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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: dobro] #2825317
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I started the Faber 3a performance book this weekend. Ugh... a waltz with tricky right and left patterns. I really struggle with these type of pieces. I find I'm always hoping the next piece has no pedal in C and 4/4.

I get about 1.5 hours in 2 sessions most days and usually 3 to 4 hours on the weekend. Out of town guests this week so I may only get an hour a day.

Good luck and a good week to all of you on the Faber train.

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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2830359
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Hello again,

Back from a trip and starting off in Faber 3B after finishing Adult AIO 2 just before the trip.

This is my first time in the multi-book format, which I thought would be a pain, but the way they have it laid out inside the lesson book, which pages in the other books correspond it's actually a little better I think (after my lofty 3 days of the multi-book way)

I'm working on Energico and want to question those who have used the multi-book approach with a teacher about how the your teachers have laid it out for you.

Do you start with a few days of technique and pre-lesson work before going on to the main lesson piece or do it all in tandem?

Thanks, all.


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Well done on finishing level 2 Holly. Im happy for you and wish you well with 3.

Im well into units 4-5. Ive completed "Malaguena" and tho i wasnt excited about it at first, it has some great education as intended. I dont know why i tend to overlook how important that is. Ive gotten good starts with "Long, Long Ago" and Aura Lee" even losing a few days with hand problems. Chords chords and more chords. Im still creeping thru the Bach piece also. Happy practice.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2832983
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Aura Lee is a great standard to be familiar with Dobro. Hope your practice went well this week.

I finished up Energico and grew to really enjoy it before the end. I've skipped over Fiesta Espana and Sea Chanty as they were covered in 2 AIO, which puts me working on Snowfall and Rage over a Lost Penny this week. Snowfall may only need a few days as the tempo is a pleasant switch from faster work I've been doing in my RCM and Snell materials, but Penny may take a few weeks to hop along briskly with all that staccato coming out clearly.

Let us know what you're working on and how it's going, fellow Faberites.

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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2833875
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My mom went into the hospital and I'm the only local family so I'm kind in a holding pattern playing the early parts of 3A and also just playing things I know. I have played every day but I haven't had a really good day to sit down and learn new pieces either. One nice thing is that now that I've been playing for a while I have a lot of good music I can sit down and play or re learn fairly quickly. So it's all good.

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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2833897
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Hey, can I join in?

I recently finished the 2nd AIO book and moved onto 3B. Currently working on getting my tempo up on that Rage Against the Penny song and the staccatos in Cat Patrol. On the side, I'm trying to polish up The River Flows In You by Yiruma. It's ridiculously beautiful and was surprisingly not that difficult to learn (making it sound as beautiful as people who actually play the piano is a different story).

I was somewhat disappointed about how much overlap there is in 3B and the AIO book 2, but I guess going over it again isn't going to kill me. Fiesta España was one of my favorite songs in AIO book 2, so I didn't hate playing it again wink

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Chili Time, best wishes for your mom. Hope she's going to be fine. I agree on backing off in times of stress. I find I drop theory, technique and anything really new, going into a way of practicing that is just about sitting down everyday. It's almost more about letting the familiarity of some pieces soothe me than any forward progression.

enw10, welcome. You've got some grit going through those songs again. I skipped them. blush


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: enw10] #2834205
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Originally Posted by enw10
Hey, can I join in?

I recently finished the 2nd AIO book and moved onto 3B. Currently working on getting my tempo up on that Rage Against the Penny song and the staccatos in Cat Patrol. On the side, I'm trying to polish up The River Flows In You by Yiruma. It's ridiculously beautiful and was surprisingly not that difficult to learn (making it sound as beautiful as people who actually play the piano is a different story).

I was somewhat disappointed about how much overlap there is in 3B and the AIO book 2, but I guess going over it again isn't going to kill me. Fiesta España was one of my favorite songs in AIO book 2, so I didn't hate playing it again wink



I got a little excited thinking I had a piano version of a song from Rage Against the Machine to look forward to in 3b.. LOL

Welcome to the Faber thread.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: Chili_Time] #2834234
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Originally Posted by Chili_Time

I got a little excited thinking I had a piano version of a song from Rage Against the Machine to look forward to in 3b.. LOL

Welcome to the Faber thread.


Ha! I wish. That must be where I got that. Rage Over a Lost Penny. I saw a piece as I was flipping through the book called Phantom of the Keys. I got so excited thinking it might be Phantom of the Opera related, but my teacher quickly assured me it wasn't. Which actually just made me remember, Angel of Music is in the level 1 popular book. I may have to dig it out.

Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2834343
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Chili_Time, My best to you with such a responsibility tho i know you dont consider it a burden. Getting some time on the piano is likely helpful even without the heavy concentrated practice that you usually have to do.

