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Hi friends My name is Carlos from Brazil, Im 34 yers old

I'm some months just following this thread. Brian, Mario and all insprired me to keep learning piano.

I started my piano journey in 2011, when I had bought a Yamaha E423 keyboard. I started to learn with Learm and Master Piano DVDs. It helped me to begin to learn. But some months later I've stopped due work demands. Late 2015 I sold my keyboard.

This year the desire to learn piano returns, but now I wanted a 88 keys digital piano. I started to search models and brands and in the meantime I heard about Alfred's method. I bought a Casio Digital Piano and then started to search Alfred and Adult Methods.

I was in betwen Alfred, Hall Leonard and Faber Adults All in One methods. Then I've found piano world and the Faber enthusiats. Then I chose Faber.

Now I'm on Faber AIO Adult PA Book 2 ,unit 08 and working on Prep Piano Literature. And I hope achieve the levels you guys are now.

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Originally Posted by Carlos Santos
Hi friends My name is Carlos from Brazil, Im 34 yers old

I'm some months just following this thread. Brian, Mario and all insprired me to keep learning piano.

I started my piano journey in 2011, when I had bought a Yamaha E423 keyboard. I started to learn with Learm and Master Piano DVDs. It helped me to begin to learn. But some months later I've stopped due work demands. Late 2015 I sold my keyboard.

This year the desire to learn piano returns, but now I wanted a 88 keys digital piano. I started to search models and brands and in the meantime I heard about Alfred's method. I bought a Casio Digital Piano and then started to search Alfred and Adult Methods.

I was in betwen Alfred, Hall Leonard and Faber Adults All in One methods. Then I've found piano world and the Faber enthusiats. Then I chose Faber.

Now I'm on Faber AIO Adult PA Book 2 ,unit 08 and working on Prep Piano Literature. And I hope achieve the levels you guys are now.

Hugs

Carlos Santos


Hi Carlos,

Welcome to this wonderful forum.

I'm also one of those starter-stoppers and this is my third foray into piano learning. I've stuck with it for three years I think and this has been the longest stretch. I think it is because of the Faber series that I have stuck with it. The progress in Faber is very slow and steady and before you know it you are playing pieces you couldn't even imagine playing. I did most of my learning on my own but now that I have reached Level 4 I decided to get a teacher who is now focusing on getting my piano playing techniques fine-tuned and in some case completely overhauled.

BTW I also did the Alfred adult series but I found it focused too much on playing just harmony in the left hand. Also the progress was not very smooth and so gave it up and gave up piano. I had a teacher at that time but she was not very good; did not focus too much on my technique and had my on some classical pieces which were way beyond my level.



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Hello fellow Faber students!

Well it's been quiet around here; I hope we still have a few folks who follow this thread.

As far as my own progress, I am down to 5 pieces to go before finishing the Faber series. The last piece I just finished, Bearcat Boogie, is an example of why I love these books so much. I spent 6 weeks working on this with my teacher. In addition to having multiple flats in the key signature, this piece features 4-note chords stretching for 10 measures, in addition to multiple passages of syncopation with triplets thrown in for good measure. By the end of last week I was playing this at a good pace with very few mistakes if any.


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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Hello fellow Faber students!

Well it's been quiet around here; I hope we still have a few folks who follow this thread.

As far as my own progress, I am down to 5 pieces to go before finishing the Faber series. The last piece I just finished, Bearcat Boogie, is an example of why I love these books so much. I spent 6 weeks working on this with my teacher. In addition to having multiple flats in the key signature, this piece features 4-note chords stretching for 10 measures, in addition to multiple passages of syncopation with triplets thrown in for good measure. By the end of last week I was playing this at a good pace with very few mistakes if any.


Hi Brian,

Yes it has gotten a bit quiet here.

It is so wonderful that with the Faber series you gradually progress and before you know it you are playing pieces which are so rich and complicated but it does not seem as daunting as it would have been a year ago.

Would I ask a favor of everyone. Would everyone just say 'hello' to let us know you are still alive here.

I have just finished Unit 2 of Series 4. Taking a bit of time.

I am alternatively learning how to play jazz with my teacher and so busy learning some of the easier of the jazz chords with two hands and how to play them and incorporate the melody. We are using pieces from the so called fake book i.e. the books that give you simple one note melody along with the chord symbols and I need to play this and make it a bit richer by incorporating more notes. It is an interesting journey but quite difficult as you are improvising while playing.

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Originally Posted by Mario2015

Would I ask a favor of everyone. Would everyone just say 'hello' to let us know you are still alive here.


Hi Mario and Brian!

I am still alive and (sporadically) here. I have not had much time for piano the last three months. If I'm lucky, I'll have 5-10 minutes a few times per week, just enough to sit down and play something I already know, in hopes of keeping my fingers lubed up. Have not been able to work in the books, but I want to be able to get back to it soon, as I really miss making progress.


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Good to hear from you Linda!

I just started the last piece in the Lesson Book. There are two pieces left to study in the Performance Book, and then that's it. Probably will be done by mid-December. At that point I'll take a pulse to see if there are enough interested folks to keep this thread going into 2018.

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Hi

Don't post here too often, but working my way (with my teacher) through Book 3B. Still enjoying it and slowly getting more confident. And still finding it hard... smile

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I'm starting Faber this week so glad this thread popped to the front page. I'm a bass player trying to learn new tricks on the piano and look forward to reading this thread and stopping by with an occasional progress report (assuming I do make progress). Joined a similar thread on the talkbass forum for the Hal Leonard Bass Method books and it was good to have a group to hang out with online in the same method books. Piano is hard but I look forward to playing every day. It doesn't seem like practice, it's just something I enjoy doing so I hope that will always be the case.. While bass was self taught (still play each day) I have a teacher for piano and she likes the Faber series so here I go. We're using the advanced beginnner series so I've got a 4 books lesson, sight reading, theory and the other one.

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Hi John BC and Chili Time. Good to have you here smile


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Hi John BC and Chili Time. Good to have you here smile


I'll second that.

I've been here a few years now and have found the interactions positive and quite useful.

Linda, hopefully you will be back on track soon. Good to know you are still playing albeit for a short time. Keeps those brain connections alive.

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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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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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