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New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092103
03/01/06 06:29 PM
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Hi there,

I just graduated myself from the Piano Forum to here - my newly bought U2 was delivered to me on Tuesday. I've signed up for a beginner class in late March, I'm very excited and looking forward to it. But before the class begins, I'd like to do as much as I can on my own to get ready. So besides frequenting here to read the postings, I figure I need a book.

There is a little piece of background information I would like to share with you about me: I didn't learn the western musical notes in grade school. They taught us the so called simplified notes - we used 1,2,3 and there is no lines. That messes up my head big time when I try to switch to the western style.

So for the book, Iím thinking something with piano playing basics (i.e. should I trim my nails real short?), solid music theory, and beginner level pieces for practice.

Any suggestions, advices, feedback welcome and appreciated!


Zoe Lee
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Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092104
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Hi Zoe Lee, any of the standard adult method books should work fine for you. I went through the Alfred's Basic Adult Piano course.

Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092105
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Hi ya Zoe Lee, I can't really offer you any advice but wanted to say welcome and congrats on the new piano!!!


When I reach the place I'm going, I will surely know my way.
Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092106
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if i were you, i'd buy the Piano Handbook and learn to read music in western notations!

here is the book link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879307277/sr=8-1/qid=1141317552/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-1144770-6355108?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092107
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thanks you all for the replies. I went to Borders last night and bought a book. Forgot about the name, but it has some nice music theory sessions. I didn't find the Idiot series very helpful - the explanation doesn't go into details enough.

I have a feeling I'm gonna hung around in this chat room for a looooong time smile


Zoe Lee
Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092108
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Thanks for the suggestions. Is it recommended to have some supplemental instruction like a book in addition to an actual instructor? I would be a total beginner. I am going to call a potential instructor, a pianist from my church either tonight or tomorrow to try to set something up. I would rather be a bit educated. It would show dedication on my part.

Is the "Piano Handbook" indeed a good book for TOTAL beginners? I want to make a wise investment here.

Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092109
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I personally feel the "Piano Handbook" isn't the best for a total beginner. I have it and even after a year of playing feel like much of it is too advanced for me, but maybe I'm just slow!! I do like the book, but for starters I'd choose something else...just my opinion, I know others recommend the book.


When I reach the place I'm going, I will surely know my way.
Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092110
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Music theory is kinda like math...real tough to learn on your own, from a book...the wrong teacher will bore you to tears...A good teacher can make it an adventure in discovery.

Also like math...ya gotta work at it, it can be a real drudge at times, However once you have a good handle on it, you really understand music so much better...ie why the last note you just played doesn't seem to go with the song, what notes are in any given chord.

Yah we all want to seem more educated when we go see teacher, but if we were, we wouldn't be going.
The basics you learn in the first few months with a good instructor are the most important.(if you pick up bad habits its hard to loose them.

Relax you are going to be paying to have them show you the right way!

LeadFingers


"The Oxen are slow, but the Earth is patient" Chuen
Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092111
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Originally posted by Bob Muir:
Hi Zoe Lee, any of the standard adult method books should work fine for you. I went through the Alfred's Basic Adult Piano course.
Which book specifically did you start with? I see they have many kinds, using this link to go by:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/088...12429-7687828?p=S005&j=1#reader-page


Dreaming of a grand...
Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092112
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Hi WW, I did the one all the way at the bottom left, the Alfred\'s Basic Adult All-in-One Piano Course - Level 1, Book & CD . I only listened to the first couple of songs on the CD however, since I already know what all the songs in the book sounded like. I made it through the first book, but never started the second because I wanted to dig into the real stuff.

Re: New beginner, book recommendation needed #1092113
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ZoeLee,

I am literally in the same boat as you. My new digital Piano is on order, I am brushing up on some past lessons and enrolling in new lessons in the next month. I read a lot of reviews and I purchased this book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879307277/sr=8-1/qid=1142958822/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-5543705-1009651?%5Fencoding=UTF8

I have started reading through it and although early, I like the tone it has. I agree that teaching yourself is probably toughest, so whatever tools that I am using have to be stimulating. I would love to hear about your progress and I am excited to share mine in the future as well.

Sean C


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