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#3140979 07/27/21 03:00 PM
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My search for a teacher continues and I've narrowed it down. Does anyone have thoughts on the Faber series versus Fundamentals of Piano versus John Thompson's Modern Course for Piano? I'm a beginner, sort of, but I can read music already, and play okay. I am sure I need help with technique. I also don't want to play stupid songs. I love Easy Classics to Moderns so far - that was a great recommendation I got on here. That's the type of music I like to play, just got reference. Thanks so much!

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The best way to determine a book might be to get the teacher first and let the teacher help you decide so both of you are happy.


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If you like the Easy Classics to Moderns then you might like the Alfred's Masterwork Classic Series. I posted a link to that in another thread, but here it is again.

https://www.alfred.com/search/products/?t=masterwork-classics


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Though not a series book, the RCM repertoire and etude books have some good selections and can be found used at a discounted price.

YouTuber Lisa Tahara has multiple playlists of the RCM books at various levels so you can hear the selections before purchasing.

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What are you aiming for anyway?

Play actual classical pieces(sonatas, nocturnes)?
Piano Levelling? (like grade 3 transitioning to 4 ...)
Perform in a band?
hobbyist ?(an excellent way to pass time)


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I have my second in person lesson today. In April I purchased RCM etude level 1 and ABRSM exam book Level 1. They are good and my teacher (at this point) seems to be fine with using them as my practice pieces now. i also have Piano Adventures and i can see using it too. We haven't discussed sight reading, although it has been brought up.

RCM and ABRSM definitely use the fundamentals. I too need much help with technique. Good luck.


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I think Faber was the one I hated - they have so many numerical finger markings around the notes that I found it too distracting. So I asked my teacher for her second recommendation (Alfred) and it was much better for me.

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Thank you to everyone who responded! I ultimately went with the Faber teacher, since she seemed stronger on theory and technique which is what I'm missing. I am sure we can supplement with other books for more interesting repertoire. I can play a lot of things and read music, but I just play it. I understand very little actual music theory.

Joe Garfield, the finger markings sound great to me actually! 😄 Fingering is one of those things I never learned how to do properly.

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Josh sounds, my goal is to play classical pieces. I can read music and play hymns and simple things (like, I'm not finding Easy Classics to Moderns terribly difficult), but I want to learn music theory and proper technique and to play classical pieces. I've just been playing haphazardly, and largely self taught.

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Yes, proper finger placement bothers me alot too that I always find different ways of doing a certain passage everytime I practice it which then makes mastering a piece rather long and tedious... smile Go Faber!


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Classic to modern series goes up in difficulty so you should find music from there. I have number 3 and number 5. Other options include getting the exam board grade list and finding pieces same standard as you are playing. There are great pieces at all levels of difficulty !

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If you're using the Faber Piano Adventures, you might want to check out their very comprehensive video channel on Youtube (linky link). Randall Faber demonstrates everything in the Adult Piano Adventures book, not just playing the pieces but also demonstrating good technique and talking about theory. He does pretty mucl all the other books too, so you'll have to scroll down to find whichever books you are using.

You will find that he starts from zero, and it's tempting to skip ahead, but I've found that if I do that, I miss the gems that are sprinkled in among the basics.

Once I relax and go with it, it becomes kind of soothing, since the way he speaks reminds me of Mr Rogers. grin


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That sounds like a good path, Csj24! It's good to have at least some theory (I personally prefer it). I think my issues with Faber were probably more to do with my ADHD than anything, but it's something I would never have thought about so I figured it can't hurt to share the experience.

Good luck, and have fun!!


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