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#1996175 - 12/07/12 10:29 PM book choices?
manyhands Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
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After 3 yrs of lessons I've graduated from big note to Easy Piano books. Very exciting to have more choices! What are your book and arranger recommendations? (My preference is for words n chords in pops books.)
many hands many smiles

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#1996212 - 12/08/12 12:59 AM Re: book choices? [Re: manyhands]
ZoeCalgary Offline
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Registered: 05/01/11
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Excellent news! Check the easy piano arrangements of your favorite songs. I personally like the Faber supplementary materials. They have different level books for different genres like rock, jazz, blues, hymns, Christmas, etc.

Good luck!
Preparing Grade 6 RCM.

#1996276 - 12/08/12 06:49 AM Re: book choices? [Re: manyhands]
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thanks. I was thinking about pops collections since buying single titles is so expensive.
many hands many smiles

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#1997128 - 12/09/12 09:58 PM Re: book choices? [Re: manyhands]
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any other suggestions?
many hands many smiles

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#1997137 - 12/09/12 10:27 PM Re: book choices? [Re: manyhands]
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If you like them the Beatles' loves songs are a great place to start to learn simple pop and lite rock accompaniment patterns. The progressions are simple, overall, and the melodies are nice and easy to remember. I have this one:


Edited by Starr Keys (12/09/12 10:34 PM)

#1997286 - 12/10/12 08:48 AM Re: book choices? [Re: manyhands]
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Just beware that "Easy piano" doesn't always mean the same thing. Some is easily within the scope of late beginners / early intermediate but some is more late intermediate, depending.

I like Dan Coate's arrangements - he has very nice arrangements at an easy level (just check it doesn't say Advanced on the front cover!). For instance, check out his Decade by Decade series.
  • Debussy - Le Petit Nègre, L. 114
  • Haydn - Sonata in Gm, Hob. XVI/44

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