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#2892822 09/21/19 07:24 PM
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Hey all

I’m currently using this book:

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play (Book & CD) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0739052055/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4cRHDb6PKMY45

I’m about half way through and think I’ll finish within a month or so if progress keeps going the way it is. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for books to start afterwards, or some compilation books that I might enjoy?

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Jake, and welcome to the forum!

The book itself says in the Epilogue that you can continue with Book 2 and 3. However, they also suggest that you might want to consider finding a teacher. I would suggest the same, because even though Amazon says: "its almost like having a piano teacher beside you as you learn the skills needed to perform popular and familiar music", this is really not true. For a self-teaching book, there is very little information on technique. Unless your book has improved vastly from the edition I have seen, there is no mention of, for instance, wrist gestures. Faber's books and their website are better in this regard. Take a look at this site. Very important basic stuff.

So, if you don't want or cannot hire a teacher, I would advise you to start watching youtube films with people demonstrating and instructing on how to play the piano. There are many of those out there, and I am sure there is a thread somewhere on ABF about which ones are the best.

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Originally Posted by Jake0254

I’m about half way through and think I’ll finish within a month or so if progress keeps going the way it is. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for books to start afterwards, or some compilation books that I might enjoy?

Thanks in advance!


progress should slow as the difficulty level increases and so be careful not to rush through the book.

Book 2 & 3 are progressively more difficult, but to be honest I am not a lover of the material in any of these books. However, that really depends on whether you want more classical or more contemporary music.


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Originally Posted by Animisha
Take a look at this site. Very important basic stuff.


That site looks good. Thanks for the link.


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Thanks for the advice. Book 2 in the basket ready for when I need it. Slightly stuck on blow the man down. This one caught me out last time I tried learning a few months back! When I started again I started way earlier in the book than I left off as was out of practice and feel like I’m doing much better, but the timing of the A note in RH during the E/G in LH gets me every time. I slow down to a snails pace and just find myself staring at the book like a mad man! Perseverance will hopefully pay off. Wish me luck!!

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Originally Posted by Jake0254
Thanks for the advice. Book 2 in the basket ready for when I need it. Slightly stuck on blow the man down. This one caught me out last time I tried learning a few months back! When I started again I started way earlier in the book than I left off as was out of practice and feel like I’m doing much better, but the timing of the A note in RH during the E/G in LH gets me every time. I slow down to a snails pace and just find myself staring at the book like a mad man! Perseverance will hopefully pay off. Wish me luck!!


Jake,

Ah yes, blow the man down... Mine and many others' impression is that this is the song which trips many people up and the difficulty ramps up significantly in that book. It gets significantly more time consuming towards the end, especially if you decide to learn any of the 'capstone' songs, which can easily take as much effort as 2-3 of the 'method' songs. I would be incredibly surprised if it took you only a month to move from that point to the end!

By the way in case you didn't know, there's an incredibly massive thread for learners going through Alfred 1 here:
http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...ll-in-one-adult-piano-course-book-1.html

Probably every thought about every note in Alfred 1 has already been brought up in that monstrosity, but it's a great place to post for guidance, help with songs, or just general progress as we're all happy to see people moving through the material we all struggled to learn!


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