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Piano Lessons, Primer

By James Bastien

Piano - Primer
Composed by James Bastien. Method. Bastien Piano Library. Music book. Neil A. Kjos Music Company #WP1. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WP1).

Item Number: KJ.WP1

ISBN 9780849750007.

This thorough method gently leads the student, step-by-step, through basic keyboard fundamentals, reinforced by related artwork and activities. Multi-key reading is introduced gradually throughout the course. Music terms and signs are clearly explained as they are presented, and carefully reinforced. The sequence of imaginative original and familiar melodies will stimulate enthusiasm and desire in any student.

About Bastien Piano Library

The Bastien Piano Library is an integrated course of study containing method books, related theory and technic books, and a wide variety of supplementary materials, including Music Flashcards, specifically correlated solo sight reading books, and note speller. The Bastien Piano Library also offers the option of beginning with either a "contemporary" approach (featuring pre-staff notation and first staff reading in G, then C, then middle C) or "traditional" approach (featuring Middle C reading and the C five-finger position).

  • Your Piano 
  • The Piano Keyboard 
  • Finger Numbers And Names 
  • March Along 
  • The Musical Alphabet 
  • White Key Neighbors 
  • Stepping Up And Down 
  • How To Measure Distances In Music 
  • G Major Five Finger Position 
  • The Big Parade 
  • Are You Sleeping? 
  • Rhythm Fun 
  • Autumn 
  • Unit 4 
  • Notes On The Staff 
  • Reading In G 
  • Fat Old Frog 
  • More About Rhythm 
  • Copy Cats 
  • Review 
  • Reading In C 
  • Rests In Music 
  • Love Somebody 
  • Little Waltz 
  • Note Fun 
  • Unit 6 
  • Firefly 
  • The Echo 
  • Note Spelling Game 
  • A Little Bird 
  • Little Indian 
  • Music Dictionary 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Mary Janet
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  • October 19, 2007 Primer Level - Piano Lessons

    Teaches C & G five-finger positions, and Middle C position. A good basic book.

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  • 4

    Kevin Coan
    Newington, CT
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  • July 02, 2007 Good Basal Course

    The course features a gradual multikey approach, with keys grouped into four categories according to the pattern of white and black keys that occur in the tonic chord. One key group is studied at each level. The course begins in the key of G, followed by C and then middle...

    C. That approach avoids the student becoming fixed in one position. Beginning in G helps to develop intervalic reading without the confusion of leger lines. The only drawback to this course is that it doesn't give the student a system for decoding unknown notes. Notes have to be drilled in each hand position and then on the staff. A lot of folk songs are used as the basis for the course. More interestng material is in the Solo book. Note: Except for the core books, the Bastien supplements should be used AFTER completing the method. Thus, level 1 supplements should be used while studying level 2, etc. The pictures are less gaudy in this series.

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