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#2167071 - 10/16/13 08:47 AM Help w/ books?
Puru94 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/13
Posts: 1
Hey guys,
I took some piano classes around 2-3 years ago for a period of 1-1.5 years, then had to stop because of college. I'm a med-student, and I really wanna get back into it. Sadly, time constraints of medicine force me to go into self-teaching.
When I took classes, I was taught with the Alfred's Adult Piano course (3 books), I completed around 2-2.5 books. Then I kinda really reduced my practice due to pressure etc so you could say that in a sense I am starting all over again.
I need some novelty to keep me going or I'll won't feel like it so, I wanted to ask a few experts for their advice on some good books I can use? You can think of me as an older beginner. I am good still good enough at playing, but my notation reading has gone down the drain.

This John Thompson, Piano Adventures, or graded books etc etc I have been googling the past few days has got me confused. Needed some clarity.

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#2167242 - 10/16/13 03:05 PM Re: Help w/ books? [Re: Puru94]
Bobpickle Offline

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Loc: Cameron Park, California
Originally Posted By: Puru94
Sadly, time constraints of medicine force me to go into self-teaching.


More often than not, this is fallacious thinking. I find a lot of teachers are very understanding and accommodating of those with busy adult lives. Even if it's once every two weeks or a month, lessons still have value in keeping you on track towards your goals. So long as you can practice regularly (preferably daily), even if for but no more than 10-20 minutes, then "lack of time" is more often an excuse than a reality. Hopefully this doesn't come across as rude; I'm just trying to help you see your options likely aren't as limited as you may think.

Read more here on the real value of having a teacher - however often it may be.


Edited by Bobpickle (10/16/13 03:07 PM)

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#2167248 - 10/16/13 03:19 PM Re: Help w/ books? [Re: Bobpickle]
alans Offline
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 82
Puru94 you might want to try the Faber higher level books, they
are called Piano Adventures and they have two books which are an accelerated Adult course. I find the series really easy to
follow. I've tried Leila Fletcher and I've tried John Thompson
and others and I didn't find the flow to be that easy. The Piano Adventures takes you to a good place in a straight-forward manner. Since you have had some experience, I would browse through a music store and see which book level is most appropriate for you. As said above, a little practise can go a long way. Sometimes as adults I think we only see the big picture and want it all, breaking practise into little segments can really be useful.

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#2167252 - 10/16/13 03:31 PM Re: Help w/ books? [Re: Puru94]
Mark Polishook Offline
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Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 674
Loc: Leicester, UK
Puru94,

If you have time constraints then you definitely need a teacher. Because self-teaching at the beginning of the piano journey isn't efficient. Even if you take piano class in which you're one of a million other students (at the university where you're studying medicine) you're better of than self-teaching. As BP has pointed out there are teachers out there who will understand your situation. Find one of them and you'll be all set.

Hope this is helpful.

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#2167606 - 10/17/13 08:26 AM Re: Help w/ books? [Re: Puru94]
Morodiene Offline
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Registered: 04/06/07
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Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Originally Posted By: Puru94
Hey guys,
I took some piano classes around 2-3 years ago for a period of 1-1.5 years, then had to stop because of college. I'm a med-student, and I really wanna get back into it. Sadly, time constraints of medicine force me to go into self-teaching.
When I took classes, I was taught with the Alfred's Adult Piano course (3 books), I completed around 2-2.5 books. Then I kinda really reduced my practice due to pressure etc so you could say that in a sense I am starting all over again.
I need some novelty to keep me going or I'll won't feel like it so, I wanted to ask a few experts for their advice on some good books I can use? You can think of me as an older beginner. I am good still good enough at playing, but my notation reading has gone down the drain.

This John Thompson, Piano Adventures, or graded books etc etc I have been googling the past few days has got me confused. Needed some clarity.


I also recommend getting a teacher because they can help you make the most out of your limited practice time. Even if it's just 15 minutes a day you can make considerable progress in your piano development if you practice efficiently. My guess is that previous attempts at piano you were not efficient and that is the real reason you stopped, not necessarily because of time constraints.

Piano playing is fun when you can do it. When you are not practicing efficiently, however, then you will not be able to do it and not make progress. With inefficient and inconsistent practice, each time you sit down at the piano you will be redoing what you did the last time you were able to sit down, and very little if any progress will be made out of that session - so 2 sessions with little to nothing learned. With that kind of return on investment many people end up quitting and thinking they just needed more time.

In actuality, all is needed is the information on how to make the best of what time you can devote, and do make sure you do so every day no matter what. If you miss a day, it will be a bit of a hurdle to overcome the lack of progress you will feel when you do sit back down again. If you miss two days, the hurdle will be bigger. Sometimes it can't be helped, and you will have to just bite the bullet for a while and understand that you will be reviewing already learned things that you forgot.

If you do decide to get a teacher, please, please, practice just as they tell you in your lessons! I can't tell you how many students I have that don't even read the assignment sheets I give them and decide they're going to practice the same way they always do - play the piece form start to finish a couple of times. This way of practicing is not efficient and will limit your progress.
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