Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The New, Easy and Fun Way to Teach Yourself to Play( Book & CD) (Abpl)

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  1. sgeise "sgeise" says:
    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pleased with it, August 10, 2009
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    sgeise “sgeise” (South West Fl United States) –
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    This review is from: Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The New, Simple and Fun Way to Teach Yourself to Play( Book & CD) (Abpl) (Paperback)

    A small about me. I’m a middle aged frustrated musician. I have tried different methods and different instuments over the years, only to fail miserably. That said, I chose to get this course and start right from the begining again. I use an ancient Yamaha keyboard to practice on. I’m about 1/2 done with this book, and I’m having excellent results for a change. My information to others is to take it nice and slow, and do a couple of lessons at a time until you have them down cold. I used to try and burn through books like these in the past, and by no means developed solid fundamentals. A music teacher would by no means say to do as much of a book as you could before the next lesson. I’ve finally learned some patience.

    One of the reasons I chose this course over “Learn to play the Keyboard” courses is that so many of the Keyboard courses seemed to be teaching how to manipulate the Keyboard to sound fantastic while playing music similar to what’s found in those “EZ-Play” music books. Then too, so many courses were of the “miracle” variety. Meaning, they teach you how to play a few songs rapidly, but don’t give you much to build on. I know Alfred’s courses have been around more years than me, and teaches fundamentals. The study guides are written cleary, plainly, and to the point.

    About the CD, what the higher than reviewers said is accurate. The musician on the CD is using an electronic keyboard. So am I, sometimes I set my keyboard to sound the same as the CD. Either way, I haven’t seen it as a problem myself, but then, I have been exposed to playing music (not very well) over the years too. So I guess that’s something to consider if you have no music experience at all. Offhand, I reckon they did the CD this way to make the course more fun.

    There really is no substitute for face to face lessons. If that’s not feasable, this course will get you where you want to go.

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  2. S. Foster says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Book!, November 11, 2009
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    S. Foster
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    This review is from: Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The New, Simple and Fun Way to Teach Yourself to Play( Book & CD) (Abpl) (Paperback)

    I really went to Boarder’s to look at the “culture to play piano” books because I wanted to be able to flip through them in person. After looking through literally ALL of the books, I chose on this one and was so excited that I didn’t wait to go home and order it on Amazon.com. I bought it then an there (even though I like Amazon).

    I took piano lessons for a few years 30 years ago. I have always wanted to get back into it and even bought a key board a few years ago since I couldn’t afford a piano, I just could by no means find the right book and didn’t have time to take actual lessons.

    This book is EXCELLENT!!! From the very beginning, the lessons are clear, precise, simple to know and continue to progress to an advanced level. The lessons take you a baby step at a time but quickly enough to where you want to keep playing because you really start to hear yourself playing music. It’s is awesome! And I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t feel excited to go home a practice because I really feel and hear myself playing the piano and not just doing monotonous piano exercises.

    This is fantastic for beginners or for anyone looking to start playing again and need to re-fresh their skills. I’m reading music and playing the piano. What a fantastic feeling. This book is perfect!

    I don’t have a CD player next to my keyboard to take note to the CD so I can’t rate that yet but so far I have not needed it and the songs that you are culture in the book you have most likely heard before so you can tell if it sounds on-track or not.

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  3. Raymond C. Atkins says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Unique course for culture well loved music, November 12, 2009
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    Raymond C. Atkins (framingham, ma United States) –
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    This review is from: Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The New, Simple and Fun Way to Teach Yourself to Play( Book & CD) (Abpl) (Paperback)

    Like a number of other adults with the ambition to play the piano, I have bought several “how to” beginning piano books. Most claim to make the study of playing the piano “simple and enjoyable.” Few live up to that claim.

    Now but, Alfred Publishing has introduced the “Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course.” which, I judge, honestly lives up to that assertion.

    The authors (Manus and Palmer) as well as most students know that culture to play the piano takes patience, practice, knowledge and a like of music. These come together in developing the proper piano playing skills. These skills can be clarified and taught in such a way that a firm foundation is built. With the right approach, the student understands, can follow the instructions, enjoys the process and sees the progress. This course offers just such an approach and provides the instructional tools necessary for the beginning adult piano student.

    The course consists of a book and CD, but its uniqueness resides in the structure of the course and the inclusion of a “study guide” for each music page. The course follows a step-by-step process, with the study guides explaining in clear and simple language the “How and Why” for properly completing each step.

    In using the course, I was reminded of Albert Einstein’s quote; “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler” I reckon the Alfred establishment has come close to achieving this with their new book.

    This is a unique course for culture well loved music. I highly recommend it.

    R.C. Atkins

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