Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level 1: Lesson Book, Level One/2236
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The next adult series I’ll be talking about on this channel is the Piano Adventures one, so stay tuned for that. The first Alfred book for adults is one I’ve taught from dozens upon dozens of times. It’s the book I used exclusively when I first started teaching piano, so I have a soft spot in my heart for it. But I’ve never met a second method book that didn’t frustrate students in some way. By this point in the journey you start to realize that the path to learning piano is a long and sometimes arduous one. Sometimes practice is real work, not pure pleasure (in fact, this is most of the time).
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The downside of a chord-based approach is that your left hand won’t be as equipped to deal with Classical music if you’re headed that route. Classical music requires a more dexterous and independent left hand, which is initially more tedious to develop. This is handy especially if you’re working on your own without a teacher. It takes all the guesswork out of your learning experience. Chapters and pieces Overall, it’s a great course – solid, effective, affordable, and most teachers are familiar with it.In 2.5 years to 5 years, you’ll progress from an absolute beginner to an early intermediate student. Some people will move faster or slower, but this is the pacing I observe and recommend. But once that natural motivation starts to fade, they hokeyness becomes a problem. At this point I like to introduce supplemental pieces (perhaps something from the RCM’s Preparatory books) – pieces that seem more professional, serious and fancy. This first book is considered a preparatory level (what I affectionately refer to as “musical kindergarten”). Students are often surprised that they can’t just dive into grade 1 material. But like primary school, we need to lay the groundwork and learn the basics before we get to a grade 1 level.
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The Alfred series has been around for a long time – I grew up using their regular lesson books for children, and I’ve taught with their books as an adult.I find this leanness to be an advantage, though. Students can usually complete this book without getting tired of it (unlike the first book).
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By the third book, things tend to get easier again. Not because the material is easier (it isn’t), but because most students who haven’t given up are used to the constant new challenges, and the material is starting to sound like real piano music.The second book has more diversity in selection and includes a healthy mix of contemporary, Classical and original pieces. You’ll find everything from “Brahms’ Lullaby” to “Canon in D” to “La Cucaracha”. I’ve been asked about this method time and time again, since it’s one of the most popular method book series for adults. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do a video on it!