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Blues. Duh.


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Sophisticated versions of popular and standard songs found in fakebooks.

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Yes, everything!

But, I think it would be really fun to be able to play (well enough to play in front of people, from memory)

- The Cheers theme song
- The music from Peanuts/Charlie Brown... "Linus and Lucy"?
- Everybody Loves Raymond theme song

Fun stuff that most of my friends would recognize smile

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Gospel, hymns, but also the modern pop/rock influenced Contemporary Christian music styles.


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I am currently working on (and almost done with) My Immortal by Evanescence. I also have the intro down for Good Enough by them as well.

Also on my list:
Finish learning Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos

*not sure if you are noticing a theme here- I tend to start a lot of songs but don't finish them...

Relearn Fur Elise (i once was able to play the whole thing but its been to long)

and various classical pieces that I can't recall off the top of my head.

In my lesson I am currently working on Bach's Menuet in G minor.

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From Bach to Tori Amos and everything in between. My list is getting longer and longer and more interesting every day. Thanks everyone. Keep those responses coming, OK.

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I'd like to get good enough to be able to one day play something, anything, by Chopin. (It's all good!) At my current adult beginner level of development, I wouldn't yet dare attempt anything written by him--not even the easiest of the preludes. I've been working with my teacher on some selected works from The Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. We will soon be working on the little preludes. With that in mind, I hope it's not too lofty of an aspiration to one day play a J.S. Bach invention. Also, I'd be quite impressed with myself if I could one day play any sonata by any composer. These are all long term goals, of course.

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This is another issue entirely, but at this point in my musical development I wouldn't dare attempt working on any piece without the aid of my teacher. So, one of my goals is to develop the necessary judgment to make artistic interpretations without my teacher's guidance. When that day comes, there is much music from a broad range of genres that I'd like to attempt!

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Originally Posted by Dr. J
From Bach to Tori Amos and everything in between. My list is getting longer and longer and more interesting every day. Thanks everyone. Keep those responses coming, OK.

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Hi Dr. J
Is there any one Tori song in particular that you want to play?
My list gets longer by the day as well. Sometimes I tell myself "just pick one and stick with it until your done!!" but I quickly get bored and start something else. A bad habit I am trying to break.
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Hi Dr.J. I dont read piano tabs, I just play by ear. I'm already 26, i never had a chance going for piano classes formally. At this moment I further my studies as a postgraduate master student. But still, i really love the sound of piano solo. Could you. Can you suggest how can i play by ear for the church songs? Thanks you D.J

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I want to be able to play Hymns/gospel music. Some of the songs are a bit slow and not very uplifting to our faith. So I want to add
a bit of Jazz and arpeggios.

I like blues - Music by Queen is very nice, love to play Bohemian Rhapsody ! G&R - November rain.

At wannies Comment - I play by ear for my church, on Mouth Organ and sometimes piano. - If you listen to hymns on your Audio device and try and pick up the direction and flow. It will soon become clockwork smile - Just hope piano is in tune frown

canon in D -

Im working on grade 2 now, - when I was doing Grade 1 I thought this is the foundation. and Grade 2 is also the foundation for me 0,0

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I am working on Bach's Minuet, along with "Auld Lang Syne" and learning other pieces since I have started with a teacher. I started with a group class and now taking private lessons. Another tune I am working on is "Georgia on my Mind".

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For anceintsolar's comment, actually the church songs has their own meaning why the tempo or the beats are slower or faster, it's not related to your faith. I think for the choir hymns presentation you can add some jazz on it. Good luck on your Grade 2 piano lesson.

Yes, it was absolutely true, when we play by ear, we juz hope the keys are in tune...huhu..

For those who have chances to learn piano formally, appreciate your opportunity. I myself dont have a formal lesson up until today. ;( (Become a piano-lover at age 8, and juz play keyboard (gift for my 10th birthday))..

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Originally Posted by ancientsolar
Queen is very nice, love to play Bohemian Rhapsody ! G&R - November rain.


Love those songs!


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Hi Kymber,

I have one student who has the goal of learning 100 pieces in 2009!! With July fast approaching he has found that he is not Learning the pieces but exploring 100 pieces this year. His goal for 2010 will probably be to choose his favorite pieces from this group and really Learn them. It has been fun for me to go through this process with him.

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Hi Kymber,

learning 100 pieces in 2009!! W

Wow! That's ambitious.
I would feel I a was spreading myself too thing but it is a good way to keep your mind fresh.
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Yes, a 100 pieces in a year is very very ambitious and definitely what I recommend or even support for the majority of my students. However, to only explore then learn a couple pieces in a year is the opposit


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Francois Couperin - Les Barricades Mysterieuse
Claude Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Claude Debussy – The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Gabriele Faure - Pavane

There are some pieces by progressive rock musicians which I also want to learn such as Firth of Fifth by Genesis and Aspirations by Gentle Giant. These pieces were written by people with strong classical music influences. I have acquired the music for some of them and will try them someday when I have the skill.


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interesting thread.

i want to learn bella's lullaby. have got the first part but still need to tackle the rest which sounds a lot harder.

after that i want to learn river flows in you by yurima, it sounds easier to me than bella's lullaby but i wouldn't have a clue if this is so or not.

i also want to refine my version of clayderman's marriage d'amour. i watch different clips of it on u-tube and every one seems to be different. just when i think i've got the piece down pat and am happy with, i hear bits n pieces from other clips and think, "oh i just have to include that!" ugh ... at this rate i'll never settle, lol! crazy

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I'm trying to polish up a Beethoven sonata (Op 14 #2) and a Chopin Nocturne (Op 32 #1 in B)

That done I"m on to a piece by Liszt (Gondoliera from the Italian annees de pelerinage) and then the Prokofiev Sonata #3.

THose are my goals fro 2009


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