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What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119467
01/02/08 05:56 AM
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What is the difference between
- Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, and
- Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Piano Course?

I have the all-in-one and wondered if there was much difference? Is there an advantage to using one over the other? I have read the Alfred specific threads. Thanks :-)

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Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119468
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The all in one has more pieces and more theory.

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119469
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The All-in-One also includes material from the Alfred Theory book and pieces included in some of the other Alfred supplemental books that are available (I'm not sure but I'd guess from the all-time favorite book, greatest hits book, etc.)


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Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119470
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I have the All in One and it has about 30 more pieces but some of the pieces in the Adult basic aren't in the All in one by maybe 5 so I got both because some of the missing pieces are really lovely.

It's heavier in theory and written exercises as well.


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Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119471
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OK, so I just realized that I got the wrong one. I mean to get the all-in-one, but I ended up with the basic. Not a huge deal as far as the songs go (I don't love any of them at this point, so the extra aren't needed), but I am more worried about the theory. Is the best bet to buy the additional theory book that goes with the basic course? Would this cover everything that I need?

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119472
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If it were my dilemma I'd buy the "Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Piano Course + CD" and sell the other one on eBay, it may be the most economical choice. Alfred's Piano books usually sell well on eBay.

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119473
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Thanks for the reply. That is one thought, Crusader, but I don't have time to mess with ebay. Plus, the cover of the book has already started to come undone (after only a week... grr). I guess I will echo my original question, does the theory book cover the difference between the basic and all-in-one?

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119474
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Grumbles,

I am a beginner taking lessons. Do you use this book in place of lessons or as a supplement to lessons?

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119475
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I just started and I have been using it in place of lessons, only because I don't have a teacher. I do plan on getting lessons sometimes though when I can afford them though just to prevent bad habits or misunderstanding key concepts.

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I can't answer re the theory book. I used the basic Alfred book. For theory I have the Eric Taylor ABRSM and a couple of theory workbooks. There are theory online sites available for free. I have looked through the all-in-one in some detail. It does contain some more exercises and techniques, and a few extra tunes, mostly short and missable IMHO, though the extra blues pieces may be of interest. Not so much is missing that I think one is particularly disadvantaged by having only the basic.
Just my take on it.

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119477
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Originally posted by Grumbles:
I just started and I have been using it in place of lessons, only because I don't have a teacher. I do plan on getting lessons sometimes though when I can afford them though just to prevent bad habits or misunderstanding key concepts.
I was going to write this exact same thing.


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Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119478
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Plus, the cover of the book has already started to come undone (after only a week... grr)
One advantage of the "Alfred's All-in-One" book is it's spiral bound, it doesn't get damaged so easily and sits on the music stand better.

Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119479
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Crusader- I had heard that about the All-in-One, unfortunately, I am out of the market on that book. I am a student (aka, poor) and don't have a ton to spend on books. That is why I am wondering about the theory book (or any theory book for that matter). It is too bad that I grabbed the wrong one, at the time I thought that All-in-One just meant that it included the CD. Oh well, live and learn.

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Crusader- I had heard that about the All-in-One, unfortunately, I am out of the market on that book. I am a student (aka, poor) and don't have a ton to spend on books. That is why I am wondering about the theory book (or any theory book for that matter). It is too bad that I grabbed the wrong one, at the time I thought that All-in-One just meant that it included the CD. Oh well, live and learn.
I have the All In One, but eschewed the CD. I find Youtube recordings to be more helpful.


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Re: What's the difference between the two Alfred's books? #1119481
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It appears the long list of Alfred's Piano Theory books is just as confusing but I think this one contains much, or perhaps more, of the Theory from Alfred's All-in One book 1; some of the forum members on the Alfred's Bk 1 Thread may be more familiar with it's contents.

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Crusader- thanks, that is really helpful. I will drive around town and hunt it down. Thanks again.


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