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Topic: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise  (Read 3672 times)

Offline fredviner

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5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
on: January 07, 2021, 08:26:38 AM


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5 More Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise! Join me as I explore 5 more lesser-known intermediate works. For anyone struggling for ideas of what to play next - this is the video for you! Enjoy  :)

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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #2 on: March 15, 2021, 09:32:46 PM
I wish this video had been available when I was a kid, because I'm a graduate of the "You are ready for Beethoven so here is Fur Elise" school of teaching.   And my father, whose musical taste ranged from Merle Haggard to ... well Merle Haggard was about it now that I think about it, was just delighted that all of his hard earned money had paid off.   His kid was playing Beethoven by golly, and he wanted to be reminded of the dividends of his investment over and over and over and over.       

And I've never recovered.   

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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 05:15:16 PM
Thankfully, the piano teachers of my youth were well acquainted with the sonatinas of Clementi.
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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 09:04:12 PM
The Clementi sonatinas seem to be popular nowadays as well. My girlfriend played many of them during her early training. I never cared much for them though, I always wanted to play dramatic sounding music in minor keys when I was a kid/teen  8)

I finally watched the videos posted by the OP, and they are actually worth a watch. I guess everyone here are traumatized by people coming to post ads for their own stuff :P

@OP I think your stuff would be more well received if you came here and posted a bit in the forums as well, and not just advertisments for your videos!

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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 07:16:20 PM

I finally watched the videos posted by the OP, and they are actually worth a watch. I guess everyone here are traumatized by people coming to post ads for their own stuff :P


It least he isn't trying to sell something. That's what I hate
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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #6 on: March 24, 2021, 01:48:30 PM
Mr. Viner - If you'd like to introduce music that you find interesting and in the reach of intermediate students, please go ahead.  But kindly do it without trashing music that others might like to play, just because you personally heard it too much, or think it's "overplayed" (whatever that means - to a learner). 

Fuer Elise is one of the first pieces I ever learned to play - simply because it happened to be in some passed on sheet music.  I had no idea it was "popular", that "anyone else/most people" played it.  It sounded nice.  Why should others be deprived of that just because you have heard it too much?  Or why should a student be deprived of it because the teacher has heard it too much?  Come on already.

I have no idea what "Fir-Eleess" is supposed to be.  Do you mean this?


I'm not usually critical of mispronunciation, but since you are critical of music some of us might enjoy, why not?

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Re: 5 Pieces to Play Instead of Fur Elise
Reply #7 on: March 24, 2021, 05:41:03 PM
Fuer Elise is one of the first pieces I ever learned to play - simply because it happened to be in some passed on sheet music.  I had no idea it was "popular", that "anyone else/most people" played it.  It sounded nice.  Why should others be deprived of that just because you have heard it too much?  Or why should a student be deprived of it because the teacher has heard it too much?  Come on already.

For me it was also an early piece. When I was 9 a girl in the class played it on the classroom piano and I thought it sounded amazing and wanted to learn it for myself. I did pick up a vibe that it was a well-known piece of music, but that only added to the allure, to be able to play something that both sounded super cool to my ears and which people would recognize. I think any piece that gets kids excited about music and playing the piano is worth playing. It shouldn't matter if it is popular or not.
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