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Method Book Recommendations #2889571
09/12/19 04:35 PM
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Hi Everyone. It's been a very loooong time. I hope those that I once knew are well and those I have yet to meet are well too!

I am looking for a method book for level 1. Bit of backstory. Had a brain tumour removed (It's all good, I'm on bonus earth time) January of 2017. I had a stroke during the surgery that has caused some issues. As such I have forgotten most aspects of playing piano. I know just enough to be a hazard to myself. LOL. What I do remember is impeding me from progressing with the method books I have already used before. I need brand new material that I do not know in any way. And I have to learn from scratch again to fill the holes. I am interested in classical, rock, playing solo and with others and writing music (eventually jazz.) Almost any type should work with me.

I already have used: Alfred's Adult All in one level one and two, Faber's Piano Adventures for older Beginners level one and two and accompanying technique and artistry, theory, performance, and popular repertoire.

I need suggestions other than those. Pretty please.


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889726
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Take a look at The Classical Piano Method by Hans-Gunter Heumann. I use all 3 books (the method book, finger fitness, and repertoire book) together.


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889745
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Hi Becca, welcome to the forum! That is quite an ordeal that you have survived.

It is not really a method book, but take a look at the Technic is fun books.

Otherwise, if you can afford it, you can subscribe to Piano Career Academy. They use Nikolaev's Russian school of piano playing. I would not recommend this book without the teaching though - because the teaching is the most important part. Also, they have a teacher there who can give you feedback.

Good luck in finding something that suits you!


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889764
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My teacher uses Frances Clark's Keyboard Musician for the Adult Beginner. I like it . . . but know at least one person here who definitely does NOT . . . (hello, TS)!

Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889776
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The Classical Piano method by Hans Gunter Heumann Is worth a look. It has additional finger fitness and repertoire books. I have level 2 and find them very easy on the eye.

You might look at Pianodao.com which reviews the series and other modern adult learning methods.

Wishing you well in your journey.

Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: pwl] #2889848
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Originally Posted by pwl
My teacher uses Frances Clark's Keyboard Musician for the Adult Beginner. I like it . . . but know at least one person here who definitely does NOT . . . (hello, TS)!

Hi! And I'm still remembering that I told our teacher that I'll go back and polish the pieces in Unit 23! (well, maybe after the RCM 4 exam in December?) (hello, teacher)!


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889858
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You're back! I always wonder what the story is for those who are here for a season and then disappear, and now I know your story. I'm sorry to hear about your illness, but so happy for you that you're back and ready to tackle piano again!

Another method book that has been recommended by many people is Fundamental Keys by Rachel Jimenez. There is a thread here.


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889923
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I would recommend Bartok's Mikrokosmos for classical, leaning on modal. It is very incremental and it was written with the aim to teach his son about composition as well. I use the Wiener Urtext which has a lot of Bartok's original notes on the compositional tricks he uses, which I find useful as I learn to play them.

For more pop-centric stuff, but still leaning on classical and also with composition tricks, there is the fantastic Re-Introduction Etudes by Chilly Gonzales, available directly from his website.

Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2889938
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Originally Posted by BeccaBb

What I do remember is impeding me from progressing with the method books I have already used before. I need brand new material that I do not know in any way.


I'm curious about this part. What do you think is getting in the way with using the method books you've used before?

Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2890039
09/13/19 04:19 PM
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Oh thank you, every single one of you!

Hi Stubbie! It's been a crazy journey and I'm very proud that I've improved enough to start relearning again (I have tried a few times in the last few years but couldn't comprehend or remember enough to get far.)

I will research all of these wonderful suggestions! I'm also trying to find a piano teacher, which is proving to be difficult.

MichaelJK: I subconsciously remember the music. So I can play it but cant' read the freaking notes! Trying to force myself to read the notes is a nightmare. My brain is not cooperating with this at all. So I figure I'll just outsmart my brain. New material gonna have to read it. HAHA

Btw: Since I remember quite well the lure this forum has, I made myself a rule. I am not allowed to even peak at the forum until after my practice. laugh


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2890041
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Originally Posted by BeccaBb

MichaelJK: I subconsciously remember the music. So I can play it but cant' read the freaking notes! Trying to force myself to read the notes is a nightmare. My brain is not cooperating with this at all. So I figure I'll just outsmart my brain. New material gonna have to read it. HAHA


In my opinion, you can never have too much new material! That's the fastest way to grow.

Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2890042
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Originally Posted by BeccaBb
I'm also trying to find a piano teacher, which is proving to be difficult.

There are teachers on this forum who teach online. You might consider online teaching if you can't find one in your area.

Originally Posted by BeccaBb
I subconsciously remember the music. So I can play it but cant' read the freaking notes! Trying to force myself to read the notes is a nightmare. My brain is not cooperating with this at all. So I figure I'll just outsmart my brain. New material gonna have to read it. HAHA

I was guessing it was something like this.


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2890382
09/14/19 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by BeccaBb
I'm also trying to find a piano teacher, which is proving to be difficult.

There are teachers on this forum who teach online. You might consider online teaching if you can't find one in your area.

Originally Posted by BeccaBb
I subconsciously remember the music. So I can play it but cant' read the freaking notes! Trying to force myself to read the notes is a nightmare. My brain is not cooperating with this at all. So I figure I'll just outsmart my brain. New material gonna have to read it. HAHA

I was guessing it was something like this.



Thank you for the reminder that there are online teachers. I might have to take that route!

I was really surprised that my fingers remember but not my brain (well my brain doesn't work right anymore so that wasn't really surprising lol.) I had no idea that part of me had retained any of it. I'm really not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. LOl

MichaelJK: I agree never too much material. LOL


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2890400
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My also take up lessons via Skype and highly recommend it smile

Regarding books, I think you should also try repertoire books specifically designed for beginner students. Best one for me was/is the Album for the young from Schumann - it has everything from very easy pieces (grade 1 ish) to very tough ones (grade 6+). I know Tchaikovsky has a book as well and Czerny has a whole collection!

They might not be methods books in that sense, but they were designed to teach people through pieces and it helps that they're composed by these musical geniuses.


I started playing at the beginning of 2018.
Having achieved ABRSM distinction in my first year, I am now preparing to take Grade 5 mid November 2019.

Here's a link to my first year progress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAhpMS0483o&t=65s
Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: Peter Hontaru] #2890827
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Originally Posted by Peter Hontaru
My also take up lessons via Skype and highly recommend it smile

Regarding books, I think you should also try repertoire books specifically designed for beginner students. Best one for me was/is the Album for the young from Schumann - it has everything from very easy pieces (grade 1 ish) to very tough ones (grade 6+). I know Tchaikovsky has a book as well and Czerny has a whole collection!

They might not be methods books in that sense, but they were designed to teach people through pieces and it helps that they're composed by these musical geniuses.


I did not know that there were book specific artists with varying grades. I've just tried searching for Tchaikovsky and only found horrid themes. Sigh. I will keep looking though as I love his style. Thank you!!


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Re: Method Book Recommendations [Re: BeccaBb] #2890830
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Originally Posted by BeccaBb
I did not know that there were book specific artists with varying grades.

There are many lists. This is just one of of them.


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14

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