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Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? #2803065
01/17/19 10:54 AM
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Been spending a few days on the first Faber adult book and enjoying it thus far smile I'm on page 60-ish or so and finding some of the pieces on the easier side. I know my goal is to eventually be able to do more technical pieces and was wondering if I should begin exercises to speed up my process. My theory is better than my technique (I played 3 years of trumpet in grade school). Any tips? I was specfically looking at

1.Practical Method for Beginners on the Piano Op. 599

2. Beginner Scales Book

I've tried Hanon in the past, not a fan... too advanced at this stage I believe since I don't have the technique, strength, or dexterity to hit those 16th notes yet.

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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803087
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You will find only the very beginning of that Czerny will be currently applicable; the book progresses rapidly. I would suggest printing off only the pages at your current level from ISLMP, from that and perhaps other easy Czerny books, and/or getting the Preparatory and maybe Level One Etudes books from the Keith Snell Series. The Snell books will contain a bunch of the Czerny, along with a variety of similar material at the same level. If you’re interested in moving in a classical direction, the Keith Snell series are tops.

A good scale/arpeggio/etc book is an excellent investment. I’m not familiar with that one, but the supplementary online materials seem perfect for a self-learner.

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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803114
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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803171
01/17/19 03:20 PM
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Well, Chopin suggested scales and Bach. You won't go wrong there. First Lessons in Bach is a good place to start, and I like Keith Snell's Scale Skills books. Go to Sheet Music Plus website and you can see page examples of the different levels. Maybe level one or two?


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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803339
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I think Czerny is a fabulous choice.

I have this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Me...mp;qid=1547789187&s=Books&sr=1-1

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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803368
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Take a look at the Technic is fun series. This link is to Alfred's, so you can see sample pages to find out which level you should take, but you can also order them through other bookstores. I think their choice of pieces is really nice.


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Re: Supplementing Faber Adult AIO Book 1? [Re: pianotimo] #2803438
01/18/19 09:21 AM
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There is a danger that starting scales or Hanon without a teacher you are more likely to be practising the wrong things. Scales are exercises used to refine musical sensitivity and to hone technique, not to develop it. It's generally better to start with pieces for the first year or two and to develop a more comprehensive technique before going deeper and dominating technical practise with the first three fingers. The important thing is knowing how to use them, not whether to.

Hanon was intended to equalise the fingers (an anatomical impossibility) but a better idea (Chopin's) was to make it sound like they are equal. For this we can use Bach. Hanon tends to inculcate finger playing - the sort Beethoven despised in Mozart. With a good teacher it can be used to develop good arm technique and weight transfer before beginning scales and arpeggios. Again, the important thing is knowing how to use it, not whether to.

Beyer Op. 101 is widely used in Europe in place of method books and is recommended as a supplement to them. It can be downloaded freely from IMSLP as it's now public domain. It's intended as a gentle introduction for young players during their first year and possibly into their second.


Richard

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