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#1107994 - 12/30/08 08:37 AM additional books
EJ Offline
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Registered: 12/29/08
Posts: 4
Loc: Kingston, Canada
Hi everyone:
New to this forum. I just started book one a few days ago. Only on page 28. Never played piano before. I have played guitar for years and trained as a classical guitarist. So, music theory is not that much an issue, just learning the layout of the keys and getting my fingers to move !! \:\) I have always wanted to play the piano and wanted to do so before I was 50...so that only leaves about 8 months, so I thought it was time to start! Anyway...my question is...are there any other books that would have pop/classical pieces that would be appropriate to the abilities of book one? I would like to practice other pieces while going through the lessons of book one. Has anyone had any luck with the "EZ Piano" books?? I must say I am really enjoying the book and doing much better than I thought! With my travel schedule it is impossible to predict one day in the week where I would be able to take a lesson, so hoping this will at least get me started. Any other helpful tips for a newbie would be welcome!

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#1107995 - 12/30/08 08:52 AM Re: additional books
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Registered: 01/26/08
Posts: 1211
Loc: New Jersey
Hi, EJ, I used the EZ play books for a while when I first got my keyboard, but then I really wanted to learn piano the traditional way with both hands. I borrowed the primer level Bastien book that my grandkids outgrew, and then got the Alfred Adult All-in-one. The EZ-Play Today is more like a preparation for playing with a fake book.


#1107996 - 12/30/08 09:15 AM Re: additional books
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Registered: 11/11/07
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I think starting supplemental material early is a good idea. I used Alfred's All Time Favorites (Level 1). There other level 1 supplemental books as well.

Here is a link.

#1107997 - 12/30/08 09:54 AM Re: additional books
ll Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1101
I'll toss in the idea of a graded repertoire--Keith Snell, Faber and Faber's Developing Artist/Time pieces, etc etc etc.
II. As in, second best.
Only lowercase. So not even that.
I teach piano and violin.
BM, Violin & Percussion Performance 2009, Piano Pedagogy 2011.

#1107998 - 01/07/09 10:56 AM Re: additional books
EJ Offline
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Registered: 12/29/08
Posts: 4
Loc: Kingston, Canada
Thanks everyone! I have heard alot of positive comments about Alfred's all time favourites as well as Faber and Faber, so I will check them out. I Also was not too impressed with the EZ series, but wasn't sure what the "current wisdom" was, so it is good to have that as well.


#1107999 - 01/07/09 11:10 AM Re: additional books
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Welcome to the forum, EJ. \:\) I like the Dan Coates arrangements; he has a knack for making music easy but still sounding good. (His "Easy Piano" arrangement of Canon in D was one of the first piano pieces I ever learned.) He's got easy piano collections of movie music, classical, pop, etc.
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