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Offline gateauxfruits

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Which book to use for piano teaching?
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:16:14 PM »
Hello, I am an *advanced* level piano student (not professional, classic piano, but I can find my way around it ^^)

I have a dear friend who is 22 years old, and who thinks that it is too late to learn how to play piano, and I want to prove him wrong.

I want to teach him piano, only the basic theory and the practical but easy techniques..

I've been searching for beginner books and I've found the Faber series and the Alfred's series from William Palmer...

But I really can't decide which ones are better, and the reviews are certainly not helping me..

Does anyone know these books, and can you recommend me one out of the two? I need books that are simple enough for me to fully comprehend and explain to him - and for him to understand them as well, but who do explain all the necessary components of piano learning.

Thank you very much, I hope to get a response soon enough! ^^

Offline lilla

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Re: Which book to use for piano teaching?
«Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 06:36:09 PM »
Both methods include adult books.  I would use one of those.  I've used both.  I think the Alfred leans more towards eventual lead sheet playing, while the Faber adult book is more general.  But they are both good and comprehensive. Perhaps consider which of those goals you'd lean towards and choose that book.

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Re: Which book to use for piano teaching?
«Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 08:19:52 PM »
Just start with one of those books and your student can learn everything the book has to offer. From then on he can continue with whatever interests him. Don't limit yourself to one book or method, one book might be good for one student but not for another.
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Offline dianebrowns

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«Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 12:44:14 AM »
How to play the piano is one of my biggest dream when I was a kid. But the only thing that I did was learning and playing it through the help of my friend also. My friend referred me this website, http://www.pianoforbeginners.net, and when I visited it, I just purchased the piano lesson. So, I think this is also best for your friend. Just try it. :)

Offline kevin69

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Re: Which book to use for piano teaching?
«Reply #4 on: November 16, 2013, 04:29:58 AM »
I started playing piano about a year ago as a 43 year old adult.
I've been using the alfred all-in-one book and have finished the main course but not the supplementary pieces in book one. I'd recommend the book as having pieces that i have enjoyed playing and the pace of learning felt about right to me.

The alfred book doesn't have much advice on how to practice effectively: i've found what works for me through trial and error and the internet.

Why does your friend think 22 is too old?

Offline echristensen

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Re: Which book to use for piano teaching?
«Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 02:14:43 AM »
I agree with all of the above comments. I tend to use the Faber methods books for the most part but it does very much depend on your goals. Also, at www.musikalessons.com we get students who are 22, 32 and older all the time and many of these older students make progress very quickly, it just depends on their level of dedication and commitment to practice.