Level 2 of Mike Cornick's Play the Piano! moves seamlessly on from Level 1 ensuring continuous musical and technical progress for the adult or older teenager. With the raised technical levels the choice of musical genres is even more enriched with arrangements of traditional folk music and music by, for example, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mike Cornick, Elton John and more. The result is a feast of beautiful music and the continued guidance from Mike Cornick will help the player develop the technical skills and confidence to interact with the rewarding musical experiences provided by the CDs. Again, at each stage, more pieces may be downloaded FOR FREE from the Universal Edition website. PLAY THE PIANO! - Step-by-step learning in playing and reading, starting from absolute scratch, presented in clearly structured stages - Also suitable for the 'returning beginner' - Performance pieces in a range of styles from classical and folk through to jazz - Helpful and stimulating CDs with aural development exercises and recordings of the pieces, many with 'play-along' tracks - Warm-up exercises - Even more performance pieces which, together with more supporting material for each stage, are available as FREE DOWNLOADS from the Universal Edition website.
"The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner …excellent!" Pianist Magazine (Michael McMillan) 2011
This is the second part of a two-part course for beginner pianists, best suited to later teen and adults due to the quantity of wordy explanations. It is neatly divided into nine stages, which each introduce concepts such as semiquavers, Compound time signatures, pedalling and Alberti bass. In addition to some of his own compositions, Mike Cornick has made arrangements of popular classical music such as Martini's "Plaisir d'amour", a movement from Bachs Keyboard Concerto in F minor and the "Lacrimosa" from Mozarts Requiem, and these make up the bulk of the musical material in this tutorial. In short, this is a useful volume to advance Grade 2 pianists to Grade 3, and can be recommended for this purpose with confidence. Pianist Magazine 2/2012