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Originally Posted by Superman2048
I have finally tamed my pinky haha! One thing I found out with that piece is that I need to work on my hand independence laugh I'm looking forward to your uploads too! Oh which reminds me, I hear good things about Essential Repertoir. Would you say it's useful for someone like me (5 months practice)? Are the pieces in the book ordered from easy to hard or random put together? Bye happy playing!

No, the pieces in Essential Repertoire are not ordered from easy to hard. These have been grouped together by composers. (Inside the composer groupings, they are ordered by difficulty.). The book does mention a list of a dozen easiest pieces, which is helpful. Since I have too much time in my hands currently, researching is not much of a problem. But in case of limited time, this book may not be suitable. I think I remember Masterwork Classics Level 1 being recommended for beginners somewhere. The site describes it as "A progressive repertoire series". Not very sure here either.

I've listened to the Essential Repertoire playlists so many times now, that I've got a bit attached to this book. LOL. So I'll continue with this as of now. The pieces in this book are too tough for me though, and take weeks!

I'm also around 5 months in, so really don't know much about the options available. I'm basically going by hit and trial. I really hope someone more experienced answers your question. If not, please start a new thread. That will be helpful for all of us beginners, and searchable for future generations too wink

Happy playing to you too!


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Josh Wright recommends the Keith Snell series for graded classical music. Each level has a baroque/classical volume and a romantic/20c volume.


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One thing I found out with that piece is that I need to work on my hand independence

Take a look at this on hand independence.

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Josh Wright recommends the Keith Snell series for graded classical music. Each level has a baroque/classical volume and a romantic/20c volume.

As well as a separate etudes volume per level. But there is also a more abridged version of his series where there is one volume per level, but it contains fewer, only select pieces, gathered from the different specialized volumes.


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1 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.1, La Candeur - youtube
2 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.2, Arabesque - youtube
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4 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.4, Petite Reunion - youtube
5 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.5, Innocence - youtube
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Originally Posted by Tech-key

No, the pieces in Essential Repertoire are not ordered from easy to hard. These have been grouped together by composers. (Inside the composer groupings, they are ordered by difficulty.). The book does mention a list of a dozen easiest pieces, which is helpful. Since I have too much time in my hands currently, researching is not much of a problem. But in case of limited time, this book may not be suitable. I think I remember Masterwork Classics Level 1 being recommended for beginners somewhere. The site describes it as "A progressive repertoire series". Not very sure here either.

I've listened to the Essential Repertoire playlists so many times now, that I've got a bit attached to this book. LOL. So I'll continue with this as of now. The pieces in this book are too tough for me though, and take weeks!

I'm also around 5 months in, so really don't know much about the options available. I'm basically going by hit and trial. I really hope someone more experienced answers your question. If not, please start a new thread. That will be helpful for all of us beginners, and searchable for future generations too wink

Happy playing to you too!


Ok thank you. I'll keep the Essential Repertoire on my book wish list and maybe buy it sometime later.


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Take a look at this on hand independence.

Thanks Tyrone I'll check that link! I love this forum there's so much materials/info laugh

Originally Posted by HollyBytheLake
Josh Wright recommends the Keith Snell series for graded classical music. Each level has a baroque/classical volume and a romantic/20c volume.

As well as a separate etudes volume per level. But there is also a more abridged version of his series where there is one volume per level, but it contains fewer, only select pieces, gathered from the different specialized volumes.


Those books look interesting as well! Will keep them in mind thank you!


Edit: Facdo what a joyful, happy, pleasant piece! laugh



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1 To Catch A Dream <Recording> (by Martha Mier)
2 Shadows At Sunset <Recording> (by Martha Mier)
3 Einsame Blumen (from Waldszenen, Opus 82) <Recording> (by Robert Schumann)

My #3 is my submission to the 53rd ABF recital. A wonderful and delicate piece by Schumann, from Opus 82, "Waldszenen".
The English title of the piece is "Lonely Flowers". The opus is "Forest Scenes".
If you are interested in the comments that I wrote for my recital submission, you can find them here.



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Jobert, your recordings are just so awesomely awesome. And you described your latest submission so beautifully in the recital page!


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Originally Posted by Tech-key
Jobert, your recordings are just so awesomely awesome. And you described your latest submission so beautifully in the recital page!

Thanks! blush


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I've started playing January 2017, Nothing is too easy is where I keep track of my progress.

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JoBert - Love your "Lonely Flowers".

Keselo - I enjoyed all or your recent selections, especially the Menuet. I don't think I've ever heard that one before.

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Keselo - I enjoyed all or your recent selections, especially the Menuet. I don't think I've ever heard that one before.

Thank you. It's my favourite Menuet from the book so far, it's such a happy little piece. Should definitely be much better known.


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1 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.1, La Candeur - youtube
2 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.2, Arabesque - youtube
3 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.3, Pastorale - youtube
4 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.4, Petite Reunion - youtube
5 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.5, Innocence - youtube
6 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.6, Progres - youtube
7 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.7, Courant Limpide - youtube
8 - Liszt S.172 No.1, Consolation No.1 - youtube

I have been working on other pieces in parallel, so I would have to disrupt the sequence of the Burgmuller studies sooner or later.


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1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
3) Rock It Away! (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
4) Lullaby (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
5) Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114, from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) [<SoundCloud>
6) Ländler, by Schubert (Trinity- 2015-2017 syllabus) <SoundCloud>
7) Cockles and Mussels (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
8) Got Those Blues (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
9) Minuet in F, L. Mozart (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
10) Blues for Wynton Marsalis (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
11) On Top of Old Smoky (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
12) Chiapanecas (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>


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Tech-Key, I really liked playing "On Top of Old Smokey" in Book 1. I think it was the first piece that used broken chords in almost every measure, and it was fun to play.

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Tech-Key, I really liked playing "On Top of Old Smokey" in Book 1. I think it was the first piece that used broken chords in almost every measure, and it was fun to play.

Yeah mom3gram, I'm also having good fun with broken chords. I learnt Chiapanecas first, which I found somewhat difficult. Playing Old Smokey after that felt very soothing.


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1. O Sole Mio - E.di Capua (Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book 1)
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1 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.1, La Candeur - youtube
2 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.2, Arabesque - youtube
3 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.3, Pastorale - youtube
4 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.4, Petite Reunion - youtube
5 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.5, Innocence - youtube
6 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.6, Progres - youtube
7 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.7, Courant Limpide - youtube
8 - Liszt S.172 No.1, Consolation No.1 - youtube
9 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.8, La Gracieuse - youtube


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5. Yellow Rose of Texas - Traditional, arr. A. van Betuw
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1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
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3) Rock It Away! (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
4) Lullaby (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
5) Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114, from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) [<SoundCloud>
6) Ländler, by Schubert (Trinity- 2015-2017 syllabus) <SoundCloud>
7) Cockles and Mussels (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
8) Got Those Blues (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
9) Minuet in F, L. Mozart (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>
10) Blues for Wynton Marsalis (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
11) On Top of Old Smoky (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
12) Chiapanecas (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
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4. Go Down, Moses (Alfred's BAPCLB1) Youtube
5. Scarborough Fair (Alfred's BAPCLB1) Youtube
6. Raisins and Almonds (Alfred's BAPCLB1) Youtube
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