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Beginners Faber, Alfred, Bastien - Redundant to get all?
#3010192 08/04/20 02:58 PM
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I already have
Faber - Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1
Alfred - Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course
Palmer - Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences - Complete Book

Should I get Bastien's too?

What else do I need in my library? At what point is it redundant vs complimentary?


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Re: Beginners Faber, Alfred, Bastien - Redundant to get all?
onaiplatigid #3010200 08/04/20 03:28 PM
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During quarantine, I'm experimenting with running Faber and the paid online PCA course (which uses a Russian School training book, with lots of videos) in parallel. I'm a beginner in the first 3 months, so all I'm doing is getting multiple perspectives on how to learn the absolute basics, like how to read music, and benefitting from a broader set of beginner material with which to practice.

I would not use two book-based methods together, personally. Part of the value of doing Faber + PCA is that the nature of the content is different (i.e. one is written, the other is delivered via videos + online forums), which I appreciate.

Eventually I'll get a proper teacher and these other approaches will either become supplements or phase out.

Just my two highly inexperienced cents. smile


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I'm playing intermediate pieces with a teacher. on my book list are Czerny Etudes and Hanon 60 exercises (scales & arpeggios).

I bought a few Alfred and Bastian books in the past and keep them for practice. When you get to a certain point, the beginner books are basically similar so you don't need to keep so many. By the time you get to a higher level, you won't need these books as much. I got a few Classical & Jazz books at home arranged for easy piano. They are in the lower intermediate level.

I tend to download individual pieces off the Internet for interest. I downloaded pieces from Sheet Music Plus & Schultz Music Publications sites. You find pieces that are rated as easy, intermediate & advanced. The pieces online are more interesting than the stuff in Alfred, Bastian and other beginner series books.

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onaiplatigid #3010337 08/05/20 03:06 AM
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Hi onaiplatigid!

I think you should feel for yourself. When you work through your two method books, do you feel that the pieces are getting too difficult too fast? That you would like more easier pieces to practise the basics with? In that case, yes, get Bastien's as well. Or do as Planet, sign up for PCA in order to learn the basic technique. There is lots of downloadable material on that site as well, including two method books.
But if you feel that the books progress at the same pace as you do, that every next piece is challenging enough, but not too challenging, then you can just continue in your books and when you come to the end of them, buy number 2.


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Could you guys please link me to the PCA course?

I don't want to buy some golfing course lol


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onaiplatigid #3010476 08/05/20 12:55 PM
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Here is PCA. This sign-up page is not their finest work though. Once you have access to the site, there is much, much more and of much higher quality.


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