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Offline evenstar749

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My husband wants to tinker at home learning piano. (I play about grade 5-6)

he does NOT want to learn my old kids books of "pop goes the weezle" and so forth. He wants "real" pieces... what ever they are. I can provide him with this sort of stuff.. I also have level 1-2 basic classical. (But this is too advanced)

he has a very good understanding of rhythm being a VERY good drummer. I would love some music for him.

Easy Easy Easy Primmer - to easy level one.
online available - not buy and wait 3 weeks for it to come he is impatient.
not "kids" stuff.

I really don't know what to ask for.
Modern songs and classical would be ok. He loves modern music

I would like to see him do some lessons, but he has such an obscure and difficult timetable that it would be very difficult to achieve I think.

anyone got anything to suggest?

many thanks.

Offline outin

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I don't think grade 1 or 2 classical is too advanced for an adult beginner. Most adults I know started with music around grade 1-3, as did myself. Imo the primer stuff is unnecessary.

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I wish he would take lessons... lol...


many thanks, I don't want to steer him in to wrong a direction. but he is so stubborn.

I have found a very basic version of the Radetsky march for him in a grade 1 classics book. Tricky timing but he should be good as that is certainly his strong point from drumming. Plus it is a bit fun and he hears it all the time at home as I play the orchestral version.

I will try him on a few of the easy-ish grade one pieces and see how we go...

Anyone have any ideas about getting easy "rock" songs. classic rock not modern pop trash.


thanks for that advice.

Sarah

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Cannot help you with rock, but one way to find easier classical pieces is to search on the music section of this site. You can search on difficulty. If you don't want to pay for gold membership and download the scores here, you can find most of them free on imslp.org.

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I wish he would take lessons... lol...


......Anyone have any ideas about getting easy "rock" songs. classic rock not modern pop trash.


thanks for that advice.

Sarah


Music notes.com has many arrangements in easy versions. You can view and listen prior to purchase.

Offline marijn1999

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Easy classical music? Here you go:

Johann Sebastian Bach:

  • Menuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114 (actually by Christian Petzold)
  • Menuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115 (also by Petzold)
  • Musette in D major BWV Anh. 126
  • Movement in F major, BWV Anh. 131


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  • Andante in C major, KV 1a
  • Allegro in C major, KV 1b
  • Allegro in F major, KV 1c
  • Minuet in G major, KV1e
  • Minuet in F major, KV 2
  • Piece in F major, KV 33B

These are really the bottom of the repertoire technically.

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Offline piano petals

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Pinterest has lots of beginner sheet music for free, many of them being adult themes.
Good luck with your search.

Offline evenstar749

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Thanks guys,

If you think it appropriate to start at level 1 stuff, then I am ok. I was going to try him on a couple of easier ones first.

but last night he managed HS the radesdsky march super easy version so we should be ok

thanks.

:-)

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I know exactly what you mean about beginner adult music! It's on my bucket list to accumulate my own resources and write an adult beginners piano course, but I'm always too busy teaching!

You may find these resources useful ...

http://www.freesheetpianomusic.com/
http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/printit_piano_sheet_music_index.htm

Offline huaidongxi

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Bartok was the national director of piano pedagogy for Hungary.  to my taste, having a restart to my playing about six months ago relying on elementary pieces, the compositions he wrote for children are far more interesting musically and rhythmically than most other kids' stuff.  your husband as drummer might appreciate BB more than most students, as BB focused on the myriad of percussive qualities in the instrument and his kids pieces focus quite a bit on developing touch, learning all the ways to control and vary the hammer strikes on the strings. many of his kids pieces are based on folk and dance tunes, coming from his ethnomusicology work throughout the Balkans. (quite a bit from one culture the german fascisti tried to completely annihilate from existence thirty years later). it's also easy to create a progressive course from bartok's works ; the kids stuff start at his 'first term at the piano' but get much more interesting and difficult going from there.  the non kids stuff would start at the first three volumes of Mikrokosmos, designed to be progressive with vol.3-4 (there are six in all) breaching the line between beginner and low intermediate.

for my spouse's beginning studies, she has Bartok's first term at the piano and excerpts from Bach's notebook for Anna Magdalena, but she loves bach.

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Perhaps Fake Books would be the go.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_book
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Offline worov

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Some easy classical pieces :













There are many others, but this should get you started.

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Perhaps Fake Books would be the go.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_book
Don't you need to understand the chord symbols, how to arrange those chords on a piano, and things of that nature?

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Don't you need to understand the chord symbols, how to arrange those chords on a piano, and things of that nature?
Yes and there are basic levels for all that and allows a lot of room for "tinkering" as the OP mentioned.
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Yes and there are basic levels for all that and allows a lot of room for "tinkering" as the OP mentioned.
The question is (what I was wondering) whether the OP's husband is familiar with those kinds of symbols.  If he is not familiar with them, then he has a learning curve, having to learn what those symbols mean, how to execute them on the piano, and how to tinker them. Whereas a piece of music that is written in a simple basic manner allows you to find one note at a time.

I learned the letter chord notation as a second thing in recent years, and it is still relatively hard. You need an understanding of what to do with those chords - it might be harder rather than easier.  If the OP's husband were a guitarist and living in the world of those chords then I'd definitely see it.

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The question is (what I was wondering) whether the OP's husband is familiar with those kinds of symbols.  If he is not familiar with them, then he has a learning curve, having to learn what those symbols mean, how to execute them on the piano, and how to tinker them. Whereas a piece of music that is written in a simple basic manner allows you to find one note at a time.

I learned the letter chord notation as a second thing in recent years, and it is still relatively hard. You need an understanding of what to do with those chords - it might be harder rather than easier.  If the OP's husband were a guitarist and living in the world of those chords then I'd definitely see it.
Why are you asking me then, you should ask the OP that question.  And everything you do has a learning curve, hes a beginner, I have suggested fake books as an option and you are questioning whether he will be able to learn from it, well of course he will be able to there are many resources to help use them! Once you learn a few chords its not hard at all and much easier than music that is totally written out, I have taught many beginners from fake books, it is dead easy, maybe you just have little experience with it in that light keypeg.
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The person in question is already playing from ordinary notation, which tells us he can read notation.  Fake book notation would be a new skill in various aspects.

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The person in question is already playing from ordinary notation, which tells us he can read notation.  Fake book notation would be a new skill in various aspects.
Why are you suggesting learning a new skill is something to avoid, there is no logic in that.
So you are saying the learning curve for a beginner to use a Fake book would be waaaay too great to even bother with and it should not even be an option because there are too many news skills to learn? He is a beginner so should happily learn the beginner skills requires to tackle fake books. If you are so confident that all these "new skills in various aspects" are too much you would list out all of these skills you think would hinder them.
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