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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!


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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!


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