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Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One Paperback – September 1, 1983
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In four months I have completed the book, and now can play moderately complex beginning pieces (for variety, I've supplemented it with a few pieces from getsheetmusic.com, and can play level 3 and occasional level 4 pieces from there). Each page teaches just the a little bit more, and gives you the practice pieces to master it before going on. A very steady, satisfying rate of progress. You also learn notation, musical terms, intervals, and a smattering of music theory, such as keys, although this is not real strong. I found it useful near the end of the book to go back and review just the theory pages in one sitting; they then came together much better for me than when I ran across them one by one through the course.
The musical selections are uneven, but most are fine. They are all public domain, in a wide range of styles from jazz to folk to spiritual, and some are quite beautiful (a haunting arrangement of "Scarborough Fair," the rousing gospel "Standing in the Need of Prayer" -- and I'm Jewish <g>). You end with the first part of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" (somewhat simplified arrangement, although they don't say that, but still quite nice) and "Amazing Grace."
I think it's very important to get the book with CD.Read more ›
I would still recommend getting additional beginner books if you're serious about learning the piano, because it's useful to have a variety of resources, but this book is the one that taught me to play.
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Very good book. However, with the Adult All-In-One Piano Course being out there, I definitely prefer that book to this - it's more thorough. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Veronica
Started with this book at the start of my lessons as a sophomore (no prior training). Although it has many seemingly rudimentary songs, this book is worth the boring and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Xavier Mojica
It does make some fun tunes simple and do-able for beginner pianists. They can even be quite fun towards the end (i.e. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Evan
I love this book so much that when it was stolen, I bought it again! Has a great "easy" version of Canon in D - even my teacher borrowed my book because he liked the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Adrian M Mannella
This is a very useful book to use and for the short time I did have access to a piano to practice on, it was very easy to learn.Published 23 days ago by Abel Soto
Just got it today, and I learned somethings I didn't know. So far, it's great, and it's what I've been looking for to take me step by step into playing the piano.Published 1 month ago by Barbara