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#991152 - 06/25/07 03:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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I'd see how many of the songs you can dig up on You-Tube and the Internet. I'd love to have people upload their songs from each book to each corresponding thread, just for situations like yours. If I ever get cured of red dot fever I'll upload some...
Thanks Mark, I managed to find a music supplier over here who is selling me the Book #2 + CD for £17.00 inc. postage, thats roughly double the cost of buying it in the USA though.

Thanks for starting these Alfred's threads, reading other members experiences and input is great incentive to keep my head down and practice. I'm slowly getting there...next stop You Tube.
I'm glad you found it. The CD will help. I'd love to eventually have every song and exercise from the corresponding books uploaded by those using the books. If I ever get over my red dot fever I will post some myself. laugh

And thanks for the kind words. This forum, the members (loly, and now some teachers and a cast of many) and these threads really keep me motivated and progressing as well...

And don't forget to link us to your You Tube performances...

Mark

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#991153 - 06/27/07 12:11 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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I have to say it again, I'm really enjoying "Light and Blue" in book two. For a beginner method song, it really grabs you...

I seem to really gravitate to the Blues song so far...hummm...

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I liked the 2 songs that are in your book which aren't in mine. Tumbalakaika and Roman Holiday. I thought those were so neato.

It's kind of funny, I used to dislike the blues songs but once I start playing them I like them.

I'm at a standstill right now and getting antsy. My teacher had to cancel our class last saturday so I'm still stuck with the music my old teacher assigned me on 17 May since I didn't get my first lesson till 3 weeks after I had them assigned. frown


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#991155 - 06/27/07 09:38 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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It's kind of funny, I used to dislike the blues songs but once I start playing them I like them
I've been the same way. When I start the blues song, I'm not thrilled, but once you start getting it to speed, you really enjoy it.

If your board I have another song for you... laugh

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yes, please please give me another. My husband is off today so he can be the pups chew toy. weeee. looking forward to getting it.


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#991157 - 07/04/07 01:37 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Hey Mark,

I think you're going to like Village dance. It's simple but has a neat catchy tune. laugh


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#991158 - 07/04/07 08:06 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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I think you're going to like Village dance. It's simple but has a neat catchy tune. laugh
Good because La Raspa is killing me...uggh smile

I'm still probably 2-3 months from Village dance.

Mark

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^^^^ LOL I hated La Raspa. Sounded horrible. It's not even an issue of it being a hard song, just that the overall melody of the song was awful, IMO. I'm really hoping there's some good songs in the next near pages. laugh

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^^^^ LOL I hated La Raspa. Sounded horrible. It's not even an issue of it being a hard song, just that the overall melody of the song was awful, IMO. I'm really hoping there's some good songs in the next near pages. laugh
I cheated and checked out Scherzo...its a sweet piece, as well as Introduction and Dance. But be warned, La Cucaracha follows those songs... laugh

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[b] ^^^^ LOL I hated La Raspa. Sounded horrible. It's not even an issue of it being a hard song, just that the overall melody of the song was awful, IMO. I'm really hoping there's some good songs in the next near pages. laugh
I cheated and checked out Scherzo...its a sweet piece, as well as Introduction and Dance. But be warned, La Cucaracha follows those songs... laugh [/b]
Ah yea, I remember those. Scherzo and Intro and Dance were a few of the ones I liked! I guess since I've learned songs like Marriage D'amour and Cristofori's Dream, these songs in the book seem a bit simple for me hehe.

#991162 - 07/05/07 09:04 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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My teacher hates La Cucaracha and let me skip it:) That's the only time she's done that!
I'm on Braham's Lullaby now.......

Char

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My teacher hates La Cucaracha and let me skip it:) That's the only time she's done that!
I'm on Braham's Lullaby now.......

Char
I'll go over it and mess with it for a week or so, but that one I'm going to let go really fast... laugh

#991164 - 07/06/07 12:16 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Does any one have the book in PDF format? I only have the first one.

And am not from USA, so i cant find this book here and its hard to import.

PM me if you have the PDF, it will help me a lot, thx!


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#991165 - 07/06/07 01:22 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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newcar, you can buy a copy on ebay. sorry i wont pdf it and send it, thats a copyright violation. however ebay and amazon is a great place to start and buy.


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A little update on my book two progress...

Well I kind of hit a wall today. I've been practicing like crazy while I've been on vacation and doubling up my Alfred work load. But yesterday I hit a wall with the second page of "Introd to Dance" I need to take a step back and tighten up some of these songs before I push ahead.

And it was funny regarding Scherzo, I went ahead trying it out and was playing it all wrong, It sounded great though!!. Teacher fixed it...I give you self teachers credit. Without my teacher I would be making many errors that I don't even realize.

