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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2763595
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I've shelved Book 2 for a while, as I seem to have hit a wall (again) and was struggling too much with some of the pieces. So I'm working out of the Piano Adventure series (recommended by BrianDX), and easier pieces for the 40 Piece Club. I will get back to Book 2 eventually, I suppose, but I don't think I will go on to Book 3.


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mom3gram, I read a lot of your posts thru book 1. I’d be interested in your thoughts on 2 . I can understand taking a break as needed.


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Monkeeys, if you have been reading my posts you must have noticed that my progress has been SLOW, and that I have hit a wall a few times and temporarily put my Alfred book aside. I always go back to it though, because despite some people's opinion that the music is boring, I really like the books. They explain things well, the music is mostly familiar songs that I've grown up with and enjoy playing. Taking a break when I get frustrated has worked for me in the past. I am having fun playing new, easier pieces, and I plan on picking up Book 2 again probably before the end of the year. I know my limits though, and don't see me reaching Book 3 level any time soon. I'm counting on you keeping this thread alive in the meantime.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: mom3gram] #2764175
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Originally Posted by mom3gram
Monkeeys, if you have been reading my posts you must have noticed that my progress has been SLOW, and that I have hit a wall a few times and temporarily put my Alfred book aside. I always go back to it though, because despite some people's opinion that the music is boring, I really like the books. They explain things well, the music is mostly familiar songs that I've grown up with and enjoy playing. Taking a break when I get frustrated has worked for me in the past. I am having fun playing new, easier pieces, and I plan on picking up Book 2 again probably before the end of the year. I know my limits though, and don't see me reaching Book 3 level any time soon. I'm counting on you keeping this thread alive in the meantime.

Will do. 😊. The key words above being “I always go back” in which I think this kind of commitment is vital to piano and music study in general.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2764267
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hey everyone,

i've been tackling alfred's book 2. i like some of the music but a lot of it seems abit 'grannyish' and dull. My favourite so far is house of the rising sun and introduction and dance. I find they seem to mix in some more boring stuff so i find it hard to work my way progressively through it. my music reading is also quite bad so i use youtube vids to help me play it quicker.

i also was doing piano marvel but ive let it lapse abit as well. i too often want to play tunes that i like but then i try them and they're too hard for me. oh well.

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i too often want to play tunes that i like but then i try them and they're too hard for me. oh well. [/

I know the feeling. No harm in trying.

I haven’t got into book 2 yer but in the first one I just do those pieces that aren’t exciting for the education and have grown to enjoy many of them I was going to welcome you to the ABF jon1234 but you’ve been here longer.


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: jon1234] #2764659
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Originally Posted by jon1234
hey everyone,

i've been tackling alfred's book 2. i like some of the music but a lot of it seems abit 'grannyish' and dull. My favourite so far is house of the rising sun and introduction and dance...


smile Just for your info "House of the Rising Sun" and "Intro and Dance" ("Those Were the Days") are
, as you say, "grannyish", that is, from the "time" of your granny (or older), as are many other outstanding songs - some are even "great-grannyish"! laugh

Boring - like beauty - is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder, and most of the "less appealing" pieces in the Alfred Methods are there for their instructional value if nothing else (or so I would like to think)...


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Back after nearly 2 weeks on vacation in sunny, historic Cape May - saw a grand piano in the dining room of one hotel where we stayed but it was too out of tune to tolerate playing it (after breakfast with no one around) - fatter, broker, sunburned and ready to plow back into Book 2...


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I’ve done some review in both Alfred’s and Faber Over this past week. I’m about halfway thru “down In The Valley”


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Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2 [Re: Mark...] #2767810
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Working on "Plasir D'Amour" (The Joy of Love) - lovely little piece - not especially difficult technically, but a tad tougher to play well from the standpoint of getting the dynamics just right (along with strategic pedaling)...but you'll like this one (Elvis did!).

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I liked "Plasir D'Amour" a lot. I haven't played it in over a year, so I would have to work on it a bit before I brought it up to speed. Maybe I will squeeze that in. Have fun with it.


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I got “ Down In The Valley” done. Just a fun review in C that didn’t take long.


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Currently finishing up "Waves of the Danube", where the melody is played by the left hand in the first part and then switches to the right hand in the second part, and finally back to the LH in a reprise of Part 1 - not too difficult, but a different "feel"...

Also working on a nice, just slightly advanced version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" which I may submit to the next (Nov. 15th) ABF Recital (thus, rushing the season a tad) or to a separate Christmas music thread, if someone chooses to initiate one...


Edited to add: What a great song this holiday masterpiece is - almost the perfect Christmas song! Just the right amount of cheerfulness and hopeful optimism mixed with longing and nostalgia for treasured days gone by...

"...Here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore;
Faithful friends who are dear to us travel near to us once more..."

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I’m looking forward to hearing that version of “Have Yourself AMerry Little Christmas” after the version in book 1 was more tricky than I expected.


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This is a late beginner/intermediate level version from a book of Christmas songs compiled, arranged and edited by Dan Coates...really lovely arrangement, if I can handle it...

Above I quoted the segment of lyrics from memory - but checking I found that most agree the 2nd line I quoted should be: "Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more."


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I’m finishing up with “Allegro Moderato”, an original practice piece in the Faber 2 book. It’s simple but sounds real good. I’m still swimming around in the first review sections in the Faber and Alfred’s 2 books while finishing “Gilligans Isle” from book 1.


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monkeeys - good work - keep pushing ahead...


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Polished off "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and got a decent recording - will share somewhere here at the ABF before Christmas - maybe in the December Piano Bar....

About half way thru Book 2 - working on "Hava Nagila", the Israeli folk song - extended, exciting arrangement - a little challenging but a lot of fun...


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That's great, Handyman! I'll try to remember to look for that.

After my little slump, I feel like I'm making better progress. Somewhere over the Rainbow is actually sounding pretty good. Still having a bit more trouble with Amazing Grace. I think I'll start having a look at the next song. I think it's called At Last.

It definitely has taken me longer to go through this book than I had anticipated. Probably would have been further along if there wasn't so many other things to look at; other music; etc.


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Originally Posted by GidgetKeys
...Still having a bit more trouble with Amazing Grace. I think I'll start having a look at the next song...


Stay with this piece until you have it reasonably "under your fingers"...it's an important milestone piece in the Method...this arrangement has in it many of the things you've learned to date, and pushes the envelope with a few new things - also, see my Signature...


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