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Adult Piano Adventures Or Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course?
#2532373 04/20/16 12:30 PM
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Hello, i've been looking around for a good piano book/series to get started with. i've been trying to learn from youtube and other sources for around a year and i've finally decided to get a method book to learn from. Most of the people have either recommended Adult Piano Adventures Or Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course. I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to what they preferred or have had experience with. Thanks!

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Re: Adult Piano Adventures Or Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course?
Liquidbladez #2532388 04/20/16 01:06 PM
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I think it's down to personal preference. I tried both and got on with Piano Adventures AaiO better (…and still going on Book 4!). smile


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Many years ago I started with Alfred's, with only mixed results.

Two and a half years ago my wife and I started up on the Faber Piano Adventures series. Thanks to a great teacher we have made great progress. How much of that is due to Faber, hard to tell.

Both series are well-established, albeit with slightly different teaching focus and progress.


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I'm using Alfred's, although my teacher said she thought Faber might be a bit better in terms of having more interesting pieces, although it's probably a personal preference as Trevor said. However, I'm using a mixture of different sources and we aren't working through all the pieces in Alfred's anyway. With that said, do both smile


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Liquidbladez #2532426 04/20/16 02:23 PM
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I've looked at both of those books in question, and I'm getting much more out of using the Alfred Premier books (Level 6 currently). I like the music better even though the books are kid's books, and the concepts are covered MUCH more thoroughly. Not to mention, you can get the lesson and performance books w/ CDs, so you can hear what you are aiming to play. I say go for the kid's books -- they are much more effective!


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Liquidbladez #2532515 04/20/16 08:34 PM
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I'm another Faber lover, I find it extremely well-rounded and the music is very nice. I hated Alfred, the music was SO cheesy to me! Wasn't crazy about how they taught theory, either. I'm in 3B PA and moving along quickly, it's a great series!


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Originally Posted by keysandpaws
I've looked at both of those books in question, and I'm getting much more out of using the Alfred Premier books (Level 6 currently). I like the music better even though the books are kid's books, and the concepts are covered MUCH more thoroughly. Not to mention, you can get the lesson and performance books w/ CDs, so you can hear what you are aiming to play. I say go for the kid's books -- they are much more effective!


Agreed, I just heard about this series a few months ago and, while I wouldn't leave Faber, this seems like a big improvement over the adult books. Looks very much like the Faber system of theory, technique, and performance + lessons.


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Liquidbladez #2532522 04/20/16 08:53 PM
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I agree with ebonykawai on this one. I went through the Alfred's Adult All-in-One, and I didn't like that I knew what every song should sound like, because they are all popular favorites. It's way too focused on melody in the RH, accompaniment in the LH. I haven't looked at the Premier series or Piano Adventures.

Maybe the Adult series is good if you are going the pop music route. I wanted to go Classical, ultimately, so it was not a good fit for that (for me).

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Originally Posted by Liquidbladez
Hello, i've been looking around for a good piano book/series to get started with. i've been trying to learn from youtube and other sources for around a year and i've finally decided to get a method book to learn from. Most of the people have either recommended Adult Piano Adventures Or Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course. I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to what they preferred or have had experience with. Thanks!

You can compare for yourself:

Playlist Alfred's Basic Adult All-In-One Piano Course level 1
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeW-cELRAmSl9fQyFwa9BIpeSHzlxuSYM

Playlist Adult Piano Adventures all-in-one lesson book 1
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeW-cELRAmSn7DZmgbLwp_9lAMoLrG0e7

Only you know what types of songs you like.


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