- Series: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music (September 1, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882846167
- ISBN-13: 978-0882846163
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One Paperback – September 1, 1983
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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."
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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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I have been teaching piano lessons for over ten years and have taught many adults. This book is great. It covers everything you need but also move at a great pace for adults. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christine
I love this series. Palmer picks well-known and well-loved pieces of music and writes arrangements of them that utilize the techniques which need to be learned at every level and... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Claudia A.
The book is a total compendium of music for one who knows a little and yearns to know more.Published 1 month ago by Ann B. Scheib
This book is an excellent training book for the older students. It shows a skill and then gives a song or two to practice. It is a great book and the price is reasonable ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book to learn out of for the adult beginner. Helps you learn effectively and quickly.Published 1 month ago by Lacy Range