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Hello I came back to this forum with another question.
I started playing few months ago but I started with synthesia and watching some courses about chords/scales/arpeggious.. Now I started learning music sheets. I finally understand how to read them. Problem is Im not developing the skill in reading because it take me so long to translate them so I meanwhile learn the whole composizion and Im playing from memory.. I came to ask you if there is some kind of folder of compoziotions sorted by difficulty so I start learning from the begginer to advanced..

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so what styles do you wanna play?

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Im looking for basically anything to improve my sheets reading skills. Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Einaudi ... Most of the compozitions I would like to learn in the future are for left hand scales/arpeggios and for right hand chords.

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I'd get a method book. I recommend Frances Clark's Keyboard Musician for the Adult Beginner. It's a lot of simple melodies that really help you develop your reading skills, and it gradually builds up to more complex pieces. It also contains sight reading examples and a very detailed introduction on how to practice and how to use the book.

Usually students should progress one unit per week up until around Unit 6 or 7 where they may need to spend 2 weeks on some of the repertoire. And then later on you may spend even 3 or 4 weeks on pieces, depending on the individual.





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What pieces are you playing/learning at the moment?

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For example this piece - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwpnJSWfzI_mdUJERm9SSXhnQkU/view?pageId=107689106903356605997

I can't sight read it obviously I really wanted to learn this pieces so I translated note by note until I memorized every part of it. It wasnt so hard because most of the parts repeats

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My advice is to stop the 'translation' into notes and to take Morodeine's advice about getting a good method book and learning to read the notes. It may seem like a step backward, but it really a step forward-- learning piano in a progrressive way develops the skills so that you can play other music at that level. Learn to read!

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I agree with you from what I experienced Im making progress in finger knowledge but I didnt make any steps in reading, theory and everything else. Im currently looking for the book but I found only paperback version. I prefer pdf version because of shipping time and Im used to it. Will be looking more deep.

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I doubt you'll find it in pdf version. It's not a widely used book.

I also recommend getting Keith Snell's Piano Theory books. Start with the Primer level and work your way through them. They give lots of review each level and many examples to practice what you've learned.


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Piggybacking on this thread as I'm interested in the Keith Snell books---is there an included answer key so I'll know if my answers are correct when self-studying?


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Originally Posted by marimorimo
Piggybacking on this thread as I'm interested in the Keith Snell books---is there an included answer key so I'll know if my answers are correct when self-studying?
Not that I'm aware of. But it's certainly easy enough to look up the answers. Say if your'e checking note-reading, then you can refer to a diagram that names all the notes on the staff, things like that.


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Is that OST from Higurashi anime? Maybe try staple staple from Balemontogori it's easier than your current piece me thinks if not it's similar. You can write the notes above the sheet. I write the notation down when I see ledger lines they really P me off


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Originally Posted by Oreki
I agree with you from what I experienced Im making progress in finger knowledge but I didnt make any steps in reading, theory and everything else. Im currently looking for the book but I found only paperback version. I prefer pdf version because of shipping time and Im used to it. Will be looking more deep.


If you are looking for PDFs, there are out-of-copyright piano method books available on the internet.

This is the one our piano teacher used for my kids. (It's out of copyright in the country we live in now.)

http://imslp.org/wiki/John_Thompson's_Easiest_Piano_Course_(Thompson%2C_John_Sylvanus)

Versions for adults:

http://imslp.org/wiki/John_Thompson's_Adult_Piano_Course_(Thompson%2C_John_Sylvanus)
http://imslp.org/wiki/John_Thompson's_Modern_Course_for_the_Piano_(Thompson%2C_John_Sylvanus)

Tons more available at:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Methods

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I know that in some parts of the world it is not so easy to order books from retailers such as Amazon, but if it is at all possible I do recommend the Frances Clark book that Morodiene mentioned. I find it quite unique and continue to learn a lot from it.


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You can practice reading when you are not playing. Like look at the music and get used to what intervals look like. Its much easier to recognize intervals than to read note by note. This will get easier over time. There is also a book calle "Progressive Sight Reading Exercises for Piano" by Hannah Smith. Each exercise is just one line so it's not too overwhelming. You might want to do a little bit everyday if you get the book.
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Yep it's from Higurashi I can already play it.

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Thank you all for tips. From all I heard this book is great so I will buy it.


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