The Classic Piano Course Book 1: Starting To Play

Books | Piano

Publisher: Chester Music
Author: Carol Barratt
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor
Book 1 Starting To Play introduces the keyboard, note pitches and values, ties, accidentals, and key signatures. Pieces include Fur Elise, Swan Lake and music by the author Carol Barratt. Every piece has been specially chosen or written to illustrate a teaching point as well as to be enjoyed.
The ideal tutor course for adults, or gifted younger beginners wishing to learn at a faster pace.
ISBN: 9780711943117
Skill Level: Beginner Explain this
No of pages: 64
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH60981

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        Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
        10 out of 10


        Nirwich GB Mature student
        Love it
        Numbering under the stave...confuses me as I'm used to fingering being noted there.
        Confirmed purchase: 04 September 2018
        Published on: 18 September 2018
        9 out of 10


        Mansfield GB Private piano teacher
        Very suitable for older teenager beginners or adult beginners.
        Some typographical errors
        Confirmed purchase: 19 March 2018
        Published on: 02 April 2018

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        10 out of 10


        Wolverhampton GB I’m an absolute beginner
        Excellent accompaniment to a new learner. My tutor thinks it’s a great book too and says it will see me all the way through to my level 1 and beyond !!!!
        Confirmed purchase: 08 February 2018
        Published on: 27 February 2018

