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Book Recommendations after Alfred Adult All in One
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Hi everyone!

I’m a self-taught piano enthusiast. I’ve started around 3 years ago and I’ve been learning mainly with the book series “Alfred Basic Adult Course All in One”.

Now I’m almost finished with the third and last book, and I was wondering how should I continue from there on. Which books would help me progress from that level to a more advanced level? Is there any good book series that I can follow after the Alfred series?

Thanks in advance!

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I don't know of any method books after that level, but one of the things you can do is try to find tutorials for pieces that you would like to learn. For instance, the famous Clementi 36 nr 1. If this idea appeals to you, I started a thread about this a while ago, and there are many suggestions that you can chose from. There are also many more tutorials online.


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Or you could subscribe to Pianist magazine! smile


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Originally Posted by Animisha
Or you could subscribe to Pianist magazine! smile


What do you mean by subscribing to Piano Magazine? Do they have courses?

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Originally Posted by Animisha
I don't know of any method books after that level, but one of the things you can do is try to find tutorials for pieces that you would like to learn. For instance, the famous Clementi 36 nr 1. If this idea appeals to you, I started a thread about this a while ago, and there are many suggestions that you can chose from. There are also many more tutorials online.


I actually do that from time to time. But the problem is that I don’t feel or see a constant progress if I just play pieces I like. I would prefer some method book that will assure a constant progress.

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You could try the RCM series. I'm not sure what level you'd be at after Alfred but I'm guessing level 3. The series provides repertoire, etudes, theory, and technique.


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Or you could subscribe to Pianist magazine! smile


What do you mean by subscribing to Piano Magazine? Do they have courses?


Now I don't subscribe to Piano Magazine, but it is a newsletter for piano learners with lessons. Take a look: Pianist magazine


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I had followed some of pianotv’s book recommendations for my level. You can have a look at these pages:

https://www.pianotv.net/2017/04/favorite-grade-3-piano-books/

https://www.pianotv.net/music-piano-books-recommendations-levels/


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Originally Posted by WiseBuff
You could try the RCM series. I'm not sure what level you'd be at after Alfred but I'm guessing level 3. The series provides repertoire, etudes, theory, and technique.


Thanks! I’ll check that one.

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Or you could subscribe to Pianist magazine! smile


What do you mean by subscribing to Piano Magazine? Do they have courses?


Now I don't subscribe to Piano Magazine, but it is a newsletter for piano learners with lessons. Take a look: Pianist magazine


Thanks! I’ll take a look.

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Originally Posted by WiseBuff
You could try the RCM series. I'm not sure what level you'd be at after Alfred but I'm guessing level 3. The series provides repertoire, etudes, theory, and technique.


I searched for the RCM series, but it looks like there are several series. Which one did you have in mind? Could you give me the name of the series? Thanks!

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You could try the RCM series. I'm not sure what level you'd be at after Alfred but I'm guessing level 3. The series provides repertoire, etudes, theory, and technique.


I searched for the RCM series, but it looks like there are several series. Which one did you have in mind? Could you give me the name of the series? Thanks!

This is the complete piano set. You can also get the 45 books either individually, or in sets per each level, from the website. There are 4 books per level except for the very earliest levels, which have fewer.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
This is the complete piano set. You can also get the 45 books either individually, or in sets per each level, from the website. There are 4 books per level except for the very earliest levels, which have fewer.

Forgot to include the Music Theory set. Here it is. This set is needed if one is actually planning to take RCM exams since each level of piano, starting grade 5, I believe, requires music theory also. Again, these books can be bought individually from the website.


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You could try the RCM series. I'm not sure what level you'd be at after Alfred but I'm guessing level 3. The series provides repertoire, etudes, theory, and technique.


I searched for the RCM series, but it looks like there are several series. Which one did you have in mind? Could you give me the name of the series? Thanks!

This is the complete piano set. You can also get the 45 books either individually, or in sets per each level, from the website. There are 4 books per level except for the very earliest levels, which have fewer.


Thanks a lot! So there are actually several books per level! It looks very interesting.

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Originally Posted by Haruki
Thanks a lot! So there are actually several books per level! It looks very interesting.

Yes, and note I posted a 2nd message with the music theory set I left out of my original post.

EDIT: BTW, you don't need to buy the following as they set out the instruction and specific syllabus for each grade. Instead, you can just download these PDFs from the Internet:


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Thanks a lot! So there are actually several books per level! It looks very interesting.

Yes, and note I posted a 2nd message with the music theory set I left out of my original post.

EDIT: BTW, you don't need to buy the following as they set out the instruction and specific syllabus for each grade. Instead, you can just download these PDFs from the Internet:


I see. Good to know! Thanks!

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I thought I saw a correlation chart somewhere on the www for the Alfred’s Adult AIO series. I’m on a very weak wifi signal right now so can’t search for it at the moment. If you find it, it will tell you what level in their other series you can go to next.

I know for sure that Faber’s has a correlation chart.


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After All In One I just started learning repertoire and songs.


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I researched this a bit, as I'm halfway through Alfred All in One Book 2 (loving it) and want to plan for when I finish it. I think I'll get Alfred All in One book 3 after, and after that, it seems there's no more Alfred adult books. Am I correct here? I keep finding Alfred 'Basic 4' books, but they're for kids it seems. If there are books for adults in the Alfred series, they are darn hard to find. Even on Alfred's website, I couldn't find them.

On the other hand, it seems Faber still has theory books after their 'Piano Adventures Level 3A and B' books (which are basically equivalent to Alfred All in One book 3 from the aforementioned chart on Faber's website). But, they seem very all over the place; you need to buy the theory book, song book, technique book, and some more. Seems annoying to carry around all these books, but I guess there's just too much material to cover in one book and maybe lots of people didn't want to pay for all in one type material, they just wanted a specific part of it, fair enough.

According to the chart I mentioned, it says Faber Piano Adventures book 4 is RSM grade 2.

Anyway, I look forward to completing Alfred book 2, then I'll worry about all this more, but it also excites me to look ahead at the pieces I'll be learning smile


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