So I'm a little down because of the problems, but I hit spots like this in book one and with time and hard work was able to get past these bumps in the road...

I must fight this down period and forge ahead...

Mark

So how's everyone else doing? laugh

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La Raspa and Cucaracha were not special favorites, here, either.


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Hey mark,

Hope you're having a great time on vacation.

Maybe you're trying too hard and overloading. Take a step back, maybe a 1 or 2 day break will help you. Approach them in a non chalant way, relaxed and don't be so hard on yourself.


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Hope you're having a great time on vacation.

Maybe you're trying too hard and overloading. Take a step back, maybe a 1 or 2 day break will help you. Approach them in a non chalant way, relaxed and don't be so hard on yourself.
I have been going a bit heavy and will regroup. But I'm on the MOMD list and must play every day. laugh

Plus I go back to work tomorrow night...that will slow me down a little. I want to retire now!!

Thanks loly

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Mark,

I bought a yamaha ypg 625 and recorded village dance in strings for you laugh

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I bought a yamaha ypg 625 and recorded village dance in strings for you laugh

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Wow...that sounded great! Thanks!

So what made you go digital?

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Oh I didn't go digital per say. I'm still an acoustic gal through and through.

I love my piano but the action seems to be getting on the heavy side and my wrists are taking a beating. My piano teacher tested it yesterday and confirmed it was on the heavy side.

I went piano shopping and loved how easily I could play on a piano with a lighter action, and the sounds sustain as opposed to mine. It's kind of flat.

sooooo I'm having a master tuner coming out on tuesday who said he could do quite a few things to it to make the action lighter, but after playing those 52" kawai, I have to say it won't be long before I trade up.

anyway my husband had bought me a little yamaha portable keyboard that i play sometimes (not weighted or anything ypt 300)and I loved playing with the voices on it.

I always wanted a digital to play with but got turned off at the prices at the piano store 12,000 for a roland 2295, for a used bare bones one.

a few days ago I went to a music shop (guitar center) to buy a usb to midi cable for my little keyboard and when I saw the tons of keyboards and digital pianos with weighted keys for 200-3000 bucks I said "wth?".

so I went home starry eyed and told my husband. guess what? they have digital pianos and keyboards for less than 12,000. so we went there yesterday and i tested everything from 1000 and below. and believe it or not I preferred the ypg 625 to the yamaha digital piano. for 795.00 i got the keboard with the table and pedal to go with it.

here's a picture of my hubby putting the final touches on it

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so here is where it gets really neat. last night I sat at it and played and it was so much nicer on the wrists, I was relaxed and my fingers moved around the keyboard with ease. I then went to my acoustic and my touch was lighter and I applied the technic I was using on the keyboard which my new teacher is helping me with and found it much easier to do.

I also got some sheet music for "have you ever really loved a woman" by bryan adams from the movie "Don Juan de Marco" with Johnny Depp. I was surprised to finally find a piano solo. It is kind of late elementary but I can't wait to do it with guitars laugh


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Congrats loly!!! you will have so much fun with the digital!! i havent listened to your recording yet but will get to it shortly!! your piano shouldnt be too hard to adjust the touch on either:) congrats again!!!


edited, i just listend to your village dance, very impressive. i like the strings effect, makes it sound pretty and interesting!! congrats again, and great playing!!! thumb


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Again, loly congrats on the new DP...best part is with head phones you can play at any time day or night...

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Ok I'm at "The Circus"and "Hikey Pokey" and I hate them. yukkkkkkk


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Ok I'm at "The Circus"and "Hikey Pokey" and I hate them. yukkkkkkk
Think of it as pain for some gain... laugh

Next week is my dreaded Cucaracha...uggh...

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Oh man, I really need to check my spelling. Hikey Pokey? hahahahahahah

they're not difficult just annoying music and. he he These are 2 that would have qualified for the skippy but it's the first 2 pieces after the chromatic scale so it's not wise to skip them.


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Loly,

Congrats on the new digital! What fun!

Mark, I actually like Cucaracha... call me crazy. Once you learn it, you can go totally goofy, over-the-top with it. smile

Best,

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Mark, I actually like Cucaracha... call me crazy. Once you learn it, you can go totally goofy, over-the-top with it. smile

Best,

Kim
I'll let you know in a week or two. I hope your right.

All I know is that I really like the Scherzo piece, for some reason it feels good to play, the cord changes and melody just work so well...I wish all the songs I work on went this well...

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Thanks Kim, I'm having a blast going from the digital to the acoustic. I don't know why I'm more relaxed on the digital so it helps me transpose that relaxation to the acoustic.


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How's everyone doing this week?

Practicing? Hmmmmmmm? :-)

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