help me help my girlfriend teach herself to play piano!
December 27, 2011 11:06 AM Subscribe
Help me find a book to help my girlfriend learn to play piano!
posted by dismas to sports, hobbies, & recreation (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend received a very nice keyboard (full length, doesn't feel EXACTLY like a piano but it's close) as a Christmas gift from her parents a year ago, and she recently mentioned that she hasn't used it much because she doesn't really know how to play; as a belated Christmas gift when I fly out to see her at the end of this week, I'd like to give her a book (or two) to help her teach herself.
Some background: She's taught herself guitar over the past couple of years (and I think took a semester or two of lessons in college). She has a good ear and is interested in music theory, but I think has been intimidated when she's tried to learn more via the Internet and doesn't know where to start. Her musical interests tend more towards the pop/folky side of things, and I think she'd probably be happy (at least initially) learning enough that she could noodle around and play some Beatles songs or play along with other people. I realize lessons would be the best strategy, but I don't know if that would gel with her work schedule, so I thought it might be best to start with this (also figuring out how to give her lessons as a gift is tricky since we don't live in the same place and I'm not sure what's available in her area). She's very, very good at motivating herself to learn, so I think she'd be able to work her way through something that would help her learn to read sheet music and some basic theory, and help her gain some confidence with the instrument.
I took lessons all the way through high school, and I started out with whatever Alfred series of books existed at the time, but the ones I used were very much little-kid oriented and I don't know if there's something analogous for adults, so I thought I'd ask the hive mind. Any piano teachers out there have any recs?