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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 1

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 1


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    60 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 1

    1. Maddy

      The kindle does not have the cultural awareness update

      The kindle version does not have the cultural awareness update…

    2. JoeDanna

      Very Helpful

      This book is very helpful step-by-step and I’m glad I purchased it.

    3. Judy Abbott

      Anyone can play the piano

      I took piano as a child and decided to take it up again now that I’m retired. My piano teacher requires this book. I am remembering reading music and doing well on the exercises and songs. It was just what I needed to get me back to playing right away!

    4. T.F.T.F.

      A very complete book for the older kids to learn the piano 🎹.

      This is a complete piano lessons book for the kids that are a little bit older and are really interested in playing music 🎼 right away. This book includes theory and many common tunes that the students can learn quickly.

      16 people found this helpful

    5. lily

      great beginner book

      well organized, great for self study.

    6. jeremiah

      Great for kids

      My son did well with this book in a class.

    7. Tina C.

      It’s a good book but it moves really slow – it’s good …

      I had about 1.5 years of instruction about twenty years ago so I’m definitely really rusty. However, this book was a little too basic for me. It’s a good book but it moves really slow – it’s good for complete beginners in that sense, I suppose. The older beginner seems to refer to teenager/adult learners than have never had any instruction in piano. It’s good at explaining the concepts in a understandable and succinct way though.

      6 people found this helpful

    8. notes4words

      Overall a solid method

      This is a good piano method for older beginners, about 4th grade and up. It would be helpful for students to have some sort of basic knowledge about how music works, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Students will not progress as quickly in this method as in the primer level, but they will gain a much deeper knowledge level of music and piano overall by the time they finish this book.Some of the vocabulary is very antiquated – I skip over that. Semi-quaver? That’s the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

      8 people found this helpful

    9. rawlins joseph

      Accelerated piano adventures

      Great product, very helpful for music learning

    10. MomOfMomo

      And the Piano Adventures Player app for iPads and iPhones is terrific! (I think it’s available for Android as well

      I played piano for 6 years as a kid and want to pick it up again as an adult. This book fits my needs perfectly. It covers reading notes, understanding timing, chords, and other music theory. The songs give you appropriate practice for each new concept presented. And the Piano Adventures Player app for iPads and iPhones is terrific! (I think it’s available for Android as well, but I haven’t tried it.) It includes a series of videos that accompany the material in the book. It’s like having private piano lessons!

      5 people found this helpful

    11. Mengyu L.

      Good book for teacher

      Great for my students

    12. Ann Anderson

      Good starter book for older piano students

      Good beginners book for older student – I teach piano. Good resource.

    13. Joan Hager

      Quick delivery

      Arrived on time and exactly what the piano teacher ordered.

    14. D.C.M.

      Not a Good self teaching piano book

      I was looking for a way to teach myself piano. I had taken piano 15 yrs ago for 18 mo as an adult and have not played since. Anyway I returned this book and bought Alfred’s Self Teaching Adult Piano Course. It is really good. Well thought out and with thorough instruction and guidance with some corny enthusiasm thrown in!Do not bother with this book if you are trying to learn on your own!

      One person found this helpful

    15. maddog13

      too easy for me

      it is really okay for people with no piano experience

    16. Luis

      Book pax

      great quality product

    17. Marianella Villanueva

      Great book to learn as an adult without the kiddy intro

      Great book for adult beginners.

    18. mepperson


      I love teaching from the Faber Piano Adventures books – and when my friend contacted me about learning piano, I purchased this for her birthday! The “Older Beginner” books are great for just that; as an older beginner, the material can be presented and comprehended in more complex and entertaining forms. Instead of having to pick up books that were designed for very young elementary school children and their level of comprehension, this book is great at teaching an ‘old dog’ new tricks!

      5 people found this helpful

    19. Kindle Customer

      Great for returning adults

      I haven’t played piano in over a decade and was thrilled to start again. But I was also dismayed to discover that it’s not quite like riding a bike…I couldn’t remember everything about it, and I no longer have the books I used when I was a kid. Happily, this series exists! It moves quickly and has interesting pieces earlier in the book than other books I looked at.I would highly recommend this book to adults who are getting back in the habit of playing but can’t remember a darned thing.

      55 people found this helpful

    20. Nikcole Zamarripa

      It arrived quick

      It’s exactly what I need.

    21. Jamie O’Malley

      Textbook for applied music class.

      If you are practicing under the tutelage of an experienced piano player and you are indeed an adult, then this book is for you. I did not have a choice as it is required for class, but it turns out to be a wise choice all the same. The progression is fairly simple and easy to perform after enough practice, but also tricky for beginners who must develop left/right brain coordination to play more complicated pieces. This book will take you there in simple terms of learning how to play the piano without dumbing it down to child like prose and unnecessary repetition as children often need to keep their attention. The practices are short and sweet, and prepare you well in their simplicity.You may not know it from the first week of practicing, but by the end of the book you will know a lot of music theory and technique to take you to the next (in my case class) level. My only gripe is that other texts use darkened/filled keys representation for tricky fingering techniques like hand shifts, and some illustrations of these would ease the practice part when the teacher is not there to correct me easier.Other then that, great textbook.

      3 people found this helpful

    22. sorrowsangel89

      I was hoping for something a little different

      I taught myself piano when I was 9 years old, but I haven’t ever really had lessons or properly learned how to play the piano. I already knew how to read music, and where all the keys were on the piano, so with this book, and after reading the reviews on it, I was hoping to learn the techniques for playing piano, and how to put together the treble and bass clef staffs, but this book spends the first half of the book explaining the basics of music and where all the notes are on each key. I guess that would probably be great for someone who doesn’t know anything about the piano, but I feel like a lot of it is just explaining stuff I already know. I was hoping that with the title “Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner” I would get to learn things I never learned when I was younger. But still, it is a good book. I would suggest it still to anyone looking to learn more about piano.

      6 people found this helpful

    23. Mowsart

      Great books!

      Love these books! I’ve been a pianist for 50 years and decided to try to teach my grandson. These books and my grandsons love of music have been a big hit. His parents are very impressed. The book flows very well and the accompaniments are great.

    24. Sienna Ottenbreit

      5 stars for seller, but not for content

      This specific book series falls short, in my opinion, in comparison to Faber’s other books. The content moves at a strange pace, and covers certain topics in a weird order. I much prefer using their adult beginner book for teens and adults starting piano, and the regular series for kids below teen age.

    25. Christy J


      Easy to follow. As an adult who hasn’t played in a LONG time, this is exactly what I was looking for to get back to playing.

      2 people found this helpful

    26. DMac

      Nice to have a book geared toward students 10 years and older

      Worked well for my students. Very concise, but thorough, explanation of how to read music, reminders of the Bass and Treble Clefs as the F Clef and G Clefs, respectively. Students used this to review sight-reading and was a great first book for the older beginner (middle schooler).

    27. dhoped123

      Great for self teaching

      My daughter has been playing the violin for about three years, and she was interested in starting to learn the piano. We bought this book so she could teach herself some of the basics, mostly because we weren’t ready to spring for more music lessons right now. This book is excellent for a beginner. The tutorials are simple and clear, and the pieces are fun to play.For any parents looking to do this, I would recommend checking in periodically to quiz and instruct the child. My daughter understands the lessons in the book, but she tends to shortcut things if I don’t check in. I also think this approach makes sense for an older child, or for a younger child with a few years of musical experience.

      47 people found this helpful

    28. Angela J Sorgenfrei


      This book was recommended by my 13 year old’s piano teacher who is schooled in classical piano. She finds this easy to follow and easily understood but not easy or boring.

    29. nour

      Recommend this book.

      This book is really good for beginners I really recommend it

    30. Sofia GF

      Great for kids too

      My daughter has been playing violin since 4to, and now at 5.5 we gave in and added piano. The first teacher we tried gave her a baby book with colored pictures and music for separate hands. We switched, and the new teacher told us to buy this book. It has been 3 classes, but I can already see it is an excellent choice for my daughter.

      7 people found this helpful

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    32. Barbara T.

      Just a FYI: this is a Non-US version

      This version uses slightly different terminology than the US version. Not a big deal, but if I’d realized, I’d have bought the US version (that matched the instructor’s).PS: The lessons are easy to understand and follow while containing lots of information. I would recommend.

      3 people found this helpful

    33. Barbara RaneyBarbara Raney

      Simple and informative.

      Great beginner book. Very informative. If you’re learning to read music for the first time, it’s set up very well. There’s a glossary in the back, also.

      8 people found this helpful

    34. Isaac M.

      Great for adult learners

      For anyone who is an adult like me with no musical background, this book has great material to get you started with reading music.

      2 people found this helpful

    35. Bumblebee Adams

      Great for kids too!

      Piano is complex. Especially when just starting out. Ther are so many different things to concentrate on. Beginners need a book that progresses slowly. This is that book. Despite its title, the “Faber accelerated piano book for the older beginner” is not accelerated. For instance it moves much more slowly than the bastion beginner book. It gives the beginner more opportunity to learn many of the different aspects of piano playing without having to struggle with reading music that is too difficult. And it’s great for kids too.

      7 people found this helpful

    36. Kissell

      A good traditional solid entry level, but enjoy Synthesia a lot more and find it more useful for my goals.

      It’s a good book… I kinda was looking for more of a step by step lesson plan that would have me with some solid basics by the time I got to the end… instead this isn’t as rigid as that… it’s like “here’s how you read notes on a staff, and here’s a simple song to play” and yes, that’s definitely a good lesson, but there’s no way I could be a master of that lesson after completing the lesson, so just have to repeat and repeat over and over the same really simple boring lesson before feeling really comfortable with moving forward… and really, I’m more interested in being able to play a song from memory that reading sheet music as I play… so Synthesia is really a better tool for me that I have more fun with and gets me the results I want. While this is a great starting foundation, the foundation is based on the old style sheet music which is kinda like teaching someone to read an analogue clock… sure it’s nice and all, but it’s not necessary, and at the end of the day I have no progress towards playing in front of other people, just progress towards a good traditional solid foundation.

      3 people found this helpful

    37. Robin C.

      This is a good lesson book.

      I started my 23 year old student on the lesson, theory, technic and performance book. The song are mostly recognized. He loves his lessons and enjoys the series, thus he is doing well!

      2 people found this helpful

    38. Kimberly Church

      Arrived quick

      Arrived quickly and exactly as described.

    39. Burton, OH

      Watch out for “International Version” when ordering

      I normally love the Accelerated “for the older beginner” book to start with anyone 7 years and up, HOWEVER, I did not realize I was ordering the “International version”. It’s going to be okay–the songs are the same, but they call whole notes “semibreves”, half notes “minims”, and quarter notes “crotchets”, for example. It has the terms we use as Americans under it, but unless you are from a country that uses those other terms, why confuse new students with foreign terms? My review for the non-International version would be: I have taught piano for over 20 years, and Faber’s Piano Adventures is my favorite series I’ve ever taught out of. The only book in the series I’m not thrilled with is their primer book, so unless my student is very young, I use this Accelerated version “for the older beginner”. I use it for first or second graders even. It gets you into reading notes on the staff by the second lesson. It’s very well done and the songs are as musical as they can be at the level. I highly recommend this for a new student unless they are very young.

      19 people found this helpful

    40. frugalmommy

      Great book for jumping in and getting going on piano

      This is my favorite book for teaching piano to older kids, especially those who already know a little about music, can play piano a little, or just learn really quickly (my favorite for younger/slower students is Celebrate Piano). It still starts slower than I’d like – I like to get my students playing a song they like first, and start filling in the details second, but it starts them up and gets them going faster than any other method I’ve tried, and fits in all the important concepts, too. (Other books/methods I’ve tried and don’t like as much: John Thompson, Alfred’s, Peanuts, Usborne, Bastien, Schaum) Something I especially like about all the Faber books is that they never tie notes to a particular finger or hand position, and the right and left hand start playing together from the getgo. This avoids a lot of slowdown and temptation to quit later on. Also, in this Accelerated course, they don’t waste any time playing on the black keys, as they do in the regular-speed Primer level books. The Lesson book is meant to be used as part of a set of books, but this book alone is sufficient for students on a tight budget.

      27 people found this helpful

    41. Emilia ValenciaEmilia Valencia

      It’s good

      I liked the book. It is really helping me to become better at playing piano.

      One person found this helpful

    42. carla

      Works good

      I played for several years when I was younger. This book has helped me remember which keys are which I’ve gotten very rusted.

    43. Lighthouse Rita

      Great Piano Book for the Older Beginner

      Great book. I am 63 years old and have been trying to teach myself to play the piano. The find the Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner the best that I have used. It is simple to follow and the songs are fun to play. I also bought the theory book to reinforce what I am learning and love that as well. I would highly recommend this series to any older beginner.

      18 people found this helpful

    44. schanteuse1

      This is the Book Series for the Older Beginner!

      These books (Lesson Book, Theory Book, Technique Book, Performance Book and Sightreading Book) are perfect for the older beginner, age 10 and up. They have really appealing songs that challenge but don’t overwhelm. No horrible children’s drawings accompany the material, as there are in some other method books. I recommend all the books as they really reinforce concepts and skills, each approaching the learning from a different, specific angle, but all working together so effectively and enjoyably.

      29 people found this helpful

    45. Dreyna

      Good book for adults.

      My piano teacher recommended this book since I am an adult. I had no previous piano experience and the last time I read music for guitar was when I was a teenager. I am enjoying following the lessons and find it easy to understand with just enough challenge.

      30 people found this helpful



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    47. Mary

      Good book for players

      Teacher recommended, my son plays well, easy to learn

    48. mia2608

      best piano book

      my teacher says this is the best piano book!

    49. Kay Meyer

      Highly recommend

      Great for the older DIY beginner. The videos are instructive, and the background music is much better to practice with than a metronome. I highly recommend this.

      One person found this helpful

    50. Keeyana

      Easy to understand as an adult learner

      Great book to learn with as an adult. Very easy to understand

    51. Michelle Mayer

      Great starter for the late beginner

      I give lessons to children, and have used different methods; this summer I have older beginners, and have started them with “It’s Never Too Late To Learn Piano..”. It’s a fine book, but recently my niece came home from college and asked me for lessons. She is a relative and gets her lessons for free, so I decided it was time to experiment on her with a new series. I really like this one; it is not as dry, and I like the included teacher duets. I have been using the Faber supplements for some time for recital pieces, and was excited to learn that these books complement this series.

      11 people found this helpful

    52. Gwen T. Jorgensen

      Great, for the young teen- adult beginners.

      This is great for the teen, through the adult beginner. I love how it combines the theory and some technique, with the curriculum. The pieces have a broad generational appeal, and my older students do well with this as their core book, in the beginning.

    53. Sumbul

      Good book and fast delivery

      Needed book for my son’s piano class. Arrived home in just about a day.

    54. Barbara Monte


      My adult son who has taken up piano to help with stress after cancer diagnosis has taken to the way this book teaches and is making advancement in leaps and bounds and us getting an excellent foundation in music.

      One person found this helpful

    55. Anonymous from Oregon

      This is a great lesson book

      This is a great lesson book, one of my favorites ever, (and I have been teaching piano for 20 years.) I would recommend it highly for ages 9 and up. Very ambitious 8-year-olds can also try it. I love using it with teen and adult beginners especially. Many of the adult books go too quickly for complete beginners, unless they have played piano or another instrument before, in my opinion. I like the pacing of this one…not too fast or too slow.

      8 people found this helpful

    56. Joshua G.

      Great practice series for the beginner

      My 10 year old ordered this at his piano teacher’s request. He loves working his way through the book and discovering songs he’s heard of before.

    57. Prez

      Good book

      good so far

    58. Burton, OH

      Great Way to Start Great Series

      I’ve been teaching piano lessons for over 25 years, and I use this all the time for my beginning students from 7 or 8 years old and up. I only use the non-accelerated version for students who are younger or have learning difficulties. I don’t care for the Faber primer. It takes way too long to get kids reading music on the staff. All the other Faber books are great! This version gets you going reading notes on the staff much earlier.

      34 people found this helpful

    59. N. R. Early Byron

      Faber Accelerated Book 1 is Perfect

      As a piano teacher, I’ve used Faber piano method books for many years. It is the best series by far. However, for some students, primer/level 1/level 2 can progress a bit too slowly. That’s why Older Beginner book 1 accelerated is a great fit for most students ages 11 and up. It also works for high-ability beginners as young as 9.

      72 people found this helpful

    60. Suzy R.

      Learn what you need to know for the long road

      This book is great pared with the Theory book by the same title and authors. I am learning ways to play that will help me in the long run, practicing what I will be doing in the future but on an easier scale- building good habits at the beginning!

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 2

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 2


    SKU: 1616772107 Category:

    60 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Lesson Book 2

    1. K. Brooks

      WONDERFUL for older beginners

      I’ve been teaching piano for 15 years and just recently came across this series. I had a high school student start taking lessons earlier this year and I decided to try the series with her. I’m totally sold on these now. The tunes are great and the teacher duets make the pieces so much fun in lessons. I felt it was great for someone who is past the cute-colored-pictures books age. Highly recommend. A prior review talked bad about this product, but it’s not that the product is bad. This is the “ACCELERATED piano adventure” series- not the regular “piano adventure” series which they were looking for.

      13 people found this helpful

    2. Barbara B.

      Excellent Beginning Piano Book

      This is one of the best piano books for the older beginner. Excellent book to learn from for sure!

      2 people found this helpful

    3. johnnyd713

      An excelent series for kids and adults!

      The faber advanced beginner series has been great. I just finished the first book and have started the second. I love the selection or songs from jazz to classical and even a Spanish song I’ve only heard on guitar before: malagueña. It’s a great series even if you’re an adult like me.

