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#2255256 - 04/01/14 10:22 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: steveknight]
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Originally Posted By: steveknight
My main issue with Alfred's books are that they are very American centric, names of notes etc. not a problem really but most of the tunes are not familiar to Brits. British piano learning courses / books seem harder to find, anyone else find this and any suggestions ?


You're saying Brits are not familiar with Loch Lomond, Danny Boy, and Morning Has Broken? Nor Brahams' Lullaby nor Pomp and Circumstance?

I know that citizens of the US may not always have the broadest world view, and that the selections in the Alfred books are not always anyone's favorite, but your argument about Alfred being "American centric" is not convincing. Conversely you could also simply state that you have a preference for a more British centric method book.
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#2255814 - 04/02/14 07:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: steveknight]
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Kenneth Baker: Complete Piano Player is still available, vols. 1 to 5. I got some of mine secondhand from Abe books for a reasonable price. The pieces are 80s pop-oriented but with some classical & jazz. I do not think the theory & learning aspect is up to Alfred's standard but they are useful as a supplementary. Also, not many of the pieces are available on YouTube.
Later editions of the early vols. now have CDs, I believe.

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#2259093 - 04/09/14 11:45 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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Did anyone else find Happy Birthday to you difficult, Seems ridiculous but I'm struggling with it !

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#2259094 - 04/09/14 11:48 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: malkin]
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I'm on book one, which doesn't have a lot of what you've mentioned and yes, a Brit centric book would be good for Brits but I guess Alfred's is good for Americans. But I look forward to playing the ones you've mentioned when I get to them.

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#2259292 - 04/09/14 07:29 PM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: steveknight]
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Originally Posted By: steveknight
Did anyone else find Happy Birthday to you difficult, Seems ridiculous but I'm struggling with it !


If you notice. Every piece in Alfred's has some sort of twist to it. That's because they're trying to teach something. Focus on what they're trying to teach. Don't let it throw you thinking you're just playing the song.
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#2259458 - 04/10/14 01:30 AM Re: Alfred's Basic and ALL in One Adult Piano Course Book #1 [Re: Mark...]
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I don't know about brit/american-centric versions - i'm from Sweden. Fact is, i don't recognize many of the songs in many of the practice books i learn. But i still have fun playing them - so far about half into Alfred's first book and it's been both fun and educational smile.

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