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After Bastien Basic Level 4? #1814362
12/29/11 11:56 AM
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Thanks in advance, as I'm not exactly a teacher posting on your forum.

A quick background:
I took lessons from a teacher as a middle school student, and left them in the middle of Bastien Basic Book 4, approximately 20 years ago.
In the meantime, I've stayed very connected to music, nearly finishing a college music minor in percussion, so I had a lot of exposure to scales and note reading through keyboard instruments in college.

I finally have a piano in my house and have picked up my Bastien Level 4 books trying to establish my skill level. Surprisingly I can play them fairly competently, though I need a little refining on what is in these books.

My question is: After the basic level 4 book, should I get the Intermediate books they advertise on the back to continue to establish my skill level or would you recommend another series? It seems the Bastien books don't have a big following here. As I revisit them I appreciate their fundamental and scale based approach, and am fine continuing to build my skills this way.

Thanks!

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Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: Fat Tire] #1814385
12/29/11 12:32 PM
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By the time my students reach lev 2-3, I begin introducing original classical music and other supplemental music that's not in method books. Since it sounds like you're learning on your own, here are some suggestions for repertoire:


Faber Piano Adventures Performance book (lev 2B, 3A, 3B). The lower levels may be quite easy for you but they are great pieces.

Melody Bober's 'Just For Fun' Bk 1 and 2 (and then anything else she composes...)

Robert Schultz's 'Jazz & Blues' Bk1 - if you like an intro to jazz

Christopher Goldston's 'Fantastic Fingers' series (Bk 3 on up)

Faber's Developing Artist series - Lev 1 on up (great classical music, divided by period)

Celebration series (classical)

Snell Piano Repertoire (classical)


*Anything that is 'early intermediate' level would be something you could play. Check out contemporary composers like Jennifer Linn, Dennis Alexander, Kevin Costley, Robert Vandall, Kevin Olson, Carol Klose...



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Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: dumdumdiddle] #1814389
12/29/11 12:41 PM
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Thank you! I do have a variety of classical books as well, and will add what you gave me to my todo list.

It seems like for me it would be good to have a "methodical" approach to technique development to keep on an even pace of improvement. I like the challenge of learning original material, too.

Any other comments from other posters are appreciated.

Originally Posted by dumdumdiddle
By the time my students reach lev 2-3, I begin introducing original classical music and other supplemental music that's not in method books. Since it sounds like you're learning on your own, here are some suggestions for repertoire:

Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: Fat Tire] #1814414
12/29/11 01:11 PM
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Fat Tire, I am not a teacher but some things I've come across that you might like are:

Piano Literature series edited by Bastien. Start with book 1.

The following two series are repertoire (short pieces) but they also contain tips about how to play the pieces which might scratch your itch for method:

Keys to Stylistic Mastery series and Keys to Artistic Performance series, edited by Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and Dennis Alexander.


Piano Career Academy - Ilinca Vartic teaches the Russian school of piano playing
Musical-U - guidance for increasing musicality
Theta Music Trainer - fun ear training games
Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: Fat Tire] #1814919
12/30/11 01:50 AM
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Consider taking piano lessons. Seriously.

No book can come close to what you can learn from a teacher in a one-on-one setting. With a teacher, you'll learn things faster, will develop fewer bad habits (and get rid of the ones you do have more quickly), and will have an objective perspective on your abilities. In short, to me, a piano teacher is an invaluable resource and partner.

No, I'm not a piano teacher. I'm an adult who took piano lessons as a child, restarted lessons again several years ago, and continue to take lessons.


Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. -- Beethoven
Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: Fat Tire] #1815217
12/30/11 02:48 PM
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+1 to what tickler posted above.


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Re: After Bastien Basic Level 4? [Re: Fat Tire] #1815228
12/30/11 03:02 PM
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I agree with the last 2, a teacher will help you much better than a book can. They can cater to your individual needs and desires. If you are able to, get a teacher.


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