    4. Keeyana

      Yes! Just buy it

      Excellent book to learn from. I am thoroughly enjoying myself. It is very simple, love it!

      One person found this helpful

    5. margamarga


      Great book!

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    7. Amazon Customer

      For the serious tween too!!!

      My son takes his piano lessons seriously. His teacher suggested switching to Faber adult books. I’m glad we made the change. These books are helping him advance on his piano technique, and theory.

      3 people found this helpful

    8. Jarita

      Exactly what we needed.

      Exactly what we needed and had quick shipping.

    9. TLC

      Great piano series for beginners.

      Great series of books for beginners. My son is currently using this particular book and enjoys it. The difficulty level is just about right for him, and he’s been playing about half a year now. The first book was great too!

      4 people found this helpful

    10. Ali

      Great adult learning program

      each song/page presents new info, so not a book you “fly through”, but need to work diligently on that one piece and understand the concept because the next song will build on it.

      One person found this helpful


      Piano teacher recommended.

      Piano teacher recommended. Great for mastering techniques and learning new skills. A lot of piano teachers and music schools recommend and have these.

      2 people found this helpful

    12. Kathy K

      Five Stars


    13. Norma trevino


      It’s clear

    14. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars


    15. Dee Dee

      5 stars earned!

      I definitely recommend to piano players who want get back into the groove or want a better challenge. Great for pianists of all ages!

      3 people found this helpful

    16. Al

      I like the exercises and the songs and the fact that …

      I like the exercises and the songs and the fact that they are almost all ones that I have known all these years.

      One person found this helpful

    17. Pastor B

      A well implemented vision for teaching piano to adults

      The book is well made. It stays open well on the piano. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but if it’s as good as the first volume it’s going to be excellent!

      One person found this helpful

    18. Ruth A. Reece

      Excellent buy

      Very well written for the older learner. Would recommend the series for the older learner. I am buying the whole series

      2 people found this helpful

    19. Danielle

      Great Book for the older beginner

      I am a piano teacher and use this book for students that are 12 and older and starting piano. It’s perfect for them!

      3 people found this helpful

    20. good luck

      It’s brandly new

      I love this book. I ordered a used book. But the book I got is very new. I like the hymn book as well. Thanks!

      One person found this helpful

    21. Crissy 63

      Piano Lessons

      Good starting piano lesson book. I bought it for college but had to sell it back to my teacher it was to easy I was a very fast learner had natural talent she said. so I only used it for 1 lesson. Great book no falt to the book.

      One person found this helpful

    22. Danielle

      Nice price

      My daughter loves this book.

      3 people found this helpful

    23. Em Elliott

      You get what you pay for

      Didn’t realize how much it was written in, but it was used and I did know that.

    24. Elizabeth Tipping

      Great piano lesson series

      My son is learning so quickly with these piano books! A fantastic series.

    25. Love History

      Fantastic for adults!

      Great book for older beginners!

    26. Tony

      Good price on a needed item.

      Just what my daughter needed to continue her piano lessons.

      One person found this helpful

    27. Little Bear

      Good series. The students can move slowly with these …

      Good series. The students can move slowly with these books and you can supplement with other music materials for teaching.

    28. kate

      Great book for adult learners

      I completed the first edition of this book and enjoyed the variety of selections and the method used. I’m only half way through this edition, but it makes learning to play the piano easy and fun.

      One person found this helpful

    29. TDubs

      Excellent series. We have been using this with our …

      Excellent series. We have been using this with our kids. They like the books and they’re doing a great job learning to play.

    30. Amazon Customer

      Four Stars

      This book works well for the older student.

    31. Burton, OH

      Outstanding series

      As a piano teacher of more than a quarter of a century, the Faber series is my favorite I’ve ever used. Unless the child is in 2nd grade or lower, I usually start them with the Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner. Between Book 1 & 2 of the Older Beginner series, it covers the primer through 2B material at a little faster pace and then jumps back into the regular series at 3A.

      5 people found this helpful

    32. K. OMalley

      description was not accurate

      The description was not accurate or informative enough on this product. It appears to be lessons 2 and 2a into one book, it is not. It does not match the theory book and is for accelerated students. I did not get what I thought I had ordered.

      2 people found this helpful

    33. amlouis

      Very good book for adult learners!

      I’m an adult learner, familiar with reading music as a singer, and this book is great! It’s not too simple and not too challenging either. I’m doing virtual lessons right now and it’s made me feel very accomplished very quickly.

    34. Hoan

      Not much to say here.

      Good for people who want to play the piano.

    35. Rachel Dickey

      Much better than 2A

      I am not particularly fond of the pieces in the 2A Faber and Faber Lesson book. This book is more complete and gives the student and teacher so many more choices to teach one concept or to practice a concept with the variety of styles and the sheer length of the book. I have started using it with all of my middle of 1-2A students. Highly recommend

      One person found this helpful

    36. Vijay

      Good book but very late delivery

      Good book but very late delivery

    37. Norman

      Good book follows well after book one

      Ideal used by my grandson age 11 following on from book one

    38. Kelsey S.

      Amazing book!!

      I love this book. I’m 16 and have just started piano and I’m progressing really quickly with this. The pieces are so fun to play and sound great so when you master them the sense of gratification is so good. I didn’t have the book 1 I just went straight onto this book 2 and I’m really enjoying it and finishing it challenging but not impossible which is good! Such a good price also as some Hal Leonard books of a similar sort are much more expensive.

      One person found this helpful

    39. Pandy

      Good book

      Definitely worth is for my daughter.

    40. Francisco RodríguezFrancisco Rodríguez

      TAL CUAL

      Es tal cual se ve. La entrega fue rápida y se entrego en perfectas condiciones. Todo genial. Recomiendo 100X100 el vendedor.

    41. Michael Fraunberger

      Just the right level of difficulty

      If only I used it more!

    42. Monica M.



    43. C. Ortiz

      Great book & song selection

      I love Faber piano books. In general they tend to be formatted comprehensively and sequentially, allowing the student to build upon what they already know and what they are learning. Plus, I’m working on this book with a student and we both have enjoyed the song selections.

    44. Valeria

      Great Book

      Not much to say these books are very consistent with their great quality, 10/10

    45. james

      Learning to play piano

      The book is easy to learn, it teaches you how to read music.

    46. Paola

      I play the piano.

      I love these books! I had books1 and they were amazing, too! I’ve been taking my lessons with my piano teacher through zoom, because of her location, and the books are super easy to navigate even when we can’t be in person, so I’m loving books2 as well.

      One person found this helpful

    47. Niagrace

      A great piano book in the time of Covid-19.

      This is a great book that is helping progress in my playing and music reading. Since Covid, I havent been able to have in persons, and zoom lessons dont work for me. This is one of the books that is keeping me going.

      One person found this helpful

    48. Samy

      Great buy!

      Very good book for learners! My daughters piano teacher recommended it! Love to see my daughter play by reading musical notes from this book!

    49. dbs

      A fun variety of music to learn

      This is a great book for getting the basics skills of piano. The pieces are simple but there is a good variety of styles of music, so I am getting exposed to a variety of techniques. They are fun pieces to play, so I feel motivated. As the pieces become more complicated, I feel confident in my progress.

      2 people found this helpful

    50. yan guixin


      I bought it for my daughter, this is a very good elementary piano textbook, very suitable!

    51. Amazon Customer

      Four Stars

      only complaint not enough duets

      One person found this helpful

    52. Charlene Jensen

      Four Stars

      It’s a great addition to Book 1, especially if you have an awesome teacher.

    53. Cindy M. Mace

      Next Step

      I’m currently learning to play piano and am using Lesson Book 1. I should be advancing to this book in the near future.

    54. Amazon Customer

      Four Stars

      A little worn but I knew that it would be for the price.

    55. C. Kanzigg

      Five Stars


    56. c7

      Five Stars


    57. mbcmom

      Five Stars

      Great book.

    58. KJohn

      Great book!

      We love this book! This book made piano lesson fun, and we have so much more confidence when playing the piano.

      One person found this helpful

    59. Pastor Heather

      Five Stars


    60. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars

      Great book!

      One person found this helpful

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Performance Book 1

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    SKU: 1616772077 Category:

    53 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Performance Book 1

    1. Maria

      As described and what was needed

      Fast shipping and great product

    2. TaylorTaylor

      Simple pieces, bit boring/basic

      My background: 22 year old, been playing less than a year (true beginner).I bought this to help me improve and practice my skills as I learn to play the piano. I bought the book used but it was in great condition.The pieces are composed well and they include helpful tips and questions to keep you engaged and reaffirm your sheet reading knowledge. It’s a true beginners book, anyone with significant experience would be really bored.Why did I knock off a star? I feel there isn’t really anything special about it.I get that it’s an exercise book, but almost all the songs are included in my instruction book series (Alfred all in one lesson/theory course). They are very basic, boring pieces that you find in most instruction courses (non copyrighted generally).The two nice thing is that it includes: duets on almost all the pieces to play with your teacher (so if you are interested in that it’s a good piece to add to your collection) and : a repertoire list in the back (nice to keep track of the pieces you have mastered but tbh you could just make a list for yourself and keep it pinned up somewhere).Overall: I probably won’t even use it that much after this year. It’s good to work through once but then you probably won’t touch it again, so I wouldn’t suggest paying too much for it. Good book to write in and use as practice. Despite its title I feel that it would actually be well suited to children beginners as well (maybe 10+).That’s all she wrote: a general reminder to please leave reviews do other consumers can make smart purchases 🙂

      9 people found this helpful

    3. Jason price

      It’s okay.

      I love the FABER Piano Lesson and Performance books from the pre-reader all the way to lesson 5. These though were very disappointing and boring. They just made my adult students and older students feel blah when they played them. I don’t like the serious at all.

      One person found this helpful

    4. Maestrazim

      My favorite series for students above age 10

      The Faber series (using all 4 books – Theory, Technique and Artistry, Lesson, and Performance) are by far my favorite curriculum for older beginner students. The reason I don’t give 5 stars is that 1) does not display them together and it is VERY hard to find all 4 of the right level. It is NOT user-friendly. To the point that I ordered one set, took them to a local music store and asked them to carry it because parents could rarely get the right books without my assistance.2). There is a British version and and American version. Some students have received one, some the other. In the US, we use different words for rhythm. For example: our quarter note is a “crotchet” in Great Britain. That’s awkward to explain to a 12 year old boy!

      22 people found this helpful

    5. Lynne Bouchard

      Love the Piano Adventure series!

      I have been teaching piano for 32 years. I love the Piano Adventure Series! I use these books exclusively with my beginning students. I usually buy mine at the local music store, but they were out of one of the books last week, so I ordered with Amazon Prime and had it the next day 🙂

      One person found this helpful

    6. Kekz

      Great purchase

      Came in right away, my daughter is learning really quickly.

      One person found this helpful

    7. James Anderson

      Good music book

      I teach piano to my grandchildren ages 7 and 10. They like this publication and find it non-intimidating. The 10 year old just finished the last piece in the book and was very proud to play it to his parents. The book may be a little easy for him but it gives him some fun and relaxing pieces to play. You can’t just have challenging pieces or they will loose interest. Practice must be fun and rewarding.

      3 people found this helpful

    8. Kindle Customer

      Faber is unbelievable.

      The music books by Faber are unbelievable. I switched to Zfaberare from another Artie’s because Faber had more music theory and better compositions. Am very impressed with this series. Great for any serious student.

    9. Kindle Customer

      Love Adventures

      Using this for a new student that is 14 years old. Progresses at a quicker pace that the original version. A wonderful learning technique.

    10. nancyOR

      Great for adult beginners!

      The Faber Accelerated books for Older learners are wonderful. The pace is fast enough to be interesting for someone like me, who listens to a lot of classical and jazz music. The song selections are pretty, sometimes even beautiful — rare in a book for beginners.

      7 people found this helpful

    11. CH


      All of the books in this series are great for learning piano. The best I have found.

      One person found this helpful

    12. Molly


      Wonderful series for older beginners

    13. epic

      Super fast delivery of product

      Super fast delivery of product. This is a great beginner book for older piano learners. My son is almost 10 and he is cruising through the lessons. It keeps him interested and challenged.

      4 people found this helpful

    14. Jeanne B. Clark

      Great value

      Great value

    15. radiogaga

      Great for my older piano students

      Great for my older piano students. If you have a beginner student that is in he 5th grade or older, this is a good book to use.

      One person found this helpful

    16. Kindle-Customer

      Great book!

      Exactly what I wanted.

    17. Amy Abraham


      Great book

    18. Paula Diane Luther

      Easy to understand

      I purchased the series of Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner, Level 1. Easy to understand, but challenging. Just what I wanted to help me learn to play the piano.

      7 people found this helpful

    19. Bloomgirl5


      Good book but very easy arrangements–good for sight reading practice.

    20. Orquidlady

      My son loves it!

      My son is 9 years old.The songs are so catchy and lovely that he practiced all the songs by himself, without any teaching.I’m very happy to find a material that motivates him and makes the practice very enjoyable.

      2 people found this helpful

    21. Chris S

      Great book

      The book is great! My daughter uses it in lessons! Easy for her to use and she likes using it!

      One person found this helpful

    22. M. S. Bar

      One of three for set. Really good.

      Easy to follow on my own. Goes great with the set.

      One person found this helpful

    23. GreggB

      Five Stars

      As advertised

    24. omorris

      Five Stars

      It is a good product for a child who has had more experience with music.

    25. Patty Littleton

      Five Stars

      This is a great series, my student is enjoying this set of books.

      One person found this helpful

    26. Janet from Arizona

      Five Stars

      Great books.

    27. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars


      One person found this helpful

    28. Sheila R. Moen

      Perfect! Just what I

      Perfect! Just what I wanted

    29. george watkins

      Four Stars


    30. bluehouse

      The right book for lessons.

      Works great for my 7 year old.

      One person found this helpful

    31. violetviiana

      Got the wrong book. Ended up being perfect.

      So, I got the performance addition instead of the instructional book. My piano instructors (old and new one) worked fine with it. It’s adequately challenging and I learn very well with it.

      2 people found this helpful

    32. Shirley Williams

      Four Stars

      Don’t like the foreign words in the book.

    33. Jill Carter

      Five Stars

      Best piano teaching series

    34. TJ

      Five Stars

      Great product, Timely shipping, Thanks!

    35. Victoria L. Geyer

      New piano student

      I have a young lady who can already read music, but is just starting on the piano. She is able to push ahead at a fast pace and get into the piano very fluently this way.

      One person found this helpful

    36. Barbara

      Four Stars

      Easy and enjoyable for my grandkids.

    37. Kathy K

      Five Stars


    38. H rapti

      good learning book

      just started playing piano and this book is easy to follow…i bought the other two also which should have been sold as a 3 pack

      5 people found this helpful

    39. POTP_27

      Great for older beginners!

      Fun and appropriately challenging pieces and a great supplement to the Lesson Book. I love this method for my older students.

      2 people found this helpful

    40. LBD

      Four Stars

      Good method books for older beginner.

    41. Ken

      A good book

      I am looking for books to help me ( I am already a musician ) learn the keyboard/piano . This book is Ok but I think I prefer the Michael Aaron books better .

    42. Mamgu38

      Five Stars

      perfect thx

    43. Miss lavender

      Five Stars

      as describedd

    44. Ivy Davis


      Great Piano Lessons..Would Recommend:)

      One person found this helpful

    45. shellita

      Five Stars


    46. Miriam

      Too Much Go And No Go!

      Too much talk and no go! You need a teacher to use this book!

    47. Andrea NYC

      Three Stars

      This was OK.

    48. Amazon Customer

      For the Adult Beginner

      As an adult beginner piano student, I don’t want to be playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” This book provides me with music that sounds great for a beginner. They are easy to play but not so cutesy. Almost all the pieces are duets with the teacher. When we play together, I sound like a pro. This book works in conjunction with all the other Accelerated Piano Adventures books to coordinate the skills with the piece. It’s a great way to learn piano.

      7 people found this helpful

    49. Marina Adam


      my baby has very nice results; the book is useful

    50. Amazon Customer

      Excellent value!!

      You can’t go wrong with Piano Adventures books, they are pedagogically sound, creative, and you can find curriculum appropriate for any age!! My students and I love them!!

    51. Amazon Customer

      Very happy with this book

      Loved this book. I taught myself (as an adult) using this book and am now working through it with my students. I found that all of the books in level 1 are awesome. I highly recommend getting the theory, technique and artistry, and performance books for each level to supplement and engrave the things learned throughout the lesson book.

      One person found this helpful

    52. jk


      It is excellent

    53. Articus Heaven

      Buen complemento

      Un buen material para complementar al libro de lecciones, se repasa el tema visto en el libro principal y se enriquece.Tiene las mismas cuestiones a considerar que el otro libro, piezas muy rápidas que exigen buena lecura, lo que puede ser beneficioso o no, depende de cómo se aplique.

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Performance Book 2

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Performance Book 2


    SKU: 1616772123 Category:

    20 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Performance Book 2

    1. Roger Bagula

      Good taste in music

      I bought this not for piano lessons, but for the scores andthe two I have arranged turned out very well.The Faber’s have a good ear for music. I’m buying two more of their booksin hopes they are as good as this one.

    2. Paola

      I play the piano.

      I love these books! I had books1 and they were amazing, too! I’ve been taking my lessons with my piano teacher through zoom, because of her location, and the books are super easy to navigate even when we can’t be in person, so I’m loving books2 as well.

      One person found this helpful


      Good for older beginners

      Good method book for older children or young teens. Gives a good musical foundation to beginners.

