Alfred's Basic Country Piano Book Level 1 has some really fun selections that offer a challenge beyond the other level one books. While I could sight read many of the numbers in the sacred and popular collections, I have had to really work on most of these because they include conventions of country music not commonly used in other genres: the addition of grace notes, certain styles of bass playing reminiscent of guitar picking, the use of parallel thirds and sixths rather than simple chords and thirds, harmony above the melody in some cases. I am quite certain, however, that once I learn the songs, I will enjoy playing them. The first four songs are pretty simple songs written in C. The rest of them have either a syncopated melody or a challenging bass pattern or some accidentals to be aware of. Many of these conventions did not appear in the regular lesson book. Songs in order of appearance are "Beautiful Brown Eyes," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again," "Old Joe Clark," "Worried Man Blues," "Your Cheatin' Heart,"
"Cold,Cold Heart," "Swingin'," "King of the Road," "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "Make the World Go Away," and "Green, Green Grass of Home." I would recommend this book to any beginner who would like a challenge.