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I took my second lesson!

Posted By: chongjasmine

I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 06:46 AM

I took my second lesson from my teacher!
Unfortunately, I forgot to ask her to recommend me some piano books!
I will be seeing her one month later.
I am doing piano made easy by lina ng and I like alfred's premier piano lesson book 1a.

What piano books will you recommend for beginner?
Posted By: LarryK

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 11:44 AM

Originally Posted by chongjasmine
I took my second lesson from my teacher!
Unfortunately, I forgot to ask her to recommend me some piano books!
I will be seeing her one month later.
I am doing piano made easy by lina ng and I like alfred's premier piano lesson book 1a.

What piano books will you recommend for beginner?


Hello,

Maybe you should wait for the next lesson to find out what books your teacher wants you to use.

It’s not worthwhile to buy books that teacher does not want to use. I wound up selling my Alfred books at a substantial loss when my teacher said she did nor want to use them.

You’re having monthly lessons? That is a long time between lessons. I’m thinking of whether I should switch to weekly from twice a month.
Posted By: dmd

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 12:30 PM

Originally Posted by LarryK
Maybe you should wait for the next lesson to find out what books your teacher wants you to use.

It’s not worthwhile to buy books that teacher does not want to use. I wound up selling my Alfred books at a substantial loss when my teacher said she did nor want to use them.



Makes sense to me.
Posted By: enw10

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 06:13 PM

Can you send your teacher a message asking her what you should buy? It doesn't make a lot of sense to be going two different directions.
Posted By: Charles Cohen

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 08:34 PM

Agree with everyone:

. . . Phone, or e-mail your teacher, and ask what books you will be using,
. . . . or what pieces you will be studying (if he/she doesn't use a "method book").
Posted By: j&j

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/27/19 08:45 PM

Congratulations on your second lesson. I completely agree to ask your teacher what books or other learning materials will be used. But once you have the books for your lessons and as you become more advanced, it’s nice to look and check out other books for individual study and additional repertoire. Many a piano nerd, like myself, keep all their piano books and build an entire library.
Posted By: JazzyMac

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/29/19 12:35 AM

Originally Posted by chongjasmine
I took my second lesson from my teacher!
Unfortunately, I forgot to ask her to recommend me some piano books!
I will be seeing her one month later.
I am doing piano made easy by lina ng and I like alfred's premier piano lesson book 1a.

What piano books will you recommend for beginner?


My teacher has Lina Ng books and has recommended them every now and then. I only declined because I couldn't find an entire set anywhere, just ones and twos. They are nice though. Congratulations on your lessons.
Posted By: BigIslandGuy

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/29/19 05:31 AM

Good job, engaging a teacher. You'll later be glad you did.

I too would advise you to either wait or find some way to ask your teacher about which books. Some teachers feel quite strongly about which methods they like and I'm sure you'd hate to spend money and then find out you got the wrong stuff.

Also, like some others here mentioned, unless you simply can't afford or make time for them, I'd urge you to increase the frequency of your lessons. I've been playing over 50 years (not professionally) and I still engage the services of a teacher, twice a month. In fact, this summer, we're going to make our little version of "summer piano camp", where I will be seeing him every week, with the extra time for exploring some Chopin. (A break from concentrating on Bach so heavily the last few years.) Having another, good set of ears listening and critiquing ones playing is incredibly valuable.
Posted By: Animisha

Re: I took my second lesson! - 05/29/19 06:45 AM

Jasmine, you could have a look at this website. There are a lot of easy pieces that you can print, or play from a tablet - and they are for free. So you can keep busy until your next lesson. smile
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