    4. JessicaBachus


      My son’s piano teacher requested he get this book. Easy to order, quick delivery.

    5. Burton, OH

      Great for older beginners!

      I use the Faber series for all my students. The only book in the series I’m not wild about is the primer level, so whenever I have a bright enough/old enough student–even 7 years old, I’ll start them right into the Piano Adventures Level 1 Accelerated version. Great stuff. Teaches very systematically and not too fast for all but the youngest students. Their arrangements are very musical. I’ve been teaching piano for over 20 years and have used various methods in the past, but switched to Faber about 5 years ago and love it!

      3 people found this helpful

    6. tommy



    7. Elizabeth Tipping

      Great piano series

      My son works out of these books in his lessons. He is progressing so quickly – I am amazed every week at how much more he can do!

      2 people found this helpful

    8. Sondra S.

      Truly accelerated.

      great book! I liked it very much. The student who got it found it very challenging so I would say make very sure your student is going to be ableto handle this; it moves more quickly than the regular piano adventures. Just saying…it truly is accelerated.

      3 people found this helpful

    9. Corinne Smith

      it’s good

      it’s good. i haven’t used it yet because i haven’t completely finished my other books but i will start using it actually today.

    10. Norma trevino


      It’s clear

      One person found this helpful

    11. Bogdan Grabinski


      All good.


      Piano teacher recommended.

      Piano teacher recommended. Great for mastering techniques and learning new skills. A lot of piano teachers and music schools recommend and have these.

    13. Lizann

      another excellent piano book

      great songs; useful progression of difficulty; the duets are well arranged (and it’s so fun for beginners to play music with their instructors!)

      3 people found this helpful

    14. Glojack

      Great music book

      Great music book!

      One person found this helpful

    15. Tallulah 62

      The piano teacher recommended these books.

      This book were recommended for my son by his piano teacher. My son thinks they’re a little boring, but his teacher thinks they’re perfect for review and mastering skills.

    16. Barney

      Five Stars

      Worked out good.

      3 people found this helpful

    17. Cindy M. Mace

      Looking forward to playing at this level

      I’m currently learning to play piano and am using Performance Book 1. I should be advancing to this book in the near future.

      One person found this helpful

    18. Christine Flapp


      excellent for beginners, great song selections clearly written,

      One person found this helpful

    19. Andrea

      Great book for my students

      Great book. I love the selection for my beginner students. It gives them music that is of great quality to learn.

    20. Articus Heaven

      Buen complemento

      Este es un buen complemento para su respectivo libro de lecciones, pudiera incluso ser adquirido por sí sólo como repertorio para alumnos iniciales que lleven 1 año / año y medio de trabajo en el piano.

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Technique & Artistry Book 2

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Technique & Artistry Book 2


    SKU: 1616774215 Category:

    13 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Technique & Artistry Book 2

    1. Bucket Man

      Five Stars

      An excellent teaching resource.

      One person found this helpful

    2. Sarah

      This book is numbered incorrectly and is not a complete book – Mispublished

      Could I please be sent a correct copy?The pages go…1-20 correctly, then 29, 30-36, 29, 30-44, 37-44, 53-71…The buyer rectified this and sent me another copy that was correct!

      One person found this helpful

    3. K.W.

      This is a great book for using with older students

      This is a great book for using with older students. The excercises are not difficult, but nicely reinforce the concepts being taught in the lesson book.

    4. P.M. Lierman

      This book like all of her piano book I have used are …

      This book like all of her piano book I have used are very good. I am in my early sixties and am learning the piano for the first time. I have use other books but I have found the Fabe series to be the best for me.

      One person found this helpful

    5. Al

      but the teacher says it is the best for me

      I am still working through the book, but the teacher says it is the best for me.

      One person found this helpful

    6. Tallulah 62

      The piano teacher recommended these books.

      This book were recommended for my son by his piano teacher. My son thinks they’re a little boring, but his teacher thinks they’re perfect for review and mastering skills.

      One person found this helpful


      Piano teacher recommended.

      Piano teacher recommended. Great for mastering techniques and learning new skills. A lot of piano teachers and music schools recommend and have these.

    8. Robert Greer

      but the techniques are good for anyone

      The book is very geared to children, but the techniques are good for anyone.

    9. Kathy K

      Five Stars


    10. Stephanie Holman

      Great series for older beginners AND for young students who …

      Great series for older beginners AND for young students who are very motivated and move through the other series quickly.

    11. zegreek

      great books

      my granddaughter plays the piano and i bought her these books as they were recommended by her unique piano teacher.

    12. Glojack

      Five Stars

      Good booking

      One person found this helpful

    13. Arun GopalakrishnanArun Gopalakrishnan

      Missing Pages

      I bought this book in August 2020 for my daughter. Today she found that the book has many missing pages. Trying to see how I can return and get a book with all pages.

      One person found this helpful

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 1

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 1


    SKU: 1616772069 Category:

    60 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 1

    1. george watkins

      Four Stars


    2. Victoria L. Geyer

      New to theory

      My student is able to go through at her own pace and learn theory. Nice way to organize things, Faber!

      One person found this helpful

    3. Lee H Tong

      Five Stars

      Love the Faber series!

      One person found this helpful

    4. Miriam

      All Show And No Go!

      All show and no go! You need a teacher sitting next to you in order to understand what’s in the book! Not user friendly!

      3 people found this helpful

    5. lin bennett

      Four Stars

      Bought as a gift

    6. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars


    7. Teddy

      Five Stars

      for my student

      One person found this helpful

    8. John Dockery

      Five Stars

      Great books!

      One person found this helpful

    9. Brooke Moreland-Williams

      Good Book for Learning

      I purchased this book for my little brother, because he was taking piano lessons. This is a good book.

      One person found this helpful

    10. Janelle L Rhal

      Five Stars

      perfect for what she needs

    11. theo cry

      So excited

      My nephew wants to get into writing music too, and I am just so excited to teach him and maybe get some refreshers

    12. Stuart ThompsonStuart Thompson

      Item in worse condition than described

      The cost of the book was almost the cost of a new book. It was described as in fair or good condition.But the workbook is almost completely filled with pencil markings. For the price point that I paid I would accept a few pages with minor marking. Quite disappointed to have to purchase another copy.

    13. Amazon Customer

      Item was of exquisite quality! Delivery was supreme. Packaging was elevated.

      Item was of exquisite quality! Delivery was supreme. Packaging was elevated.

    14. nicole

      Easy read

      Daughter enjoys

    15. Jill Carter

      These are the best books by far to teach with

      These are the best books by far to teach with. Amazingly, I actually use the THEORY book for my adults (along with the adult-all-in-one course book) if they have no musical background because it slows down the theory so they can really understand it without feeling overwhelmed. It has really helped them and follows along with the adult book very well.

      12 people found this helpful

    16. brenda


      Great for my 10 yr old who has moved up

    17. Rob Doughty

      Easy lessons.

      Very easy to follow theses lessons from a guy trying to relearn keyboard.

      5 people found this helpful

    18. Nancy Drew

      Thumbs Up!

      Great book! It teaches at a consistent pace to keep the learner in something new and challenging but not pushing too hard.

    19. Breezy

      Great for beginners super price for a pack of 4!’

      My son loves them! He says having all four is the best way to go with the package.

      2 people found this helpful

    20. Marley

      Very User Friendly!

      My 12 year old son got this as recommended by his instructor. Excellent book and my son actually uses it every time he practices at home.

      One person found this helpful

    21. Trigal68

      It is all coming back to me

      I couldn’t remember a thing about music theory when I purchased my digital piano. I bought a few different music books but this was perfect. Took me through all the basics which I had forgotten. Easy to follow. The whole series is meant to be used with a piano teacher which is why I rated one of the other books a bit lower, but this still served its purpose.

      4 people found this helpful

    22. Kay Meyer

      Highly recommend

      This is a great course for an older DIY learner. The videos are very useful, and the background music is much better to practice with than a metronome. Highly recommend.

      One person found this helpful


      Muy útil


    24. nancyOR

      Great for adult beginners!

      The Faber Accelerated books for Older learners are wonderful. The pace is fast enough to be interesting for someone like me, who listens to a lot of classical and jazz music. The song selections are pretty, sometimes even beautiful — rare in a book for beginners.

      3 people found this helpful

    25. Suzy R.

      Great pared with the Lesson book by the same name and authors

      This theory book gave me insights and helped me understand the music in the Lesson book- they are an awesome pair!

    26. CH


      All of the books in this series are great for learning piano. The best I have found.

      One person found this helpful

    27. Mike G

      Good learning tool

      Good learning tool. fast read and informative.

    28. Judy McPherson

      Great Book For The Older Beginner!

      Great Book For The Older Beginner.Recommend!Judy M

      One person found this helpful

    29. PMB

      Five Stars

      Great book for a beginner. Easy to understand and follow along with the lessons.

    30. MontyRT

      Good book

      Good book

    31. B Baldwin

      It’s easy to follow and he enjoys it

      Bought this for my son. It’s easy to follow and he enjoys it.

      One person found this helpful

    32. Marty Cooper

      Five Stars

      It works, if you practice 😉

      One person found this helpful

    33. LBD

      Four Stars

      Good method book for older beginner.

      One person found this helpful

    34. M_Hinds

      Speedy Delivery

      Arrived quickly and is exactly what Brianna needed for her piano class.

      One person found this helpful

    35. Colin

      Great book!

      Starts with the basics for an older student! Great book!

      One person found this helpful

    36. Liz june

      Five Stars

      as expected

      One person found this helpful

    37. Kindle Customer

      Great Book

      Just what her teacher wanted since she is a high school student just learning. She said she always uses the this series of books.

      One person found this helpful

    38. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars

      Great book for the older beginner. Interesting songs at a palatable pace.

    39. Kristen

      Great product!

      My daughters voice coach recommended this. It’s great for learning how to read music as well as learning how to play piano.

    40. M.D.

      Five Stars

      I love this book for learning how to play the piano. It’s great.

      One person found this helpful

    41. LM


      I teach piano lessons, and absolutely this whole series. Easy to use, fun for kids, and yes teacher friendly too. We are living the popular and Christmas addition

      One person found this helpful

    42. Amazon Customer

      Arrives in time.


    43. Ruth A. Reece

      Fantastic buy

      Fantastic series of piano books. Makes it very easy for the older beginner. Thrilled with this purchase and prime to get them in 2 days. Would highly recommend these books and prime.

      2 people found this helpful

    44. Kristi P.

      Just fine

      As advertised

    45. Shirley Williams

      Four Stars

      Would rather have a different series.

      One person found this helpful

    46. Maria

      Five Stars

      Using it with piano teacher.

    47. bkpelite

      Five Stars

      Just what we needed. Thank you!

    48. Robert Primmer

      Nice for self study

      I like the Faber books for self study. Easy to follow with sufficient explanation.

      One person found this helpful

    49. Jenny Stratton

      it’s good stuff!

      It’s Faber, it’s good stuff!

      One person found this helpful

    50. M. S. Bar

      One of 3 in set

      I really love being able to quickly understand the theory explanations. It helps me move along without feeling stuck.

      One person found this helpful

    51. Ivy Davis


      Great Piano Lessons..Would Buy Again!!!

      One person found this helpful

    52. Karla Christiansen

      Five Stars

      Just what we needed.

    53. Bo Zamora

      Five Stars

      Extremely helpful for beginners like me.

      One person found this helpful

    54. Darrell Reich

      Five Stars

      Great book. Very happy! Thanks!

      One person found this helpful

    55. pk58c

      Five Stars


    56. Shani Connors

      Five Stars


    57. Lucccc

      Five Stars


      One person found this helpful

    58. Luis Felipe

      Two Stars

      A lot of rests are missed in many compositions

      One person found this helpful

    59. Indian Shopper .

      Recommended by the teacher.

      This set of Piano books were recommended by my daughter’s Piano teacher who is a Russian and is currently teaching my daughter her lessons on the Yamaha Key board.And now my daughter is making use of them when she takes her lessons.

    60. janette

      Good book

      The first level was below my playing experience but I followed along anyway and it helped with my timing so I’m glad I did it. The format of the book is pretty nice. The page your on tells you which page to play in the practice book which I thought was a really nice touch. Great format, easy to follow along with And interesting songs. I ordered the rest of the levels!

      8 people found this helpful

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 2

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 2


    SKU: 1616774746 Category:

    21 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner Theory Book 2

    1. Amazon Customer

      Love Faber and Faber

      Great method book for teaching piano

    2. Danielle

      Great Book

      I’m using this book for students that are 12 and over that are starting piano lessons for the first time, and it’s fantastic.

    3. Tallulah 62

      The piano teacher recommended these books.

      This book were recommended for my son by his piano teacher. My son thinks they’re a little boring, but his teacher thinks they’re perfect for review and mastering skills.

    4. House

      Accelerated Piano Adventures, Theory Book 2

      Love this book! love the speed it moves along teaching new things. great follow-up to Accelerated Piano Adv, Book 1

    5. James

      Missing pages in book

      Book has a major misprint – pages 9-16 and 49-56 are repeated, but pages 17-24 and 41-48 are missing. Check your book when you receive it to ensure yours doesn’t have the same error.

      3 people found this helpful

    6. Barbara J McGuire

      Great learning tool

      Just as described

    7. Bucket Man

      Five Stars

      Another excellent publication.


      Piano teacher recommended.

      Piano teacher recommended. Great for mastering techniques and learning new skills. A lot of piano teachers and music schools recommend and have these.

    9. Efren Medina

      Good theory

      Bought for my daughter who lost her bookMany good songs to practice. Very instructional book with lots of theory

    10. Cindy M. Mace

      The next step in my Piano playing adventure

      I’m currently learning to play piano and am using Theory Book 1. I should be advancing to this book in the near future.

    11. Roy


      It came before estimated day

    12. judith avila-garcia

      Very good book to teach. Very thorough.

      Easy to use and teach with.

    13. Paola

      I play the piano.

      I love these books! I had books1 and they were amazing, too! I’ve been taking my lessons with my piano teacher through zoom, because of her location, and the books are super easy to navigate even when we can’t be in person, so I’m loving books2 as well.

    14. Ruth A. Reece


      I am using this series of books to learn to play the piano. It is designed for the older adult. It is the best series I have found. My piano teacher uses it. It is very easy to follow and repeats itself to facilitate learning. I love this series. Would recommend it to anyone older who wants to learn to play the piano.

    15. Amazon Customer

      Not just for adults!!!

      My son is advancing on piano. His teacher suggested switching to Faber adult piano course books. These books were well worth the money. I’m glad we switched to Faber.

    16. Jarita

      As described. Quick shipping.

      Exactly what we needed. Ships fast.

    17. Eddie Jackson (MrNetTek)

      Good, but wishlist

      All of the books are outstanding. I have all books, levels 1-4. I wish…wish…wish, they came with the CDs. It just doesn’t make sense. The website does have many of the MP3s, however, you have to pay extra for the accelerated series CDs. Come on.

    18. Marie

      Excellent book for my beginner son.

      Excellent book for beginners.

    19. TDubs

      Excellent series. We have been using this with our …

      Excellent series. We have been using this with our kids. They like the books and they’re doing a great job learning to play.

    20. Kathy K

      Five Stars


    21. Ruth Ann

      Five Stars

      It was exactly what my student needed as a teenager

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures For The Older Beginner, Technique and Artistry Book 1

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    Accelerated Piano Adventures For The Older Beginner, Technique and Artistry Book 1


    SKU: 1616774207 Category:

    25 reviews for Accelerated Piano Adventures For The Older Beginner, Technique and Artistry Book 1

    1. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars

      Great for my 16 year old student that has never had one music lesson.

      One person found this helpful

    2. Becky Stogsdill

      Five Stars

      Love this for my older students.

      One person found this helpful

    3. Jenny Stratton

      Five Stars

      Good, good stuff!

    4. lori

      Five Stars

      A great method of teaching piano.


      Piano teacher recommended.

      Piano teacher recommended. Great for mastering techniques and learning new skills. A lot of piano teachers and music schools recommend and have these.

      One person found this helpful

    6. Kathy K

      Five Stars


    7. Cathy Robbins

      Five Stars


    8. Mrs.P

      Great guide

      Great for beginners. Helps allot. Would like to see if in a combo pack with all books in set though

      2 people found this helpful

    9. EF

      Great book

      Wonderful for the adult beginner, has helped me greatly. This really helps to develop your knowledge of playing the piano.

      3 people found this helpful

    10. Paula Diane Luther

      Easy to read and understand

      Just what I was looking for. Easy to read and understand.

    11. MRI3221

      Five Stars

      I love this series.

    12. bluehouse

      The right book for lessons.

      Easy to use for a 7 year old.

    13. lin bennett

      Four Stars

      Bought as a gift

    14. Amazon Customer

      I’m Improved 🙂

      I like this set of piano books because the music is more fitting to adult beginners, or anyone who doesn’t want to start off playing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The books work as a set, so my instructor had me purchase the theory, lesson, and performance books together.The technique book focuses on . . . well, technique. Each piece focuses on something different: founded hand shape, correct thumb position, firm fingertips, arm weight, etc. The last big piece puts it all together and then there is a short review of chords.I find the music pleasing to the ear and not too difficult. What’s neat is watching my technique actually improve as I progress. It’s a great way to learn piano.

      6 people found this helpful

    15. Belén Tuyub

      Libro 🙂

      Excelente libro, la entrega un poco tarda pero bien!

    16. lisa


      This is what the piano teacher wanted and it worked great.

