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John Thompson's Modern Course for the Piano: First Grade Book Paperback – July 1, 2005
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This book doesn't make piano easy, but it makes it easier to understand and fun.
I'm now going onto the third grade book soon and I think that these books are great.
To highlight the main problem I had with this book - the CD. I listened to the CD and the piano parts were not alone but also included bells, a metronome, and a few other sounds as well - outside just the piano. I purchased the book to learn the piano, by hearing the piano piece only being played so I could study it. What did I get? Sounded more like a small band playing the music to keep kids interested. Maybe the book is just aimed for kids more than adults.
Outside the lousy CD, the songs seem to drop the person into the middle-end of the pool right off the bat. How so? Playing with two hands at the same time. I'm pretty sure this is the beginning of the series, and if I'm wrong then I apologize, but I don't think I am.
The songs felt a little too difficult at first, with almost no instruction about how to properly play. This diminishes how well it'd work for learning on one's own.
Do I feel it's an OK buy? Quite honestly, yes I do under a few circumstances:
1. Buy another book too. Personally I got "The Piano Handbook" ([...]) which I find much more helpful for the beginning stuff.
2. Try to find a teacher - especially if #1 isn't met.
3. Be prepared to work through with little use of the CD to gauge your progress. I wish I could say more positive on the CD.
I'm a beginning piano player, only playing for a very short time. If you have some knowledge already, this book may be OK for you then.
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I have played and taught piano for over 50 years. I know that this method is highly esteemed, but I do not recommend it at all. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Michael D. Price
These are the best books for learning the piano. I have been teaching piano lessons for over 10 years and have not found a better book series. I highly recommend these books. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Danger
When I started piano lessons in 1957 John Thompson books were my introduction to piano. Been teaching piano for 45 years and now I use these books for my students.Published 26 days ago by Katy
I have to write a review for this book since i really like it. so easy to understand and lots of pieces. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BLDCNMDH