Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course, Volume 1 - Willard A. Palmer & Morton Manus

Alfred's Self-Teaching Adult Piano Course, Volume 1

By Willard A. Palmer & Morton Manus

  • Release Date: 2012-10-04
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4
From 76 Ratings


Next to having a real live teacher, there isn’t an easier, more enjoyable and fun-filled way to learn to play the piano than this new version of one of the most successful adult piano methods ever written. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course is the leading method used by piano teachers all over the world – and yes, it has been translated in many languages. And now you have the opportunity to teach yourself from this very special edition as well.

What is truly unique about this 3-volume edition is that every song has an audio track that allows you to hear the song while following the music page. In addition, there is a video of Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk, a university trained piano teacher, not only describing any new elements on the page, but performing the piece as well. You get to see Gayle’s hands as she performs the piece, while the music she is playing is highlighted above her hands. This means you can simultaneously see the music and hear the piece as she plays.

And if that is not enough, there is Gayle on an audio recording talking to you as a teacher might, pointing out how to practice the page, what to watch for, what is new, and how to have a successful performance. There is no reason you can’t be playing very easy versions of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Aura Lee, the Mexican Hat Dance, Au claire de la lune, Jingle Bells, Merrily We Roll Along, Largo (from the New World), Mary Ann, and ending with the very popular, When the Saints Go Marching In, in a very short time.

We begin our course right from the beginning, starting with how to sit at the piano. You’ll soon learn about the keyboard, the names of the notes, and how to read from a music staff. Also included in Volume 1 are how to play the C major, G7th, and F major chords.

If you’ve played the piano before but haven’t played for a long while, or if you always wanted to sit down and play but for one reason or another, never had the time, now you have a fool-proof way to get started and see how much fun you’ve been missing. This is how you can get started right now!!!


  • Awesome

    Has really helped me with the basics and building me up professionally.
  • Lays a Great!!! Musical Foundation :-)

    This book is a great buy. if you're a beginner or just need to brush up on basic skills I'd definitely recommend this. Plus the video feature is like having your own piano instructor. I'm self taught and I think this book does a great job at not only teaching how to play music but breaking down Theory as well.
  • Good book

    By CipDaddy
    I actually saw this on the shelf and decided to look it up and I saw on iTunes. Way better here because it read it to you, then plays the song and then there is the video visual of her playing it. As someone that had NO skill in the piano, this has brought me to something of a skill. I haven't finished the book, but I do look forward to buying the next volume! The price is way cheaper than 27 bucks for the hard copy.
  • Easy to follow up

    By Just bought $54
    The book is written in a easy way to follow up. It has video to show how to play. It may carry a half of the adult basic piano book. Need to practice again after going over each volumn to catch the meaning and understand how to play LH or RH.