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Product Details

  • Series: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882846345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882846347
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very nice instructional book.
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If you want to learn how to play the piano, you must use Alfred's Adult Piano Course.
Richard Swett
I've been using this book to teach piano lessons for all ages for over 20 years.
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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Richard Swett on August 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn how to play the piano, you must use Alfred's Adult Piano Course. I have been playing the piano for about 5 years and have used both this course and the Bastien series to teach myself how to play. I can honestly say that I can play, talk, and theorize about music as well as anyone...All because of these books and this course. A friend of mine attended the NY School Of Music and plays the trumpet professionally. I think I know just as much as he does. If you are serious about learning the piano and about music reading and theory, and are motivated enough to put a little extra effort......BUY THIS COURSE. It's approach is geared towards the adult learner, covers every aspect of music and thoery (that is every key, their minors, chords, chord building, etc.). With each step you learn new songs that increase in intensity and difficulty as you progress. However, the difficulty between stages is seldom felt by the student. When you reach level 3 - you play classics by the best. Bach, Pachelbel, Beethoven, etc. You will be amazed at how easy it is to learn...........and bear in mind, I am just an owner of a steel fabrication plant with no prior music knowledge or experience or training. Good luck to anyone who purchases this course. It is the very best. Thanks.
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2000
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I returned to the piano after 40 years and needed something gentle to ease my re-entry. Both levels One and Two of this book were extremely helpful. I did each chapter two or three times and found something "returning" to me as I went along. I went through the entire book in just one day (albeit a long day) and had a tremendous sense of satisfaction at making music again. This is not a beginners book, nor is it for perfectionists and didactic piano teachers. But if you used to play the piano and loved it (but dropped out from weariness with the torture treatment) this is the book for you. Play for yourself, for the love of music, and for fun. On to Level Three!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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This is a wonderful book for adult students. I have taken piano lessons on and off for nearly 40 years. Because every teacher seems to use different material, I've been exposed to most of the different teaching series. Alfred's series has songs that are familiar, interesting, and varied, and the next song was always at just the right level. I felt a terrific sense of accomplishment when I finished the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beck on November 16, 2007
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I took piano lessions years ago {now 64} i wished to start back so i bought a keyboard. Looking at Amazon for some lession books I came across these three volumes by Alfreds and decided to buy. Very glad I did. If you stick with it and practice, you will do well and teach yourself how to play some good music. My wife got interested and now she is playing. You will love the progress of the lessions and will learn much. One more thing these lessions are for real, not the right-hand, one-hand like some, these books {three} are for the serious person who wants to learn music and play well. You won't go wrong and you CAN do it all by yourself. Michael Beck florence, Alabama.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
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one of the best instructional books I have used. definitely geared towards the adult student. Good combination of music theory and well-known song selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee on March 14, 2010
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I am a piano teacher. I recommend this book to adults who had learned how to play the piano but haven't played for a while.
My students catch up quickly and easily with this book and they like it. This book covers theory, piano techniques and musical terms enough
and reminds you those skills and musical language as pages go by.
This book may not be easy to follow for those whom never played the piano before.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Mallory on January 18, 2007
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This version of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course is very good, but I think that the Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic level 2 would be a better, more up-to-date choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Low Hertz on May 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Alfred's books have one special quality, when they introduce notes, they
have the notes hollowed on the score, with the name inside of the note. That
way the student is looking at the note and seeing the name. Other methods
they have to look away from the music to charts where with Alfred the eyes stay on
the music!

The book moves at a very reasonable pace. It starts very simple, 5 notes on one hand. A 6 year old can learn the early lessons. Each page advances slowly.

The secret is not how fast one learns, but that the student continues. Because the
student succeeds and has little frustration they enjoy their lessons. Slow and steady wins the race. I remind teachers to remain positive, avoid negative comments and wait for the child to do something right and praise that. For example, instead of correcting the child for playing with the flat of the finger, make a big deal
when the child plays one note on the fingertip.

I've been using this book to teach piano lessons for all ages for over 20 years.

I do add some easy solo pieces and later classical pieces, but all teachers supplement their methods. I have them sing the notes, to start ear training from the start. Many children first need to learn to match pitches, but everyone's ear
can be vastly improved.

I explain the theory behind what they are playing, such as identifying the underlying chord structure.

I have no need of the CD, better to have a cheaper version without the CD.

Highly recommended for beginners!
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