece to practice, or what is the recommended way of doing it? Should I continue when I can play it error free reading the notes, or should I learn every piece by heart and then move on?

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Re: When to move on to next piece to learn?
Fritzo #2548719 06/12/16 05:23 AM
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Do you have a teacher? There is much more to playing a piece than just getting all the notes right.

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
Do you have a teacher?


That would be my first question, too. Because, yeah. Usually, especially that early on, it should be your teacher who decides when to move on. But teachers are expensive in most parts of the world, so in the absence of one of those, I'd say: play until you can record, and be satisfied with the end result when it's played back to you.

Why record? Because when you record, you have to play everything "first time right". Until you can do that, as I see it, you haven't really learned the piece. Plus, it's much easier to listen to the quality of your own playing objectively when you're not busy trying not to miss the next note, or playing those sixteenth notes evenly, or getting that upcoming rallentando *just* right.


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Originally Posted by Saranoya
I'd say: play until you can record, and be satisfied with the end result when it's played back to you.

Why record? Because when you record, you have to play everything "first time right". Until you can do that, as I see it, you haven't really learned the piece. Plus, it's much easier to listen to the quality of your own playing objectively when you're not busy trying not to miss the next note, or playing those sixteenth notes evenly, or getting that upcoming rallentando *just* right.


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Keep in mind the extra time you spend at the beginning pays dividends later on. Might also be a good question to pose to the ongoing Alfred Book 1 post to get the different views of those going through the book here



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For me recording each exercise as I completed them was of tremendous help in pacing me through Alfred's 1 in lieu of a teacher. Once through with no mistakes with the red button on. If you're not recording it you'd be amazed at what you let yourself get away with. I'm doing the same thing with some new books now.

The ability to pace yourself if you're self teaching is critical to managing your learning. Move on too early and you risk not learning what you're meant to and you'll get very frustrated later on. Move on to slowly and you'll get bored or just not learn at an efficient pace.

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Thanks for the replies!
I have no teacher yet, but I think I will be looking for one in a few months time. Gives me some time to save some cash wink

And I will surely try the recording tip!


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