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#991182 - 07/18/07 10:49 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Practicing? Hmmmmmmm? :-)

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I'm trying to finish Cucaracha and move on... laugh Lesson tomorrow.

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#991183 - 07/20/07 12:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Hi Mark,

Hope you have a great lesson! Let us know how it goes!

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#991184 - 07/20/07 01:36 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Hope you have a great lesson! Let us know how it goes!

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Well I did Cucaracha for the teacher. It's better than last week, but still weak. I'm going to still work on cleaning it up. But I'm now on to the very nice "The House of the Rising Sun"

#991185 - 07/21/07 05:18 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Ah, having something more enjoyable to practice. A good thing!


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#991186 - 07/21/07 05:30 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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It's interesting to read which pieces everyone likes and everyone hates from the Alfred's. Scherzo and House of the Rising Sun are pretty good ones.

Sounds like you guys are making excellent progress!

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I started nagila hava and it's fun as well as a bit longer than most of alfred's. this one is a 4 pager


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#991188 - 07/22/07 12:48 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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It's interesting to read which pieces everyone likes and everyone hates from the Alfred's. Scherzo and House of the Rising Sun are pretty good ones.

Sounds like you guys are making excellent progress!
Its tough working on songs that you don't particularly care for, but I force myself because I know there is some technique that I need to get out of those songs. In book one I really didn't like "o sole mio" but after finally getting it down well, it became kind of a favorite...you just never know sometimes.

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I started nagila hava and it's fun as well as a bit longer than most of alfred's. this one is a 4 pager
Wow...4 pages...are you doing any of Alfred book 2 anymore?

#991190 - 07/22/07 12:55 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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nagila hava is in my alfreds book 2. I have the all in one adult, not sure if it's in yours. it is really nice though, i'm liking it


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#991191 - 07/22/07 03:35 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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nagila hava is in my alfreds book 2. I have the all in one adult, not sure if it's in yours. it is really nice though, i'm liking it
I'll have to check it out. I thought Canon D at the end was the longest piece.

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Oh I'm sure canon is, I just mentioned the 4 pager because it's the longest one so far. laugh


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Oh I'm sure canon is, I just mentioned the 4 pager because it's the longest one so far. laugh
No, the song is not in my book. Just the Canon D as the last song.

#991194 - 07/23/07 02:24 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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ahhh well hava is really nice, if you want it pm me. canon is 4 pages as well


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#991195 - 07/25/07 03:10 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Mark and everyone,

It's interesting you mentioned not liking 'O Sole Mio' and then liking it once you learned it. You've hit on something there.

Often, as adults, our default response to something difficult is "I don't like it." It may or may not really be true! It's kind of a knee-jerk reaction, more to the difficulty of learning than to the song itself. Kids do it, too.

A song being difficult isn't initially as fun as playing something you know and love. But there's fun in the challenge of conquering something you haven't done before. smile

Just throwing this out there -- checking up on how your thoughts affect your piano playing can be a helpful exercise from time to time!

Best,

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#991196 - 07/25/07 04:46 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Mark and everyone,

It's interesting you mentioned not liking 'O Sole Mio' and then liking it once you learned it. You've hit on something there.

Often, as adults, our default response to something difficult is "I don't like it." It may or may not really be true! It's kind of a knee-jerk reaction, more to the difficulty of learning than to the song itself. Kids do it, too.

A song being difficult isn't initially as fun as playing something you know and love. But there's fun in the challenge of conquering something you haven't done before. smile

Just throwing this out there -- checking up on how your thoughts affect your piano playing can be a helpful exercise from time to time!

Best,

Kim
Thats why I have changed my attitude when I go up against songs that really are difficult for me. I take it as a challenge and put everything into it. Then you have this piece of music in your back pocket, and can move on, hopefully that much a better player. than you were before the song...

I enjoy seening the small growth you get over time and with that understand how people with more experience get so good. In time and with hard work each one us can reach that level we only dream of...

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Funny how often that happens. I rememer when I was singing regularly. More than once, we would start a piece and I would think: "ehh", but by the time we learned it and were ready to perform, I really enjoyed singing it. Some things just have to grow on you, I think.


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I'm on nagila hava and I practiced the first 2 pages. Just for fun I recorded it on my digital keyboard with 2 voices. Guitar and strings.

It's not perfect but I love the song and once I finish it all I'll try to record the whole thing.

http://www.box.net/shared/ho8h4aa8nf


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I'm on nagila hava and I practiced the first 2 pages. Just for fun I recorded it on my digital keyboard with 2 voices. Guitar and strings.

It's not perfect but I love the song and once I finish it all I'll try to record the whole thing.

http://www.box.net/shared/ho8h4aa8nf
All I can say is "WOW"

It sounds like you taped it from a live show...

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ok the last 2 pages of hava are kicking my backside. I'm only taking a few measures per day because it's not sinking in but then everytime I find a challenging piece it clicks after the second day so I'm hoping for the best


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#991201 - 07/31/07 12:02 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and All in One Adult Piano Course Book #2  
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Well I'm going to have to move to alfred's 1 post, it's busier and chattier than this one.

I'm thoroughly frustrated with Nagila Hava last two pages. I need a shoulder to cry on, I watched and fell asleep to pirates of the caribbean 3 instead of practicing yesterday. I'm afraid of it frown

ho hum


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Oh, dear. I'm sorry it's giving you so much trouble. And I have no advice to offer, I'm afraid- that one was not in my Alfred's 2 book...


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Well I'm going to have to move to alfred's 1 post, it's busier and chattier than this one.

I'm thoroughly frustrated with Nagila Hava last two pages. I need a shoulder to cry on, I watched and fell asleep to pirates of the caribbean 3 instead of practicing yesterday. I'm afraid of it frown

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Did you try slowing it down and just doing one measure at a time? I bet in a couple of weeks you have it nailed down.

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Ya I'm doing that section very slow, I have no choice he he. I've only worked on it Sunday and a little bit of it yesterday before the movie. I'm going to work on it in earnest today.

I'm sure it's easy for tons of people but for some reason I'm having trouble with it. I'm going to scan the pages and post it.


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Ya I'm doing that section very slow, I have no choice he he. I've only worked on it Sunday and a little bit of it yesterday before the movie. I'm going to work on it in earnest today.

I'm sure it's easy for tons of people but for some reason I'm having trouble with it. I'm going to scan the pages and post it.
Great, I'd like to see it. If you are having trouble, I'll just skip it till next year... laugh

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ok it's starting to work a little, I guess I just needed to sit down and concentrate for 15 minutes. I still need to work on it but it's a little better.

http://www.box.net/shared/npd81i7r4f

http://www.box.net/shared/nrk9z5bmii


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Hey, thanks for that! I remember that one being loads of fun to sing, so I may give it a try on piano.


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yay let me know how it goes.

I did sit down and gave it about 15 minutes yesterday and got 4 measures down pretty good. my fingers are starting to remember.

i think i panicked prematurely. i didn't get a good practice in on sunday so I didn't give it my all, so when monday came around and i was still boggled i panicked.

my pup is taking up alot of my time. he needs to be watched constantly. he's a little goat and likes to swallow everything.


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I am just starting Introduction and Dance. I like it very much but I do have problems with the first line on the second page. But so far I like the book. I even like La Raspa!

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Hello everyone! I began Book 2 two weeks ago, although I have to admit that I'm not working too consistently out of it (my other pieces are much more interesting -hehe). I'm almost finished with Light and Blue and about to start the next one (I forgot the title).

One question though? What's the main difference between the regular and the All-In-One Book? I have the regular but am missing songs like Nagila Hava.


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