    17. Amazon Customer

      Very, very majestic quality. Comely packaging. Delivery was fine. Recommended

      Very, very majestic quality. Comely packaging. Delivery was fine. Recommended

    18. Burton, OH

      Ordered by accident

      I actually ordered this accidentally thinking I was ordering the lesson book–which I highly recommend. This is well done. I just find that I would rather have most of my beginning piano students just concentrate on what is in the lesson book so they can progress faster. It’s just me. If you are after a beginning book on piano technique, it’s one of the better ones.

      10 people found this helpful

    19. Evan

      Great fit and proper magnification.

      The glasses are perfect. I ordered the set, but obviously can only wear one pair at a time, as I am always losing a pair. Or leaving them somewhere. I am very pleased with my purchase. I like the soft sleeve each pair comes in. Perfect for cleaning and leaving them scratch free.

    20. Mary Belle Rafert

      Help for the advanced piano player

      A fifteen year old teenager likes this book for the approach it uses to point out the importance of theory.

      One person found this helpful

    21. Paul S. Greene

      New student.

      Great for new students.

      One person found this helpful

    22. MontyRT

      Good book.

      As described.

    23. Michelle L. Kemper

      I like it and it was recommended by my Piano Teacher

      Good for adults

      One person found this helpful

    24. Maestrazim

      This book encourages creativity

      I switched to the Faber series based on the Technique and Artistry book. It allows the students to do all manner of ear training and improvisation – allows for much creativity on the part of the teacher AND the student.

      4 people found this helpful

    25. POTP_27

      Great for older beginners!

      I love this method for my older students. The activities are fun and interesting without being too childish, and the pieces are very enjoyable. It provides a nice transition into beginning classical repertoire.

      4 people found this helpful

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    Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1

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    Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1


    SKU: 1616773022 Category:

    60 reviews for Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book 1

    1. A Customer

      Buy Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course instead

      I’m returning to piano after a long hiatus, so I needed a refresher. I bought this book and (book one of) Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course at the same time, and worked through both.I found the Alfred book to be substantially better than this one, on many counts. First, and most importantly, the arrangements in the Alfred book, while not necessarily fabulous (a concession to being an introductory text), are far, far better than this one. That’s really important—it’s annoying to play music that sounds bad, and it’s hard, too, when it doesn’t make “sense” to your ear. Second, and related, the Alfred book feels like it has broader coverage of music and musical styles, which makes it more interesting. Third, a lot of the music in this book leaves the hands almost fixed in place on the piano. That’s okay early on, but it goes on for too long. It also leads to weird arrangements were the left hand contributes random parts of the melody, which is a bit unusual. Fourth, this book seems to assume the presence of a piano teacher or “friend” a lot (there are duet parts to a bunch of the music). I don’t have that, so that’s just a waste (not a big deal, of course, just not helpful). Finally, the Alfred book covers a lot more ground. That might mean you need to go through it more slowly, bit it also makes it a better buy.All in all, while there’s nothing wrong with the Faber book, I recommend the Alfred book instead.

      31 people found this helpful

    2. Robert O’Connell

      Good refresher

      I almost skipped this after having self-taught some piano a decade ago. I’m glad I didn’t because it includes a lot of basic information along the way, with many terms cataloged in the appended dictionary. The pace is slow, which is the best way to learn. At this price, it would be pound-foolish not to start here. Emphasis on pedal use from the get-go motivated me to buy a pedal for my electric keyboard. The large-format, ring-bound book is essential for those of us not visually-gifted.Even for autodidacts the duet pieces are useful. By the time you master this book, or at worst the second, you can use the duet pieces for practice.

    3. Olga Brooks


      I thoroughly enjoy how the Faber’s have compiled this book for Adults. Moves forward quickly enough, but not so that it overwhelms.

    4. Elvira Gallardo

      Good product

      Good lesson book and easy to follow

    5. C. M. A.

      Great book for adult learners.

      so i’ve been following the directions out of this book for about 2 weeks and am on Unit 9 so far. It’s a wonderful book and the pacing is perfect. I have never played an instrument in my life, am 34 years old, and practice for about 30-60 minutes every night and the amount of progress I’m making seems good. The supporting online materials are also good but I wish the accompanying/demo tracks were just piano, because sometimes you just want to hear how the piano should sound on a particular piece. Luckily there are plenty of you tube videos demonstrating every piece of music in this book. The music selections themselves are pretty good. Some of the tunes I’ve never heard before but rather enjoy playing them now that I can. Others are pretty forgettable, but for the most part it’s a good mix of music that you should recognize.

      23 people found this helpful

    6. Amazon Customer

      Good for a beginner

      Good book for a beginner. A bit slow for an intermediate player.

    7. Junpeng Zhan

      very good book

      Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Piano Course Book is a very good book. I have used this book for one semester and got very good grades. I’m going to buy book 2 to prepare for next semester.

    8. ellie

      Easy piano book to learn

      Good book to learn from and easy to read, download to your iPad or tablet so you don’t have to wait for it to get it in the mail just over all great book to learn the piano I would recommend this book to anyone that doesn’t have any experience in piano to get this book and learn the piano it is very fun and easy and you will love it

    9. Beth A. Ryan

      Great beginner piano book.

      This is forcthe most part well-written. The online versions of the played pieces are sometimes confusing to hear, as there are other instruments added.

    10. Dr. D

      Great resource for self-motivated adult beginners.

      The lessons are written simply with supporting visuals that guide a beginner to succeed. There are aspects of a self-taught program that one loses when one has the advantage of a person-person lesson, of course, but this is a book recommended to me by my daughter who uses it with her adult students. I practice 15-30 minutes per day and return to review previous lessons as a part of my routine. I am making progress and have enjoyed this resource.

    11. Ray H Tsai

      recommended by piano teacher for a senior beginning piano player

      My father (a senior) always wanted to learn piano so we got him online zoom lessons as a gift.This book was recommended by the teacher so I am sure it is a good book for learning piano.It seems to cover enough concepts if you want to go the self-taught route, and there is a good selection of music in this book.He took once a week lessons for about a year and made good progress.So definitely get this book if you are an adult looking to pick up piano for the first time.

      One person found this helpful

    12. Amazon Customer

      Great book for beginners

      My piano teacher recommended this book to me and I just finished reading and playing this book. It is very helpful to build the interest at the beginning of learning.

    13. Sean Fritz

      Great book to use with an instructor

      I worked this book with an instructor as an adult piano player.Great into to piano book. It’s paced very well, and I was able to easily master technical material at the pace of this book.The early songs are, predictably, quite boring to listen to, but it picks up towards the end. After about halfway through the book I enjoyed polishing the songs to perfection as they were fun to listen to and play.The arrangements in this book are well suited to trying your hand at improvisation, and they translate well to other instruments you might be practicing.If I gave any feedback, I would suggest putting more improv/composition exercises in book one. By the end of the book, a student is quite capable to compose simple melodies in C/G major, and a few practice exercises would be appreciated.Of note, I found the lack of dotted quarter notes in a lot of songs difficult, as they were popular tunes that are heavily syncopated in their recorded versions. It took me a lot of practice to “unlearn” some songs that are jazzed in their most popular recordings as well.Overall, this is my favorite piano 1 book, and it gave me the skills I need to play well 60-120BPM 4th and 8th note melodies in C and G major.

      6 people found this helpful

    14. Ric Trexell

      Good examples, not for kids but adults should be able to handle it.

      I’m the most unqualified person to review a piano book, but I’ll give it a try. I’m currently using the Learn and Master DVD program which is good but can put you to sleep at times. I would recommend this book with a teacher, although you can learn a lot just by yourself. I do think it progresses a little fast though. It does have nice large print diagrams of such things as placement of your fingers and what the notes are on the staff. I also give any book an well deserved star for being spiral bound. I wish more educational type books would do that. When I bought this I read the reviews for it and Alfred’s Basic Piano Course. I bought them both. I think that (Alfred’s) moves a little slower but does lack the examples that Adult Piano Adventures has. With any book, I would say what they say in the Learn and Master course, that is to break it down and slow it down. You don’t have to play at waltz time while you are learning Mary Had a Little Lamb. What ever you do, have fun. Ric said that.

      6 people found this helpful

    15. Kimberly Church

      Arrived quick as described

      It arrived exactly as described.

    16. J Pearson

      Good book for adult piano students

      Both my piano teacher and a relative of mine who teaches piano recommended this book. Now that I have used it for a time, I recommend it, too.

    17. B.aB.a


      This book really takes you step by step and it is very important to know the theory and also is impractical ice you fingers on the keys. If you are intelligent then this book is for you. If you don’t have a teacher please check on the you tube videos for clarifications. I really like this book.

      2 people found this helpful

    18. Amazon Customer

      Great for adult beginners

      I just stared piano lessons rather late in life this book has been a great addition to my lessons

    19. B. Schilling

      Glad to move away from the “kids” books left over from my children taking piano lessons in the 90s.

      This moves quickly through concepts with lots of exercises and songs in each unit. No silly pictures and games to deal with either.

    20. StarStar

      Easy to read and learn piano with!

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       I love this book! I’ve been using it now for a while and it’s really easy to learn piano with and it’s super helpful! I love that it has on every page diagrams that are easy to follow along with. I had tried learning piano a few years ago and it didn’t work, I tried this book out and it’s amazing!

      2 people found this helpful

    21. Siavash Aval

      Great book for adults

      I am a beginner and at first, I tried an all in one book from another author in amazon. After few months, I saw my self lost in Majors C,D,E,F,G…Z :))) without having enough focus and practice on each one. It was confusing and the songs in each lesson was not interesting to me. Then I decided to try Piano adventure which I heard from youtubers in which songs are more attractive and lessons are well organized. So, I bought it and in comparison with the other book, I should say, yes! it was true. The lessons have a fluent direction and you will be focusing on only two Majors, C & G. So, you practice enough to play nice songs through and by the end of the book.I highly recommend this book!

      21 people found this helpful

    22. Gabrielle Martin

      What A Nice Book For Seniors!

      I teach piano and one day a week I teach in a senior living facility. There are always seniors who are just starting or taking up piano again after many years. The Faber Adult books are wonderful for this purpose. None of the too-adorable graphics that are found in the children’s beginning books. It’s difficult to find good beginning books for adult. Either they don’t teach enough or they move too fast. This book is just challenging enough to hold their interest but at the same time it has enough repetition of concepts that the student doesn’t get overwhelmed . Great book for adults of any age, plus it’s good for older children or teens who cringe at the sight of frogs, cats or gnomes on every page and the childish titles given to every song.

      40 people found this helpful

    23. grnthmb

      Best for students interested in playing by the chords and lead sheet music.

      I have a couple books that I use for beginning adults depending on what they want to do. If the student is interested in learning how to play music for worship services, this is my go to series. After learning basic keys it starts right into beginning of chords and will lead up to playing for worship lead music. Even in the first book. The second book really goes into this a lot more.

      One person found this helpful

    24. Mae R

      Delivery on point, book is solid good.

      When I first ordered the piano book, amazon stated it would be delivered on Thursday May 7 but lo and behold it’s Sunday May 3 and here it is 😭🙌🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. It is quite perfect as my digital piano arrives tomorrow.Now I am reviewing this amazing book and I cannot wait to brush up on some old skill and master new ones.I will write another review for the actual book in a week or so.

    25. Jazzin’ in Jersey

      Good Learning tool – wish the CD was included with mine

      The lessons and teachings are really excellent. My uncle recommended it as he is a musician and instructor for over 50 years. Problem is – I think a CD was supposed to be included and it wasn’t I just noticed that ! But the songs are recognizable and fun to play. I find the most challenging part of the piano is the LEFT hand ! I drew a big chart for myself and labeled it with the notes that would be played with the left and right hand with the corresponding Cheat words (AGBFA FACE)It helps alot, especially if you end up skipping a few weeks !

      One person found this helpful

    26. Fazio

      Lots of Pictures, Little on Substance

      This manual provides a gradual process in learning the piano. While it does this though, one is struck by the poor utilization of paper to introduce topics — example, an entire page on how to use just three keys. It is not a good utilization of paper resources. It reminds me of elementary school books, and how a minimal amount of information is presented on one page. Kind of a waste, poor utilization of space. There are other manuals out there my friends that are provide more information.

      One person found this helpful

    27. bigleaf

      Wonderful lesson book!

      I am a senior studying piano (virtually) for the first time. This book is well-organized with good descriptions and keeps my interest piqued. I appreciate that it slowly layers techniques and information, all while presenting tunes familiar (and unfamiliar) to me. I have been practicing every day for about a month now, having lessons once per week and I am delighted to hear improvement each week!

    28. Sans Serif

      Excellent for adult beginners, & great value.

      Excellent book; can’t wait to buy their other books (but I’m making myself wait as I’m not finished this yet). After receiving this, my impression of them went through the roof. Excellent for adult beginners.

    29. Jeff D

      Great Lessons, But Get The Spiral Version

      Love the lessons, but could not get the pages to stay open. I ended up buying the spiral version to replace this one.

    30. SB

      Great for Adult beginners with little to no experience!

      Wanted to teach my self while in quarantine how to play piano. I had a tiny bit of memory from childhood…but not much. The way this book is laid out…you don’t need experience AT ALL. It gradually teaches you true music terms and how to read music, all while providing music for you to apply it to so it isn’t just textbook learning. I’m LOVING this!!!

      One person found this helpful

    31. Tezza

      Recommend this book for beginners

      I bought this book for self study. I’m an adult learner with previous experience (maybe one’s year’s lessons) on another instrument, so I had most of the basics of music theory and very basic sight reading. This book definitely brushed me up on that while I learned piano, and maybe went a little beyond the basics I already knew. By the end of the course I could do fairly low level sight reading, with some ability to play chords with the left hand and melody on the right hand. I think more study would be required beyond this book to ensure property use of fingering for various scales, cords, and broken cords, which the 2nd book starts to cover. So all in all, I would recommend this book for beginners.

      One person found this helpful

    32. emely

      So easy to learn!

      I bought this for a class I needed it in and I find it easy to learn and understand

    33. Logan

      Great book for adult learners!

      I bought this book under instruction from my piano professor. This book will teach you the basic of music along with the piano, so you do not need to worry if it is your first time learning an instrument. After the first lessons and shirt excerpt the this book has wonderful prices of music for you to learn and practice the piano. I would recommend highly for anyone who wish not only to play the piano but to play it well

      3 people found this helpful

    34. Cindy C

      Great piano method for all ages

      I have been a piano teacher for over 40 years and have become disenchanted with a lot of the series written for kids, which focus on distracting, obnoxious art work on every page. I have used the Faber Adventures series with student ranging from 12 through adults, but have currently started using it with several nine year olds. They are all advancing beautifully, and this new revised edition is fantastic. The kids have QR codes on every song and can check how songs go, and watch someone playing the piece. I recommend it for everyone!

      7 people found this helpful

    35. A. Ravitch

      School book

      Purchased for school use. Excellent book.

    36. VIrginia

      Very clear and easy for beginners.

      I’m a novice and this was recommended.

      2 people found this helpful

    37. Alejandra

      as described

      Item as described

      One person found this helpful

    38. Woz

      All books have spiral binding. None look like the image.

      I’m writing this note to tell about the difference between “Paperback” and “Spiral Bound”. First, let me say that the contents look great. Second, I had a LOT of trouble trying to get a “paperback” version. The spiral bound version has rather glossy pages. I thought that perhaps the paperback version had more manuscript-like paper, which I would have liked. But every time I ordered paperback I received spiral bound. After doing this more than once, and several calls with Amazon Customer Service, I finally realized that “Paperback” versions come with a cd and dvd, whereas, apparently, “Spiral Bound” versions are the same book without the AV aids. But there is no version of the book that doesn’t have spiral binding. Picture shown on website is not accurate. I have written about this to Amazon, and also spoken with several representatives, who were very kind. And I have asked Amazon to change the descriptions. I’m not sure if this will happen. But at least I am putting this word out.

      23 people found this helpful

    39. Dennis D. Wikoff

      Never Too Old to Learn

      I bought this piano lessons’ book bcz. my new piano teacher recommended it. I do already know the notes, from playing a woodwind. However, I always wanted to play piano with correct fingerings and learn the keyboard.I will say, it is much easier with the motivation of a teacher. However, it is easy to practice on my own at home with this book.

      5 people found this helpful

    40. Alexander Lowry

      Great for an Adult Returning

      I played piano as a kid, but hadn’t touched it since fifth grade. I am now 24 and picking up piano for fun. This has lots of important info that I wasn’t able to pick up from just playing random things. Breezed through the first couple dozen pages, now I’m working through things more slowly as I regain muscle memory and a sense of rhythm.Contains lots of familiar pieces and gently gives you hints on how best to move your hands if you don’t have the hang of it yet. If you’ve never played any instrument, I’d still have a teacher, but if you’ve played another instrument, it’s got most of what you need.

      4 people found this helpful

    41. Ladyhawke

      Adult Piano Adventure

      Adult Piano AdventurGreat book thank you

    42. vocalise

      I like the accompanying theory lectures and videos, and the way the music is arranged in this book.

      I have been a music teacher for many years and they use this series often. The book as well written, the accompanying theory lectures can be found on YouTube. The music as well structured for learning.

      One person found this helpful

    43. Jean d.shepard

      The book arrived as promised and it is in excellent condition.

      The price was right . I am a piano teacher and will be using this series for my adult beginners .

    44. J.Peale

      Not for the self taught

      This was recommended to me by someone who plays and teaches piano. I have some experience with other instruments in past, and can read music a little, but have had difficulty using this book after the first 15 or 20 pages. The concepts and skills take a big leap that would probably be fine if using this book with actual piano lessons, but hard to follow for me on my own.

