This really is an excellent book. I am slowly working my way through this, and I am finding it a challenge. But it really is worth the effort, as each time I complete a piece of music, I sound a bit more like a proper piano player, not a complete novice who has never had a piano lesson in his life (which is what I am!)
Each new page either introduces a new piece of music theory, a new key signature, a new rhythm, or a piece of music that allows you to practice what you have just learned. It can take me about a week to get some of the music (Coffee House Boogie was particularly challenging), but when I do, I feel such a sense of accomplishment.
Most of the music has both the left and right hand pieces scored, which is as you would expect. Some pieces have just the melody, and then write the blocked chords to play above the melody. This is then followed up with a second way of playing the left hand, which makes playing it even more interesting. My favourite piece I've played like this so far is Londenderry Air (also known as Oh Danny Boy). Only the verse was scored, but it sounded so lovely, I worked out how to play the chorus too, including the left hand part.
It will take me ages to finish this book, but I don't care; I'm loving this adventure!
- Spiral-bound: 200 pages
- Publisher: Faber Piano Adventures; Spi edition (1 January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616773340
- ISBN-13: 978-1616773342
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.2 x 30.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
- Customer Reviews: 189 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)