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  • Series: Library of Series
  • Plastic Comb: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082561483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825614835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy Appleby is a critically-acclaimed author of books and recordings on music. Educated at Yale University, she has helped millions of readers play, read, and compose music in a wide range of musical styles.

Customer Reviews

Love classical music but can be intimidating to play.
Mary J Page
The book is excellent and will provide enjoyment for beginning through intermediate players for many years.
Shopper Dave
I got this for my kids as they are learning how to play the piano.
CA Reviewer

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Todd on July 16, 2007
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I have been playing for about 10 months and enjoy this book, but most of it's too hard for me. The advantages - LOTS of music, a good variety, not just classical like in some books (though there's nothing remotely modern in here - no pop or rock or anything). But as one reviewer said, it's not "easy", just easier, and it's not for beginners. For example, most beginner books have most or all the music in C, F or G or their minors (either no or one sharp or flat), in this book, a lot is in keys with 2 or more sharps or flats. The two isn't so bad, but the "or more" is a challenge. Also, the music requires a lot of playing both hands simultaneously (as opposed to beginner books that have more playing mainly chords and close half or quarter notes on the left hand, so that the amount of simultaneous movement is reduced).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Tedeschi on January 24, 2005
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What a nice surprise to open a book with almost 150 of the world's best classics in easy to play arrangements! This book contains 237 pages of music from the early composers such as Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, etc. It also contains music of such great composers like John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, Gonoud, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, etc . This book is beautifully bound with a sturdy, plastic comb making the pages easy to turn on the piano. The pages are quite legible and bright. This book is highly recommended for all ages. My students love it. It is a spectacular collection and quite a bargain for this amount of repertoire.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on February 15, 2011
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This book has very good arrangements for the late beginner to early-intermediate level pianist, especially adults who play for enjoyment and have little aspiration (or, like me, too little talent) to become serious musicians. About 75 percent of the pieces are classical. Serious, developing, musicians should probably look elsewhere, as most of the arrangements here are simplified and/or condensed.

I bought this book and EASY PIANO CLASSICS (both in the same series) at the same time, and a comparison may be helpful for some of you. I like this one (EASY PIANO FAVORITES) more and have been using it a lot more than the other book. On average, EASY FAVORITES is somewhat easier than EASY CLASSICS. Oddly enough, the print size of the scores in EASY CLASSICS is ridiculously large, while it is just about ideal (for me) in EASY FAVORITES. This helps minimize the need for page turning in EASY FAVORITES, whereas EASY CLASSICS often requires it. The pieces in these two "BIG EASY" books overlap by around 20 percent--i.e., several of the most famous pieces appear in both books. However, where overlap occurs, the arrangements are often quite different and often in different keys. EASY FAVORITES actually includes a greater variety of keys (which for me is a plus), even though it typically has somewhat easier arrangements. Get both of these books if you can afford to, but I'd consider this one first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shopper Dave on December 8, 2010
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Recently I purchased a Korg keyboard and about a dozen piano and organ books before coming across this one in November. It was exactly what I'd been looking for. The music it contains is not too difficult, yet the arrangements are pleasing and never juvenile. In addition the book is bound in such a way that every selection stays flat. No more clothespins!

My only regret is that I didn't find this collection earlier. There would have been no need to purchase the other sheet music. The book is excellent and will provide enjoyment for beginning through intermediate players for many years. I recommend it highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CA Reviewer on September 10, 2009
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I got this for my kids as they are learning how to play the piano. Some of the music is easier while others seems a bit difficult to read and play. This book has a lot of different types of music: Classical, Ragtime, Populate and Folk Music. It's a nice mixture of music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2001
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A great book for first or second year piano players. Covers classical as well as favorites. The spiral binding helps to keep the book open. Both my daughter and I are enjoying this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DayOldDuck on October 29, 2012
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I'm trying to get back into playing piano after many many years, and this book suits me perfectly. I started with "You CAN play Piano" by Amy Appleby, and after playing through that book, this one seems like a great next step. Some of the songs I've tried so far are easy enough for me to start with, and I can see that others are currently way too challenging...which is perfect. I feel like I'll be able to spend quite a while mastering this book, but in the meantime I'll be learning beautiful songs. Sure, some of the easier ones don't capture the richness of the full pieces, but for my skill level, they are definitely good enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auburn CPA on November 7, 2010
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I love this music book, but it's most definitely not all "easy" as the title indicates. Many songs are for intermediate players, but there are still plenty of truly easy pieces to play.
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