As the learner, you will gain a traditional, classic technique, and will be introduced to interesting, varied and well-known classical pieces right from the outset.
The method is friendly and is carefully designed to progress in small manageable steps, beginning with simple fingering patterns and exercises, moving onto some of the most beautiful melodies and pieces from the baroque, classical and romantic eras: such as the Ode to Joy, Für Elise and the Blue Danube Waltz.
The Method Books lead you through a range of exercises, repertoire pieces to learn, theory checks, clear instruction & diagrams on playing and technique, tips on practising, and composer biographies. They also enclose a CD on which you can listen to all the pieces performed on a grand piano by a concert pianist, as well as some additional accompanying parts which you can use as play-along tracks. Learning is made interesting, informed and fun.
Method Book 1 includes lessons on posture, hand positions, staves, clefs, chords….
Method Book 2 includes lessons on intervals, changing hand positions, cadences, inversions, triplets, syncopation, 6/8 time…
Do I need to buy multiple books?
Method Book 1 (from the beginning) and Method Book 2 (progressing on from Method Book 1, when you’re ready for it) contain all their necessary resources within themselves (including exercises, instruction, music pieces to learn, and CD).
However, the other books in the series are very useful supplements, should you wish to indulge yourself with a wider range of beautiful & enjoyable pieces which will help your learning at each stage of your development:
The Repertoire Collection books provide extra pieces directly linked to the levels of progression in the Method Books.
The Duet Collection books provide fun pieces (directly linked to the levels of progression in the Method Books) for you to play either along with a friend or along with their enclosed CDs.