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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Willis Music (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877180121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877180128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 6 year old daughter, who is just starting to read, loves this book.
J. Cullen
This book taught me how to read the all the notes and how to play them and very quickly too!!!
Amazon Customer
This book is wonderful to begin teaching young children the rudiments of piano playing.
G. Lynn

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Dara May on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the best beginners book. I have tried different methods with my students, so far this one works best as for introducing notes on the staff from bass clef F to treble G. This book introduces note at the staff one at a time and works on both clefs from the beginning. It starts with middle C in treble clef and bass clef in whole, half, and quarter notes. Then students learn D and B, and time signature 4/4, 3/4, 2/4. Then it introduces E (treble), A (bass), F (treble), G (bass), G (treble) and F (bass). Includes read aloud and writing exercises. If the students do these exercises they will have good reading skill. Highly recommended.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Miss C on February 9, 2011
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I'm a piano teacher, and I love this book! I find that students as young as 5 or 6 can understand it, and my 3 and 4 year olds are usually ready for this book after a few months of preparatory "games." I use this for all my beginners who are teenagers or younger (teenagers usually don't appreciate the "monster" characters, but they get over it). I'm also thinking about starting all new adult beginners with this book, since I haven't found an adult book I like as well. Many other books start with "pre-reading" songs, which use note symbols combined with finger numbers, then move to note symbols with letter names, then finally to notes on a staff. This book uses the "begin the way you intend to continue" theory, and starts students off reading notes on the staff right away instead of confusing them by making them learn 3 different systems of notation. Other books also teach "position playing," where students may learn to read notes in C position, then notes in G position, then F position, and so on. The danger of position playing is that students just learn to recognize patterns, and some of my transfer students who had used this method can't play anything unless they are first told where to put their hands. Part One of this John Thompson series stays in one position, but right away in Part Two they have to start learning new notes and moving their hands around, so if they can't read the notes they can't play the song. I love how Part One introduces one note at a time, and simplifies the first song that uses a new note or concept, so students truly learn all of the notes and concepts but aren't overwhelmed. There are a few things I don't like about this series.Read more ›
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By G. Lynn on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful to begin teaching young children the rudiments of piano playing. The children are most excited when they have to play their parts while I play the accompaniment. These 'duet' sessions have generated much joy, laughter and fun, which is what music should be to children.

If your child requires more challenging work, I would suggest using this book in tandem with another book like from Michael Aaron's series or John Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play".
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Keerthi on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a parent who does not have much musical background or education. My daughter, age 10, learns piano and this book is prescribed for her. I find that it is very hard to do the exercises in the book because they need the parent/teacher to play along an "accompaniment" --- which is fine if the parent already has that ability! If, like myself, the parent is a musical novice, then no accompaniment is possible, and the exercises become deadly boring, and it is hard for the child to see the motivation or even have fun at all.

Now I was hoping this book came with a play-along CD, and there are symbols through out the book alluding to an accompanying CD. But mine didn't come with a CD. No help on the web either --- no accompaniments to this book available on any web-site I could find.

So if you are a parent or a teacher with good musical talent then by all means follow the five-star reviews. If you are in my boat --- a musical novice whose child is learning music --- then I would suggest the Suzuki book on piano.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beth Bailey on April 20, 2009
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I just started my 6 year old (first time teaching for me) in this book. I think it's easy to teach from for someone who has never taught piano lessons before. I couldn't decide between this and another John Thompson book (Teaching little fingers to play), so I ordered both. This one is definitely slower moving for younger kids ("easiest"). I chose to use this one. (My adult brother is using the other book to learn.) :)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2010
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I've been taking Piano lessons since the beginning of this year. This was the the book my Piano Teacher started me on. I'm an adult who knew nothing and I mean ABSOLUTELY nothing about the Piano.

I knew nothing about where the Middle C is on the Piano or how many notes there are on the Piano. This book taught me how to read the all the notes and how to play them and very quickly too!!!

Did I feel silly learning from this book??? No way... I wanted to learn how to play the Piano and this book got me started.

It's been 7 months and I'm playing pretty good.

Granted I'm no Liberace... but hey I don't mind. I'm having a BLAST!!! :[]

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to play the piano for the very first time.
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