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Hi I tell you a little about my self. I explain it short.

I have achieved Grade 1 ABRSM certificate and Grade 1 theory 5 years ago (2010). After Grade 1 I stopped playing Piano. After that I just messed around on the Piano playing random covers. I didn't take it seriously. I cannot even read notes. When I do play I write letters on each and every notes on the sheet. I really struggle playing with my left hand. Like I said I'm only at Grade 1 level I think and I have not been playing for 5 years? Well I have sort of, maybe like 10 minutes on the Piano once per week since then lol. So I was wondering should I get the Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course? Should I get the 2nd one since the 1st one is same as Grade 1? Correct me if I'm wrong. Can someone show me some examples on the 1st book? I really want to learn Piano again and I really want to play my favorite songs and REALLY want to read notes frown
I really really appreciate the help. Thank you laugh

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Since it was 5 years ago and only Grade 1 I think it's best to start over from scratch.

But I highly recommend a teacher.

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I don't know Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, but I own and have read all 3 Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course books. I think this series would be a great help to you, especially since you need to learn how to read the grand staff.

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Originally Posted by fuji88
I don't know Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, but I own and have read all 3 Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course books. I think this series would be a great help to you, especially since you need to learn how to read the grand staff.

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May I ask what material will Ill be covering in book 1? I mean I still have my Grade 1 theory book so if its the same as that then do you think I should skip book 1 and get book 2? Most importantly what will Ill be learning?

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Originally Posted by qazsedcft
Since it was 5 years ago and only Grade 1 I think it's best to start over from scratch.

But I highly recommend a teacher.

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True. But I would really like to know what topics etc ill be covering in book 1. I really want to read notes and really want to play like a pro laugh

Nope. I'm skint as heck. 20 pounds per lesson is hella expensive for me. I'm a student and living on pot noodles.

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Here are some sample pages and Table of Content for book 1. Take a look, see if you need it.
http://www.alfred.com/samplepages/00-5753.pdf

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I returned to the piano after 30 years, when I stopped I was working towards Trinity 1. I just went right back to basics and started from the beginning with the Piano Adventures Adult All-in-one Book 1 along with videos on Youtube to check I was playing correctly. To be honest, I still can't play as well as I did back then, but I was surprised at how quickly it all came back. I, too, thought I'd forgotten how to read music.

Fwiw, I tried Alfred's first and didn't really get on with it.


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Originally Posted by Cappuccino
Can someone show me some examples on the 1st book? I really want to learn Piano again and I really want to play my favorite songs and REALLY want to read notes

If you go to Amazon, the Alfred books are there with the 'Look inside' feature, so you can read some of the book online to see if you like what you see and if you think the style will suit you. I'm one of those who like the Alfred books, I think they progress well through the material, they're clearly printed and laid out, and they're comb-bound, meaning they lie flat open on the music rest. Have a look on Amazon and see what you think.

I'd echo the advice about finding a good teacher. It may be a budget problem, I appreciate that, but if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have struggled so long on my own, practising mistakes without knowing it, and practising inefficiently too. Wouldn't trade my teacher for any amount of Pot Noodles!

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Cappuccino, if you go to Amazon.com, put in the search Adult All-in-One Course Level 1. You can look inside the book to see what you will be learning. It actually shows much more than most books on Amazon. Good luck! By the way, I have been through all 3 books, I highly recommend them. I personally liked most of the songs and of all the method books I've seen, these have helped me the most.


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