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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2703304
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Hahahaha! After my post earlier today, I decided to open to the next piece in Book 2 and see what I can do with it. The next piece is Circus March. Hahaha! I spent about a half hour on the first two measures, before I finally heard something that I recognized. And I'm not even sure that I can duplicate it tomorrow without a lot of trial and error again. LOL! This one is going to take a while.

bSharp and David, and BirdGolf too, you are all ahead of me in the book. Did you have any trouble with Circus March? Is this going to be another "Blow the Man Down"? Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.


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Ahh, Circus March - I remember that. It's not that hard, maybe even easier then BTMD. The new thing is the chromatic scale for the right hand. Just practice that hand alone at first. You can easily add in the left hand staccato chords later. They just happen for the first beat of most the measures. Check out tinymozarts on YouTube. I'm sure she has this recorded, if you want to get an idea of what it sounds like.


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Originally Posted by mom3gram
Hahahaha! After my post earlier today, I decided to open to the next piece in Book 2 and see what I can do with it. The next piece is Circus March. Hahaha! I spent about a half hour on the first two measures, before I finally heard something that I recognized. And I'm not even sure that I can duplicate it tomorrow without a lot of trial and error again. LOL! This one is going to take a while.

bSharp and David, and BirdGolf too, you are all ahead of me in the book. Did you have any trouble with Circus March? Is this going to be another "Blow the Man Down"? Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.


Lately. when learning a new piece, I try to play the melody along with Margo vd Broek on YTube. She goes extremely slooow ! I noticed she has Circus March. Let us know what you think. Birdgolf


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: David51] #2706514
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Hi everyone! I haven't posted in a while I got distracted by the holidays and just couldn't get myself over to the computer so I haven't been posting at all for a couple months but I have continued working piano....but not in Alfred's so I need to make some time for it!!

I've been working on a lot of technique and scales for my grade 4 exam. I did finish off a Bach Polonaise and I'll post the link below for those that are interested. I'll try to get back to Alfred's after my exams. Glad to see a lot of old screen names posting in here BirdGolf, mom3gram, bsharp it's good to see your updates.

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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2706597
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Sound like you've been working hard. Good luck with your exam, Blackjack.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2706844
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It looks like my latest post about Circus March disappeared. Not sure why, but it happens occasionally. Perhaps I am not hitting "post" when I'm done. So, I've made a lot of progress, and you were all right - not as difficult as it seemed. I got it to sound good enough to count it for the 40 Piece Club. I've got daily practice list of some really easy new pieces, a couple of re-learns of favorites that I've let deteriorate, and new pieces from Book 2 and Greatest Hits.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2709071
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Just bumping this thread up to page 1 so we can find it. Plugging along with new, easy 40 Piece Club pieces, and a few old favorites that I want to retain as repertoire. I haven't actually started anything new from Book 2 yet.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram] #2709216
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Hello, bsharp,blackjack,mom3gram, good to hear from yall.
I have been working in Alfred's on songs: FASCINATION, DEEP RIVER, and just started LOCH LOMOND.
L.L. is in a new major scale for me i.e. Eb Major. For the 40 Club I've also took an interest in
some of M.Muir's Jazz, Rags, and Blues.(The First three songs in Book 1.) It is good to read
about the progress everyone is making. Cheers, Birdgolf


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2709228
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Nice pieces, Birdgolf. Fascination was my favorite "song" when I was in 8th grade. I think it was a vocal and violin piece and a very popular hit at the time. Last year I attempted to skip ahead and play in from the AIO book, and I didn't think it was very hard, but I didn't stick with it long enough to actually play it very well. I am looking forward to getting to it for real this time.

I looked at the Jazz, Rags and Blues book last year also, but it looked like it was still a bit beyond me. But I bought the Alfred Basic Library Jazz, Rags and Blues 1B (also by Mier), and it was pretty easy, so maybe I will try the one you have next. I'm not really crazy about Blues, but I love Ragtime.


