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Alfred's Piano Methods
#2402710 03/26/15 05:09 AM
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I have recently been looking for some books with pieces to learn. Currently, I am somewhere around Grade 4. I am looking for some books with pieces that would also have a form of lessons, if possible.

Because Alfred's All-in-One Course for beginners is quite popular here I have visited Alfred Music Piano Methods. I think it's quite a lot to choose from and I quickly got overwhelmed by the number of books available.

There's
  • Alfred's Premier Piano Course with Lessons, Techniques and others
  • Alfred's Basic Piano Course with Lessons
  • Alfred's Basic All-in-One Course
  • Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course

I have trouble to choose the right method, if I can say so. There's little explanation but not really helpful. Also, I don't know whether the levels correspond to grades; which level is for me if I am grade 4.

Could you advice please? My feeling is that Alfred's Premier Piano Course should be ok but still there are books for 6 levels.

I think on Grade 4, I am supposed to play longer passages by one of the hand whereas the other hand accompanies. Proper dynamics are required such as p, mp, mf, f. I am also supposed to provide proper articulation and phrasing, according to the piece itself and "how I feel it" :p. I also started to play pieces where I play two-notes together. I have been playing in keys: C, G, D, A and F, Bflat and Eflat. I hope it can give you some clues what I am looking for smile

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Alfreds basic is an older course. Alfreds premier is an updated. Both are aimed more at younger players, kids basically. Probably not what you want.

Alfreds adult basic and adult allinone are aimed at teen or adult learners. faster paced, with more chord early on to try to appeal to adults. The all in one books include theory. Halfway through book 3 you play fur elise nd moonlight sonata. 1st mov.

Grade 4 doesn't mean much. There are so many different grading systems that I can't tell where you are jut based on that.

If you can read both cleffs easily, my best guess is somewhere in adult book 2. Maybe at the start of book 3.


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Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata (mov 1) and a few other advanced pieces are in the "ambitious section" at the end of my level 3 Alfred All In One. Although the editor states they are achievable to anyone who has played through the course I think the jump to those advanced works is a little too far. I am no expert but I was following another graded book at the time and thought pieces in the main section of the level 3 book to be ABRSM grade 2 or 3.



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Why are you looking for a beginner course if you are grade 4? Have a look at Lang Lang's Piano Academy series, instead. Books 3, 4 and 5.

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Thanks for your answers smile I know more or less what I should look for.



Originally Posted by DragonPianoPlayer
Grade 4 doesn't mean much. There are so many different grading systems that I can't tell where you are jut based on that.

If you can read both cleffs easily, my best guess is somewhere in adult book 2. Maybe at the start of book 3.

It's Grade 4 according to Trinity (College London) Grade system. It is widely recognised and accredited by UKAS in UK and can be compared to other grade systems such as QFC, EQF, etc. ABRSM could be similar to Trinity , I'd guess so, but I did not find anything on that appart from one forum answer.

I can read both clefs but of course the piece cannot be too complex. As I said I can play pieces on Grade 4 according to the Trinity system.



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Why are you looking for a beginner course if you are grade 4? Have a look at Lang Lang's Piano Academy series, instead. Books 3, 4 and 5.

I'll have a look at it, thanks.


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