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Yao - Congrats on starting book 3. I remember playing Calypso Rhumba way back when. It's a pretty good piece and it's not hard at all.

Love the Anime song you posted just above. So beautiful and soothing. Great piece to learn.

I don't have a teacher yet. Can't afford one for a while. Would love to though. Piano is no small undertaking.

Good luck with your songs.

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I have book 2 now but not started it - been playing odd numbers from book one as it takes my fancy. Also have a similar series called the complete piano which is very similar but the finger start positions are different. No issue but just different.
On the other hand, been working through some Jazz books and trying to get my head around rootless voicings which here is an interesting point for those deciding on whether sight reading is important to their learning. If I use my inner mind to make these voicings I do struggle to keep tally as I play, If on the other hand play using sight reading, and once I could learn to recognise the music picture of each on the stave, it becomes much easier to understand without all 'on the go' analysis if you will. But the sad part is that to understand by analysis is what makes for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the movements. How weird?
So me as Mr Jeckle and Mr Hyde is still plugging away - I wonder if I will ever arrive at a smooth place
Interesting to hear all joys and woes of wading through this early stuff. Whatever your thing keep doing it¬
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Moving along, we picked Chopin’s Waltz in A flat Major (op 69 no 1) as a supplementary piece to Alfred, but it’s waaay harder than anything I’ve seen in Alfred so far, took me an hour just to get through a few measures. frown

But it’s my first Chopin piece! And I can’t wait until I can make it sound good!

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Originally Posted by Yao
Moving along, we picked Chopin’s Waltz in A flat Major (op 69 no 1) as a supplementary piece to Alfred, but it’s waaay harder than anything I’ve seen in Alfred so far, took me an hour just to get through a few measures. frown

But it’s my first Chopin piece! And I can’t wait until I can make it sound good!

Chopin's Waltz Op. 69 No. 1 is rated at a Henle level 5. Since you mentioned this is your first Chopin piece, I'm impressed/surprised that your teacher didn't begin with an easier Chopin piece, like e.g. the Waltz in A minor (Henle Level 3) or one of the easier preludes in Op. 28 (Henle Level 4).


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Originally Posted by Yao
Moving along, we picked Chopin’s Waltz in A flat Major (op 69 no 1) as a supplementary piece to Alfred, but it’s waaay harder than anything I’ve seen in Alfred so far, took me an hour just to get through a few measures. frown

But it’s my first Chopin piece! And I can’t wait until I can make it sound good!

The Alfred's 1 book is probably equivalent to RCM Prep A or B or 1 ... not really sure. Waltz in A flat Major is RCM 8 smile


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Originally Posted by Yao
Moving along, we picked Chopin’s Waltz in A flat Major (op 69 no 1) as a supplementary piece to Alfred, but it’s waaay harder than anything I’ve seen in Alfred so far, took me an hour just to get through a few measures. frown

But it’s my first Chopin piece! And I can’t wait until I can make it sound good!


I learned (an easy version) of Waltz in A minor from Allysia at www.piano tv.net. She offered a four week free class. I learned a lot.


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Originally Posted by Talão
Chopin's Waltz Op. 69 No. 1 is rated at a Henle level 5. Since you mentioned this is your first Chopin piece, I'm impressed/surprised that your teacher didn't begin with an easier Chopin piece, like e.g. the Waltz in A minor (Henle Level 3) or one of the easier preludes in Op. 28 (Henle Level 4).

Interesting, I did ask about Prelude in E. Minor (Op 28 No 4), my teacher said the prelude has some wide chords that could tense up my left hand, and since I’ve been working on finger exercises targeting flexibility and relaxation, she wants me to solidify that first before trying the prelude.

Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
The Alfred's 1 book is probably equivalent to RCM Prep A or B or 1 ... not really sure. Waltz in A flat Major is RCM 8 smile

I just finished Alfred’s book 2, so that puts me a liiiiitle closer... I guess I’ll just try and report back how the Chopin goes in a few weeks!

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On Alfred book 3’s Fandango, lovely little piece, interesting how the two sections contrast with each other. It’s still a review piece so I expect to pass this next week.

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