The John W. Schaum Piano Course is a classic in the world of Piano tutors. This Blue Book is best suited to players at around Grades 1 to 2 or for players who have progressed through the Red Book.
The John W. Schaum series is a comprehensive tutor for beginners of all ages. It's really well-presented with colour pictures, useful information and guidance material. The aim of the book is to teach in the most natural and enjoyable way, through popular melodies. The method enables the student to progress in a logical fashion through Pre A to F.
The Blue Book is ideal for beginners who have been working through the previous books in the series, or for those who are working at Grades 1 or 2 standard. The brilliantly logical progression through the essentials of playing the Piano is exhibited here, allowing you to really get a tangible sense of achievement. New concepts are introduced in this book while previously-learned ones are reinforced. At various stages throughout this book, fun and exciting pieces are included that will demonstrate the theoretical background in a practical context.
The John W. Schaum Blue Book will take you through sight-reading drills, new concepts and techniques like syncopation, arpeggios and chord inversions, as well as more advanced versions of previously-learned ideas such as new time signatures, new key signatures and pedal technique. The easy-to-use and easy-to-understand format of the Schaum series has made it a favourite among pupils, parents and teachers, allowing beginners to quickly become proficient and confident.
If you struggle to choose between the vast number of Piano tutors out there that all claim to be the best, check out the John W. Schaum series for a genuinely great introduction to learning, and mastering, the Piano.