I've been stalking this thread for a while. I've been self-teaching myself piano for about 6 months total. Finally started taking it seriously about a month ago when I invested in a decent digital piano and put away my ancient keyboard - what a change!
I'm working through the Adult Piano Adventures AIO Book 1, currently on chapter 14. I've got the AIO Book 2 and also the Level 4 and Level 5 books (in the All-in-Two editions which have 4&5 Lesson & Theory in one book, and 4&5 Technique and Performance in another book) to look forward to. I've also got a whole bunch of supplementary stuff targeted at beginners/grade 1/2 players including a scales book and Dozen a Day exercises and some old ABRSM exam pieces.
I'm curious to know where people have landed on doing Level 3B or going straight to Level 4 after AIO Book 2? I've not read this entire thread yet but I have seen some comments on this, but I'm still a bit confused. I know Faber recommend book 3B next, and I have seen people say that they went onto 3A/3B and found it quite different/more challenging than Adult AIO Book 2. But I don't understand why - since Level 3A and 3B share material with AIO Book 2 and pretty much all the same topics??
3A.1 - Keys of C, G and F Major = Book 1.12 C Major, Book 1.15 G Major and Book 2.3 F Major
3A.2 - The seventh (7th) = Book 2.9 - Interval of a seventh (7th)
3A.3 - Time signatures ⅜ and 6/8 - Book 2.11 - ⅜ and 6/8 time signatures
3A.4 - The triplet = Book 2.8 - Theory of minor scales (including triplets)
3A.5 - Ledger lines = Book 2.2 Ledger lines
3A.6 - The chromatic scale
3A.7 - The D major scale = Book 2.14 - D Major
3A.8 - One octave arpeggios = Book 2.15 - One octave arpeggios
3B.1 - Key of A minor= Book 2.8 - Theory of minor scales (including key of A minor)
3B.2 - Key of E minor = Book 2.13 - E Minor
3B.3 - Key of D minor = Book 2.10 - D Minor
3B.4 - The octave
3B.5 - Major and minor triads - Book 2.4 - Major and minor triads
3B.6 - Chord inversions = Book 2.5 - Triad inversions
3B.7 - Sixteenth notes = Book 2.16 - Sixteenth notes
The only things in 3A/3B which don't seem to be specifically covered in the AIO Book 2 are octaves (dealt with in theory in Book 2.1 Music Fundamentals and played at various points) and the chromatic scale (which I understand the concept of anyway, and is only a very small section in level 3B).
I was planning to go straight to Level 4 from Book 2, based on the above. So *for those of you who did AIO Book 2 then Level 3A or 3B - what did you find 3A and 3B added to Book 2, and do you think they're essential?*
(I do actually have the Level 3B performance book because I happened to find it second hand - so was planning on working through that after Book 2 if there are new pieces in there, before moving to Level 4.)
Happy to be redirected if this has already been discussed in detail elsewhere