Enw 10, yes, you can join but for the record it isnt fun to remain the lowest level Faberite (good one Holly) on this thread. Welcome and i look forward to your input.


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Re: Faber Graduates [Re: BrianDX] #2839554
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Well my mom is out of the hospital and at age 97 back to playing cards everyday with her friends (who are quite funny when they all get together) so my piano momentum has picked back up a little. I'm almost done with the first section of book 3A and kind of back in the groove of having time to work on things. I had to write a sonatina for the theory book and while it doesn't sound very good it's easy to play! smile


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Glad your mom is doing well, Chili_Time! Writing a sonatina sounds fun! I only got the lesson and technique books, but now I'm thinking I should have grabbed theory as well.

I'm still plugging my way through 3B. I'm working on Phantom of the Keys this week. All of these really fast pieces are killing me. It's required me to finally figure out how to play along with a metronome so I can gradually crank up my speed.

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Easy to play is good! Glad to hear your mom is doing better.

I've doubled up on my Faber lessons recently hoping to finish 3B by the end of the summer. We'll see.

This had me doing Dvorak's 9th lead sheet, Cat Patrol, Legend of Madrid and Baroque Dance. I almost freaked myself out listening to an online version of Legends of Madrid. It was so fast I almost couldn't follow it note for note with the score. I double and triple checked the tempo, it does NOT have to be THAT fast. Good thing.

I'll pass myself off on Dvorak this week and Baroque Dance next week.

I'm finally getting myself a system down with the multi-book format. Giving myself a week to do the technique, theory and sight reading for a piece before actually starting the piece seems to help things go more smoothly. Then I just warm up with the technique piece before doing the lesson piece. On some pieces I took a look at the technique and allotted two weeks for technique. Most pieces I can do between 3-6 weeks so hopefully I'm not kidding myself on finishing end of summer.


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@ENW10

While the Theory books are my least favorite (as in least fun) of the Faber series I have to admit I have learned a lot from them. My teacher gave me the option to skip the theory book but I decided to do it to round out the learning. I'm doing the Performance Book at the 3a level and this is the first performance book I've done. So Lesson, T&A, Performance and Theory. It will take a while to get through all four.

I'm still playing around with the Fake Book too. The melodies are fairly easy to read and learn and I'm slowly getting better at left hand chords. All of the songs in the Fake Book are in C so that helps a good bit. I don't really polish them. Just get them to decent and move on.

Sounds like all of us have settled into a sytem that fits us. So good luck to all of us for the rest of the year! It will be fun to see where we are in December. Maybe we can each post a Holidy recording in the thread. smile



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That is good news to hear chili_time, im glad that you are back in your groove. Im also happy to read everybody posting new of progress.
Ive gotten thru units 5-6 and there is alot of education there. I enjoyed "Swing Low" and practiced those inversions quite a bit. Unit 6 is fun so far as im 8 measures into Coffee House Boggie. Have a great week.


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Originally Posted by Chili_Time
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While the Theory books are my least favorite (as in least fun) of the Faber series I have to admit I have learned a lot from them. My teacher gave me the option to skip the theory book but I decided to do it to round out the learning. I'm doing the Performance Book at the 3a level and this is the first performance book I've done. So Lesson, T&A, Performance and Theory. It will take a while to get through all four.


I'm actually fascinated by theory. I love learning about the inner workings of things. It reminds me a lot of learning languages. You don't have to learn grammar rules to be able to use a language well, but it helps, and it's super interesting (says the language teacher, haha).

My teacher recommended against the performance book. She wants to get supplemental pieces from other sources so I don't get too used to Nancy Faber's style. I have the level 1 RCM book that I played a piece from last class. I was surprised by how easy it was. That was exciting smile I love the Fabers' arrangements though. I got the popular and classical supplemental books when I was doing the adult AIO series, and the songs sound so good!

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Greetings. I am new but I am old too. Still working in
Level 4 of P.A. In unit 5 which is covering D, E, & A major keys plus
a lot of sixteenth notes. Also I like to play Miers Jazz, Ragss,
and Blues. Just in Book 1. Hooray to Tiger Woods and to
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Hey Birdgolf, we are glad that you are here. Im a left handed Phil fan but Tiger played an amazing game.


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I will be in unit 6 this week as welll as the triads/scales from 4-5. Ive been reviewing those daily with inversions. Coffee House Boogie is fun and id like to transpose it to E or G at some point and play slide guitar with it. Ive looked at and played a few measures of "Amen". Im reviewing all of the rests along with the eighth just for overlap. Have a great week of practice Faborites.


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I'm still in section 1 of the 3a books but I did have a great 3 day weekend of piano sessions, so I feel like I made some good progress. Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your piano time.


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