    45. Kate M.

      Required by a trusted music teacher

      My daughter is taking piano at school. She took lessons as a child, but quit before she really got it. She is a junior in high school and decided to take piano to fulfill her music requirement. This was the required book, which might tell you more about the book than I can.My daughter says that it is fine…good. But, as a teenage, she says that about pretty much anything I ask her. How was school? How was the test? How was the dance? You get the picture. So, she is even a less-helpful reviewer than I am.While the book does contain some “pieces” that we’ve never heard before, it also has lots of well-known tunes in it. I play piano and have since I was a little kid. As an adult, I would probably want the tunes to be recognizable so that I would know if I made a mistake or was playing it right.My daughter has asked me to check and see if she was playing it “right” when it was an unknown tune. But when it is Camptown Races or Yankee Doodle, she can self-assess.My five-star rating is based on the fact that a fabulous music teacher (we’ve known the guy for years through my older sons’ experiences learning from him) requires that his students use this book and the fact that the familiar tunes allow the learner to know if they have the notes right (or not).

      37 people found this helpful

    46. Parents w/ 3 kids

      I prefer the “Accelerated Piano Adventures for the older beginner” books

      I self taught through this book. I liked working through it, but there are pros and cons. I started with “Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course” and didn’t like it at all, so I bought this book. It has a very good selection of music and was enjoyable to play. You move around a lot, not just staying in middle C position and it works fingers of both hands, not just chords on the left hand like Alfred’s. I felt like I wanted more pieces to work through and more technique and theory. I could play the songs alright, but I didn’t feel like I got a very good instruction in playing, even though I could play the pieces. If you want to be able to sit a play some and not get too serious this book is great. I really want to dive in and have a deeper education on the piano. I contacted an instructor who I’ve started with and she recommended the Accelerated Piano Adventures series. I bought the 4 main books in the Accelerated series and it cost me about $4 more than this book, but there is a great deal more music between them and I wish I had had these books from the beginning. So the Adult Piano Adventures is great book and I love the spiral binding, but especially if you are going to self-teach I recommend the Accelerated series from the same authors/arrangers.

      222 people found this helpful

    47. SandraM

      great book for the adult learner looking for more classical tunes and recognizable songs from the get-go

      I ordered this book for self-teaching piano based off of the numerous positive reviews here on Amazon. I am so glad I did. I have the Hal Leonard Adult Piano Method, book 1 and though I enjoyed that one, I didn’t feel completely satisfied as a learner after about a month with that book. I come to the piano as someone who never studied it, but I have played the flute for 20 years, so I do know how to read music. This book is organized well for the total musical novice, but is also organized in such a way that someone who reads music already and understands the grand staff (thank you Hal Leonard book for that!) can do the quick exercises at the beginning of each section and then jump into practicing the tunes that are recognizable and easy for a beginner, but are satisfying because the songs are songs we hear and know. You get to feel like you’re playing real classical music (and some other tunes) right at the start. I’m so very glad I bought this book. Also a total plus with this book is the fact that there are people who have played these tunes on youtube. Just type in “adult piano adventures” and the song name or “faber” and the song name you’re looking for, and there will be youtube video you can watch that help you get the rhythm of the song right and the melody.

      15 people found this helpful

    48. Seashell Angel

      Gradual progression that reduces frustration

      A common issue I have had with musical instruction books is how they will start off very slow and then all of a sudden you are expected to play a loaded staff with both hands, when just the page prior you were slowly pounding through treble staff only.This book does NOT do that and so I have made rather surprising progress.I played the piano self-taught long ago as an 8 year old, but quickly lost interest once I had to start using both hands, so my prior musical knowledge of reading music was all but non-existant.Another huge pro to this book is that they have a REAL song that you have probably heard before which integrates whatever new thing you have learned.It makes it much more rewarding because even at the earlier levels you are able to play simplified versions of complicated songs.

      2 people found this helpful

    49. Amazon Customer

      So far the best adult basic piano book, particularly for self teaching

      I think it comes down to this and Afred’s All In One book for a completer beginner. Frankly both are good, but take a somewhat different approach. Alfred’s is more hand position and chord oriented and progresses much faster, but I feel Adult piano Adventures does a slightly better job presenting the material and I think most adults will find the practice songs to be more to their liking. Adult Piano Adventures seems less chord oriented with a slower progression in difficulty. Both will get you there, but I think some beginners will find this approach a bit less frustrating. This would be a better book for self teaching as it moves slower and is somewhat easier then the Alfred’s version. For someone with past piano experience this book may be too basic. Adult Piano Adventures Book 2 is closer to the latter 1/3rd of the Alfreds course.

      3 people found this helpful

    50. Patricia M. Bindert

      More thorough than Alfreds.

      I especially liked the fact that the left hand work is introduced so early, and that there is a significant amount of theory. It feels like a true music education.

    51. KimmieKimmie

      I just ordered this book to learn piano

      I ordered on book and received five. I don’t need five to learn. I was recommended this book from a lady in my church that is why I bought it. Can’t wait to study it.

      2 people found this helpful

    52. Kelly

      Simple but good

      This is a great book for beginning! Well written and fast paced. I use it in middle school choir to help my students understand piano

      2 people found this helpful

    53. cccccccccherieparis

      New version lol

      My teacher assigned this book as textbook and we both are surprised by the new version(compare to her old one). This book contains QR code and recorded practice video which helps me as beginners.

      3 people found this helpful

    54. Amazon Customer

      As a piano teacher- this is the best out there.

      I teach piano for a living. And in my opinion the is the absolute best book for adult beginners. I started teaching with Alfred’s because that’s what I grew up with, and they’re fantastic books as well……But I noticed with my students that it was almost like Alfred’s moved the tiniest bit faster than most people could easily keep up with. And over time, even with me really making sure they understood and mastered each concept, eventually they’d hit a wall where it would be very difficult to continue (usually around book 3 or 4).With Piano Adventures, you are so gently eased into every concept, that the sky is truly the limit. And there’s far less frustration. I’ve started switching all my students over to Piano Adventures, because it feels less like you’re jumping over hurdles, and more like you’re confidently gliding into new skills.But it is recommended you use this with a teacher, as you don’t want to develop any bad habits, and the right teacher can accelerate your progress and unlock the needed doors for you!

      2 people found this helpful

    55. Nicholas Resch

      This is good product for beginner pianistd

      This book has a lot of familiar tunes that makes learning more fun it also incorporates lots of theory that will help you learn faster and save you from having to buy a second book the things I guess I don’t like about it is how much review there is if you like that then go ahead but I find myself skipping a lot of things

    56. Billie Jo

      Great book

      My piano teacher has been taking me through this book for the last two months. It’s great for beginning adults!

      One person found this helpful

    57. H.V.

      Adult learner

      I bought this book for my son-in-law who has never played the piano before. This was a very helpful book for a beginning pianist. He did have prior musical knowledge and was very astute.

      One person found this helpful

    58. Amazon User

      Excellent boo

      I was using Alfred’s book and I didn’t really care for the song selections or the way they were composed. ‘Oh When the Saints, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, “Come Marching In, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, etc.. I was not inspired to keep practicing the songs over and over to perfection because I’m just not a gifted piano player like my piano teacher, who can make any song sound fantastic. Faber’ s songs are so much more enjoyable to practice and play. In fact I like the songs so much that I want to master each song and play it beautifully. Faber provides audio accompaniment tracks that are very useful. This is important to me, a beginner because sometimes I will practice an unknown song and not understand it; what is the song’s message/meaning? Overall, Faber’s method has taught me that a good/great piano composition is really a special gift that we are given to create and enjoy. After 2 months with this wonderful book my teacher recommends I move on to book 2 and I can’t wait.

      2 people found this helpful

    59. Ciro Rueda

      Excelente el contenido del libro y buenísima la experiencia de compra

      Excelente el contenido del libro y buenísima la experiencia de compra

    60. kjv1611

      Great Introductory Lesson Book – And Probably a Good Reference

      So far, I’ve been taking some piano lessons from a friend, and have been using this book, as he recommended. It is very well laid out and organized. It also gives loads of tips along the way, and is easy to read and follow. I’ve been involved in music in one way or another my entire life, but finally wanted to sit down and really learn (at least at an introductory level) how to play the piano – not by ear, but by reading music. With the help of my friend(teacher) and this book, I now have more confidence when reading music, and particularly with lining up the notes on the piano with the notes on a sheet of music.Don’t be fooled into thinking (from my review) that this book ONLY covers the most basic aspects. It covers many items. I was just already more aware of many of the items, b/c I’ve already had a background in music in the past. I just hadn’t made myself pay attention to what each note was, etc, on sheet music in years. It covers very well, I think: site reading of music, learning to follow rhythm, finding patterns in music, etc. And particularly to this book’s praise, I think its’ taught me well with little time and effort on my part (I’m shamed to admit).Conclusion: If you’re an adult wanting to learn to play the piano without spending loads of time and money on it, b/c you don’t have much of either, then this is great. It also does not make you feel like silly, like you’re learning with a child’s book. I will admit I did feel silly with a few of the mini-songs played in the book, however, each did help emphasize a particular point in developing the art of piano-playing.

      23 people found this helpful

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    60 reviews for Alfred’s Basic Adult All-In-One Piano Course

    1. Early A. Dopter

      Must get CD

      After a few weeks with this book, starting from scratch, I was pleased with my progress but knew something important was missing. What was missing was feedback on tempo and rhythm — you can’t trust yourself to judge yourself, not because of ego, but because you need an outsider to measure what you’re doing. A metronome could help, but I found same to be an added level of difficulty that does not seem worth it, at least in these early stages. I ordered the CD and that was the answer: you play along with a somewhat cheesy orchestral accompaniment that will rein you in if you play too fast, give you a nudge if you play too slow, and keep you on the right path while you work out your mistakes. Each song is preceded by two bars of clicks that set the tempo, so you’re learning not only how to play in time but how to get ready for what the tempo will be. You set your CD remote to “repeat”, and you keep going again and again — some of these pieces are less than half a minute. I’ve gone back to the beginning of the book (had zipped through 100 pages or so) and feel a big payoff from working with the CD. And with the “orchestra” in the background, working with you, you simply can’t fudge and give up on any passage. Nor will you cause self-loathing from your formerly unaccompanied mistakes — things will straighten out surprisingly quickly. Of course, it’s all motivation. P.S.: it’s much more fun to play along with the CD than alone, and I apologize for calling the orchestra “cheesy”. It’s probably just a digital keyboard, and it does a good job.s

      4 people found this helpful

    2. JPBlackBelt

      WAIT! Before you buy more than one Piano Book!

      Ok, first off, I actually like this book, and I actually like it a little better than 3 stars. Here’s my problem: When I looked at piano books on Amazon, this manual and “Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play, Book & CD” both had excellent ratings. In fact AMAZON recommended them being bought together.So I bought them both.I just started them a few days ago (I thought I would use one for a few days, then use the other and decide which one I liked better to complete it before I finished the other one entirely.)This book and “Alfred’s Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course: The new, easy and fun way to teach yourself to play, Book & CD” are basically the SAME BOOK!This one has more “homework” exercises (writing in the manual itself, which I don’t care to do.) But the progression is the same, the songs are the same, almost page for page. (At least, I’m 40 pages into each, and they’re the same.)So now I have real buyer’s remorse… one of these is redundant.

      580 people found this helpful

    3. Adrian McGheeAdrian McGhee

      Probably THE best for beginners.

      So, as far as interactive lesson books go, this one is unbeatable!I have another Alfred’s book for level one and it is about half as interactive. You can see from the pictures that there are fill-in-the-blank sections and pre-labeled sections.If you’re serious about taking the necessary time to learn this instrument fully, and the music completely, I’d recommend this book over the one with the pinkish cover and more straight on view of a grand (with a flower vase on it, that version is on Amazon, too, and by the same authors). I have both, and the pinkish one progresses much faster and seems to have a bigger emphasis on chord progression/learnin by by chord, and without a single worksheet.THIS book starts you off with some physical warm-ups, then worksheets and warm ups, before giving you a short melody that incorporates the steps and bits of theory you were just working on. I’d recommend getting the spiral-bound, too. It sits flat easier.There are supposed to be accompanying CD, but I’m not sure if mine came with them or not (I’m a trucker and have taken on leaning with a keyboard and this book, wish me luck!); I wasn’t home when this was delivered, and didn’t think to look for it when I gathered up my stuff to hit the big road again.

      44 people found this helpful

    4. ROY G.

      I am very satisfied

      I am learning a lot since I got this book

      One person found this helpful

    5. Imran

      Great book. It did not come with a CD.

      It is a great book! The Cd was not included in the book. Wondering how to get the soundtracks.

    6. S.A.M.

      Very good, but you will likely need to buy an piano exercise book to supplement this material

      I recently started learning the piano again after a 20+ year break. I heard good things about Alfred books from a co-worker so I decided to give this series a try. Overall I think this is a great book for beginning adult students trying to learn on their own, particularly those that have never played an instrument before and/or don’t know how to read music. The learning curve is gentle, one thing I like is that chords are introduced early so even the beginning pieces sound “fuller” in comparison to other beginner books I used as a kid. The presentation is also top notch; the print is clear and the book is spiral-bound so it stays open.The one weakness of this book is that there are not enough exercises to build finger strength and technique. I don’t have it in front of me, but I believe there are only 2-3 Hanon exercises and nothing else. I’m not here to say everyone needs to do Hanon specifically, but I do think all piano students need to work on exercises of some kind for at least a few minutes each practice. I have played everything in this book and I just don’t think it is adequate technique-wise on its own. I would have like to have seen a few more exercises with a little more variation. Given that, I would strongly recommend picking up one of the many piano exercise books to supplement this one. I am personally using the Beyer Elementary Instruction Book and this combination is working great for me so far.

      3 people found this helpful

    7. Unkle Cleo

      Dvd is incredibly boring.

      I already owned this book when I ordered the same with a dvd included. The book is excellent, but I found the dvd to be almost useless, so I returned them.Essentially, the teacher reads almostword-for-word from the book, and in a very boring, sterile, way-too-proper manner. Had she spoken in a normal conversational voice, instead of preaching to an audience of children, like a nun would do, I might have kept the pair. Too bad, too. This could have been a knock-out combination had the dvd been done correctly. I didn’t find it very easy to navigate either, but that could be due to my own anti-computer attitude.

    8. Heidi J. Shawley

      What a great teaching book!

      Great book for learning piano! Easy to understand and broken into steps. Highly recommend it

    9. Cheryl smith

      Very user friendly

      This All-In-One Adult theory was for me to help teach my husband how to play the keyboard, to learn finger placement on the keys and learn to read music.

      2 people found this helpful

    10. Albert

      In depth book for SERIOUS students.

      This book goes deep into theory which can be great for some students but not all.If you’re looking to learn music and understand it as a language to learn and to be able to read and understand chords then this book is for you.If you’re just looking for a good time to jam and play quickly this book is not for you. I would recommend something much simpler.I wish knew there was a CD accompaniment but there is one available.

      One person found this helpful

    11. Maia

      Excellent books for the self-starter.

      I took piano lessons as a kid, learned a little, but mostly was a poor, disinterested student because I didn’t practice. Now, as a senior, I’m interested in learning to play. I ordered all three Alfred’s Adult All-In-One piano course books because the price was right. I figured if I didn’t like the books I wouldn’t be out much money. Well, I LOVE the books. They are logical and well-organized and provide plenty of practice drills to strengthen your hands and fingers. I can’t say enough good about them. I’m learning things that I’d never been told about music before. Playing the piano is also a wonderful way to limber arthritic fingers plus gives you hours of enjoyment as you play. They are perfect for someone like me. And, if you need a piano I recommend the very reasonably priced Casio digital piano ($799) with its full piano keyboard, weighted, full sized keys and many beautiful sound options selected from a touch screen pad. No more overwhelming buttons and tabs. Since the Alfred books arrived I’ve been studying the Level One book for an hour or so then go to the piano to put the information I’ve learned into action. I’ve order two books of sheet music designed by Alfred’s at the book one level so that I have even more options for music to play right away. And Alfred’s has books for kids, too. I don’t think you can go wrong with these books.

      6 people found this helpful

    12. Deb GDeb G

      Good book but….

      This is a good book to learn from but there are not enough practice songs for each section. Learning the C Major and G7 the two partial songs are the only practice songs for these chords. I’m 62 with no music experience so practice songs are important. I’m purchased other piano song books to practice with but they are too advanced for me. If there were more practice songs I’d give this a 5 star.

      2 people found this helpful


      Excellent course. I am learning, and fast. What else could I ask for?

      I haven’t finished it (I am about 70% of it) but I’ve seen and learnt enough as to rate this course.In one word: Excellent. I for sure will be getting more titles from this line of courses and author.A little bit of context: As a kid (I’m now on my 30’s) I had the chance to study a bit of organ and keyboards, just enough to learn the notes, a few chords and some songs.Fast forward to 2013 I got interested on piano, so having that previous experience I wanted to leverage it and went to take private lessons with a very experienced pianist teacher.Long story short, I was learning melodies and being able to play them, but something was missing. Basically, structure and backing theory behind what I was learning, and most of all, the ability to read the notes by sight, which was very difficult for me.This book/course gave me all of that which was missing. I am actually impressed about how fast I am grasping the concepts, and of course very happy for that.Besides, I take the lessons at home, on my own availability, saving time, gas and of course, the cost is much, much less (no comparison.)If you are serious in learning, I recommend buying a digital piano kit, there are good deals here in Amazon. I personally bought a Yamaha P95 (now discontinued and upgraded AFAIK) which is a great equipment too.Don’t think twice. This is a great course on which you will learn to play piano.

      2 people found this helpful

    14. Ted Chase

      Looks like a great book. Can’t wait to get started.

