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Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One Paperback – September 1, 1983
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Top Customer Reviews
In four months I have completed the book, and now can play moderately complex beginning pieces (for variety, I've supplemented it with a few pieces from getsheetmusic.com, and can play level 3 and occasional level 4 pieces from there). Each page teaches just the a little bit more, and gives you the practice pieces to master it before going on. A very steady, satisfying rate of progress. You also learn notation, musical terms, intervals, and a smattering of music theory, such as keys, although this is not real strong. I found it useful near the end of the book to go back and review just the theory pages in one sitting; they then came together much better for me than when I ran across them one by one through the course.
The musical selections are uneven, but most are fine. They are all public domain, in a wide range of styles from jazz to folk to spiritual, and some are quite beautiful (a haunting arrangement of "Scarborough Fair," the rousing gospel "Standing in the Need of Prayer" -- and I'm Jewish <g>). You end with the first part of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" (somewhat simplified arrangement, although they don't say that, but still quite nice) and "Amazing Grace."
I think it's very important to get the book with CD.Read more ›
I would still recommend getting additional beginner books if you're serious about learning the piano, because it's useful to have a variety of resources, but this book is the one that taught me to play.
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This book was a requirement for my college piano class. As someone who had not played piano since I was about 10 years old, I had forgotten pretty much everything I knew about... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Shandi
I've been issuing this for my adult piano lessons and I have to say it's very nice. The process is straightforward and challenging and even the music choices are arranged nicely. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good at teaching you the piano but the song selections are so terrible you may decide its not worth it. It is.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
WISH THE LETTERS FOR THE NOTES WERE AVAILABLE IN THIS BOOK FOR MY 6 YEAR OLD BEGINNER. SHE HAS LEARNED FINGER PLACEMENT VS NOTES.Published 2 months ago by mary whittington
I purchased this book for a friend that wants to learn to play the piano. To me its a nice course. My friend has not told me if the book has helped them or notPublished 2 months ago by Richard Marker