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My first question #1101426
12/18/07 02:30 AM
12/18/07 02:30 AM
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Japan
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Well, as I stated in my intro, I'm just starting out with zero experience on the piano but a ton of desire. Having played guitar for many years, still playing actually, I'm not totally lost when it comes to music and my fingers do move.

I was wondering what someone would recommend as a good starting book for the first timer. Something that would lay out some scales, chords and maybe a few easy get started songs.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. There are tons of things at my local music shop but they are written in Japanese. I speak just fine but my reading is lacking quite a bit.
Thanks in advance,
MULLY

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Re: My first question #1101427
12/18/07 07:52 AM
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Most of the newbies here use Alfred's adult piano course and we have threads for each book.

There are two versions, one is Alfred's Basic adult and the other one is Alfred's adult all in one course.

The All in one has about 30 more pieces than the basic, but most people here use the basic. I use the all in one adult so it's taking me longer to finish but I'm in no hurry.


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Re: My first question #1101428
12/18/07 10:33 AM
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Cool. I'll check that out. At this point anything I can get my hands on would be great. I figured asking around here would be my best shot to find something good.
MULLY

Re: My first question #1101429
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Beginning Piano for Adults by Karl Mueller is the book I started with. I compared quite a few and this one appealed to me most. I think it's by Alfred.


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Re: My first question #1101430
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Hey Mully....a lot of us use Alfreds and some use Faber&Faber, but, as far as I can remember, no one has ever said "stay away from this or that one".

I think almost any one of the beginner methods would serve you well. The songs included might make a difference if you prefer one style over another, but the truth is all beginners songs/pieces sound like, well, beginners stuff.

Get one in english, and go for it. If you get a teacher, he/she might have a preference for material, but IHMO, nothing hurts ya.


"There is nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." Johann Sebastian Bach/Gyro
Re: My first question #1101431
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Email this lady. She's a member of Piano World and an American English teacher in Japan just like you. She's also a very accomplished adult beginner and can tell you all about the piano scene in Japan.

http://www15.ocn.ne.jp/~k.world0/piano/pianotop.html


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Re: My first question #1101432
12/18/07 06:23 PM
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Hey, thanks for all the info. I'll definitely be checking some of these out. I'll also drop a letter to Miss. Shirokuro.
MULLY
that means black and white in English in case anyone is wondering

Re: My first question #1101433
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[QBthat means black and white in English in case anyone is wondering [/QB]
Yeah, just like piano keys - -


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Re: My first question #1101434
12/18/07 07:06 PM
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Ok, I just went to Amazon and ordered Alfred's level 1,2, and 3. From what I've been reading here it looks like I'm covered for the next few years. hehe!!
MULLY


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