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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Mark... #2782182 11/18/18 10:37 AM
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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
Memran #2782546 11/19/18 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Memran
Thanks, Pathguy smile

Now I'm struggling with Lullaby (P95). I guess I'm going to struggle on every page from now on! All good fun!


It definitely will get easier! Some things later on for me seem relatively easy to play (Greensleeves and Go Down Moses are good examples that I have for my lesson next week); others not so much--a couple of weird measures in "Scarborough Fair" (even though my teacher had me do that very early on in my lessons), and Raisins and Almonds has some funny chords that have slowed me down.

I have to say, though, that I do enjoy playing the songs more towards the end of the book.

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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys

I read somewhere that you should always have several pieces that you are working on.... something like, a new piece that you are just beginning, a second piece (or several IMO) that you are working through, and then a piece (or 2) that you are polishing or maintaining.

I like to constantly change it up and work on different pieces. Sometimes it's good to take a break and then go back to a piece with fresher eyes. So, like right now, I'm working on 3 pieces at the end of Book 1, but it being this time of year, I'm delving into a few Christmas pieces from some of my other books. I can definitely see a difference in how quickly I can work through some of the Christmas pieces compared to last year, (the difference being 17 months into this journey compared to 7). I also use Piano Marvel to help with my reading accuracy and speed. It helps keep it interesting.


That makes sense. I do try to keep a few songs maintained in case someone asks me to play for them. I've been mostly focusing on single pieces in the AIO book so that I can progress to things that I will enjoy playing a bit more. The funny part is, once I get a piece down, I start to enjoy it a lot more. Go figure! laugh


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I have heard the longer you practice the same thing at one sitting, you rapidly stop learning much after 15 minutes or so. Like Gidgetkeys said having songs at different stages is the usual scenario for me also. The most time I do at one sitting is 30-60 minutes. I will do 2-3 sessions a day usually. I like doing something outside of the AIO stuff - I guess at our stage we should just try as much different stuff as we can handle.


Guess it's time for me to branch out a bit!


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Maybe try some Christmas songs. Joy to the World is in the AIO book (pg 103). My teacher gave me a L1 Alfreds christmas book - there are several I can play the one-handed melody fairly easily. A nice change of pace from learning my first Blues song....


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Mark... #2782704 11/19/18 09:40 PM
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Progman, which Christmas book is that?


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
GidgetKeys #2782960 11/20/18 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
Progman, which Christmas book is that?


Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course

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Merry Christmas Book

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My favorite right now is "O Christmas Tree"


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Thanks for the link!

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Cool, thanks! I'm going to check that out.

I had an interesting experience last night. I opened up the Christmas book that I have and decided to give Silver Bells a try. Hadn't looked at it since last year. It was almost too easy. My first thought was "wow, maybe I am improving more than I thought".

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
Cool, thanks! I'm going to check that out.

I had an interesting experience last night. I opened up the Christmas book that I have and decided to give Silver Bells a try. Hadn't looked at it since last year. It was almost too easy. My first thought was "wow, maybe I am improving more than I thought".

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

You ARE! smile I'm sure it was a great feeling, too.

Have a great Thanksgiving, all!

Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
Cool, thanks! I'm going to check that out.

I had an interesting experience last night. I opened up the Christmas book that I have and decided to give Silver Bells a try. Hadn't looked at it since last year. It was almost too easy. My first thought was "wow, maybe I am improving more than I thought".


Way to go! It seems progress is so slow, but after some months something like this happens, it makes us realize we are on the path! With this book, there us some songs I can quickly play the melody at speed - so that's my pick-me-up. At lesson this week, Teach can see I do the melody and she thinks I am pretty good with chords so she is pushing to add chords. This is mainly different than what is in this book - like using a lead sheet technique, broken chords, root chords as some examples. Lot's of ways to add sparkle to the melody. So I'll focus on that the next couple of weeks trying to get 5 or 6 christmas songs pretty nice. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Eeeek! I've reached The Can-Can, and somehow I think I'll be here for a while! Changing finger on the same note it catching me out every time. smile

Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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Eeeek! I've reached The Can-Can, and somehow I think I'll be here for a while! Changing finger on the same note it catching me out every time. smile

That was a challenge for me as well: you’ll get it!

Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1
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The entertainer was the one I struggled with the most - the timing was very difficult and I have to keep on top of this one

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I have now managed to pass on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas although I am supposed to continue using it to practice listening to the beat of my robot drummer. I find that when I start trying to play something that is a bit busier than 2 to 4 notes per measure I tend to just play and don't really hear the beat. Anyway I am now on to Gilligan's Island! What a fine classical piece that is! :p


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I'm working on "Have Yourself.." right now albeit, slowly. but I think I skipped a couple that I will go back to after Christmas. Sounds like you are doing great and you'll be leaving us soon for the Book 2 thread.


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If by "soon" you mean 2 to 3 months them you are probably correct. I seem to take 4 to 5 weeks per piece since I got to the end portion of the book. I already have book 2 waiting for me.


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Mark... #2786171 11/29/18 06:54 PM
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Hello all,

I started the book last week and have gotten to page 23 so far. I have been start each practice daily by starting at the beginning and going through to where I am at. I have my second lesson tomorrow and my teacher is giving me some other stuff to work on for theory.

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Welcome mrshaund!

Page 23 is "Lightly Row"? (can't quite remember, I'm in work and don't have my book to hand)

It is certainly a good book to work through. You're sure to have fun and to progress. Keep us posted with how you're doing smile

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Originally Posted by Memran
Welcome mrshaund!

Page 23 is "Lightly Row"? (can't quite remember, I'm in work and don't have my book to hand)

It is certainly a good book to work through. You're sure to have fun and to progress. Keep us posted with how you're doing smile


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