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Michael Aaron Piano Course: Lessons Grade 1 [Kindle Edition]

Michael Aaron , Carole Flatau
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Michael Aaron Piano Course Lesson books have been completely re-engraved, expanded (adding more definitions of musical terms and more musical pieces), updated (with modernized artwork), and re-edited (with less emphasis on fingerings and more on note-reading).

Product Details

  • File Size: 10265 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (March 31, 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I'm an adult piano student, who started learning with some basic knowledge already under my belt (How to read some notes, how to count time, what sharps and flats are). I found this book the perfect beginning point. Each song challenges me and teaches me new principles. After playing the songs in this book, I find the songs in other lesson books easy to play from sight. Students might also want to pick up an easier book to play for fun and relaxation, as every song in this book will challenge your abilities.
A few notes:
* I would not recommend this book to someone who is starting with no knowledge whatsoever. The Michael Aaron Primer might be more appropriate, though I haven't tried it.
* I would not recommend this book to someone trying to teach themselves. The book is intended for use with a teacher who can explain some of the techniques. (You should be learning from a teacher anyway. I don't recommend teaching yourself piano; you'll learn to do many things wrong.)
* Anyone using this book should also be using the Performance, Technic, and Theory books for your grade level.
Finally, I have deducted one star for the following reasons:
* Some of the fingerings they recommend are funky. My teacher has had to recommend better fingerings several times, with great results.
* The layout and graphics are very outdated, including a potentially offensive drawing to go with the song "Chopstick Revels".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good default piano method book August 14, 2011
The Michael Aaron Lessons Book 1 has been my go-to method book for years. I call it the "smart" book. Great for attentive pre-teens and for most serious teens and adult beginners, it is easily assimilated and not too childish or silly. For adults, it only takes a couple of lessons to be able to proceed to "Sandman's Lullaby" on page 15, which is usually the first challenging piece for them. Not too heavy for those who want to play for fun, and not too light for those who really want to learn something. Middle C position with all nine notes introduced by page 10. Slight change in hand position by page 13. Skips and mixed rhythm values from page 14, on. Contrary and parallel motion page 17. By page 20, sharps and flats, legato technique and slurs. An effective, rewarding and enlightening transposition exercise on page 28 that I usually expand into other keys to help adults with ear training and improvisation. For adults and those who learn fast and might become bored easily, it might be best to incorporate some fun popular material or other material of interest after a few lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Course for the Young Piano Student September 2, 2012
I was 7 years old when I started lessons and my teacher guided me through Michael Aaron's course. For a seven-year-old, it provided a challenge.

It's extremely important to match a beginner's training with a course appropriate to the student's age. Michael Aaron's course is a tried and true method for the younger beginner. It was my first piano course and today I am an accomplished classical pianist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite piano method, March 18, 2014
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I have used all the piano methods for my 20 + students. I like this one best because of the challenges and the quality of the tunes. Harmony right away. No long periods of horizontal music with minute little advances. The very bright and physically adept student is happy with this - and it makes them feel like they are really making music - not just playing baby tunes. I especially like it for 8-12 year olds. These kids don't need the drawings and the big notes and can get down to the business of learning for learning's sake. I like the no-nonsense approach. I find it hard to locate this method in local stores - so order from Amazon. I hope they do not take it off the market - my favorite for the right students. Also a great supplement for adult methods with the chord approach - which get boring. Adults need some variations and I find this is a great accompaniment to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book February 23, 2014
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I bought it for my daughter. There are several books on piano in the market, but this is unique and helpful for the beginners!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good teaching material. November 28, 2013
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I learned with this book, and I am currently teaching somebody with it. I think it's a great book and goes at a good pace for a student to learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for 16 year old nephew October 22, 2013
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This book filled in the gaps for him. He hasn't had music lessons in 7 years. This publication quickly brought back to mind the things he had forgotten,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended July 4, 2013
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I tried this course for the first time a few months with a beginning student and much success. The concepts are laid out easily and the intervallic approach I just love. I highly recommened Michael Aaron!
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