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Originally Posted by mom3gram
Nice pieces, Birdgolf. Fascination was my favorite "song" when I was in 8th grade. I think it was a vocal and violin piece and a very popular hit at the time. Last year I attempted to skip ahead and play in from the AIO book, and I didn't think it was very hard, but I didn't stick with it long enough to actually play it very well. I am looking forward to getting to it for real this time.

I looked at the Jazz, Rags and Blues book last year also, but it looked like it was still a bit beyond me. But I bought the Alfred Basic Library Jazz, Rags and Blues 1B (also by Mier), and it was pretty easy, so maybe I will try the one you have next. I'm not really crazy about Blues, but I love Ragtime.



I love ragtime. But for the life of me I cant play it. What page are you on Mom3Gram? I think I will go dig out my book and join you all.




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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2709354
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KaylaX, I don't have the book handy (I'm upstairs getting ready for bed), but the piece I just learned was Circus March, which is about a third of the way through Book 2.

I can't play ragtime either, but I think there are some easy rags in the Jazz, Rags and Blues books. I know there was at least one in the Alfred Basic Library Jazz, Rags and Blues 1b.


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Bump.

Bringing this up from page 3.


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The most recent piece I learned out of this book was Loch Lomond, which I enjoy. That, Danny Boy and Musetta's Waltz are probably my favorites.


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I am at the home stretch, seven more to go until I complete Alfred's level 2 smile I think I will go back to Faber Piano Adventures Level 4 after I complete Alfred's level 2. That will probable take a year to complete.


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Seven more pieces.... Wow!

I think a lot of people go on to Piano Adventures 4 after finishing the Alfred Adult book 2. I know Blackjack did it, and it worked well for him. I'm a LONG way off from that, but I will keep it in mind. Hope you stick around for a while though. This thread keeps disappearing. I guess we need some Book 1 graduates to move up.

I'm still working on those inversions. I need to wrap my mind around the fact that the same chord can have different forms.


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Originally Posted by mom3gram

I'm still working on those inversions. I need to wrap my mind around the fact that the same chord can have different forms.


Try this:
Think of a family with 3 kids, posing on the stairs for a picture with the oldest on the lowest step, the middle child in the middle, and the youngest on the highest step. You can position the kids on different places in the staircase, but they will always be the same kids in the family.


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Originally Posted by mom3gram
Seven more pieces.... Wow!

I think a lot of people go on to Piano Adventures 4 after finishing the Alfred Adult book 2. I know Blackjack did it, and it worked well for him..



Oops! Correction. That was BrianDX who went on to Piano Adventures after Alfred.


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Bumping up so we can get some more comments
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Where are you in Alfred's 2 and do you plan to complete it or are you off to greener pastures? ha


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Hi Birdgolf, just wanted to reply. I am near the end of the book, working on the last four songs. Yes definitely plan to complete it. I have worked over a year and 1/2 on it. But sometimes I do get distracted and wander off to blues-'r pastures. I do like Meir Jazz, Rags, & Blues and I wouldn't mind investigating some of Mark Harrison's work. Keep up the good work. smile


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Hey! Any body out there learn Alfred's "Danny Boy" pages 138 & 139? How long did it take you?


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I'm not up to that yet, but I love "Danny Boy" and can't wait till I get there. Is it difficult? I guess it is, or you wouldn't be asking. I'm still at the First Inversions. I've had the flu, and even now don't have the energy to sit and practice for more than a few minutes.


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Hi mom3gram. Hope you get over the flu quickly; it sure can be miserable. Uh! It looks like DB is going to take awhile because of one not being familiar with the key of Eb major and because the left hand is doing a little bit more than usual. Rh has some tricky fingering too. Spreading the fingers out. So no problem, just have to grind it out at a slow pace until I get it. I would guess it is early intermediate level or higher. On the plus side it is very beautiful. Later, BG


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I hope to be in this group soon so I started reading thru the thread. Bumping it back to 1.


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