      Looks like a good book. Can’t wait to get started

    15. Monica Lynne Layer

      I gifted this to my daughter

      I have to keep buying more and more books for my 17 yo daughter to play, she goes through them very fast so any child out there, remenber, YOU CAN DO IT, do it for YOURSELF and everyone messes up so just start over, and play it again

    16. JC

      It’s a good piano primer, but avoid paying extra for the version that comes with the CD.

      This is a pretty solid adult piano primer. Techniques and theory are clearly explained, and the fingerings are mostly numbered in where you need them. There are workbook pages to reinforce concepts. I am trying to re-teach myself how to play after not having touched a keyboard for about 10 years. As I have almost completed the book, and my skills have undoubtedly improved significantly, I have to conclude that it works.I do have a caveat: AVOID PAYING EXTRA FOR THE CD. I got the version with the CD, because I assumed the CD would be of an accomplished pianist playing through the exercises, in order to help me know how much I need to practice each piece before I should move on, and to help me correct subtle errors in my playing. Having such a CD would be very worthwhile. HOWEVER, THE CD DOES NOT HAVE ANY PIANO MUSIC ON IT. Instead, the CD has multi-instrument synthesizer arrangements of the exercises in the book. It sounds like children’s music, and it is neither helpful for learning how to play the piano or enjoyable enough to listen to for aesthetic purposes.My other caveat is that I am not a big fan of a lot of music in the repertoire. It includes music from a variety a genres, and silly songs like the theme from Gilligan’s Island. I would prefer a course geared solely towards playing classical music, but I do not know of one.I ordered level 2, but this time, I got the version without the CD.

      4 people found this helpful

    17. Kotek

      Learning on my own and loving it!

      I used to play piano when I was 5-7 years old. Then I got a really bad teaching who hit my hands when I played wrong etc. Needless to say, I quit.However, when I got older I wanted to play again, so I did in college: 4 semesters of piano just for fun. Then I didn’t play for years. Now, 15 years and 3 children later, I am back to trying to play. My dd10 is in her 3rd year, so we bought a piano (we used keyboard before then), and I just really wanted to learn again. So I bought this book along with level 2 and 3 because I just loved the pieces my daughter was learning from Alfred’s books. I also love her pieces from Piano Adventures. After a couple of weeks I am no page 108 of this book. I really like the theory and technik (which my daughter lacks) so she has been learning from my book too. We love the Hanon finger exersizes. I looked over the books in level 2 and 3 and just can’t wait to get there. I have ordered Christmas books and a book with some popular songs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn piano and not spend a fortune on lessons. I don’t think I could afford to pay $35 per lesson for my daughter and me! She does the lessons because she needs motivation like little awards, recitals, teacher telling her what to play, how many minutes a day, etc etc. However, motivated grownup doesn’t need it, and these books do great. I give it 5 stars because I can’t think of anything I don’t like about this book.

      7 people found this helpful

    18. Stanley Boschet


      On time and as promised in mint condition, I’m good

    19. Carole Kensy

      Best Book to learn to play the Piano

      If you want to learn to play the piano this is the book for you. You have to be willing to put in the time and patience with yourself to practice, practice. I personally have found it so easy to follow I know I have a ways to go but having the songs to learn along the way make you feel you are making progress. Great Book!!!!

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    21. Much0Gust0

      Not meant for Kindle

      I purchased this product on my Kindle and started off very pleased! It actually is a great system. I’m just starting out with my piano learning and this is a perfect book for a beginner like me. I really am beginning to be quite capable with my piano playing, and the instructions in the book are well-paced. I stumble on a few songs, but then I work hard at practicing them and feel extraordinarily accomplished afterwards. I’m excited to start on level 2 as well!However, I would recommend everyone gets it in the physical form. The screen size on the kindle version makes it difficult to follow since several songs do not fit on one page (they do in the physical version). Also, if you’re looking for some exciting songs that you can play while going through this program, you can get the 

      Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Greatest Hits, Level 1 (Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Series)

      , but the page numbers line up with the physical book aaaaaand there are not page numbers on the kindle. Lastly, there are plenty of spots in the book where they prompt you to write answers (such as note names) into boxes, which you cannot do in the kindle version. I was fortunate enough to have a friend that already owned the physical version and I just used theirs after I realized the kindle one wasn’t worth it.In a sentence: This is a fantastic learning tool if you stick with it, but get the physical book and not the kindle version.

      3 people found this helpful

    22. Kay

      Finally! I’m learning piano.

      You can teach an old dog new tricks.I have a piano teacher, she also teaches my son guitar, we trade lessons so I go every other week. The book is designed for you to teach yourself but lessons keep me motivated to practice and progress. I can go to a lesson, play for my instructor all that I have practiced and learned and get feedback and she can explain a few of the techniques and how to play some of the more confusing chords and music theory and then I tackle several more chords and songs before my next lesson. So fa this has worked quite well for me.I really can do a great deal on my own, which is nice, but I really like having the instructor to check in with and help me make sure I’m not learning things incorrectly. I’ve struggled the most with the position of my hands and wrists and fingers and she has been great at keeping me doing that correctly so I don’t have to relearn later on.At times I wish the book moved a bit slower. There are new chords every other page and I recently got overwhelmed wanting to just be able to put together what I’d learned instead of it always being something new but that is coming so I’m hanging in there through these next few pages of chords.Been leaning piano for about four months and am looking forward to being able to play some songs I know, hopefully soon!

      5 people found this helpful

    23. William B.

      Overall 5 stars

      Love it. Alfred’s books has helped me tremendously.

    24. Leenbo


      Helped me learn to play


      Arrived tattered and ungiftable.

      One book arrived in good condition while the other was tattered on corners of front and back. This was a gift so I cannot share in this condition.

      One person found this helpful

    26. Nicole

      No CD

      Book good to learn with but no CD as advertised

      One person found this helpful

    27. P. Masuda

      Surprisingly, the best course for beginner adults

      I am a piano teacher who has tried many adult courses witholder children and all ages of adults.The first advantage to this course is that the theory andtechnic are all in one book. Over the years, I have found that for beginners, theory and technic in a separate bookresults in the student forgetting to bring one of the booksto the lesson, or ignoring the practice of either book. Having the theory right in the main book is effective because the student can have a break from playing and immediately focus on studying music notation without playing.The CD is the most unique part of this program. Though itprobably is most effective with the guidance of the teacher,those of you who are self studying should know that practicing with the recording is a very powerful learning tool. Most people skim through lessons playing the songswith poor rhythm, without continuity and flow, and at tempos that are too slow to make the song sound good. The recording sets the bar, where you can develop good rhythmwhen you have learned to play the song well enough to keep up with the recording. You will practice a great deal until you have the mastery to keep up with a tempo on theCD that is faster than what you can do at first. My students have told me that it is great fun playing with theCD, improving all their skills and motivating them to practice more!

      9 people found this helpful

    28. LeeAnna

      Great for preteens + with no experience

      Using this to teach my 11yr old to play piano. She is picking it up fast! She hasn’t had any previous instruction. I’m excited that they added songs like Gilligan’s Island, Over the Rainbow, and Singing in the Rain! I learned from this book as a teen, and it stopped at Amazing Grace. Now there are more songs to learn! She is very excited to learn too. We are moving at her pace, a new song and a page of theory each lesson. So far, we’ve been having a new lesson every couple days. I expect that to change as she learns to play both hands together.

    29. Rana

      On to book 2!

      I love this course so far. Everyday practicing has gotten me through the whole thing in a month (I had a little music theory knowledge and had lessons for about 2 years when I was very young, so factor that in). I still need a LOT of polishing (probably another couple months before I can play all the pieces with few mistakes) but I think I’m going to press on to start looking at book 2 at least a couple minutes every practice session now (spending most of my practice in book 1 still though). I love the book because it doesn’t treat you like you’re 4. There are finger exercises to improve flexibility and a no-lesson section at the end of the book with several longer music pieces. The book covers a bunch of different styles too.. Classical, blues, some little tunes like “On top of old Smoky” and “Happy Birthday”. Christmas songs, hymns.. Quite a lot for one book. If you’re serious about teaching yourself, I’m personally having a blast and it’s so easy to come back to this book and WOW, I can play songs! I can’t wait to practice in the evening every day. P.S. practice your scales a LOT.

      5 people found this helpful

    30. Tonja Drecker

      A solid book for slightly more mature students

      I purchased this one to teach a slightly older student, hoping that it would hold a fast enough pace to keep him interested. And it’s not bad. The basics of music theory are covered as well as a smooth introduction to posture, hand movements and such. The songs are fine and build at a relatively moderate pace. My student needed a little more a little quicker, though. But in general, I found it to be a good book for those, who are a little more mature and capable of grasping the basics fairly quickly. As always, it’s best to find another book or two with easier pieces to accompany it as well.

      3 people found this helpful

    31. lisa musgrove

      Beast book for adults!!

      I have used this book many times to teach all ages of adults. I cannot say enough good about it. Easy to understand. My father bought a piano. He’s 87 years young. He’s having so much fun learning. I’m in another state. So its great he’s able to use this book.

    32. jkwdo

      Excellent resource for adult beginners

      I started piano at age 77: totally ignorant. I stumbled onto this book at Half-Price Books, then was told by my brand-new piano teacher that this was her favorite teaching text . It builds gradually with lots of explanation. I enjoy the songs and always “ play ahead” because I just can’t wait to start a new lesson . I even bought one for my 17-year-old grandson who just started learning too.

      One person found this helpful

    33. mem

      Very comprehensive

      This book is comprehensive and includes all the information contained in the “Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course”. I ordered that “self-teaching” book too but after receiving it and realizing that information is in here, I was going to return that one but found it would have cost me to return it rather than keep and donate it. I’m not sure why they have both since its redundant and confusing.Back on topic… This “All-in-One” course seems to be worth every penny and seems like an excellent value due to all the information it contains compared to the “Self Teaching” course. This book is the much better one in my opinion. I also have it with the special spine which can lay flat… that’s very important too! Very happy with it.

      5 people found this helpful

    34. Dorothy Thomas

      Adult All in one course- Piano Lessons

      The book is in prestine condition and just what I need! Thank you for delivering it so quickly.

    35. Pam Holman

      Spiral book

      I like how easy to use the book and fast shipping

    36. Mary ONeillMary ONeill

      I’m finally learning how to play piano!

    37. Cynthia Whitmore

      Very helpful book to learn to play the piano

      The book was what I expected and more.

      2 people found this helpful

    38. Mireya


      Super easy to learn!

      2 people found this helpful

    39. cmybliss

      Great Self Teaching Book

      A little background before I get into the real review: My 14 y/o trumpet player daughter has been wanting to learn the piano for years. Because she has C.P. we had been putting it off thinking that trying to coordinate both hands at once and read music would be too frustrating for her. Her trumpet teacher disagreed and recommended she start with the Suzuki method as she has and incredibly good ear and quite a bit of natural musical talent. From my understanding of Suzuki, there is quite a bit of parent involvement required. This is a problem for me given I have limited experience playing an instrument (flute. I really should have listened when my mom said I’d regret giving it up) and absolutely none with the piano. I bought this book to help rectify that, knowing that I’ll be sitting in on her weekly lessons and absorbing a lot of information there.Having only had the book a couple of days, I love it already. The book assumes you are coming to the piano with no prior musical experience and starts from the very beginning. It introduces the musical alphabet and shows where each note falls on the keyboard. When reading from the staff is introduced, the note names are printed right in the note so your eyes are traveling along the staff instead of looking elsewhere. With each lesson on theory you are given exercises and practice tunes that reinforce the lesson. There are also written exercises to really help make those connections solid. You move along fairly quickly, playing simple melodies with each hand separately to playing with both hands. Once harmonic intervals are introduced (pg.26) and you start playing the melody with one hand and harmonics with the other, you really feel like you’re making music! It’s pretty exciting to go from not knowing where middle C is located to playing Jingle Bells with a bit of harmony in 2 days! I can’t wait to continue to grow with this book.I do plan on adding scales and such to my practice sessions, as these are truly the things that will help you progress and give you a more fundamental understanding of how music is put together. Playing scales and arpeggios are just as important to a musician as stretching is to a runner. They may not be the most fun, but they are essential, which my daughter hates to hear.Some have said that the song selection leaves a bit to be desired. While I don’t disagree that songs like “Tisket, A Tasket”, “Lightly Row”, and “Aunt Rhody” are juvenile, (these are the songs all young musicians start with. The Good Lord knows I’ve sat through many a squeaky beginning band performance of them!) they are the type of song that build that foundation for the great things to come. By the time you finish this book you should be able to play songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “Singin’ in the Rain”. You can also find loads of simple piano music online for free and there’s always the option of purchasing books of beginner music if you find that you’re board by the selections provided.Also be aware that this book does not come with the c.d. Not really a problem as there are loads of nice folks who have uploaded videos to youtube of all the songs. Just search for Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano and you’ll have your pick.All in all, I really am enjoying learning with this book. I feel like I’m able to grasp the concepts that are introduced and will be able to help my daughter along once her lessons start in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to finishing this book, which I hope will come sooner rather than later, and starting on the next one.

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    40. Brad B

      Easy to read

      It’s what I bought. I will use it and hope it helps me relearn the piano.

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    41. Tyler

      Wonderful book for beginners

      I’ve only had one day to start ging through this book and my understanding of reading and playing music is already noticeably improved. This book moves at a great pace with a gentle balance of challenging you and yet not confusing you. Perfect for beginners.

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    42. Lazychick

      4.5 — Self-Study Review

      I really enjoy this book and feel that I’ve learned a lot so far, although I’m only halfway through. It would be ideal for beginner students or those needing a brush up, especially if they are working with a professional on the side. I’m in my mid-30s, doing it through self-study and find it relatively easy to do. I’m hoping to get a proper acoustic piano eventually and would love to know how to play well first. I’ve never had musical training, but have played off and on by ear–meaning, I didn’t know most chords, notes, or proper hand positions, and I certainly couldn’t read music. That’s certainly changing! Right now, I’m just seeing how far I can get with it and may take lessons later when I can afford it. I’m currently using a 61-key keyboard at the moment, but plan on getting one that’s 88-key with properly weighted keys for advanced lessons to tie me over for a couple more years until I can get an acoustic.While it’s certainly possible to learn on your own (this far, anyway!), I definitely recommend looking up instructional videos to help with hand positions and posture. I found several on YouTube, such as one called “The 5 Basic Elements of a Correct Posture,” by an English-speaking Russian instructor. I also suggest getting the CD combo package to help with tempo (hint: if it’s under $10, you are likely not buying the combo). I mistakenly bought the one without the CD and you will definitely want it, and the combination package is less expensive than buying separately. If you wind up getting the book without the CD, you can find demos on Youtube as well; it’s just a little more tedious. So far, I’ve located all but one (at the beginning of the book) and I’m just a little beyond page 50. This will come in handy for songs that are unfamiliar to you or are a little more difficult to play.Once you get to p. 50 or so, things kind of take an abrupt leap in advancement (position change) and the book kind of loses its clarity at that point to some degree, but it’s not impossible and demos definitely help. Just make sure to do those little assignments and practice loads. Because I play by ear and tend to memorize things well, I always go back to songs, even if I’ve previously played them before. That way, I make sure I’m reading the notes rather than sounding them out.All in all, I really enjoy it and I’m pretty amazed that I’m actually reading music, even if it’s with difficulty at times as I progress in the book. Because I tend to be my biggest nag, I will likely get the adult self-study version, too, but it was recommended by reviewers to start with this one. I also plan to get the eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method software program. I hadn’t seen it until after I purchased this book, but I feel that it will help me more with tempo and what not. I’m also visual, so that may help as well.

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    43. michibilly

      It is what it is… a beginner’s book.

      Several of the less complimentary reviews complain that the book is boring or slow… it’s a beginner book. One states that there are other books that are using classical music and not some of the simplistic music, one calling ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ a children’s song. Really? If you’ve ever been to New Orleans you will note that every drunk in town plays it…. but I digress.This is a beginner’s book. I’m taking lessons and my instructor had no other adult students at the time and the only material was either very advanced, or kiddie books featuring ‘London Bridge’, ‘Mr. Froggie’ and other embarrassments for adults to play. Now, I should mention that I’m over 60 and have never taken any musical lessons of any kind. Before starting lessons five months ago I could not even read music. This book has been a tremendous learning tool for me, but again, I have no musical education whatsoever. Those who have played piano or have taken other lessons where they have learned to read music and possibly have learned theory will undoubtedly find this book too elementary.I have read that there is too much playing in the key of ‘C’ and that’s a bad thing. Well, for a beginner, it’s a good thing as it allows you to start playing some simple songs fairly quickly and that’s really the way to keep beginners interested and motivated isn’t it?As with all educational pursuits, first you need to define you goals. If you goal is to become a serious player, you definitely won’t be there at the completion of this book (can’t comment on successive books as I don’t have them yet). If your goal is like mine, to just be able to play to amuse myself, I think this book will put you on the right path. Some of the things I like about the Alfred’s courses are the supplemental books; you can pick up books with a lot of additional songs that correspond to the lesson books; my teacher has asked me to choose some songs to play and it isn’t that easy to pour through books looking for songs that I can play at my beginning skill level.As for music theory; you won’t pick up a ton of it in this book as it’s just too advanced for people needing a book this basic. However, I have found the ‘Idiots Guide to Music Theory’ to be a great book to help me get more up-to-speed on theory, and I use my teacher to help me with the parts that I don’t understand.There are a lot of good beginning books out there, but frankly, you really can’t compare them to working with an actual teacher, and I guess I supplement my teacher with this book…. or is it the other way around?

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    44. MrsA

      Great book! For kids or adults, I would think.

