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#2062904 - 04/11/13 01:01 PM Graded Piano Book For Adults?
RaahulS Offline
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Registered: 04/11/13
Posts: 3
Hi guys,

I'm on the verge of completing Alfred All-in-one Vol 1 (am at Amazing Grace). I researched a bit in this forum and found that this book is considered to suit casual playing.

I'm looking for graded material suitable for examination (though I don't necessarily intend to give exams). I think that they're more precise in defining the progress you're trying to make.

I do play Guitar and followed Mel Bay for my grade one. Right now, I'm following Berklee's Modern Method For Guitar. So, I'm looking for something similar for piano.

I've seen Faber being recommended by a few. However, which book should I start with, and how should my learning path be?

I know that getting a teacher is best, but it's hard to find piano teachers here. Most of them teach keyboard, so the technique is quite different.

Thanks for the help.

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#2063268 - 04/12/13 02:50 AM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: RaahulS]
Bobpickle Offline

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Originally Posted By: RaahulS
I know that getting a teacher is best, but it's hard to find piano teachers here. Most of them teach keyboard, so the technique is quite different.


Pianos and keyboards (assuming the keyboard isn't a toy with unweighted keys) both require the same technique.

If I were going through method books again or teaching someone else with one, I'd use Faber (recommended often by teachers here) or the Alfred's All-in-One series (all three successive books). If you wish to (after hopefully navigating through at least one of the above methods) venture into the world of real repertoire on your own, an exam syllabus like this one can give you a good list of pieces and a rough idea of each piece's difficulty level to tackle: http://us.abrsm.org/fileadmin/user_upload/syllabuses/piano0113.pdf

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#2063269 - 04/12/13 02:51 AM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: RaahulS]
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Canada Alberta
Have you looked at John Thompson? I like it. I looked at the Royal Conservatory material not for the exams but simply the material but I am only in book one of John Thompson and the conservatory stuff is too advanced for me now even at the beginner level stuff so I will have another look at it again after I have completed book 2 or 3 of John Thompson. the conservatory material has no instruction, of course, so is excellent extra material. John Thompson is great, good material and good instruction but obviously the conservatory stuff is a great resource, too.


Edited by Michael_99 (04/12/13 02:56 AM)

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#2063344 - 04/12/13 08:33 AM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: Bobpickle]
RaahulS Offline
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Registered: 04/11/13
Posts: 3
Originally Posted By: Bobpickle

Pianos and keyboards (assuming the keyboard isn't a toy with unweighted keys) both require the same technique.


Unfortunately, the keyboards they use have unweighted keys. They are velocity sensitive though.

So, the keyboards have a uniform light touch, as opposed to a digital piano with graded hammer action.

Thanks for the feedback, I'll definitely check out Faber.


Edited by RaahulS (04/12/13 08:34 AM)

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#2063593 - 04/12/13 04:23 PM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: RaahulS]
4evrBeginR Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
Keith Snell has a very good series of Studies, Repertoire, and also Theory, all from Preparatory to Level 10. Snell series is inexpensive and have optional CD's.
http://www.kjos.com/sub_section.php?division=5&series=147

Also RCM materials (all instruments) are available through Federick Harris:
http://www.frederickharrismusic.com/FHMCsite/

The benefit of Celebration Series from F. Harris is that you could buy the Teacher's Handbook, which guides every piece of music through all the levels. It's particularly helpful for self-teaching or an inexperienced teachers (no substitute for a good experienced teacher, of course). One really helpful part of the Teacher's Handbook is a detailed listing of every piece of music from Grade P to Grade 10 in order of difficulty.
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#2064678 - 04/14/13 08:58 PM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: RaahulS]
Stevester Offline
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Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Jersey
4ever sums it up great.

I have been using Celebration for quite a few years now. In the future when I buy my next grade I will switch to Keith Snell. I buy a lot of Kjos material with the CD so I can get some idea how I should finish up a piece.

Celebration is nice but many of the pieces are modern and I don't want to go that route anymore. My teacher and i have passed on many of these modern pieces as we didn't see much value in learning them. In the future we are going to stick with the tried and true classical material.
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#2064696 - 04/14/13 10:17 PM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: RaahulS]
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Registered: 03/21/13
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Stevester/4evrBeginR
I didn't even need new material but after looking at the Keith Snell site I had to buy something it was so inexpensive.
I am using Alfreds all in One course (book 2) which is great but it is more chord based, and you do need to balance that with something else.
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#2072412 - 04/27/13 08:29 PM Re: Graded Piano Book For Adults? [Re: Stevester]
JazzyMac Offline
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Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 84
Originally Posted By: Stevester
4ever sums it up great.

I have been using Celebration for quite a few years now. In the future when I buy my next grade I will switch to Keith Snell. I buy a lot of Kjos material with the CD so I can get some idea how I should finish up a piece.

Celebration is nice but many of the pieces are modern and I don't want to go that route anymore. My teacher and i have passed on many of these modern pieces as we didn't see much value in learning them. In the future we are going to stick with the tried and true classical material.


Do you not want to play modern even for friends and family?
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