The Bottom Line
- Lessons are paced nicely and organized in a logical sequence
- Good music selection
- Clearly illustrated
- Better to buy the book and cd combo rather than the book alone.
- First lesson book of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course.
- Comes in book only or book and cd combo.
- If you are self-studying, this book is easy to comprehend.
Guide Review - Product Review - Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Level 1 (Lesson Book)
The first half of the book tackles the basics each beginning student needs to know such as proper sitting position, the letter names of the piano keys, hand positions and note values. The lessons then proceed to the grand staff, melodic and harmonic intervals, signs and symbols used in music such as the time signature. Aside from learning how to read notes, the student will also learn how to form and play chords in different keys.
What I really love about this book is that in each lesson you are given a music piece to learn thus reinforcing the lessons you just learned. Plus the music selections are fun to play and most of it are quite familiar. Another good point about this book is that the illustrations are clearly labeled and easily understandable. Also, the notes are easy to read as it is not too small and the important points a student should keep note of are shaded in pink for quick reference. At the end of the book you will be playing a nice arrangement of "The Entertainer" and "Amazing Grace" and you will be ready for other level 1 books in the Alfred Piano Series.