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Originally Posted by RGibson
The middle sections are the most difficult..... at least for me.


This is so correct laugh .. It's the full version, and the middle is fun. In the way dwarf fortress is fun.

You have to play games (a lot) to understand the last reference.

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Starting the Chopin Prelude in A.


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Nice job malkin - almost done?

I'm working on "Just a Good Old Tune" and "Shenandoah". Never of them are inspiring. Piano lesson on Wednesday probably have a good shot at getting a pass on both of them which will mean moving on to Laredo and Jazz Ostinato.

Also, working on Railroad Street Blues from Jazz, Rags and Blues 3 and Beethoven Ecossiase in G Major WoO 23 and Schumann Wild Rider from Masterwork Classics 3.


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I'm coming back to Book 3 sometime this month to hopefully wrap it up in 2015. I had completed the first three pieces of the Ambitious Section and had been working on "Toccata in D minor" when I had to stop lessons about 1.5 years ago.

Now I'm back at things on my own for the time being. I've been practicing various things over the past month trying to shake the rust off. Surprisingly, I'm doing better than I thought I would.


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Cyborg, good to see you back! I love your tagline quote and I might just shamelessly steal it for future use. smile

I still haven't finished Book 3 and acknowledge that I likely won't. I still do play a few of the pieces from time to time. As I think I mentioned earlier in this thread, Book 3 seems to be the level where many of us have developed enough of a foundation to branch out to a whole slew of other great stuff.

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Stubbie,

I definitely understand the high attrition rate with Book 3. Overall I did not like Book 3 that much when I worked on it. This past week I looked at what I had worked on in Book 3 and I didn't realize how close I was to completing it when I stopped my lessons.

Plus, I've always wanted to learn "Toccata in D minor", "Fur Elise" and the first movement of "Moonlight Sonata". It may possibly take me all of 2015 to finish those three pieces but I'm going to see what happens. Also, I'm working on refreshing "Jazz Ostinato" and "Prelude in C major".


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Come Back to Sorrento and Chopin's Prelude in A Major are the ones I come back to. I expect to someday get to the other "Ambitious" pieces.


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The Chopin A maj. Prelude is my currently assigned ambition.
It requires a lot of new skills for me; I'm looking forward to a time when it will sound pretty!


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Still on this book but jumped forward and learned Chopin 28,20 moonlight 1st movement and am on fur Elise, which is a lot harder than I thought.

Good luck to everyone still forging ahead on this book. I've been on the forums for 5 years and it's still fun.


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I've been working on Fur Elise since sometime in January and still don't have it right! Doing well on Moonlight Sonata and still working hard on Toccata in D Minor. Blue Rondo is fun and Adagio in A Major is beautiful! Book 3 is definitely my favorite. I feel bad for the people who don't go on to book 3 for whatever reason because it really has some very nice pieces.

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Originally Posted by Ohio_Mark
...almost done?


Ha ha! My assignment for the week was to work out the 16th-quarter bits. All of them and only them. I am working with an ipad rhythm trainer so that I get it just right.

I am starting to subdivide clock ticks into 1-e-+ *uh* two three.

I don't know what I'll do if my heart starts beating in that rhythm!


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How is the ipad rhythm trainer working for you? Are you using it for learning Fur Elise? My husband found a metronome on the web that seems better than the one I have on my DP.

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I didn't struggle with any rhythms in Für Elise. But the dotted quarter-eight, and the dotted eighth-sixteenth and me--we go way back. I also mess up rhythms in Martha Mier on a fairly regular basis. I can almost always figure out what it is, and clap it, slap it, or tap it, but when I have to actually play different notes I muff up the rhythm. The trainer app is nice because it stays steady and right even down to the embarrassingly slow tempo which I sometimes need while my fingers learn where to go.


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Working on Laredo for the 2nd week - I wasn't playing the 1/8th note as an 1/8th.
Moving off Jazz Ostinato in C# Minor onto Moonlight Sonata. Pretty excited.

Also, working on the following:

Waterfront Jazz in Mier's Jazz, Rags and Blues #3 (2nd to last piece in the book)

3 pieces from Masterwork Classics 3 -
Sonatina in C and G major by LaTour
March Op 93,3 by Gretchaninoff
These are the last 3 pieces in the book for me.


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I finally finished Book 3!!!!! Moonlight Sonata gave me the most trouble and what didn't help was I used the Henle version where the fingering is different and/or doesn't give fingering! I just wanted to learn from this version, plus it has the whole Sonata.

In all, it took me a little under 3.5yrs to go through all 3 Alfred Adult books. You could probably complete the series quicker, but I learned other pieces in between or in conjuction with the Alfred Adult books.

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congratulations monads that is a big accomplishment


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Congratulations monads! Did you learn all the pieces in the ambitious section too?!?
I'm going through some of them now, although I never finished the book. They're definitely intermediate pieces and I figure each one of them would take me at least 2-3 months!

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Congratulations and kudos for a job well done! That's an impressive accomplishment. It seems like not a lot of people make it through all three volumes. Just curious, any ideas what you have planned next in your piano journey? smile


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Originally Posted by malkin
The Chopin A maj. Prelude is my currently assigned ambition.
It requires a lot of new skills for me; I'm looking forward to a time when it will sound pretty!


Take a look at the big, rolled chord in the latter part of this piece. In my edition of AAIO Bk. 3, it shows an F (F5) (also shown at the bottom of the page with the tip on how to play it) to be played by finger 5 of the right hand.

In all the other versions I've seen of 28/7, this note is an E (E5) rather than an F. I play it with the E.


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That's pretty good time.


music to me is kind of like putting together pieces of a puzzle
i call it the paino because its where i put all my pain
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