Most helpful critical review
much too quick!
on 17 January 2014
I got this to help me between piano lessons. I'm glad I got the one with the cd, that always helps but the tracks start much too quickly, not leaving enough time to place fingers on the piano and ready yourself so you start at a disadvantage. The tunes come out really fast too, there's no feeling that the music is there to help, it feels like an impatient teacher waiting to rap knuckles if you don't keep up with the fast pace.
I've had 15 piano lessons and my teacher has me playing 12 bar blues already but in this book I cannot get past page 27. Seriously! I'm a motivated adult who is determined to learn to play but if I were a child I think I'd lose heart, by page 26 you play with both hands at the same time, not the whole tune, just 4 simple bars but still. I am finding it difficult and keep going back to other books that don't leave me feeling quite such a failure. I really would not recommend this for a child, if I am lucky enough in the future to be helping Grandchildren learn to play I will ensure I help them through this book very slowly and it would not be my first choice.