      For years, I wanted to learn the piano but thought my window of opportunity had passed thirty some eyed years ago. This book is great! I’ve been plinking around on the piano a few months but after starting this book (I’m about a quarter of the way through now) reading music is getting easier and I’m capable of working on playing from actual sheet music. It’s pretty awesome! I am 45 and gave up trying to live vicariously through my children😂 (neither were interested in learning).I like how easy this method makes learning. It takes practice, but the practice is fun because you can see results pretty much right away.I also like how the book lays open easily. There are bits along the way where you are asked to write in the names of notes, and chords. I find those helpful as well because it makes you form additional pathways in your brain – my boys and I like to call them synapse bridges. The neurons that fire together wire together, and doing as many methods to help remember the lessons is a good thing. I do have to go back to previous lessons from time to time for a refresher, but mostly because that’s just the way my brain works. I like the repetition. Makes my synapse bridges stronger.I know it’s geared toward adults, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work well for kids as well. Maybe not littles. But the format is simple and seems to me all that is needed are basic reading skills and a desire to play.

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    45. Michelle Lewis

      can’t read music, but play by ear

      Don’t think you can use these interchangeably. It’s not possible. Just because you play by ear doesn’t mean you can read sheet music. I’m starting from scratch. I’m breaking old habits and learning how to read it. Once I have done it, I’m teaching my grandson. Then if he wants to learn more, then we’ll pay for it. 🙂

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    46. Peter M. Ranon

      You can teach an old dog a new trick (play the piano well enough for self entertainment)

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       We bought a piano (Yamaha C2) when our youngest daughter Lia expressed interest in playing the piano in 2009. I turned 50 that year and decided that I wanted to learn to play as well as I always had an interest. I played musical instruments while growing up but never that seriously (no marching band, etc.) so I knew how to read music but never a keyboard based instrument that required two sets of staffs (melody and chord) to be read simultaneously (sometimes the left and the right hands go in opposite directions and mostly at different beats!). So I started with Alfred’s All-In-One Course Book 1, then 2, teaching myself how to play (also purchased Book 3 but have only peruse through it but haven’t started it yet). Once I learned the basics though, I figured that “Life’s too short” and that Alfred’s taught me enough fundamentals that I should just start playing music I enjoy for self entertainment. In this video, I play short snippets here and there from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Music of The Night” from Phantom of the Opera. I thought it was impossible at first (so many sharps/flats) but you soon realize that you just play on the black keys instead of on the white ones. I wrote the keys and fingers used to play the key (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 convention starting with your thumb) on the notes to simplify and eventually learned to play the whole song. Like most compositions, there are several pages of music but only a fraction of it is unique and the rest are variations on the same theme. I play the only the unique snippets here and there to try to fit the video within the acceptable limit for Amazon Video Review. Anyway, I hope you also tell yourself that “I can do it” and after learning the fundamentals, just start playing like I did as it is quite rewarding (much better than singing since the piano does the heavy lifting). Hope you enjoy! Yes, “you can teach an old dog a new trick.”

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    47. Alex

      I’d like to give it 5 stars, but…

      First, I think this is a really fine book for adult learners — especially those who may have played piano or another instrument before. The material doesn’t belabor each new subject, so if there is something you aren’t sure about after you’ve moved ahead in the book and want to review it, the information will be easy enough to find and you don’t feel like you’re getting hammered with too much material. Most of the songs are typical to primer books for just about any instrument. Some of the guitar books have the same songs in them, in almost the same order.The audio files from the DVD are very helpful, especially if you aren’t familiar with the tune. They give you good examples of what it should sound like at tempo. Which made me think of something. If you don’t have a metronome you should get one and use it. Practicing with it will help even out your playing immensely.One thing I did notice, is that the DVD doesn’t appear to have all of the audio files on it that the book (and the Amazon and Alfred websites) say it should have. I’ve emailed Alfred’s tech support and am waiting for a response to see how I can get copies of the missing audio files. As near as I can tell the following are missing.Lullaby, Chasing the Blue Away, Good People, Auld Lang Syne, The Stranger, Over the Rainbow, At Last, Singing in the Rain, Laura, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle, Chattanooga Choo Choo.That said, by the time you finish the previous lessons you should be able to work you way thorough these songs with the mp3 file. It may take you longer without hearing the audio, but you should be able to do it. If you need the audio (that matches) the music, there’s a program called Musescore that you can use to enter the notes and play back the file. This may seem tedious, but there is one important benefit from this — if you enter the notes using the keyboard (instead of the mouse) it reinforces what you have learned in the book reading the music.When I hear back from Alfred’s I’ll update this post with their response.8/20/13: I heard back from Alfred’s tech support. The CSR Matt was very helpful and sent a CD out with the missing items on it. Great customer service! I upped my score to a 5 now. I am very pleased with the book.

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    48. GLADYS M.

      Awesome! Self explained !

      I used this book in an elective class in college. I remembered being very easy to read so I bought it for my 7 year old niece that got a piano for her 7th birthday. She is infactuated with this book. She loves it and it’s learning on her on!!!!

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    49. Craig

      A solid beginner book

      I’ve had the book for 3 months and practiced consistently, 30-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week. I’m on page 84 of 159. Seems a good time to give a review.Aspects of the book I like:–The practice pieces incrementally increase in difficulty in a reasonable way. I feel like each new piece or concept only asks me to develop one new skill or piece of knowledge. I haven’t ever felt that the next piece is beyond my ability to play with some effort. Some pieces required a week or so to develop comfort, but most I felt comfortable moving forward after a couple days focused on a song.–The inclusion of music theory is helpful for a beginner like myself to understand concepts. I’m learning a bit about how much I don’t know. Picking up the proper terminology is going to be important if I ever want to play with other people or get lessons.–There’s a guy on that popular video sharing website (You know which Tube I’m referring to) who gives short lessons and tips on each piece. He’s been very helpful for any songs that I just need to be pointed in the right direction.Things I don’t love:–I’m not sure there’s any book where it’s possible to begin learning piano while only playing songs you’re really excited to show off in public some day. This certainly isn’t that book. Not to say I have major issues with the pieces. If you buy this book I recommend approaching it with a similar mindset as I have: the pieces are fine at worst, quite fun at best, but most important they build a repertoire of techniques and skills that will allow you to move forward in your musical journey.

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    50. Stephanie Henderson

      Great tool for beginners and those who need a refresher course.

      I love the way it is set up. My piano teacher recommended this to me, because she uses it during our sessions. It comes with two discs to assist with teaching you everything you need to know about playing piano, reading and writing music sheet music. It is hands down the best piano lesson book I’ve ever seen and used.

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    51. Mother

      Use More than One Method Book

      At first, I liked the layout of this book until I got to page 37 and I hit a road block. I still very much like this Alfred book for learning playing music with chords; however, this book rapidly gets into the G7 Chord before I felt I had the coordination and technique to move my fingers to do so. I felt that more practice reading in the Middle C Position, Treble and Base C Pentascale Positions, and G Pentascale using both fingers together and simpler chords is needed before moving to the G7 Chord. Since I couldn’t seem to progress with the technical skill of playing the G7 Chord fluently, I started feeling frustrated and did not enjoy playing from the Alfred Method Book. Alfred went very heavy into the G7 chord in almost every song beginning on page 37. I switched to the Faber Piano Adventures and got to about halfway through that book in Chapter 10 before I hit another road block since the Piano Adventures book seemed to be moving all over the place.I then switched back to Alfred and began again with page 32 Introduction on Cords and I am using in conjunction with Bastien Adult (Chapter 3) so that I have more practice. I find both Bastien Adult Level 1 and the Alfred Adult Level 1 cover topics in a similar order and gives me a better foundation before moving on to the next topic. Bastien has more theory written homework (with answers in back so I can check my work), and Alfred has more piano exercises. I think the two books together are a perfect fit for a self learner. Alfred does go more in depth in Chord playing and I find the songs in Alfred to be more challenging. It seems like if you are self teaching yourself, using more than one method book is a good idea. There is No one perfect method book, but if you use more than one, I feel it gives you a stronger foundation. Plus, the more songs you practice, the better Piano Player you become.

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    52. Eris

      Love it!

      I’m an adult learner who’s played violin mostly casually since 4th grade, in a wide variety of music genres, and with great sight-reading skills because I loathed to practice. I’ve done everything from “Twinkle, Twinkle” to Handel’s Messiah, to jamming with random drunk Scottish bagpipers. I’ve seen and played a lot of music is what I’m trying to say. This book has been great at helping me get “back to basics” (guess who never learned to name notes by sight, haha) and has been invaluable at teaching me a new instrument.Cons: the “write it in” exercises can feel excessive at times, and they introduce traveling and RH syncopated rhythms at almost the same time which is driving me slowly insane.Pros: the songs are the right mix of challenging and easy so I can generally figure it out within a single session, explanations are straightforward and walk you nicely through the exercises, progression is (mostly) smooth, and it provides a nice variety of either recognizable or easily decipherable songs to practice whatever skill was just discussed.I’ll be supplementing with Suzuki method (because I did their violin series and it’s actually a cult you guys) as well as some easy Joplin arrangements so maybe I can figure out how to make my hands do different rhythms, but I’ll be sticking with Alfred’s as my main course books. And if I ever get called out on not being able to identify a 6th interval or whatever I’ll go back and do the rest of the homework 🙂

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    53. Heather Desplechin

      Easy to use

      As someone with ZERO musical knowledge I found this super easy to follow. I took up piano during covid as something to do and this book was recommended to me by my friend who studied piano for 30+ years. Clear directions, useful practice exercises. Covers music theory, notes, beats and lessons build on what is covered in previous sections making to super easy to work your way through the book. Would definitely recommend for any adult looking to begin piano.

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    54. Ben Wiley

      and when I got this book it didn’t disappoint. I mean

      This arrived swiftly. I’m a self-taught person so I know all the notes, the major scale in every key, the four main triads in every key and inversion, etc – but I don’t know how to PLAY. I’ve been checking out “The Jazz Piano Book” by Mark Levine for most of my information. But that’s advanced stuff. What I desired was something to teach me to play properly, and when I got this book it didn’t disappoint. I mean, it starts off VERY basic, to the point that I know the stuff in the beginning of the book already – but that was reassuring, knowing that the book starts at square one and builds from there. It starts with something very important – exercises for the hands, something often overlooked but important from the very start, as many self-taught pianists play too hard and develop habits that cause problems down the line (carpel tunnel syndrome, for instance). So this book intends to start you off properly with warm-ups and stuff. Next, though, it gets right to the point and starts you on some reading on the treble clef and even starts with a simple song (“Ode To Joy”, from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony). So you start playing right off the bat basically. That’s a good thing. One thing to note here is that the books do not come with a CD – but when I started reading I saw they mention a CD, so you won’t have that as a reference, although I believe with a metronome and taking the time to really digest note-reading, you should do alright in playing the stuff from the book. Sometimes I think CDs make it too easy for people and they tend to gloss over really learning to interpret the music as written. I’m also trying to see if the book doesn’t have some site from which to download the sound files, though, just to feel like I got my money’s worth. Looking over the set of books (I bought all three), I believe I can really make some advances as far as learning to play classical goes. I would totally recommend this course to beginners looking for a start.

    55. SeattleDude

      This is a very good book. I didnt give it five stars because it could use modernizing. But.

      So I am certain I had a version of this 20 years ago. It feels very familiar and as I am already a musician I am using it to train myself Piano. I was taught Bass Clef in school as I played a lower brass instrument. I certainly have some experience with treble but Piano is a challenge with both at the same time and this book really builds the relationship with the hands and eyes. It’s a very good method and I am actually through half in a couple of days but that is expected as Im not really a newbie. But there is very good instruction. What keeps it from being 5 stars is that its quite dated. I suppose there is no reason to rewrite a book but I don’t care for a lot of the songs and i think that is hurting it interest wise. For me I am more interested in hammering through it and then getting better sheet music. But that is honestly me nitpicking. This is a very effective system so there is a lot to be said for dont mess with it. But I would like to learn to music I can relate to or like.

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    56. Nathan

      An amazing and easy to follow piano book

      First off, I may not be the target audience as I have a fair amount of musical experience (8+ years). Having been in choirs, taken private voice lessons and having directed church choirs, I already had a grasp of music theory. Still, I had only used pianos or organs in the past for plucking out the melody, and any brief attempts at playing with two hands ended with frustration. I simply didn’t have the time to take lessons, so I figured this was all I would ever be able to do.After a conversation with an organist friend, I searched for the best adult piano book and purchased it on a whim. A week ago it arrived, and I’ve made it about halfway through, taking a 3 day break in the middle. (Since I have a grasp of the theory, I’ve skipped the theory sections, so I’ve been able to move faster than most students might).The instruction on fingering and the difficulty progression through the book is perfect. Although I struggle with each new song, after a few attempts it starts coming together. Every day I am extremely impressed with the new songs I am able to play. I (and my wife, who has taken years of piano) are dumbfounded at how quickly I’ve been able to progress, and it’s all thanks to this book! I will undoubtedly be purchasing the level 2 book when I complete this one!

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    57. LEE4HIM

      Well…I’m learning the Piano!

      I have no product to compare this too, so I am giving it 4 stars because it would be unfair to give it 5 without it being based on a competitors product. I am 32 years old and played trumpet in high school, but don’t remember anything. My grandmother bought me a really nice keyboard when I was in grade school and it has been sitting in the attic for over a decade so got it out, dusted it off, and bought this book so I could have a new hobby to take up my time in a constructive way. The book starts out simple with a middle C approach and introduces you to each key with exercises to help you learn them. Then after a time it introduces you to each chord with helpful exercises to learn each one and so on. After a bit it moves you up the Trebel and Bass clef to the G approach and so on… Super fun and it does get difficult, but if you stop and practice until you get things perfect before moving on it doesn’t get to difficult. I remember when I got the book, I looked forward in it, and thought I will never be able to play this stuff, but now I am playing it with ease. Great book and a fun and easy way to learn the piano. My new hobby is very fulfilling and from the amount I can learn it will last me a long time, and in the end I should be able to play a decent piece of any music with ease. I would recommend for sure! If your using a keyboard instead of a piano there are a few things mentioned in the lessons you will have to overlook since this book is based on a piano, but it isn’t necessary for you to have an expensive piano to get this book…just a quality size keyboard.

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    58. Al928

      Alfred’s Adult-All in One

      Background:I’m a music major in college but my main instrument is guitar. I had to buy this book for my college piano class which I decided to take to force myself to practice piano. Again-my main instrument is guitar & I’m a music major-I already know fundamental theory (major & minor scales/keys, chords-triads, upper structures, major & minor modes etc…). I am learning to play piano because I pretty much have to as a student & because I want to have a strong functional & practical understanding of harmony & counter point (so I guess traditional & more contemporary). Playing songs I like on the piano isn’t really my goal.The Not so Good Stuff:I give this book a two not in comparison to Carl Humphries’s book, but because I feel that it doesn’t do the job. I understand that my goal in playing piano isn’t a common one & that many people want to learn to play the piano for fun & want to learn to play pieces (as you should really). However, I feel that this book is pretty childish & teaches in a way that becomes a hindrance in the future. This is supposed to be a book for adults but it doesn’t seem that way-it could move a lot faster & provide some theory through out the book so that the reader can develop an understanding of what goes on when he or she plays the keys.Perhaps it’s my prior education that makes me feel this way but I feel that knowing some theory helps to demystify what goes on when you play which helps you get your brain & fingers in gear. The concept of a major scale isn’t explained until page 100 of 159. Then it goes & attaches the formula to the C major scale which can be misleading. All major scales have the same formula-it doesn’t make sense to teach them as separate systems. I can understand if wind players can’t work with that kind of explanation but on the piano they’re pretty much structurally the same. Teaching them as different systems is just over whelming & a waste of time-it’d be better to give C major as an example & explain how the formula is universal & begin to explain the circle of 5ths/4ths (isn’t that the whole point of 440?). Believe it or not, that kind of information can really help when learning a song you like or that some one else wants to hear. It may seem daunting but adults are better than children at grasping concrete concepts & this book would be pretty easy even for kids learning piano.Another gripe is the middle C approach. There are more notes to start on than middle C & again, due to the nature of our musical temperament, countless tunes aren’t in C. It isn’t bad to start out playing this way-it’s easier to read. However, there isn’t any mentioning of keys until page 100-this can be a really awkward idea to grasp after getting used to playing only the white keys & an occasional black key. So if students find the music for a song they like but it’s not in C, what happens?The Good Stuff:You play actual tunes really quickly which is good because you work towards a musical goal not just technical ones which can get boring really quickly. A lot of reading is done-notes not text, so the student new to reading music gets a lot of practice getting familiar with the notes on the staff. The book also does a good job at providing exercises right before tunes so that the student can ease in to the tune with some physical familiarity on the keys. Finally,the spiral binding is great-book stays open every where.I’d say if you don’t have enough time to dedicate to ‘serious’ study/practice or consider yourself a slow learner and or just happen to be new to music, then you might want this book. I think Carl Humphries’s the Piano Handbook is a better choice for those who want to move faster & have the time & focus to apply themselves (I own that one too). The downside is that the material moves fast. A good idea may be to get both so that for the first few chapters you supplement the material in the harder book with the practice from the other book until you can move through Humphries’s book without training wheels so to speak. It’s more work but it’s the best bang for your book & the way to actually learn to play the piano & not what’s given.

