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Originally Posted by Mils

The Faber book the teacher recommended as an alternative to Alfred’s is:
“ChordTime Piano Favorites 2b.”
I don’t have it yet. According to what the teacher told me, the songs are not much better than those in the Alfred’s.


I know we're beyond this, but I was browsing Faber books today and looked at the contents of this book. I have to say, if my teacher gave me this one as my only option, I'd be SUPER disappointed. You didn't want old folk songs and nursery rhymes, so your teacher gave you the book with Hot Cross Buns and Turkey in the Straw? It seems like a joke, as there are TONS of other Faber options at that level (popular, classic, ragtime, rock...). Even the Adult Piano Adventures books are infinitely better. The popular book 2 is also about the same level as 2B, but it has Beatles, Michael Jackson, Simon and Garfunkel... good songs.

I've changed my opinion of the whole thing and think your teacher isn't trying at all.

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Originally Posted by enw10
Originally Posted by Mils

The Faber book the teacher recommended as an alternative to Alfred’s is:
“ChordTime Piano Favorites 2b.”
I don’t have it yet. According to what the teacher told me, the songs are not much better than those in the Alfred’s.


I know we're beyond this, but I was browsing Faber books today and looked at the contents of this book. I have to say, if my teacher gave me this one as my only option, I'd be SUPER disappointed. You didn't want old folk songs and nursery rhymes, so your teacher gave you the book with Hot Cross Buns and Turkey in the Straw? It seems like a joke, as there are TONS of other Faber options at that level (popular, classic, ragtime, rock...). Even the Adult Piano Adventures books are infinitely better. The popular book 2 is also about the same level as 2B, but it has Beatles, Michael Jackson, Simon and Garfunkel... good songs.

I've changed my opinion of the whole thing and think your teacher isn't trying at all.

I guess the OP will just need to get through scale fingering (re: other thread) and he will soon be done with this teacher and then it's onward/upward for him.


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Mils. Be patient with yourself, timing and getting the right notes comes with practice, not just within just a few lessons.
Practice scales, get used to the notes. play simple stuff. try some Christmas carols. You can do it. But if it is very stressful and torture for you , give it a break and think what you really want to do. I hope you stick with it. You can't run before you can walk , grasp the basic. Keep calm. We all start slowly and then pick up speed.
I thought I was crap, but I got through grade 1 and 2.

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