        Musicroom Reviews

        A great introduction for older/adult students!
        Anonymous - (Wiltshire, United Kingdom)
        Good enough, but better books for adults such as the Alan Bullard pianoworks, which encourage following patterns rather than learning notes. Better success with Bullard books as these can be a bit slow.
        Anonymous - (Solihull, United Kingdom)
        This book is brilliant for a learner who is secondary school age upwards. I found that teaching with some colourful books were a bit childish but this book is great. It gets straight into playing and you learn proper famous tunes rather than made up tunes. A brilliant book!
        Anonymous - (Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom)
        A really good starter book for older children (especially those who already can read music, perhaps by playing another instrument) and adults. I found the written information really clear, concise and useful and am enjoying working my way through the book. I would thoroughly recommend this book for anyone starting to learn the piano.
        Anonymous - (Woking, United Kingdom)
        This book is excellent for my adult beginners. I have searched through many other piano books to find a suitable series for adults, but have generally only come across books designed for young children, which come over as patronising to adult beginners. This book moves at a very brisk pace, so it's important to ensure that the pupil has grasped every new development before moving onto the next piece, but all in all I am very impressed with this book.
        Anonymous - (Bristol, United Kingdom)
        Well set out with plenty of interest. It is clear and has a good selection of pieces that are well chosen to keep the adult learner interested. I like the little snippets of information given now and then. I would recommend this book to any adult beginner.
        Anonymous - (York, United Kingdom)
        I bought it along with another one and they were delivered to me in just a few days.. I am quite happy with it..
        Anonymous - (London, United Kingdom)
        I bought this for a 17-year old, already an able clarinetist but wanting to learn piano and struggling with coordination and reading two staves at the same time. Other 'starter' books were far too young for him but this one really hit the right note! Thoughtfully written and well paced, moving through the various stages quickly enough to maintain interest but not too quickly that points are misunderstood. An excellent book!
        Anonymous - (Skipton, United Kingdom)
        Excellent, thank you.
        Anonymous - (Swanage, United Kingdom)
        Excellent book for teenage and adult beginners - I like the variety of pieces and snippets about composers etc. However, I think staccato could be introduced earlier, and the parts for the teacher could be in larger type.
        Anonymous - (Perth, United Kingdom)
        Generally a good book with clear development of skills. Have found two errors though - a waltz near the end which is used to introduce 1st and 2nd time bars shouldn't have these and because it does, there is an extra beat. Have had to re-write it so it makes sense for students. Also, staccato touch is left until the end of the book and is introduced after slurs. Slurs need a type of staccato touch on the last note anyway so it should really be introduced before them. Otherwise a good book and a nice varied set of music to learn with.
        Anonymous - (Mirfield, United Kingdom)
        I have started using this with an adult pupil who has never played before and we've only done a couple of lessons, but it seems to be an appropriate and useful book. I would certainly use it again.
        Anonymous - (Cirencester, United Kingdom)
        Excellent for adult learners who want to learn something new or have just forgotten how to play. It's great for people who just want to get on with it, if you know what I mean.
        Anonymous - (Dorset)
        Perfect for the older new learner. Delivery came next day
        Anonymous - (Wakefield, United Kingdom)
        As a fourty-something woman who has always had a desire to play the piano but had placed herself as a no-hoper, this book has given me the confidence and know-how to get playing. Easy to understand with clear terms / definitions and good exercises to follow. This should be a must for all wannabe piano players who just need to get started.
        Anonymous - ()
        This was bought for my father to learn to play with, he has only hd one lesson so not sure how great the book really is yet, but on flicking through (as a grade 7 pianist) it looks good.
        Anonymous - (Aboyne, United Kingdom)
        I have been using this tutor and find it very good. The music in it is for adults to play. The book has large print which is far better fo short sighted people.I also have another well known tutor but feel that this is far better.also the next book has lots to play for beginners.
        Anonymous - ()
        This is a great book for adult beginners, starting from a basic standard but playing proper music straight away. I also find it useful for repertoire for brighter young learners.
        Anonymous - (Par, United Kingdom)
        I have been absolutely delighted with this album. It is 20 years since I last touched a piano, but having missed making music for myself, I decided to try again. This is perfect for a 'returner'. I never did get beyond grade 5 level but I always live in hope.
        Anonymous - (Leicester, United Kingdom)
        Very good book to help me re-learn everything I have forgotton from years ago when I first learnt the piano and have now decided to take it up again. Good that it is for adults instead of the usual childrens ones.
        Anonymous - (Keighley, United Kingdom)
        I bought this book on the strength of the earlier recommendations I read. The student is a retired friend who has decided to teach herself to play the piano. When she received the book, she contacted me to express her pleasure, saying it was 'just the right sort of book' she needed.
        Anonymous - (Haverfordwest, United Kingdom)
        I couldn't have asked for a better book. At 36, I stopped having piano lessons 20 years ago, having reached Grade 3, but at the same time discovering boys, clubs and mischief! So out went the lessons and I hadn't touched a keyboard since. I recently felt that I wanted to revisit my music lessons and learn to play as a way to relax in a productive way. This book is ideal - it takes you through the basics, building them in a thorough but concise fashion, with absolutely NO flashbacks to childhood piano lessons! Easy to follow and with quick results, I've felt motivated to practise and achieved exactly what I wanted - a fun and fuss-free reintroduction to the piano.
        Anonymous - (Kingsteignton, United Kingdom)
        I have searched and searched for an adult beginners' tutor book which gives very basic progressive instruction, with no cartoon characters or condescending comments, and yet which adult pupils can feel comfortable with. The Classic Piano Course does exactly that. The little boxes of "Fascinating Snippets" are interesting but not intrusive, the pieces are well chosen. Adult beginners are often very self-critical and always ask searching questions, the answers to which are carefully and easily explained in this book. It's a must for new adult learners or late re-starters. Many thanks.
        Cath Stevenson - (Huddersfield)
        There is a growing body of middle-aged people keen to take up practical music and there are not so many tutor books around for adult beginners. This is about the best I have come across whilst providing a reasonable framework, is not in any way either patronising to the student nor obviously aimed at the traditional child pupil. The simple arrangements of tunes are very good.
        Anonymous - (Macclesfield, United Kingdom)
        I absolutely love this book. I think it is the best book there is for adults and teenagers. Not only is the repertoire varied and well chosen but also there are explanations about composers and music theory that make this book more than a piano book. It also teaches the beginner about general musical knowledge. Strongly recommend it.
        Anonymous - ()
        Great little book. Arrived on time in perfect condition. Well laid out and easy to follow.
        Anonymous - (Southampton, United Kingdom)