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    59. RectifiedGTRz

      Great for beginner or review

      This is a very good adult course. I am a trained classical musician (play classical guitar) and 25 years ago I learned some piano. I wanted a course that would provide some refresher training as well as new insights. I was able to go through the book in three days, in maybe an hour or so each day. If you are an absolute beginner, this book will help provide you the basics of not only the mechanics of piano playing but also theory as well as gradually getting into the various key signatures. I like the course because it teaches chordal playing in both hands and introduces contrary motion scales. It also introduces position playing and very basic chordal theory (I-IV-V). I bought the three series and looking ahead each book builds on the last and gradually introduces new key signatures. The only thing I don’t like about it, it seems to favor the use of the sustain pedal. While this makes things pretty and makes chordal changes a snap, I practice each piece both with the sustain and without, trying to hold the chord shapes as if I was using a pedal. I don’t recommend this for young adults or children, however. The pieces are a bit old fashioned for them. By the end of the first book you will be playing some useful tunes, albeit in an easy format (such as Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas). I also like the inclusion of some bluesy type 2nd intervals. You will learn something and you will feel like you have accomplished something by the time you end this course. Highly recommended! Also buy the series and get the scales and arpeggios book if you are serious about learning to play.

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    60. Kevin

      So far so good! I love that feeling you get when you play a song you recognize for the first time!

      I’m about a third of the way through. The book introduces the music concepts that are completely foreign to me in an easy to understand manner and doesn’t overwhelm you. I work at my own pace and go back and review old stuff as much as I feel I need to, but I always keep going forward, it’s kind of addicting. My only experience with music before were guitar tabs (and I was never very good). My first real feeling that “I’m really playing the piano!!!” was when I was able to play jingle bells by reading the sheet music. All in all there is no shortcuts to learning piano and this book is easy to understand, simple, and straightforward. You will learn everything you need to begin learning piano as an adult, but don’t forget Practice practice practice!From what I’ve heard I would recommend getting a teacher to check your technique, posture, etc as the book doesn’t go into all that great of detail posture/technique or correcting it, or making sure you are doing the right thing. But that is no reason to not buy this book.IF I COULD DO IT AGAIN1)If I could do it over again I would get starter lessons from a teacher and buy a “digital piano” first instead of a keyboard. I’m pretty sure this book was designed for a regular or digital piano, not a keyboard., but there have been NO PROBLEMS SO FAR learning on a keyboard, aside from non-weighted keys.2) I would get the book WITH THE CD. There are online sources that play each of the melodies and songs in the book (youtube), but I would rather have the CD right there (no youtube commercials). It’s worth the extra money to see what it’s “suppose” to sound like.

      7 people found this helpful

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    Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1

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    60 reviews for Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1

    1. Amazon CustomerAmazon Customer

      Great material, but product not shipped well.

      These are great beginner books. 2 stars because they were shipped “brand new” but arrived with broken spines. They need to be shipped in something more sturdy so they are not folded in transit.

      One person found this helpful

    2. Yulduz Bozorova



    3. Kindle Customer

      Music in me.

      Nice and easy for me to learn.

    4. Tina smith

      Five Stars

      My husband loved it

    5. Cheryl Cherry-hill

      Good buy!

      I got the book for my 85 year old mother who just started guitar lessons. She loves the book because the notes are large enough for her to see!

      One person found this helpful

    6. Gabbie M.

      Love it

      This is a great guide for beginners.

    7. JR

      Five Stars

      Easy to follow

    8. Sharon Clark

      Great choice.

      Easy to follow and understand, starts easy and builds on skills as you move forward without throwing you in right away.

    9. Charles Wilson

      Five Stars


    10. Morg


      Great beginner guitar book! no confusing terminology, and always to-the-point!

    11. Amazon Customer

      Good starter book for guitar

      Could introduce strumming and chord structure more instead of concentrating on picking notes

    12. jp

      would have been 4 stars but no sound files

      At a private teacher I do like this book…. but obtaining sound files is proving to be next to impossible. Of course you can shell out 13.46 for the cd but that seems a little unfair. Anyway, I did find it in iTunes store and purchased it and … viola….the sound files are included and actually will play….. but they are too fast for beginners. My plan was to find these files on my laptop (I know they are not coming from the cloud as they work even when I turn off my wifi) and use the Anytune app to slow them down…. but I can’t find them on my hard drive! They are there somewhere … but I can’t locate them. Anyway, if you are reading this and have found these files please let me know in a review. I would say in the questions section but for some reason I can’t find the “ask question ” link…. ugh.

      5 people found this helpful

    13. william

      Perfect start into playing guitar manual.

      Exactly what I was looking for. Shipped quick. Highly recommend this seller.

    14. Rick

      Been around for a generation

      The original edition(s) of this classic beginner’s book date back to the 1960s. When I was 8 or 9 years old (1965-ish), my dad bought a beginner’s guitar for me, along with this book. I was glad to see that the book is still around [in an updated edition], and I bought it as a future gift for my grandson… or someone else if he decides he doesn’t want to learn the guitar.

      One person found this helpful

    15. Amazon Customer

      very good

      My friend wanted me to teach her 8 year old son how to play the guitar, so she asked a retired music teacher what a good book to use is, and he recommended this one. So we each got it and so far I am very pleased with it. I have never known how to read music (I learned to play chords years ago, but never to read music)but this book teaches to read music as you learn which string of the guitar plays which note and where it is on the music staff. I am learning things as I teach my little friend also. I really like this book. It is simple to understand and it is laid out in a way that I (and my student) don’t feel overwhelmed. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about playing than just chords.

      7 people found this helpful

    16. Kara Anne

      Great book for a beginner

      I bought this book for a friend. As I am giving her lessons. It is well written and easy for a beginner to understand.

    17. Harpo

      Good for beginner

      Easy to follow. Good for beginner.

    18. R&M

      Great Book for Beginners

      Fantastic book to start learning how to play and read music. Very simple to use where you don’t need a teacher to help you thru the book. I started with this same book over 40 years ago and I just bought it again for a friend who is wanting to learn to play.

      2 people found this helpful

    19. L. M. Bolt

      Easy to understand and very helpful

      I’m three years in to re-teaching myself piano with Alfred’s books and I’ve always wanted to play guitar as well so I bought this one. All of Alfred’s books are easy to understand but, as with anything, practice makes perfect. I’ve been doing the lessons for just over a month now and am pleased with my progress. Playing any instrument takes time and practice and I find myself wishing I could play more than three simple lines of ‘Ode To Joy’ but ,as with the piano, I know I’m learning things at this necessary stage and this book is very helpful.

      One person found this helpful

    20. invisible

      Not the most inspiring elementary music book.

      This is an elementary level book, which has pictures, fretboard diagrams and standard notation. Many of the songs are traditional ones but others would be unfamiliar to the twelve year old target reader. It was designed to use song files which were not included and not linked so I suppose this means the learner must learn the song before they can hear it played. So I doubt that any child I know would be motivated to practice without strong mentoring from a teacher or family member. At this point I’d say it would not be as effective otherwise.

    21. Nurse James

      As good as ever

      Every bit as good as when it was part of my training in 1965 forming a strong foundation for learning music theory as it applies to Guitar. This purchase is in an effort to show my Son how to fret with all Four fingers.

    22. Mark Weathers


      This is a great beginner’s guide to learning to play the guitar.

    23. catherinepb

      Good method, but not so good theory

      It seems to progress in a very methodical way from one string, two fingers, onto the next string and eventually all fingers. So the student can work up those callouses and build the finger strength gradually. I’m not sure I like how the theory is presented, and so I use a separate book for the music theory. That’s why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.

    24. Amazon Customer

      Kids need to learn slower.

      It is great accept it goes to fast unless you have a teacher helping you. I have a teacher to help me but some people don’t!

    25. A.Prime.Shopper

      Miss the chord chart

      It is still a good tutorial for learning to read music on a guitar. However, I REALLY miss the chord chart that they used to have inside the back cover. It is now best for only note by note playing.I used this many, many years ago when I was learning guitar, so this has probably been through several new editions since then. But, one of the most useful references was the the index with finger charts for nearly any chord. If I had known that it no longer contained this, I probably wouldn’t have purchased it. Will have to use on-line chord references instead.

      8 people found this helpful

    26. Lou

      Not very basic for a beginner, more like a lesson on music reading

      The book is good but not what I expected for a non player beginner.

    27. Sandra Robinson

      Guitar method for us oldies works!!

      Maybe it’s because I’m ‘older’, I am struggling a little. Mainly with the first string cords, but each time I practice them I see an improvement and better understanding. This book is great for explains thing in a clear and precise way. Love it. Highly recommend it.

    28. PeterSz

      It is OK I guess but it did not help …

      It is OK I guess but it did not help my kids to want to learn the basics of the guitar.

    29. Muhammad Bilal

      Easy to learn

      Very easy and detailed information for beginner learners

    30. TimM

      Good basic book

      Bought this for our 11 year old daughter, who wants to learn the guitar. I went through the book and brushed up on my cords and note reading so that I could help her. The book makes it very easy to learn the basics and our girl is having fun trying to learn the instrument.

      One person found this helpful

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    32. G. Davis

      Good, needs to be updated.

      Good instruction, old songs.

    33. Leo

      Very instructional

      Very instructional

    34. Norma V

      The foundation to learn the guitar and play it.

      This guitar study is an expanded version of the Alfred guitar book 1. A basic study for the beginning student or a guitar player who would like to learn guitar basics and theory.

      One person found this helpful

    35. Cher G.

      She is very happy with the book and it is easy for her …

      My daughter has started guitar lessons and this is the book her instructor asked her to purchase. She is very happy with the book and it is easy for her to follow.

    36. Gene’O McQueen

      guitar hero

      was excited to open the package and start playing. although i have a long way to go to be the hero that enamours mariah carey i’ll practice, practice, practice until she recognizes my style.

      One person found this helpful

    37. Luke Freml

      Nice book

      Nice book

    38. DEEVCO

      Five Stars

      Needed for guitar lessons and was recommended by the teacher.

    39. Roderick E. Tankerson

      Good Buy

      jumps right in. best for teenagers and adults.

    40. Clara

      great book, very useful for beginners

      Came fast, great book, very useful for beginners.

    41. SaigonSteve

      Good for the basics

      Good book for learning or reviewing the basics.

    42. Simon Segal

      I’m happy with the item I’ve got from

      I’m happy with the item I’ve got from you

    43. CWalker

      Five Stars

      Great book for beginners, children or adults.

    44. Amazon Customer

      Don’t buy this if you are looking for the chord progression chart.

      It is missing the last page of Chord progression chart. I bought this for beginner to have the legacy chord progression chart.

      One person found this helpful

    45. loraleep

      Five Stars

      Great book, great condition

    46. DuArte

      Five Stars

      Great deal!…

    47. Dudley E Craig

      Basic Guitar Method ???

      Only 3 pages of measly instruction; the rest of the book is some music reading but mainly sheet music you can get in many other places.I would return it but I was only suckered for $7.00.

      One person found this helpful

    48. Chan Chun Man Philip

      Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method 1 (kindle)

      I bought the kindle version for convenience sake. But the images in the kindle version were so blur that I feel being cheated. It is below the usual expectation. Finally, I have to buy again a printed version.

      5 people found this helpful

    49. Mary A. Harris

      DVD missing

      My husband likes the book but it does not have the DVD that was suppose to be included.

      One person found this helpful

    50. Kim B.

      Easy to Understand

      This book is great, however we can’t access the digital files to listen to the samples that you follow.

    51. Jasonian

      Great guitar lesson book for beginners

      Great guitar lesson book for beginners! I bought it for my son who just started lessons, but I’ve been using myself to practice and learn so I can keep him interested. Very easy to follow.

    52. Amazon Customer

      Great book

      I sell learned allot from YouTube. But with this book I learned to play melodies and read music. It has some great songs.

    53. Pina

      Easy to follow

      Easy to follow

    54. Ninjagal

      Easy to follow

      Very easy to follow. This was highly recommended by a friend who teaches basic guitar and I’m glad I got it.

    55. Amazon Customer

      Fundamentals of music

      This is a great book for beginners. It will have you playing music withpractice in no time.

    56. sveda277

      This was a great deal because I got the basics 1&2 and the …

      This was a great deal because I got the basics 1&2 and the theory book for the price the music store was selling each.

      One person found this helpful

    57. Claudio

      Four Stars

      really good

    58. vincent

      it helps


    59. donna casale

      Love it

      I had same book 30 yrs ago very goid

    60. Emma


      Good helpful for the beginner. Teacher recommend me to buy. Good good good. Hope to play guitar well. Fighting fighting

      One person found this helpful

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    Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method, Bk 2

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    SKU: 0739048902 Category:

    27 reviews for Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method, Bk 2

    1. Cara H.

      Highly recommend this method

      My son has studied guitar for the past 3 years. He finds the Alfred’s Basic Method challenges him and allows him to progress in his playing.. The level 2 book continues to introduce new notes, chords and scales. There are solos, duets and accompaniments. Alfred is noted for being a fast paced and complete teaching method. I would have to agree with that assessment. My son started playing young so his teacher started with 2 more basic methods. This method continues to challenge my son and move him forward in his guitar playing ability.

      2 people found this helpful

    2. D. Nagel

      went from the alfreds kids level 3 to this book …

      went from the alfreds kids level 3 to this book. A little more difficult than i was hoping, but my 6 yr old can do it.

      One person found this helpful

    3. F. Sasso

      Serious Learning Only

      I am relearning the Guitar after a 30 year break. I worked through the first book in this series and am now on the second. 30 years ago I didn’t pay much attention to learning the actual music I just memorized chords and played by ear. These books are excellent for learning all aspects of the method of playing guitar. It is a slower and harder process than just learning Guitar Tab but it is worth it if you have the time. I am actually doing both and I find that what I have picked up in the Alfred’s book helps incredibly even when playing from Tab.

      8 people found this helpful

    4. Jen Magness

      Great beginner guitar book

      Great book for my son learning guitar. He likes the songs which keeps him interested. Very useful.

    5. Kathy M.

      Great if you are able to read sheet music

      I would simply advise people 1) Be careful with your clicks 2) Make a copy of your order at checkout. I was going to purchase Alfred’s Book 1 because I’m a complete newbie to guitar. The “bundled offer” included a Book 2 and a Book 1 & 2. Wow, two volumes in one, a no-brainer right? So that’s what I thought I ‘clicked’ to put in my cart. Yesterday I received Book 2 which is basically a book of sheet music with minimal instructions. A perfectly good book for people who knows how to read music, but not much use to someone lacking basic skills. The book arrived in perfect condition and of acceptable quality for the low cost.

      One person found this helpful

    6. brian c

      Guitar book 2

      Guitar book 2 good for learning how to play

    7. Daniel Stephens

      Alfred’s is a great way to learn

      I have enjoyed using this method for learning guitar. It would be best to have a teacher, however I don’t have the schedule to allow learning at a set time. With Alfred’s books I have been able to slowly but surely progress on my own.

      One person found this helpful

    8. Jenn

      Five Stars

      Great book. My son loves it.

      One person found this helpful

    9. A K

      Good audio but poor packing.

      Good audio but poor packing also no track list.

    10. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars

      Easy to understand..

    11. impala3400

      Easy to learn

      Bought as gift for a friend. He loves it.

    12. SJB

      This is a great book. I’ve used it with many students

      This is a great book. I’ve used it with many students; however, this appears to be a cheap reproduction. The stickers on the back are pictures of stickers. The cover is not glossy like the original and the inside is all black and white with no color. Another student who ordered one for herself through Amazon got the same fake.

      5 people found this helpful

    13. C. Blackburn

      Husband likes it.

      Purchased for my husband. He is a beginning guitar player, he loves it.

    14. L. Horseman

      Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method – Book 2

      Very good. It provides the excellent instruction of the other Alfred’s series of guitar books. It picks upwhere book 1 left off.

    15. DuArte

      Five Stars

      Great deal!..

    16. Darrence

      One Star

      Okay to read but learned better through YouTube, will need to take lessons.

    17. Frenchie

      Challenging experience

      I bought this book recommendation of my daughter’s guitar teacher. She is starting her fourth year of private guitar lessons (she’s 11) and has gone through the three youth manuals that were available. We got this one just before she left for summer vacation so she’d have something new to work on before she came back to lessons in the fall. Working through it on her own was definitely a challenge for her (she had difficulties playing with the CD, mainly because she couldn’t keep up and she was confused since some tracks have multiple parts being played and she didn’t realize she was only supposed to be playing one of them – she did not have a chance to see her teacher for any instruction after the book arrived) but she made great progress with it on her own during the summer. Upon her return, her teacher explained to her how to use the book along with the CD and she’s made great progress. It has helped her work on all facets of her playing – chords, rhythm, scales, melody, etc.

      One person found this helpful

    18. Outlawbak

      Four Stars

      The book is most helpful.

    19. Paul Andre Lallier

      Progression on music for learning

      A good follow up to the first volume. Not much theory. Would be nice if the audio was part of the book without extra cost.

    20. Dawn Slater

      Easy to read

      Illustrated really well , easy to read excellent pictures and reminders about what chords you have already learnt

    21. Donald R Gowan

      Good book to learn from

      Easy to use

    22. KAVAN SONI

      Knowledge book

      For Guitar Learning perfect book

    23. operadiva

      good basic method

      I have already used book 1, but I find some directions a little difficult to understand in book 2. For instance, it is not always clear which part is to be played by the teacher, and which part is to be performed by the student.

      One person found this helpful

    24. David E Evans

      Good book

      Good product

    25. Cycling Rev

      The Next Step

      Useful book, written in the same style as Book 1, so if you got on well with that one, this should suit you fine!

      2 people found this helpful

    26. Amazon Customer

      Five Stars

      Exactly what was needed.

    27. Judy Howes

      Very disappointed the ad was misleading as the book did not …

      Very disappointed the ad was misleading as the book did not look like the picture and was expecting a cd with the book

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