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How to learn to play the piano as an adult (2023)

How to learn to play the piano as an adult


Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Level 1, is designed for the beginner looking for a truly complete piano course that includes lesson, theory, technic and popular repertoire in one convenient, all-in-one book. This course has a number of features that make it particularly successful in achieving this goal.

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1 . It progresses very smoothly, leaving no gaps that might cause the student to skip difficult sections.

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  1. Because it teaches chord-playing in both hands, songs are more musical, and playing becomes a richer, more rewarding experience.
  2. Also taught is the understanding of how chords are formed. Instead of memorizing chords, students learn how to derive them regardless of what key they are playing in.
  3. The choice of song material is outstanding, with some popular and familiar favorites mixed with tuneful originals, all adding to the fun and enjoyment of making music.
  4. For the first time, an adult course has combined Lesson, Theory and Technic sections within one book. This combined approach offers beginners a unified course of instruction.

A. Lesson pages are designed to provide a basic course of instruction that contains all the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform.

B. Theory pages give beginners an added understanding of music which cannot be taught any other way. Every concept and principle introduced in the Lesson pages is reinforced. Additional drills in note recognition make this a valuable aid in developing reading skills. Important tips are presented that make learning chord progressions easier.

C. Technic pages offer suggestions for the proper care of your hands. Most adult beginners feel awkward at the keyboard because of stiffness in their fingers, hands and wrists. They have trouble with coordination, and they feel they could play much better if the muscular agility and flexibility of their hands could somehow be made to keep pace with their comprehension. The Technic pages included have been developed to make all this possible.

At the completion of this course, the student will have learned to play some of the most popular
music ever written, and will have gained a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of music. The student will then be ready to begin Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Level 2.

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With the goal of teaching the adult beginner to play the piano in an enjoyable, quick and easy way, Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course, Level 2, continues to progress smoothly and easily, without gaps, toward the development of technique and knowledge required to play in all the most frequently used keys.

This 2nd book begins with a review of the chords and keys previously studied, using fresh and interesting material that will provide enjoyment as well as reinforcement.

Particularly significant and noteworthy is the easy presentation of chords in all positions in both hands.

Right Hand Warm up (p.12) – Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course – Book 1

Ode To Joy (p.13) – Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course – Book 1

Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for use with a piano instructor for the beginning student looking for a truly complete piano course. It is a greatly expanded version of Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course that will include lesson, theory, and technique in a convenient, “all-in-one” format.

This comprehensive course adds such features as isometric hand exercises, finger strengthening drills, and written assignments that reinforce each lesson’s concepts. There is a smooth, logical progression between each lesson, a thorough explanation of chord theory and playing styles, and outstanding extra songs, including folk, classical, and contemporary selections.

At the completion of this course, the student will have learned to play some of the most popular music ever written and will have gained a good understanding of basic musical concepts and styles.


* Alouette * Alpine Melody * Amazing Grace * Au Claire de la Lune * Aunt Rhody * Auld Lang Syne * Aura Lee * The Bandleader * Beautiful Brown Eyes * Blow the Man Down! * Blues for Wynton Marsalis * Brother John * Café Vienna * The Can-Can * Chasing the Blues Away * Chiapanecas * Cockles and Mussels * The Cuckoo

* Day is Done * Dueling Harmonics * The Entertainer * A Friend Like You * Go Down, Moses * Good King Wenceslas * Good Morning to You! * Good People * Got Those Blues * Greensleeves * Happy Birthday to You! * Harmonica Rock * Harp Song * Here’s a Happy Song! * He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

* I’m Gonna Lay My Burden Down * Jericho * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World! * Kum-ba-yah! * Largo (Dvorak) * Lavender’s Blue * Lightly Row * Little Brown Jug * Liza Jane * London Bridge * Lone Star Waltz * Love Somebody * Lullaby * The Marine’s Hymn * Mary Ann * Merrily We Roll Along * Mexican Hat Dance * Michael, Row the Boat Ashore * Money Can’t Buy Everything * My Fifth * Ode to Joy * On Top of Old Smoky * O Sole Mio

* Raisins and Almonds * Rock Along * Rockets * Rockin’ Intervals * Rock It Away! * Scarborough Fair * Shoo, Fly, Shoo! * Skip to My Lou! * Standing in the Need of Prayer * The Stranger * Tisket, a Tasket

* Waltzing Chords * Waltz Time * What Can I Share * When the Saints Go Marching In * Why Am I Blue? The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.